A ‘90s Film-Inspired Midsize Outfit Collection For Fall

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I couldn’t be more excited to cover the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with The Mom Edit this year. I’ve shopped the sale before and I usually use it as an opportunity to stock up on beauty staples like these dual-ended Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow sticks, the best sunscreen on the market, and my beloved Le Labo Hinoki hand soap and shower gel.

However, at a size 14, shopping online can be intimidating since it’s so hard to know if clothing will work well once it’s actually on my body. Here, I’ve curated five outfits that only include pieces that will ostensibly fit my size 14 frame. Some of the pieces run larger than a size 14 or come in plus sizes, so be sure to check those options out.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2022 Outfit Ideas: Iconic ’90s Movies Looks For Midsize Body Types

Of course, the proof will be in the try-on pudding, and I can’t wait to update you on what I love once I get my hot little hands on these pieces IRL next week. Putting together these outfits made me so excited for that back-to-school magic, stomping through piles of dry leaves in boots, and swapping out my sunnies for scarves. Below you’ll find five midsize-friendly outfits inspired by some of my favorite ‘90s films (props to Gen Z for reviving my favorite decade and making it cool again). Bring on autumn.

Outfit 1: Velvet & Satin Inspired By Practical Magic

Practical Magic is an annual re-watch for me. I love to cozy up with a mug of apple cider and laugh and cry all over again with Sally and Gillian Owens. Both of the sisters had enviable ‘90s style, but this outfit idea is specifically inspired by Gillian, played by the stunning Nicole Kidman. In the movie, Gillian wears a luscious crushed green velvet slip dress so here I’ve combined this slinky Satin Midi Slip dress by VINCE in Coastal Blue with a green velvet duster. The AllSaints Y necklace also reminds me of the ‘90s (but updated) with a two-tone twist that makes it very 2022. And, as we all know, mushrooms are definitely a little witchy, so the Kurt Geiger earrings are a must. Complete the outfit with knee-high tan suede boots sporting a suspiciously pointy toe (read: definitely worn by a woman who knows her way around a broom) and a supple leather backpack for all the items you’ll be needing for your next spell.

In Practical Magic, Gillian wears a luscious crushed green velvet slip dress so here I’ve combined this slinky Satin Midi Slip dress by VINCE in Coastal Blue with a green velvet duster. Complete the outfit with knee-high tan suede boots sporting a suspiciously pointy toe (read: definitely worn by a woman who knows her way around a broom) and a supple leather backpack for all the items you’ll be needing for your next spell.

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Outfit 2: Badass & Sleek Inspired By The Matrix

The Matrix was so unbelievably cool when it came out that I had to watch it over and over. We all stan Keanu for being such a cool dude, but it was Carrie Ann Moss’ style that turned my head. The faux leather leggings by Spanx have been on my #NSale wishlist since last year and I’m crossing my fingers that these fit well (I tried other faux leather leggings last year that shall remain nameless because they had to be returned). I’ve also seen quite a few mid- and plus-size babes on social media trying on this Good American bodysuit and am willing to give this bodysuit a spin even though I’m usually skeptical of how this style might fit my curves. The rounded sunglasses and shiny, sleek down jacket tie everything together. This incredibly fun neon green Kurt Geiger bag gives the outfit that Matrix glow.

I’ve seen quite a few mid- + plus-size babes on social media trying on this Good American bodysuit & am willing to give this bodysuit a spin even though I’m usually skeptical of how this style might fit my curves. The rounded sunglasses + shiny, sleek down jacket tie everything together. This incredibly fun neon green Kurt Geiger bag gives the outfit that Matrix glow.

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Outfit 3: Dark Academia Inspired By Dead Poets Society

Don’t come for me…I know that Dead Poets Society was technically released in 1989, making it an ‘80s movie. But does time really pass when it comes to….preppy fashion? Either way, the film broke my heart and simultaneously inspired hope in me that handsome, sad young men who loved poetry were waiting for me somewhere on the East Coast. The film also made me long for navy coats, plaid scarves, and loafers that scream: “I read Keats.” The sycamore green color of this AllSaints bag contrasts beautifully with the navy coat. VINCE sweaters are a luxury I’m always on the lookout for and this V-neck cardigan is a classic I would wear for years. Matched with these plaid trousers, you’ve got yourself a perfect dark academia look for fall. See you in the library.

