The thing with fashion girls is that we all speak the same language—we know what an OTK boot is (over-the-knee), we’re never mad at a pop of color, and we know the basic rules when it comes to mixing prints.
And when it comes to inspiration, we love drumming up new ways to wear things, but we’re always looking to the past for reference. This is why movies play such a vital role in our inspo process. From ridiculously fashionable characters to films that play homage to an entire decade of style, below are the movies you need to watch to be the ultimate fashion girl.
You’ll notice this isn’t going to be your basic “fashion movies” list–because some of the most stylish movies aren’t all about fashion like The Devil Wears Prada (although it did make the cut, obvs.) La La Land brilliantly uses primary and solid colors that jump off the screen and look perfect juxtaposed against the gorgeous L.A. backdrop. This is a good thing to remember if you want to take a great Instagram shot with a city scene.
Taking it all the way back to 1953, Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday could easily inspire our forever summer uniform: a pretty blouse, high waisted midi skirt, silk neck scarf and lace-up sandals. Is there anything more chic to skip in down the Spanish Steps?
Director Baz Luhrmann’s rendition of The Great Gatsby with Carey Mulligan as the iconic Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as the ever dapper Jay Gatsby is nothing short of a feast for the fashion eyes. Decked out in custom Miuccia Prada and Tiffany and Co. jewels, the entire film is 1920s perfection. Now all we need is an invitation to Kris Jenner’s chic NYE parties…
Easily the movie that defined the ’90s, Clueless still remains the bible to ’90s style. We’ll forever love knee-high socks, matching skirt sets and chokers, and know that in order to look our most capable, we must depend on our white, collarless shirt from Fred Segal.
Any movie that Audrey Hepburn touched seemed to turn into fashion gold. We’ll never look at a Tiffany blue box, an LBD, or a statement pearl necklace the same after watching this classic.
Coco Chanel is the saint of style, so do yourself a solid and watch Coco Before Chanel to get the backstory on one of the most influential designers of the 20th century.
We’re all about a Disney movie re-envisioned, and Pan pulled out all the fashion stops. Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily was definitely a fave.
While we don’t necessarily recommend dressing like Elle Woods on your first day of college, we do fully support paying homage to Elle with darling details, like scented resume paper and a full wardrobe for your pooch.
Always imitated but never duplicated, the inimitable Anna Wintour allowed cameras in for a one-time-only shoot of how the iconic Vogue September Issue gets created.
Shakespeare gets a ’90s makeover in this interpretation, where medieval militant attire is swapped out for Hawaiian shirts. Claire Danes is every inch minimal ’90s perfection, too.
You’ve probably read the book, but have you seen the movie? Sharon Tate shows off quintessential ’60s style, and an array of have-to-have baby doll dresses.
Of course, no list on fashionable movies is complete without this flick that is basically an homage to Anna Wintour’s “tough love” legacy at the most esteemed fashion publication in the world. Feast your eyes on the dazzling Miranda Priestly and enjoy lots of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Similar to Clueless, Grease is one of the best ways to sum up ’50s style. Enjoy poodle skirts and saddle shoes galore, plus Sandy’s steamy makeover at the end ????.
Diane Keaton as Annie Hall still remains on our inspo boards. She helped define androgynous dressing, and proved back then that you can still look feminine in a pantsuit.
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