The Hottest Summer Movie Fashion Moments
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By Brienne Walsh
Timeless summer movies would be forgettable without great acting and intriguing plots, but fashion has also played a key role in our favorite films. Think: Grace Kelly’s Upper East Side style in Rear Window and Kate Hudson's bohemian look in Almost Famous. From 1946 to today, here are the top style scene-stealers in summer movie history.
Hat Trick2 of 23
The angelic white turban Lana Turner wore in The Postman Always Rings Twice was the ideal disguise for her femme fatale character.
Skirting Around3 of 23
In the romantic comedy Roman Holiday, a young princess, played by Audrey Hepburn, wanders the Italian capital with a proletarian reporter, played by Gregory Peck. Hepburn's fluffy skirt dress and cinched-waist belt are classic example of elegant '50s fashion.
Free Wheeling4 of 23
Grace Kelly's chic picnic dresses and chiffon scarves in To Catch a Thief were perfectly suited for long drives in a convertible on the winding roads of the French Riviera.
Beach Babe5 of 23
Who could forget Gidget, the original California surfer girl, played by Sandra Dee—or her tomboy chic sailor-inspired swimsuits?
Heavenly Creature6 of 23
In the Italian film L'Avventura, Anna (played by Lea Massari) wore an angelic white sundress before disappearing on a rocky island in the Mediterranean.
Fine Lines7 of 23
Even in a full-coverage striped top and cardigan, Brigitte Bardot still managed to look like a sex kitten in 1963's Contempt.
White Hot8 of 23
As an 18-year-old seductress, Jane Birkin stole another woman's man in the French cinema classic La Piscine. It's easy to tell how she did it in this timelessly chic and sexy white bikini.
Wild Thing9 of 23
From prim dresses and poodle skirts to black polyester pants and red platform pumps, Sandy's bad-girl transformation in Grease goes down as one of the most shocking and sexy on-screen makeovers ever.
Lady in Red10 of 23
In her tiny red bikini, Phoebe Cates fulfilled her roll as a high school male's ultimate female fantasy in 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Preppie Chic11 of 23
Demi Moore epitomized '80s prep in khaki skirts and button-down shirts—ideal attire for sailing in Nantucket, where she meets her summer love, John Cusack in One Crazy Summer.
Crop Up12 of 23
Once she starts wearing belly-baring tops and jean shorts, you know Baby's all grown up in Dirty Dancing.
Hot Hues13 of 23
Rosie Perez's bright crop tops and flirty miniskirts in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing captured the bold urban fashion fads of the '80s.
Stoner Style14 of 23
Nothing quite conjures horrible memories of bad high school fashion choices like the soccer socks, cut-offs and sweatshirts in the cult classic Dazed and Confused.
Grunge Chic15 of 23
Wearing a T-shirt under her dress and a flannel shirt around her waist, Celine (Julie Delpy) manages to look effortlessly beautiful (with a touch of grunge) in this '90s summer romance Before Sunrise.
Dolled Up16 of 23
Liv Tyler's baby doll sundresses were so quintessentially '90s in Stealing Beauty, we can practically hear Lisa Loeb playing in the background.
Innocence Lost17 of 23
The demure nightgowns worn by the five sisters in The Virgin Suicides make their eventual deaths by suicide seem even more tragic; in them, they look like children rather than teenagers.
Euro-Chic18 of 23
As Marge Sherwood in The Talented Mr. Ripley, a wealthy American ex-patriot living in Italy, Gwyneth Paltrow oozed money and sunshine in her flouncy mid-length skirts and crisp white blouses tied at the waist.
Flower Child19 of 23
The queen of hippie chic, Kate Hudson's Penny Lane was the ultimate '60s rock 'n' roll groupie in lacy camisoles and faux fur coats in Almost Famous.
Ladies First20 of 23
In The Notebook, Allie's perfectly tailored outfits, complete with gloves, headscarves and strings of pearls, highlight the glamour and ladylike look of the 1940s.
Spanish Siren21 of 23
The eyelet shirts and pink camisoles worn by Maria (Penelope Cruz) in Vicky Cristina Barcelona are far from suggestive—it's her tousled hair and smudged eye makeup that betray her as a vixen.
Indie Idol22 of 23
In her ballet flats and vintage dresses, Summer (Zooey Deschanel) is the true urban hipster in 500 Days of Summer.
Retro Fit23 of 23
With her quirky beret and pink mod minidress with a Peter Pan collar, audiences quickly fell in love with Suzy, the eccentric young runaway in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.
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