Films with big budgets focus heavily on the accessories, props, and costumes of the characters. They do this to make the fictional world more believable and natural to the eye. Sometimes, films make minor mistakes in terms of the actor’s wardrobe but some mistakes are more serious than others. While some aren’t so noticeable, others are very big, glaring mistakes, which is why it’s hard to see how they went unnoticed!
La La Land – Wrong Colored Shirt
In the scene where Sebastian and Mia get into a road rage incident, he is wearing a brown-colored shirt. However, when he gets to his apartment and speaks with his sister, he can be seen sporting a blue-colored shirt. Then, in the following scene, he practices on the piano while wearing the brown-colored shirt he wore from the other scene. Damien Chazelle, the director of the film, acknowledged this error in the audio commentary.
Dirty Dancing – No Shorts Yet
While the production team of Dirty Dancing was having “the time of their lives,” none of them noticed that Baby was sporting denim shorts in 1963 even though the piece of clothing became fashionable around 20 years later. Fashion wise, it doesn’t make sense.
Thor: Ragnarok – No More Green Powder
When Thor and Bruce Banner try to escape and assimilate into the audience, a bright green material that looks like powder hits Banner in the face. However, in the next scene, there is no trace of the green stuff on his face or clothes, and Banner looks completely clean.
Zootopia – A Different Shirt
When Judy gets back home from work, she places the “Carrots For One” package inside the microwave and stands there to watch it turn while wearing a pink round neck t-shirt. When she is about to eat, we can see that she is in her uniform again. Apparently, this wardrobe fail happened because a previous version of the scene had been deleted. In that version, Judy changes from her uniform to a set of more comfortable clothes once she gets home.
Catch Me If You Can – No Braces Yet
In 2002, the film Catch Me If You Can was released with Amy Adams as one of its stars. In this biographical film, which is set in the 1960’s, Adams’ character has wired-metal braces even though they were not popular until the 1970’s. Another silly mistake that fact-checking could have helped avoid.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – A Need For More Old-Fashioned Sunglasses
The 2008 iconic film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button stars Brad Pitt as someone who gets younger, as opposed to getting older. In 2008, people talked about the movie and its interesting plot line. In one scene, Pit can be spotted sporting Ray-Ban sunglasses. The setting of the scene is in 1945 while the specific model of sunglasses he wore were created later, in 1952.
Wonder Woman – Spotless Boots
Even in one of 2017’s highest-grossing films, there is still some minor wardrobe mistake. In one of the iconic scenes in the movie, Diana aka Wonder Woman, who was played by Gal Gadot, runs through a field of horror and gunshots. The field was also very muddy, so her boots should have been covered in mud. In the following scene, however, her boots are spotless.
John Carter – Might Have Been Too Cropped
Lynn Collins, who played the Martian warrior Princess Dejah Thoris, admitted that her costume had been altered at her request. The original design wasn’t supposed to be as revealing, but when Collins tried her costume on, she thought its cut should be higher. Even though the altered costume became quite different from what the director wanted, the books which the movie is based on describe the outfits even skimpier.
Braveheart – The Premature Scottish Kilt
Who could forget this epic Oscar-winning war film? Mel Gibson stars in the 1995 movie Braveheart, one of the highly successful films back in the 90’s. The actor gave an excellent performance playing the role of a Scottish warrior named William Wallace. Even though the film is set in the 1200s, Gibson can be seen wearing a Scottish kilt, which were actually not worn by Scots until centuries later, in the 1500s.
Gladiator – The Appearance Of Spandex Shorts
Did you know that if you look really closely at Russell Crowe in the 2000 movie Gladiator, you will be able to see his skin colored, high-waisted spandex shorts under his Gladiator armor. We’re pretty sure spandex shorts were not yet available in Ancient Rome, where this film is set.
The Tudors – Risqué Ruffs
Fashion can be a big part of the success of a movie. In The Tudors, women characters wore ruffs without an undershirt. However, this look is not very accurate for Western European women during the 16th century and this was, in fact, considered almost scandalous.
Saving Private Ryan – Wrong Boots For The Time
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan is set during World War II. At the time, brown boots were worn by soldiers, but in the film, the soldiers sported black jump boots, which were made in the ‘50s. Needless to say, wearing those boots should have been impossible in the movie.
Pretty Woman – The Magic Nightgown
It’s safe to say that practically everyone has seen Pretty Woman. It seems that while shooting the film’s most romantic scene, the crew got so distracted that they failed to notice one detail. The scene starts out with Vivian wearing a long white nightgown, but at the end of that same scene, she’s already wearing a short one.
