Cinema’s greatest loungewear icons

Illustrations: Amyisla McCombie. Words: Charlotte Core

Having spent some time delving back into our old DVD collections, we’ve been inspired to take our comfort dressing to new heights with the help of four thoroughly chilled-out loungewear icons from the silver screen.

The Dude

‘The Big Lebowski’, 1998

Jeff Bridges’ foul-mouthed The Dude may have first appeared on screen in ’98, but his laid-back, nonchalant approach to life (and dressing) feels all too relevant – and necessary – right now. A cosy, grungy cardigan, a basic T-shirt and airy, unrestricting trousers are the lazy-day uniform we didn’t know we needed (all given a luxurious twist by us, naturally). Now, anyone fancy a White Russian?

Downtime, The Dude's way

Ferris Bueller

’Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, 1986

If anyone knows how to chill out – even if it’s only for one day – it’s Ferris Bueller. The fourth-wall-breaking high-schooler certainly knows the mood-lifting benefit of a good day off, and taking some ‘me time’ feels so much better when you’re sitting back, dressing gown on, juice in hand. So, give it a try. We’ll get back to reality tomorrow…

Fix-up like Ferris


Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

 – Ferris Bueller

Holly Golightly

’Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, 1961

Holly Golightly’s black-dress-and-pearls may arguably be the most famous of the free-spirited writer’s ensembles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but the outfit we’re most interested in recreating right now is her oversized-shirt-and-blindfold combo. Laissez-faire but still glam with an old-school Hollywood vibe, this is the level of staying-in style we’re aiming for. The only thing that’s missing? Her creatively named feline companion ‘Cat’ who, if you ask us, was totally robbed of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar back in ’61…

Hollywood meets working from home

Little Edie

‘Grey Gardens’, 1975

Eccentric Edith ‘Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale’s outfits were a loungewear lover’s dream in ’Grey Gardens’ (the iconic documentary film about a formerly upper-class mother and daughter duo called ‘Big and Little Edie’). A brilliant mix of tights, leotards, skirts and turbans, Little Edie’s at-home style came with an inspiring dose of dressing-up box theatrics, which cemented her position as a fashion muse (designers such as Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and Giambattista Valli have all cited her as an inspiration). And for us, there’s no better time than now to raid the wardrobe, Edie-style, and get creative with your look…

Be more Edie


“You can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape.”

– Little Edie