Fashion in Film: Love Story

Happy Thursday, LDV readers! It’s Jessica Amento with a brand new installment of my “Fashion In Film” column. Now that the fall season is finally in full force, I had no choice but to showcase one of my all-time favorite movies which is chockfull of autumnal ensembles—Arthur Hill’s Love Story (1970). Based on the best-selling novel by Erich Segal, the film chronicles the heartbreaking romance between the wealthy Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O’Neal) and working-class Jenny Cavalleri (Ali MacGraw). Tragically, Oliver’s disapproving parents are only one obstacle standing in the couple’s path in this star-crossed tale. On the contrary to Love Story‘s sorrowful subject matter, the movie’s ensembles are sure to bring a smile to your face. With Cambridge as a backdrop, the wardrobe stays true to 1960’s New England style via modest silhouettes, pops of plaid and a rich palette.  Ali MacGraw as Jenny Cavalleri is the ultimate American girl and her outfits are eternally classic. Take a closer look at her myriad of stylish moments from the film below, then shop them accordingly!
(Jenny in a cozy pom knit beanie and striped scarf.)
(Jenny in a layered look of a double-breasted coat, plaid scarf and knit gloves.)
(The couple that dresses well together, stays together; Ryan in a dapper plaid jacket and scarf, Jenny in a sleek double-breasted coat.)
(Jenny wears this striking long-sleeved red dress to meet Oliver’s parents.)
(Jenny in a turtleneck, bell skirt and wide buckle belt.)
(How chic are her opaque tights and patent loafers?)
(Oliver and Jenny on their wedding day; she looks radiant in a peasant-chic dress and floral hair adornment.)
That’s all for this month, dear readers. If you’re up for an emotional journey (softened by stunning outfits galore), I highly recommend streaming Love Story during a cozy night-in this season — just don’t forget to keep a box of tissues near! xo, Jessica
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  1. I stumbled upon this movie on Netflix and loved it! I myself am a music teacher and my husband who is actually a football coach intended to go to law school when we first met almost 10 years ago, I found so many correlations between the movie and our relationship, it’s funny cause I paid no mind to the fashion! Boy was I missing out, now that you point it out! She is darling in the movie and it is a tragic ending, they just don’t make movies like that anymore 🙁 one of my other favorites of this era include valley of the dolls, great story and fun fashion!