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Top 10 Movies for Fashion Inspiration

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Fashion movies

We all have those nights when we feel like just curling up and watching a movie by ourselves or with our girlfriends. So why not kill two birds with one stone and get some fashion inspiration while you’re at it?

These 10 fashionable movies are some of my favorites for their fun and unique takes on style. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the eye candy!

Fashion Movies

* Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961):

This beloved film starring Audrey Hepburn is packed with classic, glamorous fashion. After all, the original “Little Black Dress” can be credited to this film! A total classic that you’ll want to watch again and again.

For more on this movie’s style, see my article on Breakfast at Tiffany’s Fashion.

Breakfast At Tiffanys

* Bonnie & Clyde (1967):

Faye Dunaway as Bonnie is an excellent example of a woman looking fabulous at all times, even while breaking the law during the Great Depression.

For more on this movie’s style, see my article on Bonnie & Clyde Fashion.

Bonnie & Clyde

* Annie Hall (1977):

Dianne Keaton’s preppy menswear in this Woody Allen flick was a big trend at the time of the film release, and still remains a classic look today.

For more on this movie’s style, see my article on Annie Hall Fashion.

Annie Hall

* The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999):

This movie is overall extremely visually pleasing. Between the beautiful Mediterranean backdrop and amazing costumes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, and Jude Law (who are quite beautiful themselves!), you won’t be able to get enough.

For more on this movie’s style, see my article on Fashion from The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Talented Mr. Ripley

* Almost Famous (2000):

This is one of those iconic fashion movies. Kate Hudson plays a whimsical, glamorous, free-spirited groupie in this movie, and her outfits definitely match the part. This is the movie that solidified Kate Hudson as a style icon and had girls everywhere pining for Penny Lane’s amazing fur-trimmed coat.

For more on this movie’s style, see my article on Almost Famous Fashion.

Almost Famous fashion

* The Royal Tenenbaums (2001):

As with almost any film directed by Wes Anderson, The Royal Tenenbaums has a distinct and unique aesthetic. Gweneth Paltrow’s character sparked tons of Halloween costume ideas after this film came out. However, it is not so much her outfits as the look of the entire film, including the sets, that make this movie so visually entertaining.

For more, see Fashion Inspired by The Royal Tenenbaums.

Fashion from The Royal Tenenbaums

* The Notebook (2004):

The Notebook is filled with the best of 1940s fashion. It is feminine and glamorous, not to mention a great movie to watch with your girlfriends for sheer entertainment value.

If you love this movie’s style, check out our post on The Notebook Fashion.

Fashion inspiration: The Notebook

* Marie Antoinette (2006):

Very few films are as decadent as Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. This movie is full of fashion at its biggest and pastel-hued best: bows, ruffles, wigs, fans, masks… even the food in this movie is dazzling! It’s near impossible not to be inspired by the visuals in this film.

For more, see our post on Fashion Inspiration from Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette fashion

* Sex and the City: The Movie (2008):

I could not leave this recent classic off the list! Just like the show, the Sex and the City movie is a constant stream of fashion inspiration, designer brands, and NYC style. Even better, with the four main characters, there is an outfit to suit every taste. This is one of those famous fashion movies that will always be talked about!

Need more SATC style? See our article on Sex and the City Movie Fashion.

Sex and the City the movie - fashion inspiration

* (500) Days of Summer (2009):

When this movie came out this summer, Zooey Deschanel’s character stole not only her costar’s attention, but also the attention of fashion lovers everywhere. Her quirky, slightly 40s, slightly indie, feminine style is a refreshing take on modern movie wardrobes.

For more, see our post on Fashion from 500 Days of Summer.

Fashion inspired by 500 days of Summer

What Inspires You?

Have you seen or been inspired by any of the movies above? Are there any other movies that you think should be on the list? Leave a comment with your thoughts and let us know!

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85 Responses to “Top 10 Movies for Fashion Inspiration”

  1. 1
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    nice post and i def. agree with all of these movies!

  2. 2
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I haven’t seen any of these movies- I feel sadly inadequate.

    My mum says I look like Audrey Hepburn, because we both have dark hair and fair skin. Maybe I’ll have to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s to see if she’s right.

    I also really want to see Marie Antoinette- I love history and fashion, so it’s a perfect mix!

  3. 3
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Oh I love this post! Fashion in movies always catches my eye. (I just wish I could click on the picture and see a bigger version of it to see what they are really wearing.)

  4. 4
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    The only one of these I’ve seen so far is Marie Antoinette, but I definitely agree with the fashion inspiration. It’s one of those movies where every scene has a new and beautiful costume.

