BEST OF ME MOVIE FASHION: WHAT MICHELLE MONAGHAN & LIANA LIBERTO WORE

The Best Of Me movie fashion clothes

Younger Dawson (Luke Bracey) and Amanda (Liana Liberato)

“There is a formula to these movies that make the romance really appealing for the audience,” according to The Best of Me Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter,

So what was the formula for this year’s Nicholas Sparks flick? Super feminine dresses and bicep-flattering shirts, of course! Both of these styles were key to connecting the film’s main time periods and the main characters who lived in them: The early 90s and 20 years later. “It was like two movies that were combined together,” Ruth said.

Below, the wardrobe maven, who spoke to OSS in a phone interview, explains in her own words the process behind transforming the younger Amanda (played by Liana Liberato) into her older self (played by Michelle Monaghan).

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The costume designer had almost all of younger Amanda’s dresses made to accentuate the actress’ shoulders and back

THE BEST OF LIANA
[Producers] Denise Di Novie, Allison Greenspan, and I sat down and discussed what [Liana’s] beauty points wore. We found a a style that would accentuate that. What color would be right, what would accentuate her neck and shoulders. We ended up making 90%— if not 100%— of the dresses Liana wore in the movie. [The character Amanda’s style is] flirty, effortless, backless. The skirts were more full-circle skirts above the knee that were minimizing as well as soft. Liana’s shoulders were nice, so I cut in a lot of seams. Also, I showed a lot of her back.

THE BEST OF THE 90s
The hemlines were right there above the knee. Hair was teased. It was a girly time. There were things we we wanted to stay away from, like acid wash. We modified a lot of the [early 90s] trends for today to make them fairly more palatable. I don’t think the producers really wanted to be on the nose with the period. So I did it mostly with the background talent: letterman jackets, cropped sweaters, and high-waisted shorts

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Costumer Sophie de Rakoff, who outfitted Michelle Monaghan, described older Amanda’s style as “traditionally feminine”

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
By the time we finished with Liana, we were weeks away from Michelle’s appearance in the film. I was open about wanting the Michelle part of the movie to be her movie, just as Liana’s part was Liana’s movie.I was booked to do Selma so I had to leave to do that. We decided that Sophie de Rakoff, who had worked very closely with Michelle in the past, would be someone who could cut to the chase and get her dressed quickly and could mirror some of the looks on Liana. In the end, it was nice way to handle the story.

THE BEST OF MICHELLE
[The following is from Sophie via an email interview] The keys to older Amanda’s style was to always remember that she was a girl of South, from a moneyed family. She was raised in a conservative household, and after her teenage love rejected her, she married a conservative man and choose a traditional life. Within those confines, we wanted to make sure that Amanda had her own sense of style; soft and chic. Her palatte was soft and subtle, and the sillouhette often traditionally feminine.  We tried to have a call and response with the young Amanda by echoing the floral motifs and the femininity of the sillhouttes.

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YOUNGER AMANDA’S BLUE EYELET BACKLESS DRESS:
Custom made for the movie
GET THE LOOK :
Oh My Love Dress
Little Mistress Dress
Charlotte Russe Backless Dress
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YOUNGER AMANDA’S PURPLE POLKA DOT DRESS:
Custom made for the movie
GET THE LOOK:
Lightweight Dress
Boysenberry Dress
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OLDER AMANDA’S BLUE, SLEEVELESS FIT-AND-FLARE DRESS:
Derek Lam  (no longer available)
GET THE LOOK:
Jones New York Paneled Dress
Jessica Simpson V-Neck Dress
Rachel Roy Dress
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OLDER AMANDA’S RED, FLORAL-PRINT DRESS:
Custom made for the film, the fabric came from a store in New York. “The director didn’t want to use any other red in the film so that Michelle’s red dress would stand out,” Ruth recalled.
GET THE LOOK:
Pendleton Vista Dress
Lauren Ralph Lauren Wrap Dress
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OLDER AMANDA’S FLORAL-PRINT, RUFFLE BLOUSE:
Joie Macy B Blouse (no longer available)
GET THE LOOK:
Forever 21 Chiffon Top
French Connection Top
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OLDER AMANDA’S PALE BLUE BLOUSE AND TWEED PENCIL SKIRT:
Vince Pocket Blouse and Ann Taylor Tweed Skirt (both are no longer available)
GET THE LOOK:
Pair this LOFT blouse with this Tahari skirt
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OLDER AMANDA’S WHITE SHEER BLOUSE AND PALE PINK/PEACH PANTS:
Vince Placket Blouse (no longer available) and Chloe Cady Trousers
GET THE LOOK:
Pair this blouse with these peach capri pants
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