Fashionable films: The Help

Screenshot from The Help

I recently (finally) got round to reading The Help; the book and the film have been on my list for a year or two but I always prefer to read books before seeing the film adaptation. Of course, I loved it so I watched the movie last weekend and I thought I’d share some of my favourite costumes with you – you know I love 1960s fashion!

Costume Designer Sharen Davis described the wardrobe as “probably the most colour I’ve ever used in my life”.  She spent around $15,000 on accessories and made 50 outfits herself using fabric she’d sourced from vintage/charity shops [source]. One of my favourite vintage finds is Emma Stone’s gorgeous cats-eye spectacles: there are some incredibly similar, and so equally gorgeous, options by Prada glasses and Bolle do a great modern take on vintage styles (with cute tortoiseshell and pastel-coloured frames).

The other characters may have thought her ‘white trash’ but I loved Celia Foote/Jessica Chastain’s costumes.  Jessica Chastain reportedly ate melted soy ice cream to gain weight for the role [source] and the curvy look definitely works for her, she looks fabulous! Have you read/seen The Help? Did you love it too? For more gorgeous glasses be sure to check out!

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  • Amber-Rose Thomas

    Oh gracious how I loved this film! I didn’t realise it was a book when I saw the film though, so I’ve been meaning to read it since.

    The costumes were all perfect in this. :)

    Amber xo

  • Andrea

    God I love the movie and the book!! Such a fantastic and touching story! And don’t get me started on the costumes. So great!! :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • RCagz

    I adore the film and just love the book when I read it last year too. Ceilia’s costumes were my favourite when I watched it :) I always loved the contrast between her character and Hilly’s/Bryce Dallas Howard xoxo

  • The Style Box

    I love love love this movie. And Jessica Chastain looks so incredible in it. And obviously Emma Stone just plain rocks x


    FAB post my sweet. Great flick. BEAUTS costume. xxx

  • Elle Croft

    Agreed; I also LOVED Jessica Chastain’s looks in this…one of my favourite books, and also a surprisingly good film adaptation.

  • daria

    I loved it, it’s such a beautiful story and so beautifully “designed”. I’d like to read the book, too!