20 Smart Costume Details In Movies That Will Drive You Crazy

As time goes by there is a massive increase in the number of details that are being put into movies. This only makes these movies more and more interesting as there is a lot more to digest than what the story has to offer. Often these details help us in determining the events that will follow in the movie. These details keep us hooked to the movie and also allows us to explore much more about the movie than it has to offer. Let’s take a look at 20 such smart costume-related details in movies that you might have noticed and will absolutely drive you crazy.

Little Women (2019)

In Little Women (2019), Laurie and Jo swap articles of clothing from MovieDetails

Black Panther

In "Black Panther" (2018), the outfits of T’Challa, Nakia, and Okoye while they travel to Korea represent the colors of the Pan-African flag. from MovieDetails

Knives Out

In Knives Out (2019), Ransom’s sweater has a ripped collar and several noticeable holes. The costume designer added this detail to show Ransom’s nonchalance towards his wealth and disrespect for his family. Source in comments. from MovieDetails

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Umbridge’s outfits become a darker shade of pink as she becomes more powerful. Official fact from the "Warner Bros Studio Tour". from MovieDetails

Jurassic World

Just noticed that in Jurassic World when Bryce Dallas Howard rolls up her sleeves and ties her shirt at the bottom to say “I’m ready”, she’s wearing it the same way Laura Dern did in Jurassic Park. from MovieDetails

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

In Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010), Scott is seen wearing a "Plumtree" shirt. Plumtree is a Canadian band that, in 1997 released a song called Scott Pilgrim. This song would inspire Bryan Lee O’Malley to create the Scott Pilgrim comics, which the movie is based off of. from MovieDetails

Forrest Gump

In Forrest Gump (1994), after every temporal transition, Forrest is always wearing a blue shirt which symbolizes a change in time. from MovieDetails

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) is the only MCU film where Dr.Strange used his classic yellow gloves from the comics. from MovieDetails


Before making Spaceballs, Mel Brooks asked for George Lucas’s permission to parody Star Wars. Lucas was fine with it and said the only condition was Lone Star didn’t dress like Han Solo. As a result, Lone Star was dressed reminiscent of Indiana Jones instead. from MovieDetails


In Clueless (1995), Josh wears a University of Kansas ballcap. This hat really belonged to Paul Rudd. He asked the costume team if he could wear it in a few scenes to honour his alma mater. from MovieDetails

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 

In Talladega Nights (2016) Ricky Bobby initially has a sponsorship from Wonder Bread. Later, when he’s lost his sponsor, he resuses the "W" and "E" from "Wonder" to spell "Me" from MovieDetails


In Juno (2007) Mark dresses more and more like Juno after each encounter with her from MovieDetails

Harry Potter Films

In the Harry Potter films, Voldemort’s robes faded in colour every time a Horcrux was destroyed, to give the impression he was slowly fading away. from MovieDetails

Back to the Future Part III

Doc Brown’s bandana from Back to the Future: Part III is made from his shirt from Back to the Future: Part II. from MovieDetails

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Stephen Spielberg wanted to direct a James Bond film, but Eon studios said no. When he told George Lucas this, they decided to create Indiana Jones, and in this scene in Indiana Jones 2, Indiana Jones is dressed as James Bond. from MovieDetails

Back to the Future Part II

In Back to the Future 2, Docs shirt design has two horses chasing a steam train, foreshadowing the events of the next film. from MovieDetails

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

In Monty Python and The Holy Grail the chain mail was actually knitted yarn. I have seen this movie about 30 times and just noticed this detail yesterday. Not sure if it was super obvious to everyone else…. from MovieDetails

Zombieland: Double Tap

In Zombieland 2: Doubletap (2019), the character of Madison is seen wearing a Von Dutch tank top. New fashion trends stopped when Z-land happened in 2009, when Von Dutch apparel was at its height of popularity. from MovieDetails

Mean Girls

In Mean Girls (2004), queen bee Regina wears a “R” necklace around her neck. Cady begins wearing a “C” necklace once she has humiliated Regina and taken her place. from MovieDetails

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In The Last Jedi (2017) you can see Finn’s jacket has been repaired. Patching the hole from Kylo Ren’s lightsaber in The Force Awakens. from MovieDetails

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