Classic Outfit Combinations Throughout Time

Outfit Combos throughout time

You’ve probably learned by now that I love watching movies and when I watch films, I can’t help but notice and appreciate the costumes. When I watch an old movie or something say, from the 70s or 80s, it actually brings me so much enjoyment to laugh at the clothing styles and weirdly enough something I keep noticing is how many outfits from the different films I watch from different eras are actually still in fashion! I had Clueless on the other day in the background when I was doing work and I actually found it laughable that half of the clothes they were wearing were straight up things I’ve seen in Topshop lately. I mean, talk about the circle of life (cue me slowly holding up a yellow checkered jacket, Lion King style). No matter how many films I watch though, some outfits just never seem to go out of fashion and it’s those kinds of outfits I want to fill my wardrobe with.
Outfit Combinations Throughout Time

Like the…white tee with blue, mid-rise jeans.
This is hugely in fashion now, but variations of this look seem to always be in fashion. Sometimes the tees go more cropped, sometimes the sleeves are longer, shorter or cuffed and sometimes the jeans are slightly different washes of blue, sometimes more high-waisted but the white tee with the blue jeans is timeless. The more films I watch, the more I keep seeing this outfit combination repeated on all different types of characters. If you don’t believe me, look at people’s outfits just walking around on the street because I guarantee you so many people wear this outfit combo now, then think of Rachel Green from ‘Friends’ because she wore this look a whole damn lot!
The last film I saw this outfit in? Jodie Foster’s character in the 1997 film ‘Contact.’



Like the…beige trench coat with black bottoms.
This is a favourite of mine and the trench coat is pretty iconic, the more films I watch the more that fact gets solidified. Fun bit of movie history, from my knowledge trench coats in films date back from around the early 1950’s to now obviously, which is pretty damn impressive and my god does it make you feel like investing in a good trench. Sometimes dresses paired with trench coats is what’s in fashion, but popping up over and over again in various movies is a beige trench coat (at least mid-length) paired with some kind of black pants, whether it be black slacks or a pair of jeans. I mean it’s kind of crazy to think that Audrey Hepburn wore a version of this outfit in the 1963 film ‘Charade’ and now I wear a version of this outfit just out and about in 2017….
The last film I saw this outfit in? Meryl Streep in the 1979 film ‘Kramer vs Kramer,’ and let’s not forget the iconic Inspector Gadget’s outfit (just sayin’).ย 

Outfit combination ideas

Like the…over-sized top with fitted bottoms.
Thank god for the 80’s bringing in the oversized trend. I owe that era so much because tight tops are just not my jam. Thankfully for me since the 80s the oversized top with more fitted bottoms look has stayed around. Anย oversized top, tee, jumper, you name it, as long as you pair it with something tighter on the bottom- think jeans, shorts, tights, anything that’s form-fitting. You see this look exaggerated in the iconic outfit from films like the 1983 ‘Flashdance’ and you see it in Rachel and Monica in ‘Friends’ and now you just see this look in everyday life, all day every day.


Have you noticed any outfit combinations repeating as the years go on?
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  • phoebe

    I love that black and white photo of you – i can see you playing an actress in an old time movie ๐Ÿ™‚
    One of the reasons i love watching old movies or movies set in older eras is that I love seeing what they wear.
    You’re so right about the cycling of fashion and the things that seem to stand the test of time. Blue jeans and white t-shirts or shirts are one of my favourite looks to wear and I am definitely a fan of a loose, oversized top with a more fitted bottom half.

    • The Sunday Mode

      Yes thank god for the oversized tops! We seem to both love watching old movies for the same reasons, plus actually seeing the hair and makeup they did back then is super fascinating as well.

  • mybeautrip .com

    This is the perfect combo. I love it because it’s full of basics but it Works really well.


  • Courtney Hardy

    I love all of your combinations. They are so cute.

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Courtney

  • I love timeless outfit combinations so much – I feel like the trench coat will always be in style because it is so versatile and looks great with everything! this definitely made me want to go and rewatch some classic films as well :’)

    maria |

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Maria, it’s always a good time to go and re-watch some classic films ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Oh my gosh yessss I noticed the exact same thing with Clueless the other day! So many of the prints and preppy styling is coming back around (no complaints here!). 100% with you on appreciating those oversized 80s trends by the way, they can look so stylish.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • The Sunday Mode

      Yes! The preppy styling is so much around in stores now it’s so entertaining to see Clueless’esque styles coming back.

  • This is such a gorgeous post and hope you’re well hun! Wishing you a wonderful week and happy holidays!!!

    Layla xx

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Layla, happy holidays to you too!

  • Gorgeous outfit and pictures!!

    a life of a charlotte

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Charlotte x

  • I love it how you can talk about two things that you really love at the same time, I know you like movies as much as me from your movie club on Instagram and it’s obvious you’re a fashionista! As always, this is a great post Julia! Keep being awesome! xx Ana

    • The Sunday Mode

      I never even noticed that till you pointed it out, thanks Ana! I’ll do my best to keep up this kind of content, thanks for the support ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Joanne

    SO jealous of those shoes <3 you're absolutely right in all these types of looks you listed. It's cool how they're practically the same types of outfits but they never look cliche. I think timeless style is what I always aim for.
    Have a nice week!

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Joanne! I don’t think I’ve taken those boots off since I got them :p

      Yeah you know I really really noticed it until you said it, but I think I tend to aim for a timeless style as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hayley Rubery

    LOVE this outfit lady! I’ve been on the hunt for some light wash jeans with a high/mid rise – these look perfect!

    Hayley xo

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Hayley! Those jeans are super comfy and yep they’re mid rise which I find perfect (mainly because they’re not as constricting as high waisted!). They’re just from ASOS too ๐Ÿ™‚