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LOTD: Charlize Theron Is the Best Dressed Spy in Atomic Blonde

Just how do you leave a fight in a pristine white coat?!
LOTD: Charlize Theron Is the Best Dressed Spy in Atomic Blonde
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Just how do you leave a fight in a pristine white coat?!

Under the pink and blue neon lights and through the killer '80s soundtrack of Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron shines. She plays an undercover spy named Lorraine Broughton who is sent to recover stolen intel amid the Cold War in Germany. Here, she is more than just a character. She is an attitude: cool, strong, fearless, relentless and most of all, stylish. In a tale of convoluted lies, deception, and espionage, your focus is pulled into Lorraine whom you would think holds all the answers. And perhaps, she does, but she's not one to easily let you in. 

Whether she's strutting in her Saint Laurent chain booties or bludgeoning a bad guy with her sky high red patent Dior heels, Charlize carries herself with grace and elegance perfectly captured in the retro decade. She brings to life a clever spy packaged with an icy, daggering gaze, a wavy, always perfect blonde bob, and a tall frame.

Clad in designer outfits, she aims her gun and shoots to kill. Despite the symphony of gun fires, violence, and exasperated throaty groans, Charlize renders Lorraine in color coordinated outfits that add more mystery to her character. Director David Leitch mindfully inserts a ton of screen time alloted just for Lorraine walking the streets of Berlin, turning them into tattered, makeshift runways—a stark juxtaposition against the spy's sleek, polished look. But if Lorraine is being viewed as the female Bond, it's only fitting that she'd be dressed to the nines.

Apart from lounging in a Boy London tee—a popular streetwear brand in the '80s—Lorraine sports multiple outfits in the film. And below, check out our top five picks that ultimately wowed us.

1. Vinyl trench

As a Londoner, a statement trench coat is a must. But Lorraine isn't one to stick with the usual khaki or ebony ones. She locks in her presence and captivates you in her custom white vinyl John Galliano trench, accessorized with a sensible bag (to carry her gun, natch), a Lanvin scarf, Miu Miu shades, and a pair of Saint Laurent boots.

2. Airport attire

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Upon first glance at those Tom Ford sunnies, Maison Margiela pinstripe jacket (worn as a bustier!), and her killer (literally!) Dior heels, we fell in love with every detail of this outfit. It quickly reinvents our view on chic airport attire.

3. Her "I would've worn a different outfit" get up

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In her first fight scene set in an abandoned apartment of her slain colleague, Lorraine is decked out in a Dior sweater, Wolford mini skirt, Stuart Weitzman thigh-high boots, and a white Massimo Dutti coat. If she knew she'd be beating the crap out of some guys that time, as Lorraine says, she "would've worn a different outfit." Thankfully she's a skilled spy, careful not to ruin her designer clothes. Would you believe she escaped her enemies unscathed and unstained?!

4. Bar look

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Charlize's character exudes confidence and strength and at the same time oozes with sex appeal. And her metallic bronze lame jumpsuit is the perfect demonstration of her character's polar sides. The slinky suit provided movement as she sashayed her way down the bar for her staple drink: Stoli on ice. There, she is accompanied at the bar by Sofia Boutella who plays a French spy wearing a vintage Kenzo bubble dress.

5. Her last kill look

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Tugging on colors, Lorraine commands power in an archival red Dior coat with exaggerated buttons, a nod to the '80s. Underneath, a black wide-legged jumpsuit paired with lace up stilettos. This spelled triumph and true dominance. The equally stylish outfit worn by Lorraine is perfect as she exits the topsy turvy sitch in Berlin and Paris.

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