If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the last 1.5 years rewatching the classic rom-coms of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. When everything feels like it’s in disarray, there’s nothing more comforting than escaping into a world of clichéd meet-cutes, dramatic proclamations of love and guaranteed storybook endings.
As the rest of the world invested their time in dramatic thrillers and cliffhanger-laden series (Squid Games, I’m looking at you) I happily retreated to an alternate reality before lockdowns, global pandemics or even social media existed. And while, the saccharine sweet, completely unrealistic storylines were enough to keep me around, I found myself staying for the fashion. From Julia Roberts’s leather blazer and beret combo in Notting Hill to Meg Ryan’s bookstore chic attire in You’ve Got Mail, I quickly discovered watching ‘90s rom-coms was more than just a tool for escapism, it was also a source of new (old) outfit inspiration.
Between Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan and When Harry Met Sally, keep scrolling to discover the autumn outfit ideas I plan to copy from ‘90s rom-coms.