Clothes make the man — at least that’s what Mark Twain believed. And he wasn’t wrong, so much of your personality is reflected by your sense of style. It’s a fact that remains true across the board, even applying to our favorite characters. A film’s costume department puts a lot of thought into each character’s outfit, creating a look that compliments their personality. In this regard, Athleisure is a popular choice; it’s a memorable style that fits right in to any scenario. So let’s take a look at some iconic movie characters who rocked the Athleisure look.
The Bride, Kill Bill (2003)
When you think of Kill Bill, you think of swords, sirens, and Uma Thurman’s iconic yellow tracksuit. And when you’re on a revenge mission with nothing to lose, the tracksuit seems a perfect fit. After all, it offers a wide range of movement allowing you to assassinate enemies with ease. All jokes aside, the track suit was a surprisingly practical wardrobe choice for a genre that enjoys dressing its female protagonists in skintight leather or long, impossible dresses, and high heels. Even when she ditches the suit, she still sticks to an Athleisure-inspired style. This is a woman on a mission, and she’s not going to let something as petty as wardrobe choices stop her.
Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Oversized jacket, loose vest, plain white tee, and baggy lounge pants. This is Ferris Bueller’s signature look, and it fits right in with the image of ‘charming troublemaker’. Ferris’ paradoxically cocky yet laid-back personality is reflected by the loose fit of his wardrobe, which is stylish enough to get him into a five-star restaurant and still doesn’t look out of place at a baseball game. Whether he’s joyriding a ‘borrowed’ Ferrari or hopping fences to make it home before his parents, Ferris Bueller’s outfit has his back through all of his shenanigans.
The Dude, The Big Lebowski (1998)
No one does ‘chilled out’ quite like The Dude. His go-with-the-flow attitude is taken to an extreme in the film, as he’s swept into a noir-style mystery despite having no desire to be part of the plot. His role as an almost reluctant protagonist can be seen the moment he comes on screen. Although his iconic outfit isn’t what you’d traditionally consider Athleisure, his sense of style captures the spirit of the look — ready for anything, no matter how unexpected.
‘Nice Guy’ Eddie Cabot, Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Mafia in film are intrinsically linked with suits, whether they’re tailored or track. An iconic member of the mob who pulls off the latter is the somewhat ironically named ‘Nice Guy’ Eddie. Eddie is the son and right-hand man of the local mob boss, armed with a handgun and hair-trigger temper. His iconic powder blue attire stands out from the black and white suits of the other main characters — marking him as the coordinator of the heist, separate from our main crew. However when it’s time to get his hands dirty, Eddie doesn’t hesitate to jump into the fray, tracksuit and all.
With Athleisure’s mix of comfort, style, and functionality, it’s no wonder so many on-screen characters embrace the style. Whether they live high-octane lifestyles or are just trying to express themselves, these movie characters found their perfect fit with this versatile look.
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