5 Movies for Style Inspiration

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I love watching movies, particularly anything in the period drama category or films from the 1930s-50s. One of my favorite ways to wind down is to brew a cup of tea, put on my favorite cozy sweater, and curl up with a favorite movie. Costume design has always been interesting to me, and I love seeing how the clothes of different characters add depth to how we perceive them in the story. A well developed character will have an equally well developed wardrobe, rather it’s what I would call beautiful or not. I take a lot of style inspiration from my favorite films, and today I’m sharing a few of those favorites with you. Wardrobe inspiration is everywhere, but it is abundant on the silver screen.

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Sabrina (1954)

Sabrina has long been one of my favorite films, and Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy wardrobe is stunning. As beautiful as the more over-the-top gowns are, I find myself taking note of her simple black trousers, v-back tops, chunky earrings, and ballet flats. When it comes to simple but elegant, Sabrina has it down.

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La La Land (2016)

I’m in the camp of people who absolutely loved La La Land, and Emma Stone’s nod-to-vintage wardrobe made me love it more. From Mia’s 50s-inspired dresses, to bold pops of color, her outfits had me thinking of how I could incorporate similar elements into my own style.

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Holiday (1938)

Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn star in this witty comedy, and Katherine Hepburn’s costumes are the embodiment of 1930s glamor. Hepburn dazzles as Linda Seton in sleek evening gowns, sensible separates, and glittering jewels. My favorite look? Her New Year’s Eve party ensemble which consists of an evening gown with long sleeves, a gauzy scarf, and glitzy necklace.

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Funny Face (1957)

If you love fashion, Funny Face is practically required viewing. Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton goes from shop girl to model, and her clothes, both high-fashion and shop appropriate, are so much fun. Of course there’s a wide array of Givenchy gowns, but of all the outfits in the film, there’s one that I’ve done my best to copy several times, and that is the outfit she wears when first arriving in Paris. A camel colored swing jacket, black pants, black turtle-neck, and loafers work as well in 2017 as they did in 1957.

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Brooklyn (2015)

This sweet 2015 drama stars Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish woman named Eilis who is immigrating to the United States in the 1950s. The mid-century costumes are beautifully done, and I love that Ronan wears a variety of silhouettes throughout the entire film. My favorite look she sports is a black and white gingham circle skirt paired with a sleek black blouse. It’s retro, but something that could easily be worn today for a dressier occasion.

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Do you look out for style inspiration in movies?
What are some of your favorites?
I’d love to hear!




7 thoughts on “5 Movies for Style Inspiration

  1. Great blog post Lauren. I love watching movies and shows for style inspiration. Who’ve picked some great ones. My husband recently got us the old tv shows “The Avengers” and “Get Smart”. The stories are great but I’m loving them for the fashions.

  2. I need to rewatch Sabrina. I have to say I wasn’t paying attention/wasn’t impressed with the clothes in Funny Face when I watched earlier. I do love the clothes in Brooklyn.
    When asked for favorites I seem to forget everything about everything. And I think I usually like an outfit or two in older movies not entire wardrobes. Like some of the dresses in the Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. I think I usually like many dresses from period dramas.

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