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10 Movies For the Best Fashion Inspiration

Rebecca Deczynski , contributor
January 18, 2016

Whenever we watch a movie, we can’t help but focus on one specific thing: the clothes. We pull inspiration for our style from all of our surroundings, so it’s no surprise that some of our favorite movies have the best fashion in film.

Through the decades, our favorite films have always satisfied our sartorial cravings. These 10 movies are guaranteed to give you some major #OOTD inspo.

1. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

This dramatic black and white film has it all: glamour, emotion, and death. For a look at the utmost elegance of the early ’50s, this is your film.

2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

It takes a lot for a movie to be deemed “iconic,” but this film has it all—the best little black dress, pretty outerwear inspiration (that trench coat!), and of course, the inimitable Audrey Hepburn. We could watch this film forever.

3. A Woman is a Woman (1961)

This Godard film starring Anna Karina is the epitome of French girl chic. Karina’s coy character will inspire you to get bangs immediately, and her school girl-inspired tartan will have you seeing plaid.

4. Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Glamour, addiction, and luxury are all major themes in this late ’60s flick. While we certainly wouldn’t recommend ascribing to the kind of lifestyle this film shows, we do love its style.

5. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

If you’ve ever considered getting a pixie cut in your life, you simply need to look to Mia Farrow in this horror film for inspiration. Sure, it may be scary, but the aesthetics are on-point.

6. Annie Hall (1977)

Diane Keaton in this Woody Allen film always inspires us to be our weird, wacky selves. With her signature menswear-inspired look, she’s one of the most original cool girls in film.

7. Heathers (1988)

What’s your damage? Sure, we may not wear massive shoulder pads like we did in the ’80s, but there’s something irresistible about Veronica’s goth girl style and the Heathers’ preppiness.

8. Clueless (1995)

Um, duh! Cher Horowitz is pretty much the ideal fashion girl, with her computerized closet and her plentiful designer dresses (Calvin Klein and Alaïa). It’s no surprise she’s become such a popular Halloween costume in recent years.

9. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Sofia Coppola’s ethereal  film version of Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel is a pink-tinged dream world. While the content itself is quite dark, we just can’t get enough of the white-dressed Lisbon sisters.

10. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Okay, some of the early 00’s fashions in this film may be just a touch outdated, but if there’s anything that inspires us to pull out some fashion magazines, it’s this Meryl Streep masterpiece.

Photo Credit: caileymarie


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