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Outfits Inspired by "Memoirs of a Geisha"

Based on the novel by Arthur Golden, “Memoirs of a Geisha” tells the story of a young woman’s transformation from the daughter of a fisherman to an exceptional entertainer. The movie is as appealing visually as it is story-wise. Since the tale unfolds in the pre-World War II period in Japan, there are many historically accurate and beautiful costumes. Sayuri, the protagonist, wears many dresses and kimonos that have inspired the following outfits.

1. Essie Oranges Nail Polish ($8), Nordstrom
2. Navy Gem Bow Clutch Bag ($38), Debenhams
3. Yellow Dress ($39), H&M
4. Capri Chandelier Earrings ($49), Stella Dot
5. Navy Bird Peep Toe Flats ($25), Debenhams

1. Iconic Lucite Jasmine Earrings ($25), Tarina Tarantino
2. Jane Norman Crochet Kimono Shawl ($14), House of Fraser
3. Lapel-button Shift Dress ($33), She Inside
4. Stephan & Co. Coil Bracelet ($14), Nordstrom
5. Aerin heels (N/A), Shoedazzle


1. Black Patent-Leather Bow Flats ($46), She Inside
2. Bella the Bird Pendant ($39), Hannah Zakari
3. Grey Colorblock Dress ($26), Wallis Fashion
4. Nina Vintage Beaded Bracelet ($12), Boohoo
5. NARS Heat Wave Lipstick ($24), NARS

So, whether you’re running late to your geisha lessons or off to entertain some foreigners, imitating Sayuri’s style is sure to get you noticed. By combining traditional pieces with modern flair, these outfits are sure to be a hit no matter what the occasion.

By: Briana Morgan | Images: 1, 2, 3, 4

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