If you can believe it, the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona came out ten years ago, on August 15th, 2008. Although the storyline about Americans traveling abroad to Europe for the summer and the romance that follows was enough to draw me in, what I’m personally invested in are the outfits. Ten years later and I still remember those easy summer outfits that make me want to pack my suitcase and hop on a plane to Barcelona myself.
While Scarlett Johansson’s character is dressed in normcore basics like T-shirts and jeans, Penelope Cruz—who plays the fiery ex-wife in the movie—has a collection of satin nightgowns and gauzy cotton dresses on heavy rotation. Add to that sultry waves and unexpected hats, and it all adds up the unforgettable outfits that still inspire me today. Ahead, I’m breaking down the reason why style moments from the film had such a big impact on me.