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If you are into rom-coms with a fairy tale ending, "Pretty Woman" may be the classic that ignited your love affair. As the cast reunites for the film's 25th anniversary, we reminisce about the fashion moments that so perfectly defined Vivian Ward's (Julia Roberts) lovable and relatable rags-to-riches journey. Scroll through to find similarly iconic looks at non-Rodeo Drive prices. We promise it won't be a "big mistake."
Silk Lace-Inset Cami Dress in Dot, $99.50, madewell.com
Roberts stunned in a light brown, polka dot-printed dress as her character attended a polo match with her beau Edward, played by Richard Gere. This look is the first defining moment in their relationship and in her less-is-more fashion transformation. Madewell nails the modern version with a classic black dress that you don't need to be stomping divots to appreciate.
Crepe Flyaway Open Blazer, $49.99, tjmaxx.com (Currently out of stock.)
Celebrity stylist Rachel Zalis teamed up with T.J. Maxx to create a styling session in honor of the film's anniversary. We fell hard for this red crepe jacket and love that she offsets the bright color with a basic bottom.
Black Half Frame Round Gray Lens Sunglasses, $20, choies.com
There’s something about round eyewear that looks trendy no matter the decade. Roberts in the '90s looks luxe as ever in her reflective frames. That's why we were thrilled to discover this pair from Choies.com. The affordable price and trendy style make it perfect for a fun alternative to your everyday sunnies.
Cropped Boxy Button Down Shirt, $98, shopbop.com
A crisp cotton shirt is a basic no lady should live without. Vivian’s oversized boyfriend style in the film covered her risque dress and softened her hard exterior. Splendid has a modernized version that’s boxy in shape, but silky enough to look feminine.
Mossimo Supply Co. Newsboy Hat, $12.99, target.com
Lady Vivian covers her platinum wig with an adorable newsboy cap, adding just the right amount of tomboy edge in the beginning of the movie. We can’t get enough of the look and appreciate that it can double in real life as a way to camouflage a crummy hair day.
Opal Mermaid Collar, $48, baublebar.com
One of our favorite moments in the film is hearing Roberts laugh as Gere playfully closes a necklace case over her gloves. It’s adorable and has made us long for a statement necklace we can call our own ever since. Luckily, Baublebar has a collection of moment-making designs that will dress up any outfit, including this spiral style that looks pretty similar to the original for a much less anxiety-provoking cost.
Black lace dress
Paper Dolls Pencil Dress, $104, asos.com
A lady in lace will always be in style, as Julia Roberts proved in this movie. Her character fumbling with silverware and chewing on a mint leaf passed as adorable mostly because of her stunning and demure cocktail dress. ASOS offers a sophisticated shorter option that would work perfectly for more casual affairs. You’re on your own with the forks.
Michael Kors Goldtone Medium Whisper Hoop Earrings, $55, belk.com
If there’s one trend we want to keep from the '90s, it’s the simple gold jewelry! And nothing adds more fun to an outfit than a pair of oversized hoops.
Black straw hat
Textured Summer Straw Hat, $34.50, jcrew.com
With the weather shifting toward sunnier skies, we're looking to light-weight materials and broader brims to shield our eyes. Julia’s winning look after a day of shopping brings us an option that works with almost any outfit. Thankfully, J.Crew is selling the spitting image of this hat for anyone to enjoy.
Loose Crepe Jacket, $79.90, zara.com
A confident Vivian looked out her window to discover her prince charming shouting her name from his limousine with a bouquet of roses in tow. She looked laid-back chic in a black blazer, natural makeup and tousled hair. Thanks to Zara, we can recreate that securely effortless style. Suitor not included.
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