Costume Mistakes People Missed In Major Films –
After all the work put into some of the big budget movies, it’s quite surprising when we find hilarious and sometimes just silly errors in their making. Whether it’s a time period issue, setting or just a mishap the cast or editors didn’t notice, it’s fun to jump on them, especially when it’s their jobs. But luckily for us, there are fans out there determined to show every flaw they can find in our beloved films that we just couldn’t notice before. It’s tough to think the directors couldn’t have seen it as if they learned film making from an online college but then again we missed it too so we can’t blame them too much, right?
Dirty Dancing: Baby’s Shorts Needed To Be A Skirt
Set in 1963, this blast from the past was an epic ride for everyone who has seen it, besides those that noticed Baby wearing jean shorts that only came into fashion much later in the 80’s. Still, this dance drama melted our hearts with its love story and cool moves that we still emulate today at home in our undies. When we’re not cramming for an online college exam of course.
Legends of the Fall: Brad Pitt’s Blonde Hair Was Too Perfect
As per usual, Pitt is a stunning example in this cowboy coming of age story. Set in early 1900’s, he plays Tristan Ludlow the rock of the classic farm family, his hair however is a heavy sixties style and coupled with the shoddy shave job that would’ve never passed in those days. Moreover it’s hard to take the period placement seriously.
Troy: Umbrellas Didn’t Exist Then
This flamboyant sun shade we see overhead of Bloom in Troy is not only a side splitter but just plain inaccurate. The actual invention of the umbrella only goes back to the 5th Century BCE, only a ‘few’ years after the Battle of Troy took place.
Pride and Prejudice: Rubber Boots Didn’t Exist Then
Based on the classic novel by Jane Austen, this beautifully written story stars Kiera Knightley in a well directed now cult classic. Welp, the only issue found here was the Wellington rain boots Kiera sports as she walks the ground. Why? Well they were only invented more than 40 years later.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: An Extra Is Actually Wearing Jeans
Indy! If it was just the t-shirt and jeans and not the setting we could probably get over it. But the fact that it takes place in Egypt in the 1930’s means that the extra in the back wearing jeans…is a bit, well, wrong.
Captain America (The First Avenger): Hair Needs To Be Up Here
Although she is killer gorgeous in this first installment of the Captain America franchise, Peggy’s hair style is just not army appropriate. Even though it fits the time period, during WWII, women serving were required to have their hair up off the collar and tied back.
The Ten Commandments: Nefertiri’s Dress Is Just Too Advanced
This classic biblical film from 56′ was actually one of the most successful films ever. It portrays Anna Baxter as Nefertiti in a stunningly gorgeous blue dress that according to the period in which it was set, that hue was impossible to achieve by using natural tints. Yet, still, she stole the show, the hearts and minds of everyone that saw her in that dress.
Gladiator: Crowe’s Lycra Shorts Don’t Make Sense
Out of all mistakes in his wardrobe, spandex lycra shorts are what we see under his epic leather outfit and it’s a little disappointing. In a few scenes we get a glimpse of these skin tight bad boys. Furthermore it’s not a stretch to say that in ancient Rome, they weren’t readily available. Nor was online college as a matter of fact.
Baywatch: Transparent Swimsuit
Baywatch was one of our favorite TV shows growing up, but there were a lot of things going on behind the scenes that we didn’t know about. One example was that not all of the cast members knew how to swim. Another one is that Gena Lee Nolin almost had an embarrassing incident when the swimsuit she was supposed to don was discovered to become transparent when wet. Lucky they figured that out before the shot.
The Mummy Returns: Meema’s Skirt Is Not Battle Friendly
What a battle scene it was between Nefertiri and Anck Su in The Mummy Returns. But an impressive fighting scene in the chambers of Pharaoh quickly lost its credibility when the women’s undergarments showed some brand tags that were surely not from that time.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Nazi’s Shouldn’t Be Wearing Medals
The Last Crusade takes place around 1938, during which time the full blown war had yet to begin. We all know this movie has been the brunt of many movie related funnies but at this point in history, the Nazi’s did not wear medals – especially so many. Only near the ending of the war did it become a norm.
The King’s Speech: Wrong Kilt
A role for which he will never receive the true credit he is due for this breathtaking experience – The King’s Speech captivated us all. Besides the kilt experts of course. They spotted that his kilt design only dates back to 1997 rather than the correct period, and its Irish not Scottish Balmoral. Double whammy.
