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Fashion Inspired by Moonrise Kingdom


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Set in 1965 on the fictional island of New Penzance, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, secretly make a pact and run away together into the wilderness. Just like his other films, director Wes Anderson’s latest flick features a unique story, quirky characters and of course oodles of fashion inspiration. If you haven’t seen Moonrise Kingdom yet, head to your nearest theater and do so — you won’t regret it!

And if you want to learn how to replicate the fashion found in Moonrise Kingdom, you’ve come to the right place. Simply read on to learn more about some of the characters from Moonrise Kingdom and check out stylish outfits inspired by their unique fashion sense:

Suzy Bishop

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Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) lives on the island with her parents and three younger brothers. She loves reading books about characters with magical powers and taking care of her kitten, but sometimes her temper gets the best of her. Her style reflects the ’60s setting of the film and she wears lots of short pink and yellow frocks, which oftentimes feature an ornate collar.

Suzy Inspired Outfit #1:

Moonrise Kingdom Fashion Suzy Bishop Inspired Outfit 2
Product Info: Coat- ModCloth, Dress- Dorothy Perkins, Earrings- Max & Chloe, Bag-, Hat- H&M, Socks- H&M, Shoes- ASOS

For this look, wear a pale pink dress with a Peter Pan collar like the one that’s found on most of Suzy’s dresses. This ModCloth coat is nearly identical to the one Suzy wears in the film, as is this dark pink beret. Add a pair of two-tone “Sunday school shoes” and some knee-high socks. These drop earrings are a stylish version of the ones Sam makes Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom, while the pale yellow handbag reminds me of her suitcase full of books.

Suzy Inspired Outfit #2:

Moonrise Kingdom Fashion Suzy Bishop Inspired Outfit 1
Product Info: Dress- ASOS, Necklace- Karmaloop, Shoes- Amazon, Bag- Nine West, Bracelet- ModCloth

Since Suzy’s style is so inspirational, I wanted to create a less literal and summer-appropriate outfit based on her look. This peach-colored shift dress has that ’60s aesthetic while the mesh cut-out adds a modern touch. Add a pair of lace-up oxfords and a chic straw satchel. This necklace is a stylish way to pay homage to Suzy’s ever-present binoculars, while the gold bracelet resembles her favorite left-handed scissors.

Sam Shakusky

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Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) attends summer camp on New Penzance. He’s an orphan who has bounced from foster home to foster home, although that hasn’t dampened his good-hearted nature. Sam wears his Khaki Scouts uniform throughout most of the film, but has added his own embellishments to it, such as his mother’s brooch and a unique coonskin hat.

Get His Look:

Moonrise Kingdom Fashion Sam Inspired Outfit
Product Info: Dress- Alloy, Bag- Windsor, Sunglasses- Forever 21, Shoes- Old Navy, Brooch- YesStyle, Tights- ModCloth

Create a fashionable version of Sam’s look by wearing an olive green dress that has a similar look to his scouting uniform. Add a pair of neutral-colored tights and some sturdy tan ankle booties. This leaf-shaped brooch resembles the one Sam inherited from his mother, while a round crossbody bag is reminiscent of his trusty canteen. For the finishing touch, add a pair of Wayfarers, which have a similar shape and style to Sam’s glasses.

The Khaki Scouts

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Led by Scout master Ward (Edward Norton), the Khaki Scouts are a group of pre-teen boys who attend Camp Ivanhoe with Sam. Although they wear the same basic uniform, the Scouts are still a fantastic source of fashion inspiration.

Get Their Look:

Moonrise Kingdom Fashion Khaki Scouts Inspired Outfit
Product Info: Blazer- Forever 21, Tee- Topshop, Headwrap- Free People, Shorts- Forever 21, Ring- ASOS, Shoes- JCPenney, Necklace – Etsy

For a Khaki Scouts-inspired look, pair a basic white t-shirt with a pair of tan shorts. Add an olive-colored blazer and a pair of brown boat shoes. A yellow statement necklace is similar to the scarf all the Khaki Scouts wear, while a tan headwrap is a stylish version of the scouts’ headwear. Finally, accessorize with an adorable and one-of-a-kind compass ring.


