I love the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail.  Even after seeing it probably 15 times, I still break into tears when, at the end, as the camera focuses on anxious Meg Ryan–waiting in the park to meet anonymous email beaux “NY152”– we recognize the voice of the man off screen, calling out to his dog.

Never mind that his huge bookstore chain put her little bookstore out of business.  There are…hiccup/sniff…no words.

It was on television last spring and then again over Labor Day weekend.  Every time I see it, I’m entranced by Meg Ryan’s charming style.  Knee-length skirts and dresses with ballet flats or white sneakers, belted khakis with a white tee, a trench coat that doubles as, how convenient, a last-minute robe, and, of course, cardigans, cardigans, cardigans.

I was so inspired that I rummaged through my closet to see if I could put together something capturing a similar look.  My pleated grey skirt, white tee, and peach cardigan aren’t exactly the same as her skirt/cardi outfit (see photo below), but I think it works for me.

Thank you, Meg Ryan, for the classic, casual American-style inspiration! ~Janis Lyn Johnson


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Skirt: Ann Taylor (Similar Idea at Ann Taylor and Brooks Brothers) / Crewneck Tee: Gap / Cardigan: Ann Taylor (Similar, with Long Sleeves, at Ann Taylor) / Shoes: Tory Burch (Similar at Nordstrom) / Bag: (Similar in Leather Here and Similar in Faux Leather at Nordstrom) / Bracelet:  (Similar at Nordstrom) / “You’ve Got Mail” DVD:

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