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Summer Is for Lovers

Find your hot-weather romance (or at least some cute clothes) with some help from these ladies.

Summer’s the best time to find a new romance: The nights are longer, the weather is warmer, and everyone wants to stay out later and get in on those SUMMER MAKEOUT VIBES. Summer love may cool off with the weather come September, but our love for these movies never will. Here are four of my favorite movies with hot looks for hot romances in hot weather.

the graduate collage

In The Graduate (1967), Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is a student fresh out of college and home for the summer. Like many young folk, Benjamin doesn’t know what the hales he wants to do, except float around in a pool ALL DAY LONG. Exactly what I want to do all summer! One night after a party he gives the wife of one of his father’s colleagues a ride home. Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) seduces Benjamin and they begin a very scandalous affair. Perhaps you have heard this famous song by Simon and Garfunkel? Just when you think things couldn’t get more escandalo, Benjamin falls in love with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Elaine! What a tangled web you are weavin’, boy! Mrs. Robinson is one CHIC seductress, and her style is as glamorous as you’d expect. This is a lady who, like me, never saw an animal print she didn’t endorse. Get her look with an assortment of leopard-print garments and a smoky eye.

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Clockwise from far left: Brown Asymmetric Hem Shirt, $28, Romwe; Betseyville Washed Chain Crossbody Bag, $34, J.C. Penney; Cutting a Jitterbug Dress, $53, Modcloth; Chaos Stud Flat, $25, Payless; Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette In Smoke Box II, $39, Smashbox.



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The first time I watched The Notebook (2004), it was Valentine’s Day and I was riding solo. I ordered a heart-shaped pizza for myself (ROMANCE) and holed up in my bedroom so my eyes could sweat freely in private. I haven’t watched it since, because I’m afraid my heart (and mascara) won’t be able to take it again. The movie is about two young hotties—rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) and not-rich guy Noah (Ryan Gosling)—who fall in love one summer but are separated by Allie’s parents, who don’t approve of the relationship and forbid them from seeing each other. Allie goes off to college and Noah goes off to fight in World War II, but they can’t stop thinking about each other. This movie is where everyone’s torch for the Gos became lit. Then he had to go and become the world’s hunkiest hero and it was over for us all. Rachel even fell for him while they made this movie. Since most of it takes place in the 1940s, her character wears the sweetest vintage dresses.

Clockwise from far left: Cutie Doodle Doo Dress in Hearts, $98, Modcloth; Long Stemmed Roads Necklace, $14, Modcloth; Azalea Regalia Bag, $58, Modcloth; Orchid Flower Hair Clip, $14 for two, ASOS; My Fair Lacy Flat, $35 Modcloth.

Clockwise from far left: Cutie Doodle Doo Dress in Hearts, $98, Modcloth; Long Stemmed Roads Necklace, $14, Modcloth; Azalea Regalia Bag, $58, Modcloth; Orchid Flower Hair Clip, $14 for two, ASOS; My Fair Lacy Flat, $35 Modcloth.



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In The Seven Year Itch (1955), Marilyn Monroe plays an actress living in an apartment building also inhabited by a married man whose family is away for the summer. He finds himself tempted by his attraction to her, and the movie is filled with his fantasy scenes. This is the film with that iconic scene where Marilyn’s white dress is blown up by a gust of wind coming through the subway grates. Macy’s has this amazing Marilyn Monroe clothing collection out right now, and it is the perfect way to get some of Marilyn’s style for yourself. They even have a dress that looks like the one in the film! Wear it with bright red lipstick (and maybe some bike shorts, just to be safe).

Far left: Sleeveless High-Low Halter Marilyn Monroe Juniors Dress, $59.50, Macy’s. Center, top to bottom: ASOS Cluster Clip On Earrings, $13.50, ASOS; Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick in Candy Apple Red, $12, Sephora; Scallop Detail Satchel Bag, $47.50, ASOS. Far right: Halter Eyelet A-Line Marilyn Monroe Juniors Dress, $69.50, Macy’s.

Far left: Sleeveless High-Low Halter Marilyn Monroe Juniors Dress, $59.50, Macy’s. Center, top to bottom: ASOS Cluster Clip On Earrings, $13.50, ASOS; Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick in Candy Apple Red, $12, Sephora; Scallop Detail Satchel Bag, $47.50, ASOS. Far right: Halter Eyelet A-Line Marilyn Monroe Juniors Dress, $69.50, Macy’s.



