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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by The Princess Bride


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While I may wax poetic about Geek Chic icons like Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings, I didn’t really join those fandoms until after the movies were released. But this particular inspiration hearkens back to my early childhood, when I had a babysitter who only owned one movie (meaning I watched it on repeat): the gloriously campy, fantastically cheesy, and utterly flawless The Princess Bride.

Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles. Giant rodents. And yes, a little bit of kissing. Who could possibly resist?

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Know Your Geek: About The Princess Bride

  • The Princess Bride, released in 1987, was based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman. (It’s actually incredibly faithful to the book, which seems to be a rarity these days!)
  • Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, and Chris Sarandon star as residents of the fictional land of Florin.
  • The film is set up as a story within a story: a grandfather visits his grandson, who is sick in bed, and persuades the boy to set down his video games long enough to listen to him read a book. That book is, of course, the tale of the Princess Bride.

Outfits Inspired by The Princess Bride

Ready to go on a fashion-fueled fantasy adventure? Read on for five outfits inspired by The Princess Bride!

As You Wish

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At the beginning of the film, Buttercup is a beautiful country girl who loves nothing better than riding horses and tormenting Westley the stable boy, whom she refers to only as “Farm Boy.” In turn, he quietly performs all the tasks she demands, responding only with the phrase: “As you wish.”

As attractive men and women are wont to do in romantic comedy films, the two quickly fall in love. But their love is torn asunder when Westley sets out to seek his fortune and is tragically murdered by the Dread Pirate Roberts.

Fashion inspired by The Princess Bride: Princess Buttercup farm outfit
Product Information: Blouse, Skirt, Boots, Scarf, Earrings, Necklace 

Get Buttercup’s rustically pretty style with a pale blue blouse and pleated brown midi skirt. A wheat-hued scarf in a waffle knit adds some texture to the outfit while taupe ankle boots are stylish yet functional.

Accessorize with references to Buttercup’s two great loves: a horse charm for her love of riding, and cerulean earrings to represent Westley, who has “eyes like the sea after a storm.” Wuv, twue wuv indeed!

Princess Buttercup

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Although a grieving Buttercup swears that she will never love again, her unparalleled beauty does not go unnoticed. She attracts the attention of the arrogant Prince Humperdinck, who forces her to marry him. Although the people of Florin adore Buttercup, nothing can fill the ache left by the loss of her true love.

Fashion inspired by The Princess Bride: Princess Buttercup outfit
Product Information: Cardigan, Dress, Pumps, Necklace, Ring, Barrette

In the castle, Buttercup wears ornately embroidered silk gowns and splendid jewels. For a regally elegant look, slip on an ice blue dress with a slight metallic sheen.  A sequinned cardigan in a neutral tone looks luxe but not over-the-top. Lace peep-toe heels add another touch of luxury to the ensemble.

Since Humperdinck lavishes Buttercup with jewels, bling it on with a sparkling barrette and rhinestone bib necklace. A broken heart ring, though, alludes to Buttercup’s true emotional state.

A Battle of Wits

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Newly engaged Princess Buttercup finds solace only in her daily ride in the woods of Florin. However, on one such ride, she encounters three bizarre looking men — a Sicilian, a Spaniard, and a giant — who claim to be circus performers. Not so! They turn out to be bandits who kidnap Buttercup and take her to the Cliffs of Insanity.

Vizzini, the mastermind of the group, is a pompous fellow who prides himself on his intelligence and has a serious yen for the word “inconceivable.” When a mysterious stranger tracks down the bandits and demands that they hand over the princess, Vizzini challenges him to a battle of the wits, which culminates in what is probably one of the greatest movie deaths in cinematic history.

Fashion inspired by The Princess Bride: Vizzini outfit
Product Information: Blazer, Top, Shorts, Boots, Bag, Ring

While Vizzini doesn’t have the most enviable personality (though self-confidence — in moderation — is always good), his brocade attire is worth trying out. Go for baroque with a pair of metallic shorts and puff-sleeve blazer. A tie-neck blouse adds some Vizzini-like flair without being too ostentatious. Slip on a pair of opulent velvet ankle boots in hunter green, a hot fall shade .

For a pop of color, stash your belongings in a deep scarlet cross-body bag, then top off the look with a fun spike ring that resembles the Cliffs of Insanity.

The Dread Pirate Roberts

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Alack! The mysterious stranger is none other than the vicious Dread Pirate Roberts, who purportedly leaves no survivors. Not to mention, he’s the heartless man who killed Westley and destroyed Buttercup’s life. But wait! Doesn’t that chiseled jawline and those stormy blue eyes look familiar? (Well, to us, at least. Buttercup doesn’t seem to notice.) Who is this master swordsman, this brilliant strategist, this dashing pirate? Could it be…Westley himself?

Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.

