Dress Like An 'Into The Woods' Character, IRL

by Katie Patton

The minute it was announced that Chicago director Rob Marshall and Wicked producer Marc Platt would be teaming up with Disney to bring the world a modern mash up of our favorite fairytales, we knew the result would be epic. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel — Into The Woods had the makings of a modern day magical moment from the start. How could a story rooted in such legendary fantasy, produced by two musical masterminds, get any better? By casting Meryl Streep, Queen of Hollywood and all the world, as The Witch, that’s how. Also, the rest of the crew reads like a "who's who" of actors you want in all movies all the time — everyone's ideal British best friend, Emily Blunt, as The Baker’s Wife; the funniest of all funny girls, Anna Kendrick, as Cinderella, stealer of hearts; Chris Pine, as The Prince; and the world's forever-favorite bad boy, Johnny Depp, as The Wolf. Clearly, the film's casting director was truly in the business of making on screen dreams come true. Fantastical fairytales and a cast and crew that possess a magic all their own — anyone with a pulse and an ounce of pixie dust running through their veins knew Into The Woods would be the new of-the-moment fairytale with a twist.

If you have yet to see the film, I highly suggest you do so, because it is pure magic and Chris Pine is just as princely as you've always dreamed (pause for swooning). Meryl Streep sings and is perfect, because there isn’t anything she can’t do; Streep and Emily Blunt are back together again, which brings about all the feels that The Devil Wears Prada makes us feel; and you will love Anna Kendrick even more than you already do as the Cinderella we’ve always hoped for. The only thing better than the performances themselves are the costumes, which were perfection.

Expectations were high when these famous fables were handed over to such a star-studded cast, but who would have thought that the whimsy and wonder would make us green with fashion envy. Costume designer Colleen Atwood’s creations are a flawless combination of fabled fantasy and modern trend and her choice of fabrics, colors and silhouettes nearly make me forget that charming prince. Combined with a strong beauty game, the leading ladies of Into The Woods are head-to-toe inspiration for a real life fashion refresh. Here are four ways to pay homage to your new fairytale spirit animals.


Meryl Streep as The Witch is like the Kylie Jenner of Into The Woods characters, which could be the most phenomenal mash up of all time. At the base of every mysteriously glamorous look is a black dress in just the right silhouette. Combine dark, draping fabrics with an all-dark everything, modern goth beauty look and you will be channeling your inner wicked witch in no time. And if you're feeling extra brave, go temporarily turquoise with your locks — hair chalk allows you to take a deep dive into the woods sans the fear that you won't find your way back out!

Metamorphose Dress,$68,

Butter London Chimney Sweep Nail Laquer, $15,

Lancome Jason Wu Collection Smouldering Mauve Lip Color, $23,

Physicians Formula Smoky Eyes Shimmer Strips, $12,

UO Hair Chalk Rainbow Set, $18,


Cinderelly, Cinderelly that gold lame dress you wear to the ball is a dream that I die for. Anna Kendrick brings princess realness in mesmerizing metallic that is regal without the frills, easy inspiration for your next event ensemble. Going gold can quickly turn you into a disco diva, so choose a soft, pretty metallic fabric with an empire waist and flowing bottom half. Pair with detail-driven gold heels for an on trend matchy-matchy look and top it all off with a bright berry lip. Here's hoping you can find a carriage on Uber because you are clearly dressed to ride in style.

VLabel Maida Metallic Maxi Dress, $88,

Guilhermina Posy Cutwork Heels, $178,

Stila Brigitte Color Balm Lipstick, $22,


Rapunzel's hair may be the scene stealer, but MacKenzie Mauzy's pink on pink on pink motif is show stopping. Donning fifty shades of rose from her frocks to her face, our modern day tower dweller is the girliest princess in the wood. The key to this look is contrast, yet complementary pinks, with a form-fitting top and skirt that flows with the wind. A mid-tone pink crop paired with a champagne colored midi is a combination that shows you are ready to see the world. And, if there is anything that goes better with pink than more pink, it is a fresh, glowing face and pinky pout.

Crop Top With Bardot Sweetheart Neckline, $8,

Pampered Pink Metallic Pleated Midi Skirt, $118,

NARS Copacabana Illuminator, $30,

Bite Beauty Vidal Luminous Creme Lipstick, $24,


While our little homemaker may be the least glamorously dressed in the traditional sense, Emily Blunt makes magic and turns rags into riches. The Baker's Wife has an on point "I woke up like this" beauty look that glows in contrast with the rich colors and fabrics that make up her ensemble. To pay homage to her frock, try out a velvet blazer in a deep wine color, accented with a delicate bauble. Finish off the look with cheeks that look like they were perfectly pinched and a brow as strong as this wife's will.

Velvet Blazer, $150,

Pave Disc Pendant Gold, $10,

Cheek Jelly in Sibling, $14,

Laura Mercier Brow Definer, $20,

From goth glamour to pretty princess, this fable has something for everyone. So, as the witch would say, "Go to the wood!" And find your fairytale fashion and beauty inspiration.

Images: Disney Pictures