living in: grease


Grease: We all know it; we all secretly love it. It’s a throwback to middle school slumber parties and high school plays — semi-naughty, semi-tame and 100% hummable whether you can get down with musicals or not. While the plot is a bitter pill for feminists to swallow (If you like a boy, completely alter your personality and style to reflect his, and you’ll have a Spandex-clad happily-ever-after dance!), Grease is meant to be taken lightly. So pop that popcorn, pull out those hair rollers and bebop the night away. — Amy Merrick

1. Vintage Clock, $85; 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Flower Studs, $58; 3. Miso Knit Bomber, $45; 4. Vintage Hair Dryer, $30; 5. Vivienne Westwood Heels, $144; 6. Grant’s Pomade, $22; 7. Old-Fashioned Straw Dispenser, $19; 8. Malt Shop Soda Glass, $4; 9. Joseph Leather Leggings, $1795; 10. Diane Foam Rollers, $2

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Whether you were a greaser, a prep or a dorky wallflower like myself, we’re all long out of high school, so we can reimagine our hallway days with a bit more school spirit. Twirling in a cupcake dress and drinking spiked punch is as good a party as any, and the good-girl-gone-bad thing works remarkably well for even fully grown ladies. Dust off them dancing shoes because summer loving is here to stay.

1. Confetti System Garland, $130; 2. Classic Rose Corsage, $25; 3. Vintage Prom Dress, $144; 4. Varsity Letter; $5; 5. Deborah Lippmann Nail Color, $18; 6. Vintage Wall Clock, $99; 7. Pearl Necklace, $120; 8. Glitter Ballroom Shoe, $45; 9. Punch Bowl Set, $78

  1. Maddy says:

    I LOVE this! Grease is a classic and the confetti garland is so super cute.

  2. how2home says:

    Grease is my all time favorite musical! It is always a pleasure to see what type of products you compare with movies :)

  3. Holly says:

    Love this! Grease is my all-time favorite movie. But forget Sandy’s dress… I covet the one ChaCha DiGregorio wore to the school dance! And DiDi Cohn’s pink hair, the short-shorts Rizzo wears to the fair, the Pink Ladies jacket… I could live in Grease.

  4. Cute! I love Sandy, but I have to say Frenchie was my favorite character :D

  5. YAY!!!!! It was always a toss-up between Rizzo and Marty for me as favourite Pink Ladies — Marty’s outfit at the Thunder Road race was very sweet but Rizzo was always a little bit naughty. :) This is my favourite Living In… feature yet!

    Thank you!

  6. Julia says:

    Grease is SO amazing! I’ve watched the movie about 10 times i guess, i stopped counting, haha!

    The pink Jacket (3) is really cute, love it :)

  7. Katrina says:

    This is so well put together! At first I thought the confetti garland was a string of colorful clothes. :)

  8. Good choice! Love love love that vintage hair dryer.


  9. Katie says:

    Holy moly these just get better and better! I love your choice of movies and things. I’ll be singing Grease songs all night!xx

  10. Pistachio says:

    Tell me about it, stud. Love this one!

  11. This would have to be one of my favourite Living In’s yet! Thank you!!

  12. Hilary says:

    I love Grease! When i was in the 3rd grade me and my friends made up a dance to “You’re the One That I Want” for the schools talent show. We thought we were hot stuff. Man, Amy, i think i will pop some popcorn and dance/sing the night away watching this classic. Brings back so many memories! Thanks!

  13. Gina Vinelli says:

    Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

  14. Nicole says:

    Even as a kid, I’ve always preferred to think that Sandy didn’t change herself so much as embrace a previously ignored facet of herself. ;) Wishful thinking?
    Great post, as always. (I am in love with those glittery shoes!)

  15. Oh, how I used to love watching this movie when I was a kid! A few years ago I named one of my ewes Frenchie (it was the ‘F’ name year) and while it just seemed to be the perfect name for her, I always catch myself thinking it would have been even better if she was slightly pink. ;)

    I love the Living In column so much, Amy. I can’t believe how many of my favorite movies you’ve chosen over the years – and how many I’d forgotten about! Of course you had me at the very first one – Out of Africa is my all time favorite flick. :)

  16. Suzy8track says:

    Brings me back to my childhood! Loved this movie! Marty was my favorite Pink Lady, always loved her style in this film.

  17. Lucy says:

    Best. Movie. Ever.

  18. Taryn says:

    An all-time favorite! I’d just like to remind you that at the end, Danny was wearing a letterman sweater instead of his leather jacket even after getting ridiculed by his guys, and he tells them he’s willing to “shape up” for her. And let’s face it, her makeover outfit was way more fun than her usual outfits.

  19. I’ve always loved Grease! You guys did a great job representing!

  20. Sue says:

    This movie is fun. I have been thinking of watching it lately and now I really won’t be able to rest till I see it again. Next time I have a load of ironing I’ll have to dig it out to pass the time.

  21. Eliza says:

    You, ma’am! You sure can pick a movie. I hang out for Living In every few weeks, as it gives me a burst of inspiration for movies to add to my re-watch or queued up list… I also have one suggestion for you, in keeping with overwhelmingly beautiful, decadently floral period pieces… A Room With A View, based on E.M. Forster’s novel. Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson, and some delightfully dapper gents. There are ferns galore, and also one very cheeky (and hilarious!) nudey scene! Please consider it! xxx

    1. Amy Azzarito says:

      Hi Eliza – Not Room With a View, but Amy did do a Howard’s End post
      xo Amy A

  22. For whom is this a “secret” love? Rude. This is an out loud and up front live for me. When my now husband and I were dating this was one of three movies I ” made” him watch. The other two were The Princess Bride and West Side Story.

  23. Azil says:

    Watched this way too many times and still one of my favorites!

  24. Kat from Jersey says:

    I think my daughters and I have this movie memorized! In fact, we’ve seen it so many times, that we now pick one background dancer/person, and follow them throughout the whole movie. Just to change things up a bit! Andy Tennant (who’s now a director) is our favorite guy to watch. Such fun!

  25. Melissa says:

    Love this…I actually saw this movie 100+ times as a kid. And can you believe the movie theater charged a buck-fifty for a ticket? A “Living in” request: Goodbye Girl.

  26. MartiQ says:

    I would love to see a back to school Living In with “School Ties”

  27. Jillian says:

    Where has the “Living In” Column gone for a month? I terribly miss it!

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      Amy is taking a much needed break :)


  28. Katie says:

    Grace, when will she be back??

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      amy is taking a long break to focus on her floral business, so we’ll welcome her back any time she has spare time. but right now she’s busy with flowers :)

      we’re working on something to fill that gap, don’t worry. :)


  29. Tasha says:

    Well good luck to Amy, I’ll miss Living In though!

  30. Grease was one of my favorite movies growing up. Thanks for doing this.

  31. Awesome post! Grease is such a vivid memory in my childhood! I was just thinking my daughters are probably old enough to see it, right? They’re in 3rd and 1st grade. I think the sexual allusions went over my head at that age. Just thinking about the message though- as a mom I don’t want Sandy to come out in the black leather outfit and 4 inch heels, you know? I prefer her pruder self! But since I let my kids watch Victorious and listen to Ke$hia this is probably way better.

  32. Blair says:

    I have so missed these posts the last month or so! Can’t wait until someone has time to put another one together!

  33. Jenny says:

    Have you ever thought about doing a post on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind? I think it would make a great one!

  34. Marti says:

    Has Design Sponge stopped running Living In?

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      it’s starting back again tomorrow with a new writer :)



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