Captain America: The First Avenger – Unsuitable Hairstyle
In the first Captain America film, Peggy Carter’s hair touches her shoulder. Beautifully done, her hairstyle is definitely suitable to the era, but it would not have been approved since she serves in the military. In the 1940’s, it was a requirement for female soldiers to style their hair up, as they had to make sure their uniform collar was free of hair.
Back to the Future – Wrong Guitar
Michael J Fox played the main character Marty McFly, who plays the song “Johnny B. Goode” on an ES-345 Gibson guitar from 1958. The scene, however, is set in 1955, meaning the guitar was not invented yet. It’s actually quite a silly mistake.
Captain America: The First Avenger – The Headset Was Premature
In the blockbuster movie Captain America: The First Avenger, you can see Jim Morita wearing a really advanced headset. The movie is set during the Second World War and we’re quite sure they didn’t have these headsets back then. What’s more, this specific kind of advanced headset was invented in year 2000, which makes its use in the Captain America film several decades too early.
Django Unchained – No Sunglasses Yet
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained is a historic film that depicts the African Americans’ slavery during the 1800’s. The film stars Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, and it earned almost $300 million in the box office. Jamie Foxx’s character Django can be seen sporting sunglasses for most of the film. The issue, however, is that sunglasses were only invented in 1929.
The King’s Speech – Wrong Kilt
Colin Firth gained recognition all over the world after his amazing performance in the 2010 movie The King’s Speech. Firth played the role of England’s Prince Albert, who had a speech impediment. Since he became king, he needed to speak a lot but he struggled with the impediment. In one scene, the King can be seen wearing a kilt with an Irish design, though it should have been Scottish Balmoral.
Pride & Prejudice – No Rubber Boots Yet
This romantic drama based on a book stars Keira Knightley, who gave an excellent performance. This movie is based on the Jane Austen classic novel “Pride & Prejudice” published in 1813. The film shows Knightley’s character, Lizzie, wearing Wellies, or also known as rubber Wellington boots. This should have been impossible since rubber boots were invented 40 years after the time of the story.
Legends of the Fall – Styling Belonged At Another Time
Legends of the Fall stars Brad Pitt, who looks gorgeous as always, needless to say. However, his hunky portrayal of Tristan Ludlow didn’t quite line up with the time of the movie, which is set in 1910. Pitt’s character can be seen sporting a ‘60s hairstyle and some stubble. It didn’t matter how good looking you were, back then, a five 0’clock shadow was not accepted.
Troy – No Umbrellas Yet
In the 2004 movie Troy, Orlando Bloom can be seen enjoying the shade of a pink parasol, but this is more than comical. Historically, it doesn’t make any sense. This particular kind of umbrella was only invented in 5th century BCE by the Greeks, which means it occurred 800 years after Troy got conquered. It is still funny, though.
Raiders of the Lost Ark – An Extra Wearing Jeans
A young Harrison Ford may be hard to see past in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, but if you try really hard, you will spot an extra wearing a t-shirt and jeans in the background. We love a look that is modern and casual, but the extra’s ensemble does not really reflect 1930’s fashion.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – No Medal Wearing Nazis
In the 1989 movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, you can see Nazis wearing shiny and fancy medals. However, in reality, these medals were actually worn only at the end of the Second World War. This movie is set in 1938, so the full-blown war had not even started quite yet.
Glory – No Digital Watches Yet
The 1989 movie Glory stars Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Somehow, things got digital in this film that is set during the period of the American Civil War. Interestingly, in one scene, you can spot a soldier sporting a digital watch. In case you didn’t know, wristwatches were only created around the year 1923. Digital watches, on the other hand, only came into fashion in the ‘70s.
Public Enemies – Too Modern Robe
Johnny Depp’s character, John Dillinger, can be seen in the 2009 movie Public Enemies, sporting a sleek, modern robe which many of the judges at that time would not have been able to get their hands on. Since this movie is set during the Great Depression, a robe that is this nice is very unrealistic. Anyone would have found it extremely difficult to design and make such a nice, advanced robe which isn’t as heavy as those they were using at that time.
Almost Famous – The Black Sabbath T-Shirt
Almost Famous has turned into a fan-favorite comedy film. However, this iconic movie starring Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup and Patrick Fugit isn’t actually perfect and has a little hiccup. There is a small but quite hilarious wardrobe mix up in the movie. In one scene, you can spot a person sporting a Black Sabbath t-shirt, which was manufactured in 1997. The film, however, is set in the early ‘70s, so it makes no sense.
