With two of my biggest interests being fashion and journalism, it’s a shock that it took me this long to finally watch the movie “The Devil Wears Prada.” The film is centered around Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), who is a young, overachieving college graduate searching for an opportunity as a journalist in New York City. She finally lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), a famous fashion magazine editor. Andy’s new job proves to be much more challenging than expected, as Miranda and the rest of the employees at Runway Magazine test Andy’s ability to maintain her composure and fulfill each and every one of their insane demands.
I thought “The Devil Wears Prada” was a great movie – and with every great movie comes lessons the characters learn that we can apply to our own lives. As far as fashion goes, this film had many lessons to be learned and absorbed by the audience. Here are five fashion lessons we can take from “The Devil Wears Prada”:
Accessories Are Your Best Friend
In the movie, there are a couple of montages that show Andy rushing through the bustling city to get to the office on time. One of my favorite parts of the movie shows a montage of Andy running through the streets of New York City in her many new outfits after recreating her wardrobe with the help of her co-worker, Nigel (Stanley Tucci). During this scene, we see Andy’s new and improved wardrobe, and all of her outfits have incredible accessories to match, such as hats, berets, necklaces and purses. Accessories can make any plain outfit stand out – always remember this when you think your outfit could use a boost!
Fashion is an Art Form
When explaining to Andy how important fashion is, Nigel, the art director, says that fashion is a form of art similar to paintings and sculptures, but we wear it on our bodies everyday. This is how I always thought of fashion, and it is true – how we dress ourselves is an expression of who we are and who we choose to be. It separates us from our peers and makes us feel confident!
Don’t Let Good Clothes Go to Waste
I can’t say how this lesson relates directly to the movie without giving away a spoiler, but I’m just going to put it out there – don’t let good clothes go to waste! If you’re “over” last year’s wardrobe, simply give the clothes to Goodwill or bring them to a thrift store, such as Plato’s Closet. It’s not sustainable to throw away clothes, especially those that are not ripped or ruined.
Fashion is in the Eye of the Beholder
When Andy comes in for her first day of work at Runway Magazine, her co-workers make fun of her for wearing a frumpy sweater over a midi skirt with no accessories. Hopefully nobody in real life would ever laugh at someone else’s sense of style, but always remember that like beauty, fashion is also in the eye of the beholder. If you like it, that’s all that matters!
Similar to the last lesson, always be yourself. As cheesy as it sounds, being true to yourself is incredibly important, and one of the main lessons from “The Devil Wears Prada.” It’s one thing to change your wardrobe or your style – it’s another to change your personality!
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