Blake Lively displays timeless style in The Age of Adaline

Blake Lively displays timeless style in The Age of Adaline

If we were magically able to stay 29 years old all our lives, our dream get-ups would definitely come from The Age Of Adaline.

In the romance film which is currently showing here, US actress Blake Lively plays Adaline Bowman, a 90-year-old who remains eternally youthful after a mysterious car accident.

Freed from the ravages of time, she breezes her way through the sartorial trends of the 1920s to the present day, amassing an enviable wardrobe without having to raid her grandmother's closet.

Lively, 27, worked closely with The Age Of Adaline's costume designer Angus Strathie, who won an Oscar for Moulin Rouge! (2001), to source the outfits that defined her character's style.


"I had a vision from the beginning of what I thought Adaline would look like through the decades," said Lively, who is also the spokesman for Gucci.

It was her idea to have Adaline wear turtleneck sweaters as she grew into old age, to reflect her conservative yet timeless style.

"Mixing styles became Adaline's personal look," Strathie told People magazine.

"She draws from all her time on earth and she gets a sense of security from her wardrobe."

For instance, in one scene, Adaline goes on a date sporting a 1960s sweater and skirt, a 1920s bohemian jacket and a 1940s handbag.

"Incorporating those vintage pieces into her contemporary look gives her an individual style," said Strathie.

Inject some vintage flair to your own daily ensembles with these pieces inspired by the eight decades' worth of clothing featured in The Age Of Adaline.



Channel the flapper-girl look with lacy frills and structured accessories.

Ryan Lo Cardigan (US$785.22/S$1,050, Net-A-Porter)

Drop waist dress ($145, Dustbunny Vintage)

Two Tone Black Leather Bag ($169, Dustbunny Vintage


Adaline's wedding look features classic cream lace and embroidery details.

Blake Maxi Dress ($453, Miss Selfridge)

Antique lace blouse ($189, Granny's Day Out)


Adaline wears the same burgundy Gucci gown with cut-outs for New Year's Eve celebrations in 1945 and 2014, proving its versatility. Pair with gloves for true vintage style.

River Island Dark Red Contrast Panel Cut Out Pencil Dress ($86.90, Zalora)

Cotton Ruffle Gloves (US$15,



The 50s can't get more fine with monochrome prints and a classic purse on your arm.

Miss Harlow Crop Tee ($16.95, Zalora)

Cropped pants ($53.90, Dorothy Perkins)

River Island Quilted Tote ($65.18, Asos


Nothing says the 1960s like some good old-fashioned flower power.

Silk Scarf ($49, Granny's Day Out)

Blue Floral Dress ($83.90, Dorothy Perkins)

Vintage Framed Florals Bag ($125, Dustbunny Vintage


For winter holidays or chilly days in the office, a classic coat or turtleneck sweater will keep you toasty.

Suede Coat ($289, Mango)

Donna Karan New York Cashmere and Silk-Blend Turtleneck (US$1,291.30, Net-A-Porter)

Fiorelli Mia Small Grab Bag ($128.20, Asos) 


Redefine power dressing with a military-inspired jacket and big, bold earrings.

Marc Jacobs Jacket (US$1,364.62, Net-A-Porter)

Oleacia Earrings ($19, Aldo)


Rock the preppy look with a cardigan over a printed dress.

Sailboat Print Dress ($118, Granny's Day Out)

Fred Perry Classic V-Neck Cardigan (Laurel Wreath Collection Shop, $339)



This article was first published on May 13, 2015.
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