Fashion inspired by The Princess Bride: Dread Pirate outfit
Product Information: Blouse, Bralet, Pants, Boots, Scarf, Necklace, Ring

The mysterious Dread Pirate Roberts dresses in head-to-toe black… and he looks good. (Sorry, is my childhood crush on Westley showing?)

Get into a swashbuckling spirit with this monochromatic ensemble! With such a limited color palette, add interest to the look by layering and playing with texture.  A cropped lace bralet goes perfectly under a sheer black blouse, while leather-look pants up the trendiness factor.

Should you need to participate in a sword duel, a pair of low-heeled ankle boots will serve you well.  Accessorize with a silky head scarf and pewter charm jewelry.  You’ll look great, even after tumbling down a very steep hill while screaming “as you wish!”

My Name is Inigo Montoya

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Inigo Montoya is a spirited Spaniard bent on revenge. His father, a master sword-maker, was cruelly murdered by a six-fingered man, who had commissioned a weapon from the elder Montoya. Although Inigo was only a child when this occurred, he challenged the assailant to a duel. Though the murderer spared his life, Inigo was left heartbroken, with two scars in the shape of an “x” slashed on each of his cheeks. Since then, Inigo has worked on his dueling skills, becoming an expert swordsman.

Although he and his friend Fezzik the Giant work for Vizzini as bandits, Inigo’s only real desire in life is to hunt down the six-fingered man. And when he does, he will walk up to him and say the immortal words: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Fashion inspired by The Princess Bride: Inigo Montoya outfit
Product Information: Blouse, Vest, Jeans, Boots, Necklace, Earrings, Ring 

Inigo wears a cream colored shirt along with a leather jerkin and boots. (It’s like a medieval take on the Han Solo outfit…apparently renegade heroes have dress code guidelines!) His utilitarian outfit is well suited to his swordfighting.

Get Inigo’s laid-back look with a similar button-up blouse and brown jeans. Over-the-knee boots and a waterfall faux-leather vest are trendy takes on his more Renaissance-faire-like attire. A sword necklace and criss-cross earrings allude to Inigo’s duel, while a hand-shaped ring references his archenemy. (Just pretend there’s an extra finger.)

What did you think?

Would you wear these outfits? Are you a fan of The Princess Bride?  What other geeky inspirations would you like to see? (Next time, we’ll be tagging along with the Jeffersonian’s top forensic anthropologist!) Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Have fun storming the castle!

Posted on on September 26, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , ,

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47 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by The Princess Bride”

  1. 1
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Eep! FABULOUS!
    I love this movie and this might be my favorite Geek Chic post so far. Awesome, totally wearable outfits. This is a great column. :D
    Also, I’d really suggest you read the book The Princess Bride if you haven’t. It’s even funnier than the movie they made of it.

  2. 2
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    These interpretations are spot on! Love them. I’m really wishing that last ring had that extra finger, too. But it’s a cute idea nonetheless. Maybe the finger you put it on is the extra finger. I feel like I’ve said “extra finger” too many times for one comment.

    I know it’s the 25th anniversary of this movie, but honestly, I celebrate it every anniversary. 26th, 27th, 28th..

  3. 3
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Greatest. Post. Ever.
    I’ve always been a total fan of the movie… and now I can take the fandom a little further thanks to these fantastics outfits!
    I absolutely loved Westley’s outfit, btw. Great job!

    Labyrith next, please? The Goonies? Anything from the 80s’ great filmography?

  4. 4
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    YEEEEEEEEESSSSSS Twue wuv!!! Thank you <3 My favorite movie!

  5. 5
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    This is great! I always loved this movie.

  6. 6
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    This made my day. Super awesome post.

  7. 7
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    This post is full of win. That is all.

  8. 8
    September 26th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I second both Shauna and Lissa’s comments!

  9. 9
    September 26th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Oh my goodness this is too perfect. I am in LOVE with the Princess Buttercup outfit. Amazing job.

  10. 10
    September 26th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    greatest post ever! The Princess Bride is literally my favorite movie, and not only are these outfits fabulous, the post a whole made me laugh and i loved it! ahhh thank you thank you thank you!!

  11. 11
    September 26th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Every outfit is so beautiful! These were spot on. I am such a fan of this movie, and I think you did it perfectly! Thank you! These are all wearable too and so great for fall!

  12. 12
    September 26th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I love love love this, the outfits are cute and totally fit the characters. I’ll be wearing some of these for sure. :DDD

  13. 13
    September 26th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    So cool, nuff said

  14. 14
    September 26th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    OH MY LANTA!!!! Favorite movie… favorite post! I squealed a little when I saw it.

  15. 15
    September 26th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This is SO awesome! The outfits are amazing. Such a good movie.

  16. 16
    September 27th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is quite astounding and I love it, but I’m alarmed that after all this time no one has done a Firefly post.

  17. 17
    September 27th, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Oh my god. This is my absolute favorite movie and your outfit selections are fabulous.