    This isn’t a movie, but one of the things I’ve watched that I found most inspiring in terms of fashion was Pushing Daisies. All of the characters–even a lot of the men–had eye-catching, colorful, retro costumes that just leaped off the screen. Ever since then I’ve had a craving for the perfect vintage floral dress. I haven’t found one for me yet, but I’m going to keep looking!

  5. 5
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I love Zooey Deschanel! I have to see 500 days of summer.
    This list is awesome =D

  6. 6
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I definitely agree with your picks! Cute post!

  7. 7
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    2 great posts during rush week?! Blair, you are amazing!

  8. 8
    September 7th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    This is such a great article! I had the same thoughts when watching 500 Days of Summer (fantastic movie) about Zooey Deschanel and I covet just about everything she wears (high waisted shorts, high waisted wide leg pants tailored to a T, sailor blazers–everything!). I like how you didn’t just focus on the classic fashion movies from the past but modern ones that-often-evoke the past too! Wonderful.

  9. 9
    September 7th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Where’s Clueless!

  10. 10
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s and SATC for sure! I went to the theaters to see the latter way too many times to count ;)

    I do have to mention that I loooove looking at the outfits they used in Moulin Rouge! Even though the costumes are obviously not kosher to real life, I loved the intricate detailing and overall WOW factor a lot of them gave off. And of course, if anything at all, the fantasy-like Moulin Rouge building and ornate elephant on the interior decorating side of things. Simply fabulous.

  11. 11
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Ooh, such a great list! There are elements in pretty much every movie I see that somewhat inspire me, so I really dont know where to begin. If you decide to do a follow up post on best TV series’ for fashion inpiration, SATC, Gossip Girl and the OC definitely have to be up on that list!

  12. 12
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    i really want to add another movie which goes with fashion…devil wears prada….simply love anne hathway

  13. 13
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the best movie ever made. I’ve also watched the Notebook, Marie Antoinette, and am going to watch SATC after reading this post.
    I also get a LOT of fasion inspiration from Blair Waldorf (from Gossip Girl, of course). Her clothing is just so surreal that you can’t help but wish you had the same sense of great style as her.

  14. 14
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nice list. Definately agree with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Notebook, Marie Antoniette, and Sex and the City!

    I would also include “The Devil Wears Prada” because outfits in that movie are gorgeous and wear-able.

  15. 15
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Two you forgot…”Clueless” for preppy, and the new Nancy Drew movie for 60′s chic. I would also add some more rare classics like “The Thin Man” or “Bringing Up Baby” for some classic 30′s glam. And Marie Antoinette is officially my dream world!

  16. 16
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Great post, but I wonder if you can follow this up with a breakdown of each movie’s particular style with a modern interpretation? (ie. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Suggest a great LBD or trench coat that’s out there right now.)

  17. 17
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I love every single one of these movies, and they all are so uniquely different from one another… Great job at covering all the style bases!

  18. 18
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Good list. But, I would also like to add The Devil Wears Prada!

  19. 19
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    devil wears prada. haha

  20. 20
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Agree with all of them!
    Oh, you should add The Devil Wears Prada.

  21. 21
    September 7th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    What an amazing post! You have so many of my favorite movies on here.

  22. 22
    September 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    i was excited to see marie antoinette on this list. its one of my favorite movies simply because everything about it from the sets to the costumes is insanely pretty

  23. 23
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Love this post! I’ll definitely be watching all the movies on here- both the ones I have seen and the ones I haven’t.

  24. 24
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I agree with all of the movies you’ve chosen!
    I personally would add; clueless, the devil wears prada, dazed and confused and factory girl (movie about edie sedgewick. love her)
    I like that you put sex and the city. amazing

  25. 25
    September 7th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I loved this post!! Completely! :D
    Although, I missed The Devil Wears Prada, Clueless and Chicago, I loved the 20s style. It’s so beautiful and femenine! :)

  26. 26
    September 7th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I agree with all of these :D ; how about a follow-up with ten movies that are more off the beaten path, in terms of fashionable movies?

  27. 27
    September 7th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Great post!
    I watched all of them except Annie Hall and (500) Days of Summer, but since I really like Zooey Deschanel, I’ll definitely be watching the latter.

    And I agree, Clueless belongs to the list as well!

  28. 28
    September 7th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I love this post!
    I totally agree with this list (from the movies I’ve seen at least … )
    I get inspired from Gossip Girl, random people walking downtown Toronto (some are just SO stylish), and of course I have my list of celebs …

  29. 29
    September 7th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    great list! zooey deschanel is definitely my fashion muse.