Glory: A Digital Watch During the Civil War, Really?
This is one of the forehead slappers on the list. Set during the civil war, with a loaded cast of Broderick, Washinton, Carl Elwes and Morgan Freeman, the watch flash was almost insulting to the cast. Wristwatches were not be seen until the 20’s, let alone digital one’s.
Captain America (The First Avenger): The Headset Din’t Exist Yet
Now, as cool as this movie was for most of us, the radio earpiece sported by Jim Mortia under his hat is a little out of place. The system would only be designed much later around the year 2000, a little far off from military use in WWII.
Public Enemies: A Jacket That’s Too Advanced
Taking place during the depression era in America, Depp kills this performance as bank robber extraordinaire, John Dillinger. The hole we spotted was that the high quality, flexible, light fibers we make jackets out of today were unavailable back then. This makes it hard for us to believe how it seems so light when Depp sports it in the getaway after he commandeers it from Judge Murray. Judges robes of the time were much heavier and rigid, dead giveaway right?
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Telescope Didn’t Exist Yet
In the scene where Costner and Freeman whip out their telescope, not many people caught it but the optical device was only introduced around the 17th century. Even some variation of it wouldn’t be readily available nor so compact and handy in the 12th century, when the movie takes place.
Almost Famous: The Black Sabbath T-shirt
In a film that hit us right in the teenage feelz, no one can forget this timeless classic of youth in revolt. Filled with hilarious anecdotes and of course Kate Hudson, this movie’s directors didn’t notice the poorly place Black Sabbath t-shirt on one of the cast members. The shirts were only made around 1997 but the movie is set in the early seventies.
Pearl Harbor: Bare Legs Weren’t Appropriate
Now, some films manage to do their research on time periods and period appropriate attires and some don’t. And to no fault of online college either. Whether it’s for cinematic genius or simply an attempt at being scandalous, the female heroes in this film are seen without stockings with their skirts, a big no-no at the time. Simply too revealing.
Braveheart: Gibson’s Scottish Skirt Was Totally Premature
Everyone is familiar with this award winning film in some form or fashion, whether it’s through pop culture or memes, so it’s only fair to shoot it down a little. It takes place in the 13th century but the Scots only began wearing kilts around the late 16th. Sorry William.
Django Unchained: Sunglasses Didn’t Exist Yet
Tarantino produced exactly what we hoped for, the payback film of the decade. Grossing almost $300,000,000 worldwide, this awesome flick still had its flaws though. Like when Django sported a pair of sunglasses that were only invented in 1929. Despite this bungle, the glasses still became a fad all on their own today.
The Untouchables: Lapels Didn’t Exist Yet
THE gangster busting movie of the 80’s and 90’s, The Untouchables, with Costner as Elliot Ness, was a movie of the ages. Nevertheless, the trolls found a snag with Ness’ suit that sported a lapel. Lapels would only be introduced around 1989 so they may have missed the mark on that one little piece.
The Other Boleyn Girl: Portman’s Hair Needs To Be Pulled Back
Despite having the killer figured Natalie Portman beside the stunning Scarlett Johansson, a small error in the period wear the two sported was noticed. When french hoods were worn in the time period, the hair was pulled back and hidden under a veil.
Saving Private Ryan: The Case Of The Black Boots
The bigger you were, the harder you cried at this epic war thriller and action film that has been called the greatest war film of all time. Even so, there were a few little hiccups when making the scene seem real, such as the black boots Matt Damon can be seen wearing through out the film and especially in the final town battle for the bridge. Black boots for the airborne were only to be introduced in the fifties.
Catch Me If You Can: Braces Didn’t Exist Yet
Tom Hanks, Leo, and Amy Adams all starred in the fun film that took place in the 60’s and followed an ambitious swindler and fraud artist through his years of shenanigans. The spot were we had to call “gotcha” was when Amy appears wearing braces that were used in 1970’s, a little later than when the movie is set in.
The Tudors: Wearing Ruffs Is Scandalous
When delving into the older periodical films, it is quite difficult to catch every period detail such as that of the ruffs worn around the necks of the women in the film. Worn without an undershirt at the time was not a specific fashion statement but rather considered inappropriate or even scandalous for 1500’s.
