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Proof that ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ is actually a fashion film

Why is it, that when people talk about the best fashion films they rarely mention Donald Petrie's masterpiece How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? It's always Notting Hill or When Harry Met Sally...  But 20 years since Petrie's take on the battle of the sexes first premiered, we're shining a little light on the romcom – and it's potential to join the fashion hall of fame.

After all, Kate Hudson's Andie Anderson, a stylish women's magazine journalist with higher aspirations, is the reason why so many of us joined media in the first place. Along with the likes of Carrie Bradshaw and Annie Reed, Anderson convinced us that there was no job more glamorous than working as a writer at a magazine. They were right, of course.

But we digress. From that yellow Carolina Herrera silk dress to a delightfully schmaltzy couple co-ord, here are our favourite style moments from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

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Let us kick things off with this white shirt and pencil skirt ensemble that's definitely a homage to the Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy school of dressing. Plus, in other shots you can even spy a giant brown Prada tote. Andie Anderson would thrive off the quiet luxury trend.


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The high school English student in me would use this butter yellow studded top as an example of foreshadowing. But clearly, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days costume designer Karen Patch simply understood that Kate Hudson looks great in yellow. We agree.


how to lose a guy in 10 days

Danniella Westbrook was onto something when she stepped out wearing Burberry's Nova Check from head-to-toe in 2002. It was only right that a year later Patch leaned into the "chavtastic" look, and put both Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in matching outfits. Don't say costume designers never do anything for us. It might even rival Britney and Justin's Canadian tuxedos...


OK but why does a boob tube scratch the itch in my brain. Will be adding this tube top and skirt combo to my mental list of summer outfits.


Shalom Harlow has appeared as Judy Green, Benjamin Barry's colleague, just to remind you this is a fashion film – in case you forgot. While we're here, do those finger waves, glittering choker and silk black dress have the power to rival the pièce de résistance at the end of the film? No, you're right. Apologies for the brief lapse of judgement.


Are Andie and Ben lining up for the Barbie premiere? No, just a Celine Dion concert. Another matching outfit in the event that the twin Burberry looks were overkill. We agree, the hot pink is much more toned down.


She's carefree, a cool girl, she rides a Triumph, she drinks beer. This is what we tell ourselves, and presumably the costume department repeated, when they decided to put Andie in this white tank top.


From quiet luxury to blokecore, Andie Anderson is a style chameleon.


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And a dedicated New York Knicks fan. This is lowkey my favourite outfit of the whole film: casual, peak 2000s, with an edgy overtone. Remember when we used to roll down our jeans? A stroke of genius.


how to lose a guy in 10 days

Yes, okay, I've been stalling. Here it is, the Carolina Herrera dress that launched a thousand knock-offs. When we all wore this to our formal, were we secretly hoping Matthew McConaughey would appear and call us beautiful? I respect the fantasy. Patch told Vanity Fair the iconic colour was inspired by the fat Isadora diamond set into the Harry Winston necklace Andie wears. Find me a person who is not completely bewitched by the criss cross backless detail.


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