Pearl Harbor – Bare Legs Were Unacceptable
In terms of historical films, oftentimes it is really hard to get everything right. No one involved in the film was alive during the time it is set in, so how could every little detail be done correctly? This film, Pearl Harbor, is about the Japanese’ unbelievable attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. In the movie, women are shown wearing skirts without any stockings, but this was highly unacceptable at that time. A woman just would not go out in public bare legged.
The Untouchables – No Lapels Yet
This 1987 film stars so many legendary actors, including Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, and Robert De Niro, that it’s hard to explain how this wardrobe error went past production. In the movie The Untouchables, Costner plays Elliot Ness, who wears a suit with lapels. However, lapels were actually invented much later, so they don’t reflect the period of time the movie supposedly takes place.
The Other Boleyn Girl – Hair Should Have Been Up
In the 2008 movie The Other Boleyn Girl, Natalie Portman’s character wears a French Hood while her hair is down. The film is set in the 16th century, and at that time, these were worn with the hair pulled and an attached veil in the back that hides the hair. Actually, this is only one of the many inaccuracies in the film, which possibly caused the mixed reviews that the film received.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – No Red Coats Yet
In the 2003 movie Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl, soldiers wear red coats. They were supposedly from the British Empire. However, these British uniforms were only issued in 1747. This film is set around the 1720s, so despite being only a couple of years off, these uniforms were still not accurate historically.
Julius Caesar – Too Early For The Bullet Bra
Back in the ‘50s, bullet bras were iconic lingerie pieces and wearing them was regarded as a norm. However, it would have been impossible for the female characters of Julius Caesar to own one since the film is set in 44 BC, almost 2000 years before the invention of the bras. Wrong time, guys!
Good Night and Good Luck – No Name Tags Yet
Directed by George Clooney, this 2005 historical drama is about the conflict between a U.S. Senator and a veteran television reporter. Set in the ‘50s, the film features officers who wear name tags. However, it wasn’t until 1967 when army personnel started wearing this kind of name tags.
American Hustle – Too Early For The Rolex
Louis C.K. is one of the memorable actors in the 2013 film American Hustle. The movie received numerous nominations for the Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Picture and Best Actor. However, Stoddard Thorsen, the character C.K. played, can be spotted wearing a Rolex that was produced in 2010 even though the film takes place in the ‘70s.
Amadeus – No Zippers Yet
This period film from 1984 is the biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The musical genius was alive and active in the 1700s. However, if you look closely, you can see the dancers wearing clothes with zippers. Actually, people only started using zippers about one hundred years after Mozart had already passed away.
The Color Purple – No Clip-On Ties Yet
Starring Danny Glover, the movie The Color Purple tells the stories of African American women that lived in the south in the early 20th century. In the film, Glover can be seen sporting a clip-on tie, which were invented in 1928. The movie, however, is set in the year 1916.
Gangs of New York – Too Early For The Uniforms
The 2002 movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz is set in the 1800s. It is about the different New York gangs at the time. There is one scene in the film where you can see one firefighter wearing a modern uniform, something that was out of place for the time period.
My Girl – No Mood Rings Yet
In the 1991 movie My Girl starring Anna Chlumsky, the main character Vada, who was played by the actress, can be spotted wearing a mood ring. Even though that kinds of rings became trendy in 1975, the movie is actually set in 1972. It’s possible they were not in the mood to do a fact check.
Sense and Sensibility – Too Modern For A Diaper
In case you didn’t know, babies used to wear cloth for doing their business. It actually took some time before parents and babies could have the luxury of the diapers that we have today. In Sense and Sensibility, the material used for the diaper of a baby is clearly much too modern for that time.
Singin’ In the Rain – Wrong Dress For The Time
The 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain also experienced a bit of a wardrobe mishap. You can see Reynolds’ character Kathy Selden wearing a pink dress that was actually very ‘50s because of the tulle included in the skirt. The film, however, is set in the late ‘20s.
The Wedding Singer – Wrong Haircut For The Time
We admit…we love seeing Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler together in their wonderful films! These two share such a unique chemistry that can be seen in their movies together. Their film The Wedding Singer takes place in the ‘80s, but could easily be mistaken for movie set in the ‘90s due to this hairdo. The haircut just SCREAMS nineties, though we have to say, it suits her well.
Schindler’s List – No Shaving
The female characters in Schindler’s List are seen with shaved armpits and legs. However, in the ‘30s and ‘40s, European women didn’t typically shave. In addition, those who suffered in the concentration camps most likely didn’t even consider shaving.
