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onto day 2 of The Devil Wears Prada fashion inspiration – Miranda. from the opening scene when Miranda steps out of the car wearing suede Prada pumps, the audience knows this is a woman in power. one of my favorite lines from the movie is when Nigel pokes his head through the door and announces, “gird your loins.” the entire office scrambles to get ready for Miranda’s arrival. it’s a priceless scene that captures the film’s essence. Runway magazine is run by an unapologetic woman who knows who she is and is very good at what she does. it’s been argued that Miranda is the villain. the book portrays her as such. but i’ve always thought Miranda was a multi-faceted woman working in a man’s world. there’s a burden to carry when responsible for running an organization. people’s paychecks depend on you. a monthly edition of the magazine has to be produced each and every month. there are so many moving pieces to keep track of. it’s interesting to explore the polar opposite when the very people who work for you can and will be dispensable. the protagonist Andie shows us what it takes to work for Miranda through her experiences at Runway. fetching coffee, picking up the dog, answering phones, booking flights. these are all menial tasks assigned to people low on the totem pole. i think the difference between a good boss and a great one is that greatness includes humbleness which Miranda clearly didn’t possess. a humble boss never forgets what it took to get where they are and that the people who surround them are priceless, not expendable. but there are many qualities Miranda possesses that we can learn from, especially women of a certain age. Miranda is competent, she’s cool as a cucumber, she’s timeless yet fashion-forward, commands a room, and never yearns to look or act younger, she embraces her age, and she knows how to stay modern, fresh, and relevant. all the reasons i thought it would be fun to revisit this movie and Miranda’s style choices. does the film stand the test of time? and/or the outfits? let’s take a look.
for this series, The Devil Wears Prada fashion inspiration, i chose four outfits. today, we will take a look at two. the first dress Miranda wore in the opening scene was purple. purple to reflect royalty as Miranda reigns supreme at Runway. i’m always struck by the thought and care put into the outfits that depict a character in a movie. that’s the power of fashion. it truly reflects the person who wears the garment. the movie touches on this with Andie’s transformation from one who wears a lumpy blue sweater to chic Chanel boots. but the dress Miranda wears in the scene she interviews Andie is a simple bateau neck dress with no-frills attached. take note of the accessories. gorgeous shoes, statement earrings, statement ring, and a gorgeous belt are what make this outfit. no wonder i like Miranda. the blog has emphasized accessories from day one as they are the easiest way to stay on-trend, highlight your personality, and make a statement.
to replicate the look i chose a Ponte burgundy dress with a twist neckline from Kobi Halperin. it’s a simple form-fitting dress that’s a timeless classic, just like Miranda’s purple dress. Miranda always wore a-ma-zing shoes, so i chose a pair of suede Mary Janes from Kate Spade to accentuate the dress. black fishnets also add a little something extra. but it’s the earrings and statement ring from Frances Valentine that add pizazz to this outfit.
the next outfit i chose for The Devil Wears Prada fashion inspiration series is a simple black dress Miranda spiced up with a gold lamé jacket and killer accessories. notice the unusual choice of the green belt. love it! simple gold hoops are the backdrop to bold gold necklaces that take center stage layered for emphasis. and, again, Miranda wears a statement ring.
to replicate the outfit i chose a little black dress (old, similar here and here), a gold jacket (limited sizes, but i loved the anthracite option available) from Frances Valentine, a green belt with burgundy accents (old, similar here and here), and a statement necklace (old, similar here and here). oh, how i wish i had (and will now look for) a gold link necklace that can be added to any outfit with ease. instead, i chose a gold station necklace from Tory Burch that’s delicate and chic. an old Prada handbag (similar here and here) and pointy-toe pumps (old, similar here and here) from Tory Burch complete the look.
dress (similar here and here) | jacket (similar here) | shoes (similar here and here) | handbag (similar here and here) | belt (old, similar here and here) | earrings | statement necklace (similar here and here) | station necklace
so far The Devil Wears Prada stands the test of time. the fashion choices are timeless classics yet oh-s0-fashion-forward. it’s food for thought as we make our outfit selections day in and day out.