* Award-winning film won raves from movie critics and fashion critics alike
* Get some of the same clothes main character Elio worn in the film
* Bring back nostalgia with 80s fashion
The coming-of-age film that took the world by storm, Call Me By Your Name, swept through last year’s awards season with countless honors and nominations for the film itself, its production team, director and stars — including leading lad Timothée Chalamet who played the precocious 17-year-old Elio.
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The film was also noted for its enduring fashion appeal, making Elio — and Chalamet by extension — an unlikely style icon for today’s generation of young men.
The movie is set during the summer in northern Italy, year 1983 and undeniably nails the early 80s fashion sense right on the head. Elio’s simple yet stylish wardrobe consists of him wearing graphic tees, button downs, polo shirts and, everyone’s favorite, denim on denim. It may be set in the 80s, but the look is also exactly what you need to stay cool in the heat and on trend this summer.
A little bit of nostalgia never hurt anyone, and it’s time to bring it back. Here are the many ways you can snag the wardrobe and the “Elio look” from Call Me By Your Name.
1. The Talking Heads Graphic Tee
The spotlight has been brought back onto the American rock band The Talking Heads since CMBYN hit the scene. This staple shirt that Elio continuously wears in the film is the ideal combo of comfort and style that is essential for summer days in the sun and even nights out. The simple black and white graphic makes it an easy pairing when it comes time to pick your outfit, whether it’s laid over pants (for guys) or tucked into a leather skirt (for gals).
2. Chambray Button Down
We all know it as the shirt Elio takes as his parting gift from Oliver (a staple in his wardrobe), but this retro double-pocket chambray button down will become your new best friend on those hot summer days. It’s breathable, lightweight and still presentable enough to wear to a nice dinner or get together, without the stick and stiffness your other shirts may bring.
3. Fido Dido Graphic Tee
Fido Dido is a popular cartoon character from the 80s that went by the slogan “Fido is for Fido, Fido is against no one,” and was drawn up on a restaurant napkin by creators Joanna Ferrone and Sue Rose. Although the exact shirt Elio wears has Fido lounging around with the phrase “nice weekend” on it, it is nearly impossible to find — but do not fret. There are plenty more similar Fido Dido graphic tees out there, like this one in collaboration with 7-Up, available on Redbubble.
4. Floral Button Down Shirt
The floral shirt Elio almost refused to wear for his parents’ very close friends who got it for him in, you guessed it, Miami, is truly an iconic part of the film. Although this isn’t an exact replica, it’s a great alternative and isn’t too “dad-on-vacation” or showy. It is lightweight, breathable and is definitely a shirt you didn’t know your summer wardrobe needed. Now’s the time to try something new.
5. Burgundy Sleeveless Shirt With Navy Stripes
For those really, really hot days when you want to be wearing nothing but have to, you may just need to wear a sleeveless shirt. This replica of the one Elio wears is easy to wear and goes with jeans, khaki shorts or even over a swimsuit for when you head to the pool, beach or, I don’t know, a crystal clear lake in northern Italy.
6. Pink Striped Button Down
This pink striped seersucker button down from Club Monaco is a great shirt for when you want to add a little color into your outfit. It’s not too loud or a shade of pink that is super in-your-face. It’s subtle and pairs well with nearly all types and colors of pants or shorts. The short sleeves keep it comfortable and casual, yet still nice enough for a dinner out this summer.
7. Denim Jacket, Jeans and Shorts
Elio wears that pink striped button down under a medium wash jean jacket and some lighter wash jeans and totally pulls it off. Denim in general is timeless and will match with nearly everything. Take a chance on your fashion sense and try something new like the denim shorts or a jean jacket from Levi and you may find out just how badly you’ve been missing out on these versatile pieces.
8. Lacoste Polo
Lacoste polos were by far the staple of Elio’s wardrobe throughout the movie as he wore them in a wide range of colors including burgundy, striped and “ocean blue,” like this one. These polos do not have to be worn in a tight, buttoned-to-the-top style, either. They can be worn much more loosely for a relaxed fit and feel that is bound to catch the summer breeze.
9. Reclaimed Vintage Face Illustration Shirt
Although the shirt that Elio wears at the very end of the film was straight from a boutique in Italy, this shirt is the closest you can get to replicating it. A “Reclaimed Vintage” exclusive from ASOS, this shirt is for an “eye-catching kinda day” and is destined to do exactly that. It’s simple yet unique and is made of lightweight woven fabric called Viscose.