Dead Poets Society also made me long for navy coats, plaid scarves, & loafers that scream: “I read Keats.” The sycamore green color of this AllSaints bag contrasts beautifully w/ the navy coat. VINCE sweaters are a luxury I’m always on the lookout for & this V-neck cardigan is a classic I would wear for years. Matched w/ these plaid trousers, you’ve got yourself a perfect dark academia look for fall. See you in the library.

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Outfit 4: Ennui & Rebellion Inspired By Reality Bites

Winona Ryder’s red lips and ripped jeans in the 1994 movie Reality Bites have caused me to grow into an adult with a drawer full of just-slightly-different red lipsticks and a whole lot of denim. Reality Bites captured the ennui and rebellion of the ‘90s in a way that few other movies did, and I plan to revive that spirit of rebellion with a little help from this black plaid babydoll dress that says “feminine-yet-not-interested-in-being approached” and lug boots with which to tower over my enemies. The black denim jacket is the stuff of ‘90s dreams and the hammered link hoop earrings are just plain old cool no matter the decade.

Reality Bites captured the ennui + rebellion of the ‘90s in a way that few other movies did, & I plan to revive that spirit of rebellion with a little help from this black plaid babydoll dress that says “feminine-yet-not-interested-in-being approached” & lug boots with which to tower over my enemies.

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Outfit 5: Edgy & Handsfree Inspired By Hackers

Personally, I think Hackers is an underrated movie. It’s also possible I think it was better than it was because Angelina Jolie starred in the film and I spent much of high school pining for her from a distance. Her super-short haircut and pouty lips inspired me to ask myself if I wanted to be her or date her (answer: probably both). Either way, I associate this movie with baddie classics like this moto jacket in a gorgeous light grey color, these black jeans (that I have very high hopes for given the “no waist gap” tagline), and these combat boots. Mock necks were big in the ‘90s, and I think this white bodysuit would be perfect to layer under the moto jacket. You’ll probably need this quilted leather belt bag by Rebecca Minkoff as well because, duh, hackers need to keep their hands free.

I associate Hackers w/ baddie classics like this moto jacket in a gorg light grey color, these black jeans & these combat boots. Mock necks were big in the ‘90s & I think this white bodysuit would be perfect to layer under the moto jacket. You’ll probably need this quilted leather belt bag by Rebecca Minkoff as well because, duh, hackers need to keep their hands free.

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Keep an eye out for my NSale try-on, coming soon!

P.S. Our 2022 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale cheat sheet is updated daily — it’s your one-stop shopping guide with all our best recs, so be sure to check it out or head over to our more in-depth Ultimate Guide To The NSale.

-Anne

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We're talkin' 5 fall outfits inspired by some of our fave ‘90s films (think: Reality Bites, The Matrix, Dead Poets Society...) all with the midsize ladies in mind.
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Anne, educator by day and a writer by night, considers fashion and beauty to be methods of creative self-expression and self-care. A native Midwesterner, she now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two dogs She’s always on the hunt for styles that flatter curves, and hopes that her midsize picks might help others find something they love.

7 COMMENTS

  1. These are all excellent but the DPS outfit is giving me such strong flashbacks to insisting on wearing a plaid skirt EVERY FALL. Otherwise how would everyone know I was a very serious scholar.

  2. Crash and Burn forever! Also, as another midsize mama, I really love these picks! Please let us know if you end up trying on one of the All Saints leather jackets. I’ve been curious for years, but their sizing stops at US 12, and they allegedly run small, which is a bummer.

  3. Shelby I tried the AllSaints Balfern biker jacket on in size 10 this morning! They had the deep berry color and I liked it even more than the grey blue I picked above. I didn’t think the style ran small on me at all. I have strong shoulders so I don’t think that would an atypical fit. Hope you get your hands on one of the styles! The leather is so buttery and gorgeous.

  4. Anne – I am over the moon to finally see a size 14 girl like me at The Mom Edit!!! (I love all of the contributors, but this has been a struggle for me.) Thank you for joining the team! I’m here for whatever you’ve got!!

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