Friday, June 18, 2010

Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail (1998)


You’ve Got Mail has a great film pedigree. It based on a 1940 film called The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, which was also made in to the musical In the Good Old Summertime in 1949 with Judy Garland and Van Johnson.

You’ve Got Mail is also written and directed by the multi-talented Nora Ephron. (Ephron also wrote and directed Sleepless in Seattle, Michael and the more recent Julie & Julia. She is also the writer responsible for When Harry Met Sally and My Blue Heaven.) Ephron also draws in aspects of Pride and Prejudice into the story, which pretty much makes this film romantic comedy royalty.

Aside from that, Meg Ryan is absolutely adorable in this movie. (I maintain Meg Ryan during this period is a modern day Ginger Rogers.) Her attire in this film is very classic and lovely. She sports a lot of twinsets, turtlenecks, shift dresses over button up shirts, all in classic muted colors.

All of this was enough to make this film qualify as a modern classic, in my opinion. I selected Meg’s final look from the film to recreate. Meg’s outfit her is a beige and blue dress and vest with some comfy and simple beige loafers.

Here is my interpretation:

Run-Down:Dress: Urban Outfitters, Fletcher by Lyell 3/4 Sleeve Knit Dress, on sale for $19.99
Vest: Delia’s Megan Cascade Vest in Blue Shore, $19.50
Shoes: Roxy, Pixie Shoes in Natural, $44
Total: $86.49




I am pleased to say that this look is my least expensive thus far. This is the only look to come in at under $100. This look is significantly less dressy looking than Meg’s but this is what was available. If you could find similar pieces in linen rather than knit, it would make this look quite a bit more lux.

This dress from Urban Outfitters has the right color and the right length on the sleeves. I wish the skirt of this dress flared out a bit, but for the great price it is a good stand in. The blue vest from Delia’s is very cute and I love the color combination of the blue with the beige. It has a much more mellow feel than blue and white. These loafers are very cute with the beige-white gingham look, which is an interesting innovation on Meg’s look.

What a simple and easy casual look with only three pieces! You could wear this on a casual Friday to work or out running errands or to the movies. This was an interesting exercise in dressing down an inspiration look and making it even cheaper than you thought possible.

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