There’s no doubt that most guys these days haven’t seen Pretty In Pink – it’s a given. But let me tell you, before you begin to call it a ‘stupid chick-flick,’ take a moment to watch it and admire the attire. The movie is set in the 1980’s starting Molly Ringwald (Andie) and Jon Cryer (Duckie), and tells the story of a girl facing the troubles of high school – the bitchy popular sluts, the handsome guy in shining armor who’s too rich for his own good, the best friend in the friendzone, and falling in love. *Que the sigh* So anyway, aside from the whole story line of Andie’s life, you can’t help but to admire the kickin’ taste in clothing that her best friend, Duckie, sports. Yes, it may be thrifted and passed down, but who cares when it looks that good. Duckie’s style hits the perfect spot – it’s affordable AND fashionable. Haaayyyy. This man knows how to make the eclectic look work, and I mean REALLY work. You’re probably thinking, “Eclectic? Won’t I look like a hobo?” The answer is no – if you do it right. Take some time to thrift, maybe check out stores like Topman, and do your research! To dress well, you need to know what you’re buying. Think of clothes as an investment, and with each piece you need to consider what it can be worn with and is it worth the price. I’m here to tell you, statement pieces are key, but don’t spend money on items just because they have a designer label; there are plenty of copy-cat designers out there that have similar items for MUCH less. Versatility is the most important factor when considering a pricey purchase. Generally, you’ll want something that’s basic so you can mix and match it with various outfits, and even wear it during multiple seasons. I, personally, believe that shoes are one of the best investment items. With a neat pair of shoes, you can build an outfit from the bottom-up. Along with that, interesting accessories are great because they can be worn with various outfits, add texture to a bland outfit, and even be a conversation piece. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stopped or confronted over the accessories I wear.
As you can see with Duckie, he wears his signature “duck” shoes, thus being his statement piece. A pair of white leather loafers is a great piece to have, due to the immense versatility they provide. Some great places to look for affordable loafers are Solestruck.com, US.Topman.com, and AldoShoes.com. As for the other elements to Duckie’s attire, you see he took a vintage blazer, and dressed it up with vintage patches and brooches – a cheap DIY, eh? Just about every military surplus store carries badges, or you could try etsy.com. With the blazer, check out your local Goodwill, or maybe even some vintage stores (there’s even vintage stores online!). Buy something that has a great look and price, then have it tailored. For God’s sake, HAVE IT TAILORED. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen guys walking around in ill-fitting designer suits. It kills me. I promise you, getting clothes tailored won’t break the bank. As for brooches, ask your mom or grandma – they’re always bound to have something cool. If not, try an antique store! With accessories like that, figure out what kind of metal you like the best, whether it be gold, silver, bronze, etc., because mixing and matching accessories of the same metal can enhance an outfit without putting in a lot of effort. The most important accessory you see on Duckie, however, is the bolo tie. Vintage bolo ties can have so much character, and they give an outfit an interesting old-timey twist without making you look like a try-hard. As for the rest of the outfit, consider mixing materials – a cotton shirt, velvet vest, and tweed blazer – it adds texture to the look. Lastly, the handkerchief. As you may see, there are certain colors present throughout the outfit, being burgundy and light blue. With the shirt, vest, and socks all being this brilliant burgundy color, it’s important to bring out an opposing color that adds softness to this “loud” outfit. Despite being a small article, the handkerchief subdues the red hues and brings out the light bits of blue that you see presented in the shirt, socks, and bolo tie. With this, the outfit is balanced. So, there you have it! The perfect “Duckie” inspired eclectic outfit.