If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen the 2004 romantic drama “The Notebook” too many times to count, but that is a good thing. This adorable yet heart-wrenching film chronicles the love between Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) who spend a summer falling in love but then through a series of events are torn apart until they make contact years later.
The title is a reference to the other story in the film, that of elderly Noah reading to Allie, who has developed Alzheimer’s in old age, their love story from a notebook in hopes that she will remember. Aside from that modern-day aspect, the movie takes place in the 1940’s, and everything from the sets to the costumes to the music is done beautifully in a period-accurate way.
Throughout the film, Allie wears gorgeous custom-made 1940’s looks. What I love about the time period is how put together every woman in her outfit choices. Each piece of a woman’s ensemble was well thought-out and coordinated. Allie’s costumes in the film work from her head to her toes and create a complete look.
V neck dress, $34 / Lauren Ralph Lauren floral dress, $400 / H&M collared dress, $31 / Cable knit cardigan / Esther Williams swimwear / Fables by Barrie vintage swimwear / ASOS high heel shoes / Leather sandals / Seychelles wedge heels / Nica straw bag, $77 / J.Crew pearl jewelry / Carolee tahitian pearl necklace / Cara Accessories flower hair accessory / Mango leather glove / Smythson Everyday I Love You Wafer Notebook
Pick dresses that have floral or other cute patterns like Allie’s and add dainty ladylike jewelry that coordinates. Finish your look with vintage looking pumps or sandals and a feminine bag. Sometimes it’s hard to find swimsuit inspiration, but with the famous “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird!” swimming scene and the number of retro high-waisted swimsuits available right now, you can get inspired by another one of Allie’s fabulous looks.
For a more casual hairstyle, try a pair of low French braided pigtails or a low ponytail with a headband. Or curl your hair and add a big flower clip that coordinates with your look for a more formal occasion.