We’re obsessed with Carey Mulligan’s style in Promising Young Woman – here’s how to copy it

Where to find those cute sweaters.
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We might be a little late to the party, but Promising Young Woman only just reached our screens in the UK last month – and we’re obsessed.

The directorial debut of writer and director Emerald Fennell follows 30-year-old Cassie, played by Carey Mulligan, who dropped out of medical school following the rape of her best friend Nina. She spends her nights seeking revenge on the self-proclaimed ‘nice guys,’ dressing up and smudging her make-up to appear drunk before catching them about to take advantage of her.

The storyline is gripping, while it’s humorous, relatable and the ending packs a punch – but while we can’t stop thinking about the movie, Cassie’s outfits have got us excited too.

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While the Academy Award-nominated film is without a doubt dark, the protagonist’s outfits are the exact opposite. Everything she wears is sickly sweet, from her candy-coloured rainbow nail polish, to her pretty pink sweaters and the matching bows she wears in her perfectly-plaited hair.

Make no mistake, this is deliberate. Costume designer Nancy Steiner told L’Officiel, “Her whole life seems to depend on this revenge series of events, where she is going out and putting on costumes to fit into these different bars or places that she’s going.

“Even what she wears in her supposed real life is a costume in that it’s all very light and feminine and frilly and happy, yet that’s not really how she’s feeling. It’s a disguise, just like the clothes that she puts on in the evening.”

The styling of Promising Young Woman couldn’t have come at a better time to get us inspired. While summer is slowly but surely coming, the pretty pastels and hot pink fashion choices we see throughout the film are some of this year’s most talked about trends too.

So where can you find Cassie’s outfits? We’ve done some digging and found some of her cutest pieces, while we’ve also scoped out some similar items to help you achieve her ultra-feminine looks.

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How to copy Cassie’s style

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Cassie’s rose-print tee and layered gold necklaces are easy to replicate. Her perfect plait, not so much.

Rixo Moss rose bud-print blouse

Rose-bud Print Blouse, £185, Rixo at Farfetch – buy now

Monica Vinader Layered Chain Necklace

Layered Chain Necklace, £150, Monica Vinader – buy now

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It seems like a lot of the Promising Young Woman‘s wardrobe is pink. We’ve found some identical acid-wash jeans from Ganni and they’re on sale now.

Pink merino wool cardigan essentiel antwerp

Merino Wool Cardigan, £185, Essentiel Antwerp – buy now

ONLY - ONLPIO WRAP - Long sleeved top - pale green/fuchsia purple

Floral Top, £30.99, ONLY at Zalando – buy now

GANNI Tie-dyed high-rise straight-leg jeans

Tie-dyed Straight-leg Jeans, now £72, Ganni at The Outnet – buy now

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Cassie’s knit was originally from Urban Outfitters, but unfortunately it’s now sold out. You can keep an eye on reselling sites such as eBay and Depop, or buy this similar knit from Amazon. Candy-coloured nails optional (but very much encouraged).

Women's Sweater Y2K Floral Print Sweater Knitted Cardigan Long Sleeve Loose Pullover Tops Preppy Style Winter Argyle Clothing Amazon

Floral Print Sweater, £14.60, Amazon – buy now

The Summer 2020 Set Olive & June

Summer 2021 Nail Polish Set, $64, Olive & June – buy now

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There are entire Reddit threads dedicated to finding this exact sweater. Unfortunately it looks like Fennell sourced it from a vintage store for Promising Young Woman, but we’ve found a similar jumper from LoveShackFancy. Failing that, one dedicated user suggests learning to knit and using this pattern.

Gizela Pullover Sweater Love shack fancy

Gizela Pullover Sweater, $425, LoveShackFancy – buy now

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We can’t stop thinking about Cassie’s demure blue dress. This midi from & Other Stories is almost identical.

Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress & Other Stories

Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £85, & Other Stories – buy now

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Fennell’s sister Coco designed this baseball top as part of a collaboration with artist Ceal Warnants.

Speaking about the hidden meaning behind it, she told Grazia, “At first glance the illustration looks like it’s from a 1950’s children’s book. Then you look closer and the child has a gun on their back and the deer is bleeding. I think it echoes Cassie’s character – sweet and harmless but when you look closer she has a darker side.”

Grab it while you still can, folks.

COCO X CEAL WARNANTS BASEBALL SHIRT

Baseball Shirt, £65, Coco Fennell – buy now

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