Off-Screen Style: You've Got Mail

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When it comes to classic rom-com couples, it's hard to beat Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail.  The 1998 romantic comedy chronicles the ironically antipathetic relationship between Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly while, at the same time, they cultivated a blind relationship online. For a film partly inspired by the timeless love story of Pride and Prejudice, no amount of wit, humor, misunderstanding, and human messiness can keep the story from its classic happy ending.

You've Got Mail featureslate nineties minimal fashion in full force. Meg Ryan jaunts around New York City's Upper West Side sporting her iconic choppy shag and plenty of neutral, monochromatic, oversized dresses and sweaters. Meg's chic persona inspired us to piece together three outfits that will get you through the pleasant spring days and into the chilly nights.

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Black and white is always in style, and a funky, modern way to layer is to pair a thin turtleneck under a sleek shift dress. Throw on a perfectly baggy cardigan and wedge sandals, with or without tights, and you're set for the office.

1. H&M / 2. Urban Outfitters / 3. TOMS / 4. Mango / 5. Sole Society / 6. ModCloth

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Meg Ryan is frequently typing away on her computer late at night in her tomboy stripped pajama set. Taking inspiration from the stripes, we've incorporated a classic summer button-down staple with laid-back cropped jeans and modern and minimal sandals.

1. Madewell  /  2. Need Supply Co. / 3. American Eagle  / 4. ASOS

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That final scene makes me shed a tear or two every time, and I'm not ashamed to say it. This is one of the first times Meg is shown wearing a feminine and light ensemble, signifying her conversion of heart. Light-on-light pastels are definitely a spring mainstay; to keep it from looking childish, stick to neutral creams, pinks, and off-whites. Accordion midi-length skirts are everywhere this season, and with a simple tank and sheer cardigan, you can be just darn ethereal.

1. Zara / 2. Loft / 3. Zara  / 4. Keds, Nordstrom