I have been dying to see Hidden Figures about five seconds into the first time I saw the trailer. Since my weekend was packed, I figured Monday (and appropriately MLK Day) was perfect for an impromptu date and movie night.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Hidden Figures is based on the true story of “three brilliant African-American women at NASA.”

First Impressions

Having just walked in the door from seeing the movie, I can honestly say I loved it. I gauge movies based on my expectations and Hidden Figures delivered exactly what it promises.

It was an uplifting story with fantastic performances from all the leading ladies. Taraji P. Henson was outstanding. Octavia Spencer was of course, fantastic. And, I thought Janelle Monáe rounded out the group perfectly. I felt mixed emotions throughout the film, ashamed of our nation, proud of how far we’ve come, sad when I think about how far we still have to go… I think a lot of people forget or don’t realize that in America, anyone outside of the “white male” category, still face a lot of challenges and prejudices.

Without getting too deep, I’ll just wrap up with – Go see it! You won’t be disappointed. (And, I really loved the music by Pharrell.)

Hidden Figures movie fashion illustration, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae

Obviously, I can’t gloss over the stylish and inspiring costumes. Admiring the wardrobe is one of the highlights of moviegoing for me. (Becoming a costume designer was my teenage dream.)

This era of style is one of my favorites. It is the time of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Oscar De La Renta.

When drawing inspiration from a decade, you want to make sure you don’t look like you’re wearing a Halloween costume. I pulled some items and outfits I think do the trick. Let me know what you think.

Hidden Figures movie fashion illustration, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae

All Print Everything

Plaids, checks, gingham, and ditsy florals abound in the film. I love the mix of pattern and this was definitely present on the 2017 SS runway.

Run with this as it is. But, feel free to update it with a modern silhouette.

Go Bold and Bright

Take inspiration from the film and the decade and go for bold color. I like pairing bright with subdued and voluminous with slim. Slouchy sweaters look wonderful with a high-waisted skinny pant. And, it is flattering on most shapes! If it doesn’t look quite right, try a different size and maybe a bit of tailoring. Chop it right above the ankle, and it’s quite flattering.

Full-Skirted Fun

Like the other styles, this is trending. And, I am obsessed with a full midi-length skirt. What’s great about it is that it’s comfy, flattering, and feminine. Mix a traditional shape with a modern fabrication. I love this beautiful fabric from Erdem. And, if you aren’t a girly girl, go for a culotte instead.


I really felt for Taraji P. Henson as she ran multiple times a day every day in her beautiful heels. Ditch the struggle but steal the look with a practical yet classic lady-like pump. That means, no platform, clean lines, and a low heel. Or, get a feminine flat. I can’t get over this Nicholas Kirkwood patent number with pearl embellishment on the heel! Grab a structured bag or clutch. One more thing – Don’t forget your bold red lip. And, you are ready for lift-off!