The latest take on Y2K fashion is what trendsetters are calling Rom-Com Core, and it’s poised to be big in 2023.
Marta Topran, Pinterest’s chief fashion and beauty creator, explained: “Roma in general offers an optimistic sense of escapism, and I think we all want that right now.”
She went on to say that Gen Z and millennials look to the romantic comedies that dominated the 2000s for fashion inspiration.Think iconic looks like the slip dresses from “13 Going On 30” or Kate Hudson in a tube top. The mini skirts from ‘Mean Girls’ and the cargo pants from ‘Save the Last Dance’ are making a comeback,” Topran told HuffPost.
“In our last Pinterest predicts report, we see trending searches that include the following results: “2000s girl” up 235%, “Aesthetic clothes for fashion girls” up 140%; “Pink Mini Skirt Outfit” increased by 145%; “Rhinestone Dress” increased by 90%; and “90s Vintage Summer Dresses” are up 150%. The mood is decidedly fairy-tale, but with the benefit of understanding its limits and still finding a way to indulge its sentimentality with a nod and a nostalgic wink.
In this way, Rom-Com Core is a tribute to the strong energy of the female protagonist. “It’s more than just an aesthetic,” said Topran, citing Kate Hudson, Gabrielle Union and J.Lo as genre leaders. Beyond optimism, these characters embody confidence, Topran explained, “Beneath their candy-colored dresses and flawless hair, they were strong, confident women.”
He spoke to HuffPost Chelsea Foxa fashion and still life stylist from Manhattan to explain how the Rom-Com Core look translates from genre-defining films to real life, drawing inspiration from five classic romantic comedies from the 2000s.
Movie inspiration: “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003)
Canal: Kate Hudson for the energy of the protagonist who is rebellious, has a sense of humor and likes to subvert female stereotypes.
As for the look, Volpe told HuffPost, think “preppy, understated Upper East Side. Floral dresses, button-up cardigans and Ralph Lauren’s clean white staple. Each look must be worn with full self-awareness. Volpe added that the most coveted look in the film is the “bright yellow number,” which is bold in its hue and features a figure to match.
Movie Inspiration: Mean Girls (2004)
Canal: Total energy a Lindsay LohanRachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried for a look that walks the line between fitting in and standing out in a crowd.
“Fuzzy pink sweaters, low-rise jeans (cough cough, True Religion), argyles, and pleated mini skirts pretty much sum up this hilarious cult classic aesthetic,” explained Volpe. To recreate The Plastics’ iconic talent show costume, she suggested a velvet slip dress. “So modern, so sexy, so bring yourself.
Movie Inspiration: “Maid In Manhattan” (2002)
Canal: Jennifer Lopez for the energy of the title character, which is a lucid reimagining of a fairy tale trope. This look celebrates J.Lo’s star appeal, which shines through despite Cinderella’s limiting story.
White on white gives off a strong princess vibe, but that’s not the only way to show off this look. “They’re here for a monochromatic moment if they’re done right,” Volpe said. “It takes a huge amount of confidence and chic.” You don’t have to wear white to get this look, especially if you want to keep it modern. Volpe suggested “a neutral palette for monochromatic looks” to update this style for 2023.
Inspirational Movie: “The Fighting Temptations” (2003)
Canal: Beyoncé for the protagonist’s energy that hits all the right notes. This look is all about the understated elegance and power found in neutral and understated classics.
Beyoncé amazed by a bohemian aesthetic with muted tones. To refresh this trend, Volpe suggested paying attention to details found in bohemian staples like peasant tops and prairie skirts. “Brands like Zimmermann offer amazing options for a bohemian, feminine and clean approach [this aesthetic],” she said.
Inspiration for the film: “Deliver us from Eve” (2003)
Canal: Gabrielle Union for the energy of the protagonist in this modern and slightly feminist reinterpretation of “The Taming of the Shrew,” where ambition and romantic love compete for equal screen time.
While crop tops and bodycon looks dominate this film, Volpe suggested you can achieve the same ferocity without an “eye-popping silhouette” by embracing a “boundary-pushing, ambiguous, always exciting genre-fluid aspect”.
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