500 Days of Summer’s Sapphire Wardrobe

“This is a story of boy meets girl.  The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he’d never truly be happy until the day he met the one.  This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie The Graduate.  The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief.”  Zooey Deschanel always looks cute, whether it’s singing with her band She & Him or playing a disgruntled checkout girl in The Good Girl.  In 500 Days of Summer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Tom, an optimistic architect who falls in love with the hipster sweetheart.  Deschanel plays Summer, a girl who isn’t interested in romance or relationships, and starts a casual fling in the first of a several films about “friends with benefits.”  (And probably the most realistic…)  One of our editors’ oldest and dearest friends is Zooey’s living and breathing alter-ego – a girl named Brittney, who’s 25th birthday happens to be today!  So in honor of her quarter life milestone, and the beginning of summer, what better movie to feature?!  The film, including all of Deschanel’s clothing, has a blue-centric theme that was done intentionally by director Marc Webb to bring out Zooey’s gorgeous eyes.  (And maybe to illustrate Summer is as cold as the color?  Or Tom’s depressing mood once the two split?)  The movie’s costume designer is a woman named Hope Hanafin (with a name as whimsical as the film’s fictional lead), and had some very interesting views and ideas about Summer’s clothes.  The teal and white halter dress (pictured, top left) is vintage Palace Costume.  The soft powder blue dress Summer wears to a co-worker’s wedding (pictured, above left) is from Western Costume.  Hanafin told MTV News “What I liked about that dress was that it was architectural.  Here’s this man who is an architect and then there’s this romantic dress made out of straight lines.  That dress just reminded me of the lines he would use when he was drawing, so I just fell in love with that dress for that moment.”

During an interview with MTV News, Hanafin stated the following: “A lot of it is vintage, but there’s still plenty that’s not.  Though I have great respect for these romantic comedies where secretaries are wearing Prada, I wanted [500 Days of Summer] to be kind of the anti-Sex and the City.  So, Zooey’s wearing clothes that her character really could afford, things are also repeated.  Her clothes are a mix of things from Old Navy, GAP, BCBG and then there’s a lot of vintage.  But not all of it was glamorous vintage.  She has a Built By Wendy denim skirt and a couple other great things.”  Although Summer Finn is one cool chick, we didn’t understand why she didn’t hold onto her best accessory in the film… Joseph Gordon-Levitt!


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