  30. 30
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Great list! Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my absolute favorite movie of all time!! Audrey Hepburn is basically my idol. I think her pink dress is one of the cutest outfits ever! Also, I agree that Devil Wears Prada belongs on this list for sure. I watch that movie over and over whenever I want to drool over awesome clothes that I will one day be able to afford!!

  31. 31
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    love this! esp that you added the new 500 days of summer.
    but how about factory girl? sienna miller as edie sedgwick is killerrr.

  32. 32
    September 8th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    You pretty much hit the nail on the head, I love all of these movies. Especially Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Royal Tennenbaums, and Marie Antoinette. I also really loved Factory Girl, the whole mod thing really fascinates me.

  33. 33
    September 8th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    yea def. have to agree these are great movies with great fashion , great post!

  34. 34
    September 8th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Agree with the list but would add Pretty Woman and The Devil Wears Prada. Also I like The Mona Lisa smile because the 50′s housewife dresses are just amazing!
    But love the list especially Marie Antoinette- it’s one of my favourite films!

  35. 35
    September 8th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Nice post! I love the Sex and the City movie as well as the show. Totally agree with that pick. I think Clueless (best movie ever!), The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, and Confessions of a Shopaholic should also be on the list.

  36. 36
    September 8th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I love this post, i agree with all. I think other movies would be Grease & Grease 2

  37. 37
    September 8th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    It is very helpful, and I agree with all of your exceptions – (Major Kudos for Annie Hall and Royal Tenenbaums!)

    This is such an awesome article! Maybe you could extend on this and do a fun series, and take screencaps from a particular movie, and then create a polyvore outfit from an example? Annie Hall would be so great, since she wears many different outfits throughout the movie besides menswear, like her boho dress in the first scene she’s in. It’d be like the Gossip Girl blog series, except with movies!

  38. 38
    September 9th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Great variety of styles, Blair! It’s difficult to narrow down to a
    top 10. Good job. Check out Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ with
    Grace Kelly. Fabulous!

  39. 39
    September 10th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    PS I Love You
    Time Travelers Wife

  40. 40
    September 13th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    AWESOME. ANNIE HALL, ALMOST FAMOUS AND MARIE ANTOINETTE ARE MY TOP 3 FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME

    THIS BLOG ROCKS.

  41. 41
    September 14th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Hello! Devil Wears Prada, Confessions of A Shopaholic!

  42. 42
    September 16th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Great list Blair! But I would like to add 2 more movies to the list..

    1- Devils wear prada: It had got the best outfits! very classy, very stylish, I just adore every outfit Anne Hathaway wears.

    2- PS. I love you : Hilary Swank’s outfits were pretty cute too. And I just love the collection of shoes she has been wearing in the movie, not to mention the ones she designed in the end of the movie also.

    I Think every movie got a specific style! It would be very nice to explain the outfits that we were all inspired in each movie, But I can imagine that it would take alot of time and it can be really tiring. You guys already are doing your best, I really like your articles and your ways for fashion!

    Thank you so much =)

  43. 43
    September 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Clueless! Clueless! Clueless!

    Oh, you MUST watch Factory Girl (base on Edie Sedgewick) otherwise you’re missing out. I based my winter/autumn fashion style on hers.

  44. 44
    September 19th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    here is the list i checked few days back.. quite inspiration! ;) i luv ur site as always B!

    http://www.tcm.com/dailies.jsp?cid=254416

  45. 45
    September 27th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Great pics! I love this site! But what about The Devil Wears Prada, or Atonement? Those are great for fashion inspiration as well.

  46. 46
    October 27th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I totally agree with Atonement…seriously Keira Knightley’s green dress is gorgeous. I also like her swimsuit.

  47. 47
    November 12th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    The Devil Wears Prada: What ins’t inspiring about this movie?
    PS I Love You: The shoe art! Pause at the end where they show pics of her store!
    The Clique Movie: I couldnt help myself. but the young fashion is inspiring.
    Confessions of a Shopaholic: Shes bright and colorful. I think Isla’s outfits are adorable!
    and i agree with sex and the city (Wedding dress scene!) and marie antoinette!!

  48. 48
    December 16th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I think the Devil Wears Prada && Confessions of a Shopaholic should be in here somewhere and maybe confessions of a teenage drama queen

  49. 49
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I totally agree with you….but i hane to admit that i love the outfits in clueless.Alicia Silverstone is the “it” girl and gives college style lessons….a long time before gossip girl!!!

  50. 50
    January 18th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Some good ones there, especially Breakfast at Tiffany’s… but missing the best ever classic for fashion: Love Story with Ali MacGraw. She has inspired me so much! Especially since she was college girl in the beginning of the film. Highly recommended!

