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Fried Green Tomatoes: Sample Some Sweet, Southern, 1930s Style Via This Early-90’s Classic

by Debbie Stoller

When it comes to Southern lady movies, there’s no question that Fried Green Tomatoes reigns supreme. At the heart of the 1991 film are two women: spitfire Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and quiet Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), whose love for each other gives them the strength to tackle life’s obstacles—including but not limited to bigotry, sexism, racism, etc.—in Depression-era Alabama. Not only is the arc of their relationship a heartwarming love story we can all aspire to, but their 1930s wardrobes are also truly enviable. From Ruth’s gauzy floral dresses to Idgie’s oversized button-downs and battered overalls, their lived-in looks inspired us to collect the perfect blend of masculine/feminine pieces that will help you withstand the summer heat. 

By Nina Karina Photo: ©Universal/Courtesy of the Everett Collection (fried green tomatoes)

This article originally appeared in BUST’s Summer 2021 print edition. Subscribe today!

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Estelle Top b981fESTELLE TOP IN SALT, $128, SHOPDOEN.COM

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Anthropologie Lattice Palm Hat 848d8LATTICE PALM HAT, $58, ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM

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