20 Costume Mistakes In Films You May Never Notice

As we all know that the film's costume design needs to be based on specific events and match the script. But sometimes filmmakers make mistakes about certain facts. There are some outfits mistakes that you may not realize.

1. Braveheart: Kilts Had Not Yet Been Invented

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The Braveheart is set in the 13th century when the Scottish kilts hadn’t yet come into fashion. So when the character appeared in a Scottish kilt, it was undoubtedly a mistake. It didn't become common to wear the kilt until the 16th century.

2. Dirty Dancing: Short Shorts Were Not Yet Popular

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Dirty Dancing is set in 1963, and the movie casts didn't notice that Baby was wearing jean shorts that only became popular later in the 1970s. However, the movie might have actually helped arouse people’s interest in short shorts.

3. The Last Samurai: Tom Cruise's Armor Was Antiquated

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The Last Samurai tells a story of a retired U.S. officer who fought with Japanese samurai warriors. In the movie, Cruise was featured wearing samurai armor, but the costume department outfitted him in armor from two centuries earlier.

4. The Other Boleyn Girl: Portman's Hair Should Have Been Pulled Back

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Women in 16th century France would wear a hood with a veil attached, and their hair should have always been pulled back underneath the veil. However, The Other Boleyn Girl got things only half-right as it let Natalie Portman wear the correct hood, but neglected the fact that her hair should be pulled back.

5. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The British Navy Was Not Scarlet

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The first Pirates of the Caribbean film is set in the 1720s, and the men at that time should have worn a darker, and muddier red rather than the one that appeared in the film. The famous scarlet coats were not issued to the British military until 1747 and were often reserved for officers and sergeants.

6. Django Unchained: Sunglasses Were Not Yet Invented

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Quentin Tarantino's famous Django Unchained shows the main character Django wearing a pair of round sunglasses that were actually not invented in 1858 America. Many people have suspected this was a mistake, but it was of course done on purpose, for style.

7. Pompeii: Purple Capes Weren't Allowed At The Time

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In the film Pompeii, too many characters were seen wearing purple robes, and it was a mistake. The emperor Nero once outlawed the use of purple robes by anyone besides him, and anyone who broke the law would be sentenced to death.

8. The Untouchables: Kevin Costner's Lapels Were Wrong

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Kevin Costner's suit, seen here, was all 80s, which was incompatible with the film's setting of the 1930s. During the 1930s, the lapels were usually much larger and more prominent than seen here. Thankfully, the film’s success wasn’t affected by the mistake.

9. Singin' In The Rain: Pink Dress Was Inappropriate

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In this 1952 film, the character Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) was featured in a pink dress with a tulle skirt. This dress was a typical look for the 1950s but not proper for the film's setting in the 1920s.  

10. Jonah Hex: The Costume Was Inappropriate 

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As a severe box office flop, Jonah Hex also had costume mistakes. Lilah Black's revealing corset was not how women of that time dressed. 

11. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade: The Germans Were Not Supposed To Wear Medals

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In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, we can see some of the German officers wearing medals on their uniforms. It was a mistake because the film is set before the war began. As medals were given throughout the war, the officers shouldn't have had them yet.

12. Pearl Harbor: Bare Legs Were Not Appropriate

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In Pearl Harbor, we can see women were often not wearing any stockings and baring their legs. It was actually a serious social faux pas at that time. It is hard to get all of the facts right, especially when it comes to historical or period films.

13. Saving Private Ryan: Black Boots Were Inappropriate

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You may have noticed that most characters in Saving Private Ryan wore brown boots, while others had black jump boots. It was impossible to wear such black boots because they were not made until at least five years after the war was over. 

14. The King's Speech: The King Worn The Wrong Kilt

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Colin Firth is well known for his award-winning performance in The King's Speech. In one of the scenes, he was wearing an Irish design on his kilt, which turned out to be a wardrobe malfunction. He should have worn a Scottish Balmoral design instead. 

15. Julius Cesar: Bullet Bra Was Not Yet Invented

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Females can be seen wearing "bullet bras" in the 1953 film Julius Caesar. The film has shown that these pointed undergarments were a fashion staple in the early 1950s, but it had made a costume mistake—The movie was supposed to have taken place nearly 2,000 years before the bras were invented.

16. American Hustle: This Rolex Watch Was Not Yet Invented

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Louis C.K. was one of the unforgettable actors in the film American Hustle. In one scene, he was seen wearing a shiny Rolex, which fitted his attitude. What’s the problem with it? That model of Rolex didn't exist in the 70s and was produced in 2010, nearly 40 years late for the film's period.

17. Amadeus: Zippers Were Not Yet Invented

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As one of the greatest films of all time, Amadeus was outstanding for both its script and its recreation of the 18th century Vienna. However, one glaring mistake was made with its high-profile costumes featuring noticeable zippers. Zippers weren't invented until 1913, about 60 years after the film's setting time.

18. My Girl: Mood Ring Was Not Introduced 

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1991's tear-jerking film My Girl was undoubtedly a classic. Who can forget Anna Chlumsky and her mood ring that can change colors according to her body temperature? But the mood ring turned out to be a mistake as it wasn’t introduced until 1975, three years after the film's setting. 

19. Raiders Of The Lost Ark: A Cairo Local Was Wearing Jeans

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In Steven Spielberg's first installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, we can see a man in jeans and a T-shirt walking by. Locals in Cairo, Egypt, in the 1930s never dressed this way. Obviously, it is a mistake, but most people might never notice this detail.

20. Glory: A Civil War Soldier Wore A Watch

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As one of the most influential films ever made, the Glory made an apparent mistake. In one scene, you can see a soldier wearing a digital watch around his wrist. Wristwatches weren’t invented until 1923, and electronic ones became trendy 50 years later.

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