  18. 18
    September 27th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Aaah! My absolute most favorite movie of all time! And the day before my birthday, too…

    Nice job on the outfits. As a die-hard fan of the movie, I think you did an excellent job staying true to the characters. My favorites are A Battle of Wits and, of course, My Name is Inigo Montoya (because he was always my favorite, from Day 1).

    And, surely, I’m not the only one who can quote the entire thing?

  19. 19
    September 27th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Epic! My favorite Geek Chic post so far! I love that movie and your comments were hysterical!

  20. 20
    September 27th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    “(Sorry, is my childhood crush on Westley showing?)”

    i thought i was just reading the article with mine in mind! ;)

    i love the princess buttercup look, and this is probably my favorite article for a while–so rich with references!

  21. 21
    September 27th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I wuv all these outfits, but to feminize Viccenti’s outfit? Brilliant! I never would have thought of gold brocade shorts, but wow!

  22. 22
    September 27th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    loved it!!

  23. 23
    September 27th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    So excited to see the anthropologist inspired outfits! I came here in search of just that and was going to suggest an archaeologist inspired one!

  24. 24
    September 27th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    BEST POST EVER. The Dread Pirate Roberts and “As You Wish” looks are amazing ;)

  25. 25
    September 27th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I love everything so much!

  26. 26
    September 27th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I love it! Especially Inigo’s! Next you should do fashion inspired by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

  27. 27
    September 28th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Excellent job! I’m excited to see what you come up with for Bones. Could you do a post on Serenity???

  28. 28
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:07 pm


  29. 29
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Love the second look! Those lacey pumps are to die for! I have been looking at a pair like this from Chinese Laundry for a while now! I am going to have to purchase them now!

  30. 30
    September 28th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    This is just intensely amazing. YES to renegade heroes dress code guidelines! Such a great observation. I second the Serenity/Firefly nomination. :D

    (“bling it on” lol)

  31. 31
    September 28th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks for all your responses! So glad you all “wuv” the Princess Bride as much as we do! (And watch out for ROUS’s! )

    @Lina, Elodie, & Brooke: Keep your eyes peeled for a shiny Firefly post! I just watched the series for the first time but I haven’t gotten to Serenity yet :)

  32. 32
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:17 am

    I love these. “A Battle of Wits” in particular is a really cool interpretation of Vizzini!

    While I thought the film is a brilliant capturing of the text, I’ve always been a bit bummed that they went straight to the Pit of Despair instead of going through the Zoo of Death like they do in the books, as I thought it added an extra layer of intensity to Humperdink’s character.

  33. 33
    October 1st, 2012 at 12:32 am

    This is awesome! I love the first one! :D It would also be awesome if there are also outfits inspired by Adventure Time >.< I love that show!!!!

  34. 34
    October 1st, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I like the outfit for Vizzini the best.
    I think you guys should do fashion inspired by the manga/anime Black Butler – it takes place in the Victorian era and the fashion is so good, as evidenced by these pics:

    All of Ciel’s (the younger one) outfits are great and have definitely influenced my wardrobe for this season. I would love to see some more ideas with Victorian influence!

  35. 35
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    This post is EPIC. I need a viewing party of this. AGAIN.

  36. 36
    October 4th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I know this might be showing my age, can I do a request for “The X-Files”? I love these Geek Chic posts, and they are so good at not being either obvious or like a costume while looking great. I’m curious on what your take on the “The X-Files” would be because the default would be what both Mulder and Scully would wear, and it’s not exactly fun to be in a suit all the time. I’d love to feel…uh…”X-File-y” while still not looking like I stepped out of work. Thank you in advance!

  37. 37
    October 10th, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I love your Geek Chic posts, you’re always spot on! Now, I realise this isn’t a very large fandom, but could I bring the Horatio Hornblower mini series to your attention, or perhaps Master and Commander? :)

  38. 38
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks so much! I love your column a lot!

    Just a few ideas for next installments:
    – Game of Thrones
    – Merlin
    – Castle
    – Revolution (the new series)
    – John Carter
    – The X-Files
    – Indiana Jones

    Sorry for the long list, I got inspired! xo

  39. 39
    November 4th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I love these posts ^^
    For future ones you should maybe do Supernatural, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Scott Pilgrim…

  40. 40
    December 5th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Would love to see labyrinth! Great movie, I remember watching it when I was little!

  41. 41
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Love it! I have serious style-envy for the Princess Buttercup (although her red dress is my favourite) so it’s nice to get some ideas at recreating the look in a more real-world setting. Thank you!

  42. 42
    January 5th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I love these posts ^^. I have serious style-envy for the Princesss Buttercup

  43. 43
    March 5th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    You’re my very favorite blogger on this whole site!!! I check every day and am most excited when I see a new post of yours! Hunger Games, Hobbit, Princess Bride, DISNEY all my favorites!!! And you go to college in my home town too!!

  44. 44
    October 8th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings os togevah today.

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