Fashion In Film: Not Fade Away


Ever since writing my last Fashion In Film post on Ginger and RosaI have been searching for another movie whose fashion inspired me just as much. Last night I finally found it, and am now thrilled to be creating a second Fashion In Film post (my first one is one of my all time favorites, and the most successful post on this blog). Today I’m focusing on Not Fade Away, “a 2012 drama film and the directorial debut of The Sopranos creator David Chase” (to quote Google). It stars John Magaro and Bella Heathcote. The film is “set in suburban New Jeresy [in] the 1960s” and follows “a group of friends [who] form a rock band and try to make it big” (to quote Wikipedia). For me, this movie really embodied the feel of the era it took place in, through the music, footage, and, above all, the clothes. A must see in every regard. 


While the movie mainly focuses on the guys and their Beatles-esque band, what really caught my eye was how the lead female in the movie (Heathcote) was styled. I would describe her look as business casual with a splash of hippie, and it blew my mind. Let’s start off with the photo above. I absolutely love how she was completely dressed to fit the era, starting with her face. The whisper of eyeliner and an otherwise fresh face just scream 60s. Not to mention her hair: those choppy bangs and wispy shoulder-length locks are the perfect finishing touches on the movie’s slightly grunge vibe. Remember, it always starts with the face. For the makeup, check out a brown gel eyeliner, a tinted moisturizer, and a nude lipstick


Aside from still drooling over her perfectly coiffed hairdo in this photo, one must also pay attention to the fabulous patterned dress Heathcote is wearing. It reminded me a lot of the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses, in particular this one. However, if for you (like me) that dress is out of your price range, there are cheaper options to be found here, here, and here. And, while you’re at it, I found this one and this one on Modcloth! The loose tunic style makes them perfect for the hot summer, yet the print keeps you stylish and well dressed! I love the three quarter sleeves. I know that when I’m in Germany this summer, I’ll be hunting down the Vero Moda one in stores!! :)


Now, this is literally the way I want to look all summer. Casual yet cute shirt, matched with jeans and some beautiful silver/turquoise jewelry. I found so many tanks you can chose from, ranging from simple with a little more detail. Check them out here, here, here, and here. A pair of medium wash jeans can be found here and here. Lastly, dress the look up with some turquoise and silver! The two are my personal favorite combinations, and they are the foundation of my jewelry collection. I found some great ones herehere and here, but highly recommend building up your collection via flea markets and thrift shop trips!


Honestly you guys, I just love anything tragically hip (such as this photograph). What I’ve also been loving is the trend of light-weight blouses, it reminds me of summers in Northern Germany and I’m so glad it’s becoming a “real life” trend. If you’re looking to wear it yourself, I found two similar shirts here and here (men’s shirt because they’re extra baggy!). However, I also fell in love with two dresses in similar styles, find them here and here! Once again, I’m hoping to find something just like it in Europe this summer.


In this photograph, I adore the patterned details and texture of her shirt. I found two just like it here and here, and love the matching bottom look as well. If you pair it with a similar skirt, the look is automatically very mod, and will at the same time keep you cool for summer!


And lastly, I fell in love with this final look. While what the two are wearing is obviously a winter ensemble, I still thought that it could be taken to look a little bit more like summer. A lovely pair of trousers is to be found here, however, for summer these (or these!) shorts are quite a bit more appropriate. Then, I’d throw on a white tank top (like the ones I linked above), and grab a patterned jacket to throw over. Similar to the one picture above, I found this great one and this one as well. Now, all you need are some loafers, to be found here and here!

Viola! Now, if you’re putting together an outfit inspired by this movie, don’t forget your classic shades. :)


I really hope that you have enjoyed reading this second Fashion In Film post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Don’t forget, the first one can be found here!

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**Images courtesy of Paramount Vantage and this website.

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  • You may have already seen it, but if not I 150% recommend “Coco Avant Chanel”

    • lol I’m just going to recommend some more movies since I’ve been procrastinating before finals: An Education (w/ Carey Mulligan for 1960s), We’ll Take Manhattan (w/ Karen Gillan playing Jean Shrimpton), and Anna Karenina (w/ Keira Knightly for costumes inspired by 1950s couture)

      • Julia

        Have seen none of these, but they are all on my list!! Especially An Education, Carey Mulligan is a goddess.

        And, actually starting it now, it’s open in the other window!!

        AND GO STUDY!

  • Tracy

    All of these looks are so chic!

  • Jane S

    I´ll definitely watch this as soon as I can :)

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  • Nicole

    You’re right! Her outfits look great :) I’ll be sure to watch this movie after seeing this 😉

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