The 15 Most Iconic Items Of Clothing In Film

A great film can change national sentiment and give a human face to an intangible problem. Or, in one take, a well-crafted scene can make watchers rethink their entire closet. Sometimes, a piece of clothing or an accessory comes to define a film, redefining perceptions long after the credits have rolled.
From Lolita's sunglasses (we obviously had to pay homage to those heart-shaped icons) to Margot Tenenbaum's thrift-inspired coat, these aren't mere costumes: They are some of our favorite fashion movie moments of all time.
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Lolita, Heart-Shaped Glasses

While these shades were never actually featured in the film, their marketing use embodied the knowing innocence Lolita exuded.

FredFlare Heart-Shaped Sunglasses, $12, available at FredFlare.

Photo: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
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Atonement, Green Gown

This one dress showed it's possible to capture a film's whole story in one article of clothing. Both Cecilia's power and temptation, and Briony's envy are embodied in the emerald green. It's one of — if not the most influential pieces of movie fashion in the past decade.

Courtesan Boutique Miss Desire Dress, $257, available at Courtesan Boutique.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures
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Basic Instinct, White Sheath Dress

Yes, this is that dress from that scene. Sharon Stone shattered the whole white-symbolizing-purity thing with one crossing of the legs, and this dress is to blame. Underwear optional with this one.

Lucas Nascimento Chevron-dart sleeveless dress, $784, available at Matches.

Photo: Courtesy of Carolco Pictures
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Annie Hall, Whole Look

Honestly, Annie Hall's whole vibe is iconic, and choosing one piece of her wardrobe is simply out of the question. A casual blazer, however, blends the dressy quality of her vest with the relaxed feel of her button-downs.

Helmut Lang Blazer - Crop Tux Gala Knit, $450, available at Bloomingdales.

Photo: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
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Back To The Future, Nike Dunks

Alright, so these were specially made for the film, but Nike did release a very limited number of them a couple years back. Scouring the internet will lead you to eBay, where these puppies are available. Play your cards right and you could knock $500 off of 'em.

Nike DS Nike Air Mag McFly, $6,500, available at eBay.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures
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Clueless, Plaid Outfit

Clueless is riddled with fantastic fashion, but this look is one of Cher's best. Who else would boldly wear a yellow plaid outfit to school and not think twice? It's ostentatious in the best way possible.

Roksanda Ilincic Elwood giant plaid tweed coat, $1,415, available at Matches.

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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Do The Right Thing, Silver Hoop Earrings

Sorry for the hideous image, but Rosie Perez busting moves at the beginning of Spike Lee's most masterful joint is one of the most energy-filled opening scenes of all time. Those door-knockers defined an era, and a type of no-nonsense style that Perez (and '80s NYC) embodied.

Studio Silver Sterling Silver Earrings Large Hoop, $100, available at Macy's.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures
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Flashdance, Pullover

We blame the whole rise of the fashion sweatshirts on Jennifer Beal's off-the-shoulder dancer look.

Target Converse One Star Women's Megan Pullover, $22.99, available at Target.

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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Pretty in Pink, Duckie's Sunglasses

Like Annie Hall, Duckie's whole wardrobe is fantastic. Yet, it's his sunglasses that stand out the most. They're so good he hardly took 'em off — even at prom. Who cares if he wore them inside, though? These sunnies are intimidating with a dose of quirk.

Follow The Lines Round Glasses, $14, available at Urban Outfitters.

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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Funny Face, Penny Loafers

Ballet shoes and penny loafers suddenly became a craze after Audrey Hepburn casually burst into song and dance while wearing the comfy slip-ons.

Bass Shoes Wayfarer Black, $99, available at Bass Shoes.

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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Vertigo, White Coat

The Edith Head-designed costumes in one of Hitchcock's most twisted films helped communicate Kim Novak's elegance and grace — which made the shock of the reveal even more palpable.

Michael Kors Wool Princess Coat, $2,895, available at Neiman Marcus.

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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Out Of Africa, Linen Shirt

After watching Streep's Oscar-nominated performance, the effortlessly crisp linen shirt came to stand for refinement and poise — with a hint of whimsical romance.

Margaret Howell Wide Placket Shirt, $297.50, available at La Garconne.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures
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The Graduate, Tights

Hoffman's face says it all: The pinnacle of seduction is Mrs. Robinson's tights.

Wolford Velvet Overknees, $31, available at Wolford.

Photo: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
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The Royal Tenenbaums, Margot's Fur Coat

You're probably better off hitting your local vintage store to find a knee-length fur coat like Margot's, but there's always designers and faux fur options in case your impatience gets the best of you.

Dries Van Noten Rakota Faux Fur Coat, $907.50, available at Browns.

Photo: Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures
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Taxi Driver, Platforms & Short Shorts

Yes, she's an underage prostitute, but the chic shock value of Jodie Foster's character made her a household name. This look might have been a little bit too adult for Foster, but the allure is still felt today: Walk down any trendy street today and you'll see its modern incarnation.

From top to bottom: American Apparel Pleated Cuff Short, $54, available at American Apparel; Cole Haan Cole Haan x Jen & Oli Mary Jane Wedge, $328, available at Cole Haan.

Photo: Courtesy of Columbia/TriStar