Gwyneth Paltrow’s style in The Talented Mr. Ripley is reminiscent of the dreamy Italian summer vacation. Anne Roth, the costume designer for the movie released in 1999, nailed the casual elegance of the mid-century Italian fashion in this film. Gwyneth Paltrow’s style in this movie is timeless and classic, and we see many of the styles worn in this film being reimagined today. Some major trends include puff sleeves, midi skirts, dusty colors, embroidered prints, and breathable fabrics like linen and hemp. Here’s how to emulate Gwyneth Paltrow’s effortless, feminine style today.
Steal Her Style: White Collared Shirt and Knotted Bandeau
Style Tip: White Collared Shirt
There’s a 99% chance that a shirt like this is already in your closet! A white collared shirt is a staple, and we recommend wearing a men’s style if you are looking for an oversized, relaxed fit. Keep in mind that the longer the shirt, the larger the knot will be if you decide to tie it at the waist. The one pictured here is cropped so you will get a smaller tie that will sit higher against your midriff very similar to what Gwyneth is wearing. Finally, opt for a lightweight cotton fabric to keep you dry and comfortable in the heat.
Style Tip: Knotted Bandeau
This is an adorable accent to Gwyneth’s outfit and makes for a perfect contrast with the crispness of her white shirt. You can get creative with this! There are many options in swimwear, and you can wear any color of your choice. We especially love the pale pinks and gingham prints for a close steal of what Gwyneth is wearing. Additionally, a lace bralette works just as well or you can opt for a colored cropped cami for a more modest alternative.
Steal Her Style: A-Line Midi Skirt
Style Tip: A-Line Midi Skirt
This silhouette is an absolute classic and never goes out of style. The midi cut provides some modesty while the embroidering adds a girly, fun touch to the piece. We recommend floral patterns, and skirts in lighter colors (think pale pink, blue, purple). For a 2020 update, opt for a skirt with a tiered design, ruffles, or contrasting prints. Finally, finish off your look with a woven bag like the one featured in the film, or a canvas tote.
Steal Her Style: Patterned Puff Sleeve Blouse
Style Tip: Patterned Puff Sleeve Blouse
Gwyneth rocked adorable blouses featuring small embroidered flower patterns throughout the top with subtle puff sleeves. This is a major trend right now and it’s absolutely perfect for summertime. We recommend choosing pieces in white or lighter colored florals, in relaxed silhouettes either cropped or long enough to tuck into a midi skirt. To elevate the outfit, play with girly trims like ruffles. We also love this in eyelet fabrics if you’re opting for a white/off-white blouse.
Steal Her Style: Hair Scarf
Style Tip: Hair Scarf
Last but certainly not least, Gwyneth accessorizes with a lightweight chiffon hair scarf tied around her bun. This is one of the most versatile accessories as you can choose to wear it just like Gwyneth, or in a bandana style to keep your hair in check, or in the style of a headband. We especially love the scrunchie hair scarves that make accessorizing so easy.