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My Summer of Love (2004) is about two teenage girls (Emily Blunt and Natalie Press) from disparate backgrounds who meet by chance one summer and spend the rest of the season sharing secrets and falling intensely in love. Their style is ideal for these balmy days: colorful bikinis, jeans, and cute shorts. Find your own casual summer steeze with one of these pretty little bikinis from Delia’s, and get ready for your own summer of love.

Far left: Bustier bikini, $29.50 for the top and $18.50 for the bottom, Delia's. Center, top to bottom: Oversize round tortoiseshell unglasses, $10, Girlprops.com; gold hoop earrings, $8, Girlprops.com. Far right, top to bottom: On the Itinerary Bag, $65, Modcloth; Neon Hawaiian Shorts, $24.50, Delia’s.

Far left: Bustier bikini, $29.50 for the top and $18.50 for the bottom, Delia’s. Center, top to bottom: Oversize round tortoiseshell unglasses, $10, Girlprops.com; gold hoop earrings, $8, Girlprops.com. Far right, top to bottom: On the Itinerary Bag, $65, Modcloth; Neon Hawaiian Shorts, $24.50, Delia’s.

16 Comments

  • Sophie ❤ June 27th, 2013 7:11 PM

    This is a perfect post to begin my dinner, Rookie! Thanks so much! Because after dinner, guess what I’m gonna look forward to trying and watching…

    http://plainlysophie.com

  • Melissa @ WildFlowerChild June 27th, 2013 7:15 PM

    Obsessed with these! The last is definitely my favorite.

    Melissa
    http://wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

  • ringodethstarr June 27th, 2013 8:04 PM

    ahhh cant wait to watch these over the summer and dread how lonely i am ;-; ahahaha

    http://jaded-youth.blogspot.hk/

  • silvermist June 27th, 2013 8:08 PM

    MY SUMMER OF LOVE! <3
    i legit thought i was the only one who watched that

  • Manda June 27th, 2013 9:42 PM

    The Graduate is the shizniz.

  • daisyauthority June 27th, 2013 11:37 PM

    My Summer Of Love sounds pretty magical and I can’t wait to see it (along with all of these other movies).
    And yay (!) for Netflix streaming because most of these are on there.
    lestylemonster.blogspot.com

  • lauraunicorns June 27th, 2013 11:55 PM

    So cute and summery! I love the second one and the last one. Girly clothes just seem to fit summer for some reason.

  • sissiLOL June 28th, 2013 1:14 AM

    The second and the last pictures are the best!
    Stylebruch.blogspot.com

  • Mollie June 28th, 2013 2:02 AM

    Kinda sad you didn’t mention Marilyn’s pants/shirts looks. This post is pretty 50s dress-heavy.

  • AidaA June 28th, 2013 8:50 AM

    I love Emily Blunt! No one has told England it’s summer. It’s all overcast and rainy. Boo! Hopefully the sun will come out so I can wear a dress like Rachel McAdams’ blue one. (I will never ever ever get over the fact that she is Regina George. Like never.)

    -Aida

    http://sunshinesuperwoman.blogspot.co.uk

  • VictoriaInWonderland June 28th, 2013 2:00 PM

    This is really cute :) Also, there’s a similar dress on Topshop that looks like Marilyn’s (but yellow-ish).

  • queserasera June 28th, 2013 6:22 PM

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh i love this!
    totally feeling the graduate vibe this summer

    http://televiseddinner.blogspot.com/

  • Mary the freak June 29th, 2013 3:24 AM

    I basically want everything in here. so cute and summer-y.

    http://birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com/

  • isobele June 29th, 2013 7:07 PM

    Ive been meaning to watch Graduate for so long! hopefully Netflix wont leave me hanging

    http://seesusiebean.blogspot.co.uk/

  • merrorin June 30th, 2013 6:28 PM

    A great post for both those that choose to stay inside or go out. If you go out, you have great ideas for outfits. If you don’t(like myself), you can stay in & watch these movies, bahaha.

    http://merrorin.blogspot.com/

  • Jen L. July 3rd, 2013 1:36 PM

    It weirded me out to learn that Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft were only about 6 years apart in age when The Graduate was filmed. Because, how unseemly would it have been to have an ACTUAL older actress play the part of an older woman? I mean, maybe they just really wanted Anne Bancroft, but still. Bogus.