Vintage Film Threads: Dress like Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

There is always something divine about a horror or supernatural film that embraces style and fashion as a key ingredient. It doesn't have to be discussed or even over the top, but good fashion can even be found in simple and sophisticated looks. For this reason, for my October /Halloween stint of Vintage Film Threads, I decided to set the mark high with the first installment: Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

The film revolves around a vampire couple, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been married for centuries. They live apart, but their love for each other remains strong. They avoid feeding on humans, but good blood is hard to come by these days. The film has a focus on survival, not just for blood, but to enjoy ones passions without attention. For example, Adam is a musician, and what is he to do, when he wants to share his gift but not receive the attention? Throw in an old friend who knows them best (John Hurt), but lives half way around the world from Adam, a naive and somewhere meddling human (Anton Yelchin), and a sister who is destructive and not at all discrete (Mia Wasikowska), and you have the foundation for this film. The pacing is slow, the style and sets impeccable, the music sweet and seductive, and the love between the leads is mesmorizing.

For this installment, I decided to do a collection for Adam, one for Eve, and two accessories you will need for both. These pieces are perfect for Halloween, cosplay, or for adding a little bit of vampire style to your everyday wardrobe. 


Adam's wardrobe revolves around a dark color palette, black, brown, and maybe a burgundy detailing thrown in to brighten them up. Slightly loose fitting tops, skinny / slim pants, and sometimes the need to only wear a robe. All-in-all, to obtain his look with vintage pieces is easy as long as you try to capture a bit of his mysterious nature during your selection process. 

From left to right: 1. A loose fitting black button-up to pair with black or brown pants. 2. A brown suede jacket with clean, simple lines. 3. A pair of striped vintage pants (could also be plain brown). Bonus if you can thrift a pair of skinny or very slim pair of trousers. 4. A robe, preferably striped, in brown, burgundy, and maybe cream colored tones. 


Eve's life in Tangiers definitely appears in a few of her scenes with gorgeous hand-embroidered pieces. She also opts for clean lines, Mandarin collars, white leather paired with tan trousers or warm toned scarves. She is elegant, striking, and flawless. To obtain her style, you have to look for well-made vintage pieces that get the hints of sophisticated and a living abroad lifestyle. 

From left to right: 1. A simple lined, white leather jacket. A pair of slim pants in a shade of brown, or cream will also work. 2. An embroidered piece (preferably with a Mandarin collar) 3. A scarf with a simple design, but in neutral to warm colors.

Adam & Eve

Additional accessories that work for both Adam and Eve. First, a vintage skull charm to be worn as a necklace or as a bracelet (just need a bit of thread). Secondly, a pair of dark sunglasses in a simple, classic style. You could opt for black frames or tortoiseshell to complete either look. 

I hope you have enjoyed this special October/Halloween installment of Vintage Film Threads. If you have a particular film you would like to see in this series post October, please leave a comment below. Until next week.