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Wrong Hairstyle For The Time
Set in the 1900s, Picnic at Hanging Rock features girls with hairstyles which might make you think they grew up during the ‘70s. In the early 1900s, women wore their hair up. In the film, however, the girls wear their hair down, parted in the middle and straight.
The Informant – Too Early For Nike
Nike has actually taken quite a while to get into the golf business. As a matter of fact, they just began producing golf shoes in 1996. The Informant, however, takes place between 1992 and 1994. In one scene, the FBI officers are seen wearing those Nike shoes while playing golf in Hawaii.
The Last Samurai – Too Late For The Armor
Tom Cruise stars in the film The Last Samurai, which shows the actor wearing a samurai armor. However, the suit that he wore in the movie was used 250 years before the time when the film supposedly takes place. People should really start fact checking.
Seabiscuit – No Strapped Helmets Yet
The sweet Toby Maguire starred in Seabiscuit as a Jockey. The film is about the famous racehorse champion. In the photo, you can see chin helmet but this kind wasn’t around until 1956. Despite this mistake, the film did really well and received great reviews and multiple Academy Award nominations.
The Notebook – Different Colored Hair
Even The Notebook had wardrobe issues. In the movie, Allie dates a guy named Lon and even gets engaged to him. In one scene, after recovering from his war wounds, Lon waits for Allie. As he does this, his hair keeps turning from brown to black and then back to brown. Makes us wonder how they did not realize this.
Where Eagles Dare – Wrong Hairstyle For The Time
This 1968 British movie is set during the Second World War. It features Clint Eastwood, Ingrid Pitt and Richard Burton. It’s possible that the producers forgot that the 1960s hairstyle Pitt had while playing the German waitress Heidi was not right for the setting of the film.
The Great Escape – Too Modern Wardrobe
Steve McQueen wore very trendy and modern Prisoner of War clothes in this 1963 film. The movie is about British prisoners of war that escaped from Germany in World War II. This fact actually makes his outfit pretty questionable.
Quadrophenia – Wrong T- Shirt
Quadrophenia tells the story of two British subcultures – the mods and the rockers – and their ongoing rivalry. Although the film is set in the ‘60s, it was filmed in 1979. Therefore, it makes no sense that one rocker wears a Motorhead T-shirt when the band was not formed until 1975.
Unforgiven – No Belt Loops Yet
Directed by Clint Eastwood, this 1992 film features Clint himself, Gene Hackman, and Morgan Freeman. In one scene, Gene Hackman’s character can be seen wearing belt loops but this shouldn’t have been possible since they were only found in sportswear until after the 1920s.
Ben Hur – Too Early For The Star of David
Charlton Heston stars in the film adaptation of the 1880 novel Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The actor must not have known that the Star of David which was part of his costume was misplaced. Actually, it wasn’t really authentic since the first records that were found linked the Star of David to Judaism during the 1100s. It would have been more possible for the real Ben Hur to wear a Menorah, which is more accurate for the time period.
Pompeii – No Purple Capes
This disaster film was released in 2014 and is a collaboration between three countries: the U.S., Germany, and Canada. Perhaps this is the reason why some facts in the movie are not accurate. The film shows some generals wearing purple capes. However, at the time, the Emperor Nero punished anyone that wore purple with death.
There will be Blood – No Waffle Soles Yet
The amazing Daniel Day-Lewis portrayed the miner-turn-oil magnate in the late 1800s. The actor wore boots with waffle soles even though they were only invented in the 1970s by Nike.
The Mummy – The Disappearing Band
There is an error in the 1999 movie The Mummy. When Rick and Evelyn traverse a tunnel located in the City of the Dead, Rick can be seen sporting a leather wrist band that disappears and reappears between several shots. We wonder what happened during editing.
The Ten Commandments – Wrong Color Dress For The Time
In this film from 1956, Nefertiti is seen sporting a blue silk dress, which was dyed to appear teal. Historically, this isn’t possible because during that time, you could only dye sheer silk by using natural tints.
Pretty Woman – A Tie Gets Tied And Untied
In the iconic movie Pretty Woman, which stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, there was a minor but confusing error. Throughout the film, Edward, played by Richard Gere, is always seen wearing a tie. The error happened in the unforgettable scene where Vivian, who is played by Julia Roberts, is watching I Love Lucy and then gets up to undo Edward’s tie. In the next scene, Edward can be seen with his tie done and then undone again.