American Classic: Four Fashion Trends from The Wizard of Oz

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American Classic: Four Fashion Trends from The Wizard of Oz


More than 70 years have passed since The Wizard of Oz first graced the silver screen, yet the name remains a classic both in the story and style. Dorothy’s gingham, the Scarecrow’s boho, the Tinman’s metallics, the Lion’s neutrals…these are some of the largest trends of the year. As the weather turns warm and you feel like skipping down your own yellow brick road, The WALK shows you how to dress like your favorite characters and turn a fantasy into reality.


Summer Senses

From dresses to blouses to picnic cloths, there is just something about light blue fabric that invokes summer. This season is especially nostalgic with vintage off-the-shoulder tops and childish rompers and overalls, often in gingham. Incorporate the classic checkers into your closet with one accessory or go all Dorothy with the dress, hair and shoes. Just no tornadoes please.  Nora Carr wears a dress ($109) from Jack Wills. Her own shoes and T-shirt.


Sun Smart

Scarecrows must spend hours under the sun without getting burned. Lightweight denim, deep Vs, off-the-shoulder sweaters and loose pants let you to cover up and stay cool. Andreas Pavlou wears a hat ($28) from Smack Parlour and T-shirt ($58) and denim vest ($98) from South Moon Under. His own jeans and shoes. Claire Shin wears a sweater ($118) and pants ($118) from South Moon Under. Her own shoes.


Bold Beige

The secret to making neutral shades seem brave not cowardly? Details. A trench coat that goes a step further and hides the buttons comes off as clever.  Keeping the entire outfit in shades of beige is as non-conventional and courageous as wearing all neon. Ayo Fagbemi wears a trench coat ($229) from Jack Wills. His own shirt, pants and shoes.


Tin Twiggy

Metallics are powerful in their sleekness. Embrace the element by pairing disco earrings and hair ties with a smooth, high pony and minimal makeup. Shin wears earrings ($14) from Smak Parlour.


Cut It Out

Is the Tinman missing his heart or gut? Peek-a-boo cut outs and twists instantly elevate a grey cotton dress. Shin wears a dress ($39) from Smak Parlour.


Leverage Layering

Dressing a scarecrow isn’t easy; it takes intelligent layering. A palette of similar woodsy colors and denim in slightly different washes allows you to mix various separates. A long denim vest also packs versatility with the ability to wear it both as a duster and a dress.


Searching for Home

Low pigtails allow you to show off loose waves while keeping the hair out of the face for adventuring. Don’t always look to Center City for weekend fun. A few blocks west of campus provides residential neighborhoods with blooming trees and gleaming bicycles to clear your mind. 

Photos by Jess Lu. Styled by Faith Cho, Emily Cieslak, Jessica Li, Olivia Novins, Michaela Tinkey and Asha Wiltshire. Clothes courtesy of Jack Wills (1617 Walnut Street), Smak Parlour (219 Market Street) and South Moon Under (1731 Chestnut Street).

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