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.
As Bridges tells Style.com, 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.