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Just as his name suggests, the Narrator (Bob Balaban) is the one who tells us the story of Suzy and Sam’s adventures. He’s an omnipresent figure who never interacts with the other characters, but instead speaks directly to the camera, giving the viewer background information about New Penzance and the ominous storm that will hit in “three days’ time.”

Get His Look:

Moonrise Kingdom Fashion The Narrator Inspired Outfit
Product Info: Pants- Madewell, Sweater- AE, Coat- Target, Shoes- Urban Outfitters, Earrings- Banana Republic, Hat- H&M

When it comes to fashion inspiration, Narrator’s unique red and green outfit would make a stylish and practical winter ensemble. Once cold weather hits, try pairing gray cords with a Fair Isle sweater. Next, rock a bright red coat and a green beanie just like Narrator. These tan loafers are a chicer interpretation of his L.L. Bean duck boots, while knot-shaped earrings are reminiscent of the nautical vibe found on New Penzance.

Your thoughts?

Have you seen Moonrise Kingdom? What do you think of the fashion in the movie? Which character has your favorite style? Would you wear any of these outfits? Remember to leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

Posted on on July 29, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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26 Responses to “Fashion Inspired by Moonrise Kingdom”

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    July 29th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This post is amazing! Loved Suzy’s style. Those earrings are a safe alternative to the ones Sam made for her :) And the head wrap for the Khaki Scouts is genius. If anyone hasn’t seen Moonrise Kingdom yet, you definitely should!

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    July 29th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Love love love this! Moonrise Kingdom was such a quirky film! Great post!

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    July 29th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Gah, Moonrise Kingdom!! Yessss, I was secretly hoping for a post on this movie. The narrator- inspired outfit is getting me excited for colder months. I like his LL Bean boots as much as those loafers ahaha. Hope we have lots of cold weather this year!

  4. 4
    July 29th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    on a wes anderson theme…please do The Royal Tenenbaums! would love to see that!

  5. 5
    July 29th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I LOVE this! It completely suits my style, and the way you adapted these looks is so chic!

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    July 29th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Suzy’s looks are adorable, I love them both! Some movies I’d love to see … An Education, The Notebook, Harold and Maude, 500 Days of Summer, Garden State, Now & Then

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    July 29th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’m OBSESSED with all of these outfits. Especially the narrator and Suzy #1.

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    July 29th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I am in LOVE with this vintage kind of look that the movie puts off. I love how not only the characters but the movie was woven into these outfits.

  9. 9
    July 29th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I cannot contain my excitement!! I love this movie (as well as all of Wes’s films) and I have been waiting for a post like this. Great outfits, true to character and inspiring!

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    July 29th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Oooooh! I love this & agree, An Education-inspired post would be SO great! It’s one of my favorite movies of all time and I want every piece that Carey Mulligan wears in it!

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    July 29th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Loved this post! Loved the movie! Just wish some of the items were less inexpensive!

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    July 30th, 2012 at 12:52 am


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    July 30th, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I’ll second the An Education idea. I love that movie! And such great 1960’s style…

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    July 30th, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Oooooh! I love this & agree too,it is so high
    I was secretly hoping for a post on this movie. The narrator- inspired outfit is getting me excited for colder months.

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    July 30th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I *LOVED* this film!
    All of Wes Anderson’s films are visual perfection, with no detail left to chance.
    After finding a vintage Scout leader’s shirt for my boyfriend this weekend, plans are under way to be Sam & Suzy for Halloween – fun!
    These boards are great! Would you please add one inspired by Suzy’s mom, too?

  16. 16
    July 30th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    LOVE! I have to see this movie!

  17. 17
    July 30th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve never heard of this movie, but the fashion is great! Your inspiration outfits are awesome! LOVE~

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    July 31st, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I’m so happy you chose to do this movie, I love the fashion. These oufits really capture the looks. Love the Sunday school shoes!

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    July 31st, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I also think An Education post would be awesome :)

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    July 31st, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Glad everyone is liking this post! I haven’t seen An Education yet, but maybe one of our other writers could write an article about the film’s fashion?

    @Michelle- CF did some posts a while back on (500) Days of Summer ( and The Notebook ( Be sure to check them out!

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    August 3rd, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    The necklace and bracelet of outfit 2 are sooo great!!

  22. 22
    August 11th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I am in love with these outfits. They are a perfect inspiration for fall (which I am dying for). Also, I wasn’t interested in seeing this film until this post.

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