Good Night and Good Luck: Name Tags Equal Nope
A mistake about name tags caused this great movie to make it’s way onto our list. The film takes place in the 1950’s and tells the story of a conflict between a reporter and senator and involves some rather casually dressed military officers wearing name tags that were only introduced in the late sixties.
American Hustle: No Rolex Watches In The 70’s
Such a tiny hole in this epic movie jam packed with a killer cast and incredible acting. Of all people to make the bungle, it was Louis C.K.’s flashy 2010 made Rolex that was out of place in the 70’s set movie.
Amadeus: Mozart’ Sippers Didn’t Exist Yet
A biographical look into the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the 18th century. Without online college, this film shows quite a few of the same mistake over again with zippers. Zippers were visible even though they would only be invented a hundred years later.
The Color Purple: Clip-on Ties Didn’t Exist Yet
Hmm, this film retells the story from the original novel by Alice Walker about the lives of African American women during the 1930’s living in the south. Not a huge catch in the wardrobe but still a snag, Danny Glover appears in the film wearing a clip on tie that was only to be seen a decade later than the 1916 setting.
Gangs of New York: Firefighters Modern Uniforms Don’t Make Sense
A huge cast and incredible performances makes the mistakes in this movie hard to notice. But they were, and here’s the one that stood out extra – the firemen are dressed in modern garb rather than the periods early fire gear.
Back to the Future: This Guitar Didn’t Exist Yet
Marty McFly, the epic time traveling punk skater who impregnated his own mum, with himself. This feel good film makes us reminiscent of the good old days of youth and bad CGI. The iconic ‘1955’ scene where Marty kills an epic guitar solo on a Gibson that wouldn’t be invented till 1958.
Schindler’s List: Women Didn’t Shave Then
Talk about a tear jerker that’s tough to shoot down as it was so emotional and dark for the time that many of us watched it. A strange wardrobe mess-up for such a big-budget film but in the period of the 30’s and 40’s women, especially those in the concentration camps, did not shave their legs or arm pits. The hairless women in the movie make that reality less visible.
Julius Caesar: Bullet Bras Didn’t Exist Yet
During the 50’s, bullet bras were single-handedly one of the most iconic items of lingerie to exist. Wearing such pointy bras was quite the norm, especially for ladies of high stature. However it is impossible for cast members of Julius Caesar to wear such stylish drabs in 44 BC, seeing as that’s about 2000 years before they’re even invented.
My Girl: Mood-rings Didn’t Exist Yet
Be still my heart, it’s Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin in the wonderfully heartbreaking 1991 film, My Girl. So Vada has a super cool mood ring, but these bad boys weren’t actually invented until 1975, even though the film is set in 1972. Mind readers, anyone?
Sense and Sensibility: The Baby’s Diaper
Oh look, a diaper, well at least it’s better than online college. Now the problem with the diaper used in Sense and Sensibility is that it’s way too modern considering that in the 19th century, diapers were made of cloth.
Singin’ In the Rain: A Pink Dress? No Chance
WAHHH, it hurts too much to talk about the late-great Debbie Reynolds but alas, here we are. As the ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ actress portrayed Kathy Selden and “that” pink dress, well there is a bit of a mistake. You see, the pink dress is very 50’s whereas the movie took place in the late 20’s.
The Doors: Ray Ban Sunglasses Didn’t Exist Yet
The Doors recaps the story of Jim Morrison and his epic 70’s rock band, The Doors. Val Kilmer, as you know, plays the role of the world’s legendary singer and often throughout the films, you see him donning Ray Ban sunglasses. Which is great, except for the fact that they weren’t produced until the 80’s.
The Wedding Singer: Barrymore’s Haircut = 10 Years Later
Yup, the ultimate dynamic duo that is Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore make this list. And while we hate to nitpick The Wedding Singer , we must. Drew Barrymore’s adorable haircut was a total 90’s fashion trend but it doesn’t make sense seeing as how the film took place in the 80’s.
Picnic at Hanging Rock: Again Hair Makes The List
Set in the 1900’s, Picnic at Hanging Rock instead has you thinking the film is set in the 70’s and that all stems from the style of the actresses. With their hair down, straight, and parted in the middle, it’s easy to get confused. However in that time period, women should style their hair up with light tendrils.
The Informant: Nike Golf Spikes Didn’t Exist Yet
1996 is the year that Nike released its golf spikes but in the film, which is set between 1992 to 1994, you see the actors sporting those shows. Whoops! Almost as easy as missing an online college final, or maybe not.