Thursday, April 1, 2010

Classmates: Movie Style — Jake Ryan of Sixteen Candles

-It's no secret that John Hughes' movies are stylish. But I noticed something interesting recently while watching the 1984 Hughes classic Sixteen Candles; Romantic interest Jake Ryan's style was icy, not just for 1984, but in a very 2010 manner.  Check out this first combo, a standard (and admittedly baggy) oxford/vest combo, but it's paired with cuffed jeans and worn boots. Was there any item more prevalent on the scene in the past year than work boots?

 -Continue on to the dance scene and check out what dude is rocking — slim, front-pocket cargos. Similar cargos were huge this year, though I'm still conflicted about whether or not that's a good thing. Still, the timeframe makes Jake's wardrobe selection very intriguing. I can't really tell what the shoes are though, this cap is taken from a downloaded version of the film, I apologize.

-At the end of the movie Jake returns to his go-to sweater vest and denim. Am I stretching too far here? Does this dude not look like he could have stepped out of a 2010 lookbook? Maybe it's just me, but the wardrobe choices here seem distinctly different from those made for the male leads in the other two parts of the Hughes holy trinity (Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club.) Maybe it's because Jake ends up being a nice guy and not a douche, even though he drives a 944, which everyone knows is the poor-man's Porsche.

9 comments:

L.A.S said...

Jake Ryan vs. Jake Davis, cage match style.

BadScene said...

Not only is it a sweater vest, but also fair isle patterned.

Good catch, I'll have to watch the movie again sometime.

Ryan said...

the (ex) store Jake in Chicago was named after this dapper character... "The More You Knooooow"

JFK Jean said...

Those boots are #icy to death....

Angelo said...

1 - Jake Ryan would fuck Jake Davis' chambray way up.
2 - Wasn't quite sure if it was fair isle re: the bad cap quality.

3 - It's too bad the ex-store hasn't endured like the film.

4 - The boots are great, I think they might be Wolverine? I'll def design a Jake Ryan boot someday.

Nicholas said...

I thought the boxster was the poor-man's porsche

ray. said...

odd coincidence: watched this movie the day before your post, was all sorts of psyched about jake ryan's style ... especially those boots.

glad i chose to catch up on my google reader--this made my day.

Patrick said...

Finally, another blogger recognises his style. I first saw this film around October and couldn't believe how relevant his style was to the trends at the time. It's actually not that surprising. Similar styles tend to pop up in films from this period -- styles that are completely wearable today. For example, in a film I watched the other day, Bright Lights, Big City (1988), Michael J. Fox's preppy wardrobe is beautiful -- I posted a couple of pictures on my blog. Class (1983) is another good one. Also, in At Close Range (1986), Sean Penn wears some amazing work boots that beat these ones in my opinion. By the way, the shoes Jake is wearing in the second picture are, of course, Sperry Top-Siders, see -- http://mollyringwald.atspace.org/sixteen22.jpg

Shawn said...

Yeah I tried to find some similar boots on line, but they're hard to find.