The iconic 1989 movie, “Steel Magnolias” is the theme for this month’s Match Made in Seven collaboration. It was chosen by Debbie of Debbie Styles Life. As she is a Southerner, I’ll be looking to see her interpretation as it will be the final authority on this one!
Match Made in Seven is our international blogger’s group that meets every month to share our interpretations of styling to a theme that could be anything; a song, movie, color, etc. Be sure to stop by the other ladies’ blogs which will be listed at the end of this post to see how they interpret this month’s theme. Be sure to check out our newest member, Eva.
Steel Magnolias The Movie
This movie is based on real-life and is often called, “one of the most beloved touchstones of Southern culture.” The ladies are strong and charming and have a natural chemistry on screen.
The authentic dialog and characters made this movie work. That’s because of the personal attachment of the writer. Here are some interesting facts about his personal attachment:
- It was originally a play by Robert Harling about his sister, Susan, who died of complications from diabetes.
- It was written as a tribute to the strength of his sister, his mother, and all the Southern ladies who rallied around them.
- The movie was filmed in Natchitoches, Louisiana, which is where the actual story took place.
- The women stars remain friends to this day.
Cast of Characters
This movie had all the big female stars of the day: Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, and Daryl Hannah. They had a natural chemistry that really shone through the story and their interactions and dialog are fun to watch.
There are some notable quotes, with lots of fun lines from Shirley MacLaine (who played the crotchety Ouiser) and Olympia Dukakis as the hilarious Clairee. Here are just a few:
Clairee: The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.
Truvy: I can usually spot a bottle job at 20 paces.
Ouiser: I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years.
Truvy: It takes some effort to look like this.
Shelby: I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
Truvy: I haven’t left the house with lycra on these thighs since I was 14.
Shelbee: You can’t screw up her hair. You just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet.
Ah, there is the reference to big hair that was all the rage in the 80s.
Big hair was the style in the 80s. With many of the scenes in Truvy’s beauty parlor, this movie was truly a sign of those times. The clothes were naturally conservative with lots of pastels and flounces, especially for the wedding scene.
In an interview, the costume designer said, “We drew inspiration from Bea Arthur and Delta Burke as two icons of that time.” Does anybody remember them? Lol! Bea Arthur had a tall, masculine look, and Delta Burke was all curvy and feminine. That tells you just how complicated it is to identify one “style” that is particular to that time.
Harper’s Bazaar describes the 80s style like this:
The 1980s were a decade of bold style, colors, and silhouettes— and heaping amounts of permed hair. With trends spanning from ripped tights and biker jackets to polished oversized blazers and poof skirts, and style icons ranging from Joan Jett to Joan Collins, it was one of the most eclectic decades in fashion. And like it or not, the ’80s are back in full force. From shoulder pads to power suits and all that’s in-between, some of the era’s key looks are making a comeback in fashion.
The 80s style included lots of fashion features that were unique to that time period. Remember Jane Fonda’s headband and leg warmers as workout wear? The “power suit” with wide padded shoulders? Oversize blazers and high-waisted jeans? Punk rock? Madonna? And of course, Lady Di, with her amazing sense of style. All have influenced fashion today.
Here are some images that show the variety of styles in the 80s. All have big hair!
How Will You Style It?
So, with 80s style making a comeback, how will you style it? Will you (once again for some of us!) style shoulder pads? Biker jackets? That’s one trend that has stuck around.
If you need inspiration for “everyday” 80s style, watch–or re-watch–Steel Magnolias. You will love seeing the strong ladies of the South in action!
Be sure to check out how my fellow bloggers of Match Made in Seven styled it!
Debbie of https://www.debbiestyleslife.
Darlene of https://aquamarinastyle.com/
Bettye of https://fashionschlub.com/
Anna of https://www.muttonstyle.com/
Emma of http://www.style-splash.com/
Nancy of https://www.
***Meet our newest member, Eva of https://www.costumetakeout.com/cto-s-d-i-y-blog