It’s just hitting theatres Down Under, but we’ve already fallen for the nostalgic Seventies style of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie centres around Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, in their attempts at making it in New Hollywood. The Bruce Lee fight scene might be on everyone’s lips, but the style captured our attention. So, here’s the Calibre guide on how to achieve the Western-Los Angeles-Seventies look.
While Brad Pitt might be wearing head-to-toe white denim (yes, you read that correctly), it’s safe to say we aren’t quite there yet. Jeans, however, are an item we will be salvaging. When choosing a pair of jeans, look out for bootcut styles otherwise the wider side of a straight leg will do the job. Just ensure you choose a blue wash to nail the look. As we avoid going the whole hog with denim-on-denim, that doesn’t mean you have to. Elsewhere, the brave and dedicated fashion crowd will be styling with a matching denim jacket.
It’s Los Angeles baby and that means we’re donning the Hawaiian shirt. Short sleeved, loud and floral, it gives off serious summer vibes. Instead of buttoned up, take your cue from Brad Pitt and style it unbuttoned over a T-shirt tucked into blue jeans. It emits a cool and laidback aesthetic.
Brown boots, brown belt, brown jackets – you name it, it was brown. So, forget the ‘no brown in town’ rule and embrace the tonal hue instead. Consider brown as your alternative to black. Let’s start with a brown jacket – leather or suede – to transition you through the seasons seamlessly. If you choose to style it over a chocolate-hued sweater, a la DiCaprio, stick to a lighter shade of brown on bottom to complete the look. We understand you might not want to go full Rick Dalton, so break it up with darker pants such as charcoal grey, black and navy.
Western style ankle boots were the footwear of choice. We can’t deny the effort of lacing your feet into leather boots every time you leave the house, so go for a slip-on style instead. While they are essential to achieving this look, they are part of modern life. When worn with blue wash jeans and a flash of a belt buckle, this outfit screams New Hollywood. It’s extreme comfort with a casual elegance.
We saw Leo don gold chains over turtleneck sweaters and oversized eyewear to match Brad’s sideburns. Facial hair aside, a pair of sunglasses are key to the look. Whether you go for aviators or retro square shades, a gold-tone frame will capture the Seventies-come-Western charm worth emulating. Next up is a leather belt and you can’t leave this accessory out. The more elaborate the buckle, the better.
Yours in Style,