I was a child the first time I saw Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews was so talented and pretty. The songs were so charming, and the outfits were as magical as the story lines. How fun was it to dress like the characters in the movie? I had a pretty white parasol and would pretend to dance with penguins. That fun doesn’t have to stop as we grow up. With the release of Saving Mr. Banks, we can be inspired by Mary’s fashion once again.
As adults, Saving Mr. Banks re-engages us with these cherished characters and introduces us to new ones. The author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers, has a prickly personality and it’s reflected in her character’s wardrobe. She wears stuffy suits, proper patterns, and prim accessories. Can we talk about the men’s fashion in this movie? From Walt Disney to the Sherman Brothers, the men are dressed in elegant, classic suits, thin ties, and polished accessories.
Being a fashion gal, the highest compliment I can give, is that it is inspiring my own fashion choices. I especially love to bring meaningful pieces into my wardrobe that aren’t just fun and on-trend, but also say something about where I’ve been and what creative, artistic things have touched me.
This beloved musical almost wasn’t a musical. In fact, it almost wasn’t made into a film at all. If you see Saving Mr. Banks, you’ll explore the history and heart behind this classic, and while you’re there, take in the fashion.
Below are 8 looks inspired by these characters and tips on how to incorporate these pieces into your everyday look.
Mary Poppins Fashion Inspiration 1 of 8
This outfit is practically perfect in every way. It's a charming combination of Mary Poppins inspiration and current cuteness. The shoes, belt, and bow are all very Mary, but to keep it looking current, you should mix it with a modern color palate. The neutrals of the shirt and skirt create a perfect canvas, and the purse bring it into the current century.
Classic Poppins Style 2 of 8
In the movie, there's a scene where P. L. Travers decides the color red cannot be in the movie. Thank goodness that is one of her stipulations that fell to the way side. Red is an iconic color that can be used in a bold way, as in this red coat, or as a stunning pop of color, like this hat. Either way, red is a powerful color.
Mr. Banks 3 of 8
This outfit is pulled together from the character of Mr. Banks. He's a sharp little banker, and I can see him yelling, "What is the meaning of this outrage?" But no answers will come, because Mary Poppins doesn't explain anything!
The Real Mary Poppins 4 of 8
This look pure Pamela Travers, the woman who inspired Mary Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks. She is strong, smart, and in charge. What makes this outfit work is balancing vintage and modern pieces. These boots could look like a costume if they were worn with a prairie dress or something that resembles an item from the turn of the century, but paired with a modern skirt? They become hip and fresh.
Sherman Brothers 5 of 8
The men of this era were sharp. Robert and Richard, the brothers who wrote the songs for Mary Poppins, and a lot of other favorites, wore tweed pants and sweater vests. This is the first time I've ever thought a short sleeved dress shirt looked good. To get this look, or help your guy get this look, it's all about simple lines. Less is more, guys have it easy.
Mary Poppins 101 6 of 8
Mary Poppins loves that red bow tie, and so do we! Could you really rock it in your everyday life? This clothing grouping takes the red bow to preppy perfection. It works because it isn't too matchy. It wouldn't look as effortless if it was paired with a red dress, or red pants.
P. L. Travers Style 7 of 8
Mrs. Travers's style is classic and buttoned up. Everything is in it's place, very proper. I especially loved that she wore a cardigan clip and eyeglasses chain. I will be working those into my wardrobe this year.
Sidewalk Chalk Mary Poppins 8 of 8
This outfit is inspired by Mary and Bert's adventure into the sidewalk chalk artwork, which was my childhood favorite scene. This feminine, light dress can easily turn into an homage to Mary Poppins, with a few dainty details. I especially love this belt, which is perfect to accentuate a small waist, or add curves to a boyish figure.
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