Frances Ha film spoiler alert: It’s a film about friendship, acceptance and growing-up. Amiable girl who can’t afford her rent bumbles between aspirational ballet classes, Brooklyn house parties and boys that are hopelessly into her. A few confidence wobbles are ironed out with a new career direction, building bridges with a friend and the offer of a cute date. The end.
The take away message? No matter how apathetic you may be about the future, blinding acquaintances with an oblivious charm will pretty much do the hard work for you.
The sartorial message? Sidestepping the fact that Frances has questionable taste in lounge wear, her overall vibe is laid-back and approachable. Take the best bits of her unassuming style and work the same clueless charisma to your alluring advantage…
Dresses over jeans
Layering is always news for Autumn/Winter, so Frances unintentionally earns her fashion stripes. Try a 90’s silk floral slip or relaxed unbuttoned maxi over skinnies or leather trousers for an update.
Keeps things hands-free. This allows for doing multiple pirouettes to a great soundtrack across a zebra crossing when you’re extra happy.
In Frances’ mind she’s a dancer off-duty. In reality, she’s just embracing Americana slacker shoe of choice. They add some tomboy nonchalance to feminine floral dresses. If that feels a little dated, try a pair of sleek mono Nike flyknits with a black jersey maxi and an open khaki jacket.
Huge specs (best friend Sophie)
A token mention for Frances’ hot girl crush BFF who wears Brooklyn geek specs look like a pro. See also Daria Werbowy in Celine’s mega specs for AW14. A high-end vs. thrift look is always the goal.