If you’ve ever been to Secret Cinema, you’ll know that dressing the part isn’t compulsory, but it’s very much welcomed. The live experience allows you to immerse yourself into the world of the movie, and what movie could be more fun than Grease?
The iconic 1978 film starring Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson and John Travolta as Danny Zuko, the singing high school sweethearts, is perfect Secret Cinema fodder: from the epic school dance scenes to the pep rallies and car-racing and everything in between, being thrown into the 50s fictional world of Rydell High is an unforgettable experience for summer.
Whether you’ve got your ticket or are still toying with the idea, here’s what you need to master the Rydell High look for the electrifying Secret Cinema: Grease 2023…
A ‘pink ladies’ inspired varsity jacket
An American 50s high school scene isn’t complete without an array of baseball jackets, and handily, they make for a statement piece that’s perfect if you’re finding a Secret Cinema look last minute. They also happen to be a huge summer trend so head to any high street store and you’re likely to find a version.
Get the Pink Ladies look in this Miss Selfridge number or go sleek in this monochrome Levi’s bomber which will slot into your off-duty wardrobe with ease post-Secret Cinema.
A Sandy inspired off-the-shoulder black top
Arguably Sandy’s most famous look is the black bardot top and high-waisted disco pants (more on those later) worn during the carnival scene, and it happens to be the most timeless and simple look to replicate.
Na-Kd’s sweetheart top is spot on and has long sleeves which is ideal on a summer evening in the UK. Extra style points for teaming it with a bouncy blowdry.
A ‘Pink Ladies’ top
The Pink Ladies sported personalised silky pink bombers in the movie, but in a bid to buy pieces for Secret Cinema that you can easily rewear post-event, why not try a personalised T-shirt? Double Trouble Gang is a brand that makes high-quality custom cotton T-shirts and in the Pink Ladies script font. Pick a baby-pink tee and have your name stitched onto the left a la Rizzo and the gang.
A ‘T-Birds’ inspired leather jacket
Who says Sandy, Rizzo and Co should be the only ones on your Grease inspiration board? Danny and the T-Birds are just as stylish, IMHO, and offer easy outfit inspo. If you’re not a huge fan of dressing up, take their jeans and white tees as the base of your look. Team with an initial baseball cap and an oversized leather jacket and you’re good to go.
A 1950s-esque frock
No fashion item in the movie epitomises the decade it was created in like the dresses in the Rydell High school dance scene. The fit-and-flare midi shape is a key 50s style, and since Secret Cinema takes place over the height of summer in late July – early August, a summer dress is a wise outfit idea.
As well as the full skirt shape, look to details like thick straps, sweetheart necklines and giant or contrast buttons to nod to the theme.
Sandy inspired disco pants
Black bardot top aside, Sandy’s high-waisted disco pants are the main character, so if you’re attending Secret Cinema and she’s your inspo, buying your own pair is a must. When they were trending in the early 00s, American Apparel was the modern go-to for a slinky figure-hugging pair with the perfect amount of shine, so head to Amazon where you can still shop the label.