Home / Fashion / Fashion News / 10 Fashion Trends From 'Pretty Woman' That Are Still Relevant Today

Fashion

10 Fashion Trends From 'Pretty Woman' That Are Still Relevant Today

Dagney Pruner
By Dagney Pruner Published on 23 March 2015

Pretty Woman is a cult movie in its own right. Not only did it teach us that every woman has the right to max out a credit card and have a shot at love, the fashion was way ahead of its time. It's been a quarter of a century since Julia Roberts made us believe in the modern Cinederella story, but here's what Vivian Ward was rocking in 1990 that she could still werk today.

1. Over the knee boots

Vivian Ward is basically the reason why the term "hooker heels" exists. Her shameless flaunting of the over the knee boot reminded women everywhere that you don't need to be as tall as Julia Roberts to look like you have the legs of a supermodel. Not only is the over the knee boot great in winter or summer, it's basically announcing that you are a woman that means business. Also, they're good for storing little things like condoms.

The look 25 years later:

© We Heart It

2. Oversized boyfriend button downs

Sure, Tom Cruise made the oversized button down famous in 1983's Risky Business, but Vivian Ward made it female friendly in 1990 with her debut of the white dress shirt over her famous street walking dress. Not only does it tone down a risque look, you can steal it from your boyfriend's closet and it is comfortable as hell. He may be old now, but back in the day we would have NO problem stealing one of Richard Gere's shirts and wearing them around all day.

The look 25 years later:

© Pinterest

3. Cut out dresses

You can't go to a dress store nowadays and not see a section just for cut outs. They're freaking everywhere. The magic of a cut out is that it can take even the most conservative dress and turn it into one SMOKING HOT little number. It doesn't matter which Kardashian sister you look like, the right cut out in the right place makes your curves look like Kim's circa 2011. The cut out craze is no longer just for the corner's of Sunset Boulevard, it has managed to make its way to the red carpet, so don't be surprised when you can count each of J Lo's abs at the Oscars.

The look 25 years later:

© Twitter

4. Stacked jewelry

In case you haven't heard, stacking jewelry is as hot as Jude Law before you found out he was boinking the nanny. Vivian Ward was way ahead of her time when she knew you could take all sorts of different bracelets, put them all together, and have it look absolutely faboosh. She wasn't afraid to stack necklaces, bracelets or rock massive hoop earrings, and for that, we salute her.

The look 25 years later:

© Pinterest

5. White gloves

Even though white gloves are pretty timeless, few women outside the British royal family have rocked them quite like Vivian Ward. They aren't such a buttoned-up look when you pair them with a plunging neckline and some serious arm candy. Kudos to Vivian for recognizing that a touch of a classic accessory takes you from street to chic.

The look 25 years later:

© Getty Images

6. Round sunglasses

If you want to credit the round sunglasses craze to John Lennon, that's fine with us, but don't forget about Vivian Ward not only rocking round sunglasses, but doing so while making Bermuda shorts and shoulder pads trendy. If that isn't the work of a revolutionary hooker-turned-fashionista, then we don't know what is.

The look 25 years later:

© We Heart It

7. Red lips and a strong smokey eye

Back in the day, a heavy smokey eye paired with a fierce red lip probably meant that you earned your income by the hour and in tax-free cash, but these days, you can't turn a corner without seeing this makeup combo. A girls' night out is no longer complete without enough eyeliner to make your eyes pop and enough red lipstick to make you feel sorry for whoever you end up kissing that night.

The look 25 years later:

© Getty Images

8. Oversized jackets

Oversized trench coats may have been thing of the 90's, but coats that are way too big for you, and possibly stolen from your man's closet, are so millennial. We also owe a quick thanks to the Olsen twins for helping this trend stay relevant. Even though shoulder pads aren't as popular as they used to be, the massive coat and its ability to make you look five pounds thinner is still oh-so-popular. Did she lose A LOT of weight or is that just a trendy coat that is purposefully large on her? Nobody knows.

The look 25 years later:

© Twitter

9. Wet hair

Although Vivian Ward may have been hanging in the bathroom slaying the words to "Kiss" in Pretty Woman, she 100% established that wet hair can be a look in or outside the bathtub. Anything that cuts down on getting ready time post-shower is a trend that we not only support, we encourage.

The look 25 years later:

© Getty Images

10. White hats

Vivian Ward knew that to get an ordinary outfit to go the extra mile, you need to have some stellar accessories. She took your average polka dot dress and turned it into Jackie O worthy, fashion porn with the help of a fabulous statement hat. When it comes to adding a hat to complete your look the term "less is more" couldn't be more wrong. Also, thank the fashion gods that Richard Gere's heinous statement ties are no longer trendy.

The look 25 years later:

© Getty Images

This article was written by Dagney Pruner. Follow her on Twitter @dagneyp

What's your favorite look from Pretty Woman? Tweet at us! @sofeminineUK

You might also like:

I Let My Boyfriend Dress Me For A Week & Here's What Happened

50 Ideas For Beautifully Layered Necklaces

50 Excessive Jewelery Combinations We've Fallen In Love With

ByDagney Pruner

You might also like

By the editorial team
By the editorial team
By the editorial team
By the editorial team
By the editorial team