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Wes Anderson-Approved Color Palettes to Try for Your Next OOTD

Fresh color combos inspired by some of his most iconic films!
Wes Anderson-Approved Color Palettes to Try for Your Next OOTD
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Fresh color combos inspired by some of his most iconic films!

As varied as people's taste in films can be, one thing we can all agree on is how #aesthetic Wes Anderson's films are. His pastel-hued, rose-tinted world has garnered a cult following of fans who have not only admired his art but have used it as a source of inspiration. In fact, you can even find traces of it in Instagrammable cafes, restaurants, interior design, typography, and of course, the fashion world (ugh, where do we even begin!). The trailer of his upcoming film, The French Dispatch, was recently released, and we're suddenly craving for that Wes Anderson vibe again. Here, we've picked out stills from some of his most iconic movies so you can reminisce and use as fresh new inspo for your next OOTD. 

1. Muted blue, blush pink, and scarlet red

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Whether or not you're into Margot Tenenbaum's iconic nineties school girl style, we're pretty sure you were smitten by her insouciant attitude in The Royal Tenenbaums. As notable as many of her scenes were, we particularly love the colors in this one. You could make like Margot in a baby blue mini dress, throw on a longline linen coat in cream, and swathe yourself silly in candy pink accessories. We can also imagine a cute pair of crimson red Mary Janes to really the nail the vibe. 

2. Brick red and violet

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Ahhh, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Notoriously popular not only for its crafty main character, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), but most especially for its predominantly pastel pink color palette (don't you just adore the aesthetic of that Mendl's patisserie?). However, we're particularly fond of this underrated scene because of this analogous color combo of red and violet. It's quite a classic combo that people often forget about—thankfully, YSL revived it during its Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show. You could rock a swanky red blouse and pair it with a patent violet mini skirt, or don a red dress with violet tights. Very Parisian chic! 

3. Lush greens and golden brown 

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The beach as a source of inspiration typically results in bright colors and tropical patterns, but there's an underside of it that The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou highlighted through its cool-toned color palette that pulled hues from the titular character's life as an oceanographer. We love how the colors of his kitschy office space made vintage browns look alive with subterranean blues, greens, punctuated with golden brown. Take cues from Steve by rocking a brown corduroy suit with a matching turtleneck, or cop a lush green jumpsuit and pair with a blazer for a decidedly '70s vibe. 

4. Ocean blues, rich browns, forest green

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The Darjeeling Limited tells the tale of three brothers who attempt to restore their family bonds and eventually take a train to India. We were smitten by the understated groovy feel of the train's interiors, which consisted of gorgeously blue upholstery in trippy prints that were subtly complemented by Jack's cool suitcases. Wrap yourself in the same vibe by wearing head-to-toe prints in various blue tones (mix as you please!) and use fatigue green as an accent—great if you have a pair of knee-high leather boots in that color! 

5. Mint, pale pink, and gold

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Is there a more riveting (and aesthetically pleasing) story of two runaway young lovers? We'll wait for an answer. But, we're sure you'll agree with us when we say that Moonrise Kingdom was filled with eye candy, especially if you love everything retro. Check out this scene from the film where frustrated Suzy rocks a cotton candy pink dress and a silk scarf to boot. You also can't deny that Mrs. Bishop is a style icon, too, what with her paisley print dress and green-tinted sunnies! The takeaway? Cop scarves like theirs in sunny colors and match with skirts or trousers in seafoam green.

6. Sunny yellow, mocha, dark brown

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Wes Anderson's Hotel Chevalier was literally a golden masterpiece with shades of yellow permeating throughout the film. If you're not to keen on copping cool-toned outfits (especially with summer underway!), step into the sunny side instead and don a yellow slip dress. Pair that with a mocha-hued button-down as a cover-up and wear with brown sandals. You could also try a smart pantsuit and complete it with an oversized leather clutch (a la Bottega Veneta's Pouch) for dressier occasions.

7. Warm browns and limestone green 

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Upcoming film The French Dispatch is about a fictional American magazine and the stories told in its final issue. While we wait for the movie to be released, we'll be sinking our teeth into the trailer, especially the colors in the publication's office! We're already thinking of copping a tonal brown OOTD sprinkled with paprika-colored accessories and a cool verdant beret. Plus, those '20s-inspired shoes would look great with a peasant dress, but whatever the case, we want them either way.

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