Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Silver Screen Sunday {Shutter Island}

I realised what it is that has me so uninspired, lately (at least, in part) - Summer! I'm sick of dressing for Summer and longing for Autumn and cool, cloudy days. So, when I saw Shutter Island on Friday it was a refreshing change to see wind and rain and clouds albeit on the movie screen.* My thoughts have also been a bit preoccupied by men's fashion, of late (but not to inspire my own wardrobe - I've just been fantasising about well-dressed men!), and as a film noir loving gal, the trench coats and fedoras in Scorcese's Shutter Island definitely set my heart a-flutter.

It doesn't seem to be the easiest thing to find men's vintage, nor the cheapest to find men's repro vintage, but I've managed to find a few items out there.

This Naval regulation overcoat from fabgabs probably wouldn't look too out of place in this film. Actually, fabgabs has a lovely selection of threads for the vintage gent, that I highly suggest you take a look at!

1940s double breasted suit from fabgabs. This one nearly send me into a swoon! Just look at those lapels.

It was difficult finding decent pictures from this film but I think these show off the clothes well enough. The film wasn't quite what I was expecting but it kept me captivated and, if nothing else, the photographer in me was swooning (I swoon a lot) over the gorgeous cinematography. From the beautiful cloudy, grey daytime scenes, to the glistening rain-slick night shots, it would be difficult to say that this film doesn't look good. I also happen to think it's a very good film in general - it doesn't have a twist, as such, but, as the friend I saw it with said, it's more like a slow unwinding.

I had a difficult time finding places online that sell fedoras - I keep finding trilbies, instead...it seems most people think they're the same thing, these days! Although, I must admit, I'm terribly confused about the whole thing, now and don't know what's what. If anyone has any references on this subject, please do let me know. However, I did find The Fedora Store (again, some of their hats look more like trilbies, as they have smaller brims - I am correct that trilbies generally have the smaller brim, aren't I?) so I shall leave you with a hat from there.

I also discovered the Italian hat company, Borsalino, which is apparently particularly know for its fedoras. Check out their website - their hats are divine.

I would also like to add that Michelle Williams sports a very cute dress in her role. I couldn't find one with a particularly similar print but this one is just as lovely -

Found here on etsy. Now, if anyone feels inclined to buy me a present, this wouldn't go astray! Wink, wink.

*I'd like to add that I actually don't like extreme cold weather, either, but I think we all know the feeling of being sick of a season by the end of it and it makes the opposite kind of weather seem so appealing.

I hope you enjoyed this Silver Screen Sunday on a Tuesday.

Andi B. Goode


  1. I still haven't seen Shutter Island, but everyone keeps saying that it's excellent! I might go see it next weekend.
    I love vintage menswear, I wish more guys dressed like that! :)


  2. That was such a great movie. Love that era!

  3. I want to see this movie so bad! It only just came out here. I love Leo Dicaprio, his outfits are so fantastic in this movie.


  4. I want to see Shutter Island, but it seems a bit scary, and I'm a bit of a coward so I'm gonna wait for it come out on dvd =)

    I love vintage for gents! But it's very hard to come by, even sewing patterns are very tricky to find. It seems suits and coats were something one bought, not made. So unpractical for us today! ; )

    Know what you mean about longing for a change at the end of a long season! The only season that doesn't happen with is summer, simply because it's such a short affair here! (and rather cold as well) Lol!

  5. wasn't Shutter Island wonderful!? i've already seen it twice! you kinda have to though ;o)

  6. I'm looking forward to seeing this film, these pics look great.

  7. I have wanted to see this movie for a while, but I never put together the fact that it was set in another era! That makes me even more excited for it! :D



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