I refuse to believe I was born in the 80's and grew up the in the 90's. With the exception of a little flannel and floral grunge, I really don't relate to any of the fashion staples of those eras and I haven't participated in the exposed zipper/big shoulder comeback. (and I definitely don't ever want to see another glittery butterfly graphic-t again.)
But, recently I watched the movie Being John Malkovich (1999) and I am seriously style inspired by Catherine Keener's character, Maxine. Her look is both contemporary for the time (lots of A line, cotton/lycra material) and classic. She dresses almost entirely in black and white, and everything is simple. simple. simple. Her palette lends a business attitude to the otherwise low-key seperates she wears, since the majority of the scenes for this movie take place in an office. Such a nice alternative to a polyester pants suit that makes me feel like I'm 17 and working at Victoria's Secret.
Work this look at work with a long sleeve t-shirt from j.crew and one of the stretch pencil skirts from American Apparel, like I did this week. And the finishing touches? a nice coat of plum red lipstick (and no bra if you're feeling brave.)
(p.s.) watch Catherine Keener in all her slender and simple sexiness in the trailer here.