Fun fact: I became a fashion writer after binge-watching romantic comedies when I was an impressionable teenager. Cliche? Yes. Do I regret my choices? Absolutely not. If anything, it's just reaffirmed that I should base all major life decisions around rom-coms - including what to wear.
16-year-old Basmah pictured herself parading around the streets of New York City wearing Prada heels and a Max Mara coat, hopping from one glamorous event to the next. And while not all of it panned out the way I thought it would (I’m still in Sydney and instead of Prada, I’m wearing DISSH), my younger self would be pretty chuffed to know that it all worked out.
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Pushing aside the age-old question of, "How can they afford their designer wardrobe and their fancy Upper East Side apartment on a journalist salary!?", there's something about rom-com fashion that makes us feel warm inside. Maybe because it takes us back to a simpler time or because rom-coms sell us the ultimate dream, proving that a woman can have a man who loves her, a job that fulfils her and a happily ever after.
On TikTok, #romcomcore has amassed over 68 million searches, with thousands of videos showing people romanticising their lives through fashion. For years, romance movies have provided people with a dopamine hit, so it makes sense that the clothes they wear on screen also evoke positive emotions.