  51. 51
    January 31st, 2010 at 4:36 am

    I looove your list, but I would throw in The other Boleyn girl (beautiful historical fashion, Scarlett and Natalie are dressed absolutely amazing). Also agreeing with Atonement and Factory girl (I adore Sienna Miller and her outfits in this movie are adorable ;D).
    And as for the newest, I have to mention Gossip girl, though it’s really not a movie :$ :) A lot of great clothing from every single on of the characters. It’s kinda preppy and very fine style, something everyone could imagine wearing :)
    Oh oh oh, and Coco avant Chanel, I love it!
    I could go on forever :D

  52. 52
    February 19th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    HOW is the Devil Wears Prada NOT on here?

  53. 53
    March 12th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    excellent ideas girls <3

  54. 54
    June 1st, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    OMG! I LOVE YOU
    I was trying to find some movie about fashion, and here in first place is breakfest at tiffanys, and all the time i wanted to watch it, but in the same time all the time im forgeting to donwload it, AND BECAUSE OF THIS I REMEBERED!!

  55. 55
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Hey again,

    I find your post interesting, so if you don’t mind I’ll repost this in my blog.

    Thanks ^^

  56. 56
    July 20th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    devil wear prada and clueless, love those movies xxx

  57. 57
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    This is a fabulous list!
    Yes, Yes to Breakfast at Tiffany’s – I went as Holly Golightly a la black shift outfit one Halloween!
    Oh, yes to Marie Anoinette – the platinum dress with the white & vibrant red trimmings is my absolute fav & inspired my dining room.

    I loved the emerald green dress from Atonement!

    How about Funny Face? I don’t think any one has mentioned that [Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire]…

    Amadeus. Loved the costumes & wigs [like Marie Antoinette!]

    And I agree that P.S. I Love You rocked some great outfits too!

    Wonderful!
    Thanks!
    xoxo – Kat.

  58. 58
    October 26th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    the devils wear prada
    confession of shopoholic

  59. 59
    January 23rd, 2011 at 5:56 am

    It’s seams like it’s a top 10 list only for women. But what about guys?
    For me a must on a list is or “La dolce vita” or “eight and a half” by Fellini with classic Marcello elegant look.

  60. 60
    January 23rd, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    i was suprised at how many of these i havent seen so i must watch them :) could you do a one about “an education” its set in the 60′s and i just love all the pearl earrings and lepoard prints :D
    thankyou x

  61. 61
    May 4th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I think the Edge Of Love is a good film for fashion inspiration too :-) I’ve never seen the classics such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Bonny and Clyde, but you’ve persuaded me to go and watch them! Thanks xxxx

  62. 62
    July 16th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I locate your position attractive, consequently if you don’t intelligence I’ll repost this in my blog.

  63. 63
    July 21st, 2011 at 4:56 am

    oh i really love watching movies like this..i already watch all of this..i guess u should also consider clueless,. gossip girl for a tv series.,monte carlo as recent..nancy drew for little girls:)

  64. 64
    July 28th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I know this movie came out after this article was written, but The Runaways is a great movie for fashion inspiration as well.

  65. 65
    August 11th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Casino, Sharon Stone’s wardrobe is amazing!

  66. 66
    August 19th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    LOVE all of these movies – I am a mix from a few of them, the ultimate inspiration. Xo.

  67. 67
    October 18th, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Definitely the movie which INSPIRED ME THE MOST IS: ”Clique”! This is great teen film! It’s full with bitchy and fashion stuff!:)

  68. 68
    October 18th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    This post has been more or less shamelessly plagiarized here: http://makeupandbeauty.com/top-hollywood-movies-fashion-inspiration/

  69. 69
    October 23rd, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Great list…I have seen all of these cept Annie hall…still need to see it but I love the list

  70. 70
    October 25th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I Would Also Add Coco Shannel

  71. 71
    March 19th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Star Wars (all episodes). Fantasic wardrobes, I recommend you check it out!

  72. 72
    July 19th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Nice list, but Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) are seriously mising here….

  73. 73
    December 25th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    ruby sparks is a good movie with cute fashion sense

  74. 74
    January 3rd, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Bonnie & Clyde is such a great movie.

    I’ve actually seen all but one of these (SATC, which I am okay with not seeing). Favorite ones: B&C, Annie Hall, Marie Antoinette, and 500 Days.

  75. 75
    August 23rd, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Please check out this new fashion film Lovers Game that won Best Fashion Award in International Fashion Film Festival – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmSn9rvx-6M

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