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How to Snag the '70s LA Style of 'Inherent Vice'

We'll show you how to get groovy, man.
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Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Upon exiting the movie theater during the ending credits of "Inherent Vice" this past weekend, I was struck with several thoughts, including but not limited to: Wait -- what did I just watch? Was I supposed to have followed that? I probably should've read the book first. Is Joaquin Phoenix hot? Yeah. Joaquin Phoenix is definitely hot. ...Right? I don't remember smoking anything... why do I suddenly feel stoned? 

And, most importantly: Where can I buy everything they wore in that movie? 

Really: As complex, confusing, and non-sensical as I found the plot to be, I couldn't deny that the film's style -- curated by Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges -- was impeccable. It may only be January (ed note: ughgh), but I'm already envisioning a wardrobe filled with embroidered peasant tops, true blue denim shirts and maybe even a crocheted mini dress. ...Or two.

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As Bridges tells, the allure of "Inherent Vice"'s hippie-dippy '70s threads persists because "the clothes were interesting, colorful and sexy, but still a little naive. It’s a very fun period without being jokey or hilarious. There was a buoyancy and beauty." Amen, brother.

Here's our guide to dressing like three of the film's most stylish characters -- without looking like you're straight out of the looney bin. 

Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix)

Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston)

Coy Harlingen (Owen Wilson)

*BONUS* Sloane Wolfmann (Serena Scott Thomas)