My best friend and I recently had a half-hour conversation about the predictable plot lines of the Nicholas Sparks’ stories. How does it go? Character X runs away to a beach town in the south, falls in love with Character Y, keeps a deep dark secret from everyone, someone dies, and somehow everyone ends up happy.
And we love it every bit of it.
I had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Safe Haven since I first saw the teaser trailer months ago, in the theater before another movie that I’ve already forgotten. I could hardly wait. Julianne Hough and Cobie Smulders had made their way into my dreams, I was so excited about the movie’s release.
I’m not in the business of spoiler alerts, but I will say that I saw the latest Nicholas Sparks story-turned-film this past weekend the only way one can: inhaling popcorn and french fries with your best gal pals. Upon reflection, we discussed how interchangeable the male leads of these movies seem to be- which is not necessarily a bad thing; they are all overwhelmingly gorgeous, but seem to dress out of the same closet every morning.
Let’s review some of the ‘hits’ and ‘misses’ the Nick Sparks’ wardrobe crew have styled over the past few years:
Hit: Noah in The Notebook -
Anyone who knows anything at all about chick flicks knows that The Notebook is a classic, and possibly the only reason a large majority of women know about the wonder and glory that is Ryan Gosling.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Ryan, as Noah Calhoun, single-handedly put newsboy caps back on the map. My hats off to these stylists: The character’s wardrobe looks genuinely fashionable for the 50-ish years ago time period of the movie, and somehow still looks uber cool in today’s age. Let’s also note the canoe scene as a testament to a pair of gray dress pants and a classic white button down (though that hair’s a looking little rough). Embrace your face, boo.
Miss: Logan in the first part of The Lucky One -
No. Maybe you’re into the “totally homeless in a sort of hot way” thing, and I’m not here to judge, but I also am not feeling the drifter look. It’s just that there are other comfortable options, okay? Also embrace your face.
Hit: Logan in the next part of The Lucky One -
I firmly believe every man should own a military-style dress shirt. Epaulettes are one of my favorite things, in men’s and women’s fashion, and the buttons straining over Logan Thibault’s giant arms are one shirt size away from popping off his shoulders entirely… in the best way possible. It also did not escape me that Zac Efron’s character, rocking those serious guns, pronounces his name the same way America’s Sweetheart and favorite quarterback does (Call me, Tebow).
Hit: Will in The Last Song -
Liam Hemsworth’s stylist really hit the nail on the head with this one: the filmmakers wisely chose an appropriate ratio of shirt-on to shirt-off with Mr. Hemsworth which, in all honesty, is what pays the bills when it comes to these movies. His character’s kind of beach-preppy aesthetic always looked effortless and young, which was totally appropriate, and the deep v-necks and collared polo shirts Will commonly wore highlighted Liam’s broad shoulders so well, it’s no surprise the movie’s on camera romance turned into a real-life relationship.
I’d also like to talk about the women’s fashion in The Last Song because that purple, ruffled Betsey-esque dress they put Ronnie in for the wedding scene is absolutely precious, but I really don’t have the time or energy to discuss that Cyrus girl’s train wreck of a hair cut right now. (Am I right, Babe Walker?)
Miss: Alex, when we first see him in Safe
Saving the most recent in this series of chick flicks for last, what we see above pretty much summarizes only issue with the whole movie. Okay… I get it. Josh Duhamel’s character is a dad, as the actor is also soon-to-be, but honestly, there is no excuse for this atrocity of a Hawaiian shirt. None. Not a one. I’m done with this.
Hit: Alex, in the second half of Save Haven -
Like every other Sparks leading man, Duhamel’s character, while giving off the impression that his only concern in regards to clothing is comfort, blossoms toward the end of the film. The tees got a little tighter – check. The printed tops got a little more subtle and trendy – check. The jeans didn’t look so dirty – check.
Casual plaid tops should be staples in any guy’s wardrobe. Paired with a nice pair of dark denim and a beach landscape, nothing can go wrong! Outfit-wise, of course. It’s unpredictable, the crazy, dramatic world we live in for a couple of hours when we escape to watch our favorite weekend novels come to life.
Thank goodness, though, that the fashion choices our male leads make don’t actually reflect their personal style off-screen. These men definitely clean up well, and I think Fergie Ferg would agree.
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