The 1989 Cameron Crowe film “Say Anything” is not your average teen 80’s movie. Along with the plot of a high school romance between the beautiful class valedictorian, Diane Court (Ione Skye), and her unassuming average classmate, Lloyd Dobler (John Cusak), is another story hidden beneath. The bond between father, Jim Court (John Mahoney), and daughter and the importance of honesty in that relationship.
I’d recommend the film for not only the surprisingly intense storylines and fantastic acting, but also for the costuming, of course. Sometimes clothing from the decade can go terribly wrong, but Ione’s character Diane pulls off several fabulous late-80’s outfits with style and ease.
The most memorable Diane Court look is the white dress that she wore to the end-of-the-year high school party that Lloyd took her to. She pairs the fitted, white sweetheart-neckline dress with a white shawl, sandals, simple jewelry, and a big, feminine flower in her hair that really adds character.
Get this look yourself by pairing a similar white dress with a white shawl or scarf that you can wrap around your shoulders. A flower hairpin tucked behind your ear, or even a floral headband is a must for the full essence of Diane Court. Special touches to your look can include a delicate formal watch and a pair of sparkly cubic zirconia studded earrings.
Diane’s casual style in the rest of the film is classic (yet simple) 80’s, with a few quirky touches here and there. She wears a lot of whites and pastels, perhaps to show her innocence and sweetness, but brings in surprising colors like purple that really catch your eye.
To get Diane Court’s more casual look, combine pieces from two of her scenes in the film- the boxing scene and the plane scene. Take an oversized white blouse and tuck it into a pale pink belted pencil skirt, a glamorous 80’s inspired combination. A bold purple sweater and matching felted hat with a floral decal will add some pop to your outfit. Add a pair of matching purple earrings, and some classic pale pink flats and your ensemble is totally Diane.