Forget Macaulay, We Want Every Outfit Worn by Jamie Lee Curtis in “My Girl”

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Remember “My Girl?” For the uninitiated, the film, set in 1972, centers around 11-year-old tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) and her best friend Thomas J. (Macaulay Culkin), who are spending their summer vacation doing what most kids do: riding bikes, climbing trees, exploring … and taking college-level writing classes.

Vada, the daughter of the local funeral director (played by Dan Aykroyd), is obsessed with death and disease, and lives with the near-constant belief that she’s either sick or dying, or both. She soon befriends the new makeup artist at the funeral home, Shelley (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), who helps her navigate adolescence and, later, the tragic death of Thomas J. (spoiler alert).

While Vada’s outfits offer plenty of normcore inspiration (think: lots of denim-on-denim, utilitarian overalls, and baseball tees), to me the real style stand-out here is Shelley.

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Breezing into town in an (awesome) rust-bucket of an RV, Shelley rocks early-’70s boho like no other. Peasant blouses, flowy dresses, and embellished bell-bottom jeans may be the hallmarks of her style, but Shelley proves she has a little “bombshell” in her when she attends a particularly rowdy bingo night with Harry, Vada’s dad.

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With the rise in popularity of year-round festival dressing, Shelley’s crochet tops, bell-sleeves, mini-skirts, and high-waisted denim are sure to inspire your own summer style.

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What movies do you look to for sartorial inspiration? Let us know in the comments!

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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2 Comments

  1. Victoria / Justice Pirate 05/24/2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve seen this film since it came out. >.<
    I was 8 when it was released and I told everyone that I was Macaulay Culkin's girlfriend (so glad it wasn't true now). I loved this movie and it was so sad that I never saw it again (but now I must).

  2. Melissa 09/03/2014 at 6:24 am #

    Love this movie and yes, totally love the outfits!!

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