The nature of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a theatre play means that, while it is full of sparkling dialogue and scintillating drama, it's pretty sparse on outfit descriptions. Happily, this left the door wide open for Baz Luhrmann to reimagine the warring Montague and Capulet tribes for a fashion-conscious 20th century audience. Released in 1996 at the acme of nineties fashion, when brands like Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano and Prada were enjoying their heyday, the film is a visual delight and a reminder that, much like the works of Shakespeare (and unfortunately not like the boyish handsomeness of Leonardo Dicaprio), good style never gets old.
The Montagues are the family of Romeo, the film’s titular protagonist. Updated from sixteenth-century nobility to modern-day mafiosos, the Montague boys are the first to appear on the screen. And what an appearance they make, speeding down a freeway clad in shirting which is as loud as the insults they shout at passersby. Boisterous, brash and bolshie, the Montagues are the epitome of laid-back skater boy style.
To introduce some Montague magic into your daily wardrobe, we suggest toning down their thumb-biting belligerence with some slim-fitting florals. This shirt from Cordone 1956 will inject a splash of colour without compromising on smartness. Pair with lightweight trousers from Anderson & Sheppard and leather sneakers from North-89 to convey a sense of Californian cool.