New York Casual: “When Harry Met Sally”

“When Harry Met Sally” is one of those classics that truly stands the test of time. It’s funny, smart, and romantic. At its heart, it’s about how friendships evolve over time. And at the middle of it all is Sally Albright, played by an ethereal Meg Ryan.

We meet Sally as a recent college grad: young, naive, and hair basically the size of New York which, coincidentally, is where she is road-tripping with Harry Burns (Billy Crystal). Most of the film is set in Manhattan, and the style of the movie reflects its modern, fast-paced location. Sally is a city gal in the late 80’s: fashionable yet comfortable, thoughtful yet casual. With an extra cup of shoulder pads for good measure. She’s like an updated version of Annie Hall, with teased hair.

Although many of her outfits I would find dated now (thats the 1980’s for ya), she fits seamlessly into her romantic New York backdrop. And Meg Ryan’s beauty is jealousy inducing. Ultimately she finds love (and style) in the city that never sleeps— I’ll have what she’s having.

Here are some pieces I think do justice to this iconic character and flawless film.

Classic shot (and the DVD cover). Source: The Citrus Report
Classic shot (and the DVD cover). Source: The Citrus Report
I love Sally's hat in the shot above. This version is from Karmaloop.
I love Sally’s hat in the shot above. This version is from Karmaloop.
Homegirl was all about the blazers with shoulder pads rivaling a linebacker's. Gotta love it. Source: Drafthouse
Homegirl was all about the blazers with shoulder pads rivaling a linebacker’s. Gotta love it. Source: Drafthouse
I love the clean lines of this blazer. And you're craving a little poof in the shoulder areas, just throw a couple socks in there! Source: Barneys
I love the clean lines of this blazer. And you’re craving a little poof in the shoulder areas, just throw a couple socks in there! Source: Barneys
Casual dining. Source: Megan Latters Reviews
Casual dining. Source: Megan Latters Reviews
Sally loves staples: pieces she can wear over and over again, in different outfits. A navy blue cardigan is always wearable and perfect for fall. Source: Banana Republic
Sally loves staples: pieces she can wear over and over again, in different outfits. A navy blue cardigan is always wearable and perfect for fall. Source: Banana Republic
Another blazer! Color me surprised. This ensemble works well together. Source: The Dandy Life
Another blazer! Color me surprised. This ensemble works well together. Source: The Dandy Life
Another staple piece-- a black skirt goes with, well, everything! Source: Piperlime
Another staple piece– a black skirt goes with, well, everything! Source: Piperlime
Can you believe it? ANOTHER blazer. She dresses this bad boy down with jeans and a festive red turtleneck. I love this classic autumn in New York scene. Source: We Review Film
Can you believe it? ANOTHER blazer. She dresses this bad boy down with jeans and a festive red turtleneck. I love this classic autumn in New York scene. Source: We Review Film
This red turtleneck is perfect for fall and totally affordable. Source: Lands End
This red turtleneck is perfect for fall and totally affordable. Source: Lands End
"I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." Source: The Feed
“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” Source: The Feed
Can't go wrong with a simple white sweater-- cozy, sweet, and pretty. Source: Soft Surroundings
Can’t go wrong with a simple white sweater– cozy, sweet, and pretty. Source: Soft Surroundings

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