Cinematic Fashion Inspiration: June Carter

By Caroline Elizabeth, Women’s Style Editor

Reese Witherspoon’s sweet, talented, and stylish portrayal of June Carter makes it easy to see how she won the affection of Johnny Cash, played by Joaquin Phoenix in the Cash biopic “Walk the Line”.

When June and Johnny first meet in the 1950’s in the film, I was instantly drawn to June’s simple but feminine look, complete with a floral dress, a pair of kitten heels, and bouncy curls.

It’s important to add your own touches to this sort of ensemble unless you’re like me and don’t mind looking like you’ve walked out of a year 60 years prior to the current day.

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I suggest adding sleek, modern sunglasses, a big slouchy bag, and a bold belt to your 50’s-style dress. Don’t go overboard on the accessories, but do add some to keep it fresh. This look is perfect for any summer day’s occasion, from a picnic, to a wedding, to a stroll in the park.

As the film moves through Cash’s life and his relationship with June, we see the fashion change from the 50’s to the 60’s, and June’s look becomes sleeker with the times. Her hair is not only straighter and longer, but her dresses are less full too.

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You can achieve this look with a hair straightener of course, and a more fitted, still feminine dress in a paisley print. Accessorize it with glamorous, fun earrings bracelets. I’d also suggest adding a pair of strappy heeled sandals to modernize the look.

Your new look inspired by June gives you the perfect excuse to throw your friends an outdoor, summertime tea party Nashville style, and play a little Cash in the background.

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