Sydney Sweeney's Latest Fashion Collaboration Is Inspired by Her First Love: Vintage Cars

The in-demand discusses her love of vintage across all facets of life, from the garage to the red carpet.

After soaring to fame in the summer of 2019 as the captivating Cassie in "Euphoria," Sydney Sweeney was no doubt on her way to becoming a Hollywood "It" girl. But with the pandemic shutting down film sets, her next moves were put on pause — giving rise to her now-famed TikTok account, @Syds_Garage.

The then-23-year-old actor decided to purchase an original 1969 Ford Bronco, with the intention to restore it herself with all the free time she suddenly had on her hands. She detailed her experience working on the car in the auto shop on TikTok, which led to her account gaining 1.5 million followers and a number of partnerships, including her latest with Ford Motor Company.

"I get to express different versions of myself through different characters and the red carpets and the fashion moments," she says, "but I haven't been able to show my roots. This is who I am with a lot of people."

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Vintage cars were Sweeney's first love. (Her dream as a little girl was to own a Ford Bronco.) Now, that's translated to a broader passion for pre-loved items, which carries over into her red-carpet style.

"I love always paying homage to the beautiful pieces that have been made before me," Sweeney says. "Recycling and reusing fashion is super important because we're in an industry that constantly is coming out with new pieces, and I want to make sure that I'm trying and doing my best to be conscious."

<p>Photo: Courtesy of Ford</p>

Photo: Courtesy of Ford

With the help of stylist Molly Dickson, the star actor has dipped into the archives of Thierry Mugler and Versace. Sweeney's favorite vintage look, however, hasn't happened yet.

"I'm really, really excited — it's a color I've never worn before, and it's a piece that I was very lucky to be able to get my hands on," she teases. Sweeney says we can expect to see the look before the year ends: "Just wait. You'll know what I'm talking about when it comes out."

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As for fashion inspiration, Sweeney looks to Brigitte Bardot and Blake Lively. Of the latter, she says: "I thought she was so beautiful and always had the greatest fashion choices, but I didn't grow up having access [to] or knowledge of fashion [in Spokane, Washington], so I would just say, 'Ooh, that's the coolest pair of overalls I've ever seen.'"

Since becoming more immersed in the fashion world through work, Sweeney has also had the opportunity to slip into the designer's seat a few times. Earlier this month, she released a swimwear collaboration with Frankies Bikinis. Now, she's releasing a workwear collection in partnership with Ford, manufactured by Dickies — and it was actually informed by her history of reupholstering and remodeling.

"On the original Ford Bronco, it was just a metal door, no area in the vehicle for storage — there's nowhere to put a phone, a purse, a wallet, anything — so I designed a leather panel that had a pocket and a little clasp," Sweeney says. "There's a lot of style but also function that I wanted in these pieces."

<p>Photos: Courtesy of Ford</p>

Photos: Courtesy of Ford

<p>Photos: Courtesy of Ford</p>

Photos: Courtesy of Ford

<p>Photos: Courtesy of Ford</p>

Photos: Courtesy of Ford

She was inspired by the overalls she wore every day in the garage working on her car. Since the car-restoration space is typically male-dominated, she wanted to bring a level of inclusion to these pieces.

"I want to flip it on its head, make it fun and make it a way to be able to express myself," she says. "Hopefully, others can express themselves, too."

The Ford x Sydney Sweeney workwear collection is available to shop now at

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