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10 More Movies for Fashion Inspiration


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Last fall, we did an article on 10 Movies for Fashion Inspiration. While some great movies with inspirational style were featured, there are still so many style-inspiration-worthy movies out there.

That’s why I am continuing the series with 10 more films to draw fashion inspiration from. I tried to cover a large span of decades and styles, so hopefully there’s something for everyone. Also, these movies not only have enviable style, but they’re actually great films to watch, so check them out if you haven’t already seen them.

Without further ado, 10 More Films for Fashion Inspiration:

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Bringing Up Baby

This film, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is the epitome Old Hollywood glamor. Hepburn wears gorgeous gowns, hats and coats, and looks completely elegant– all while taking care of a baby leopard.

For more about this Old Hollywood style, see Fashion Inspired by Bringing Up Baby.

Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window

While this movie is a Hitchcock thriller, it’s impossible to avoid being enamored with the amazing wardrobe worn by Grace Kelly. Super tailored, demure and dressy pieces make this wardrobe embody the classic style of the 1950s.

For more on the classic fashion from this film, see Fashion Inspired by Rear Window.

… And God Created Woman (1956)

And God Created Woman

If you’re looking for another side of 1950s fashion, check out this French film (also known as “Et Dieu… créa la femme”). Brigitte Bardot is definitely at her bombshell best in this movie, wearing formfitting pencil skirts, blouses and shirt dresses. She knows how to look like a total vixen without being trashy.

For more on dressing like a 1950s bombshell, check out Fashion Inspired by …And God Created Woman.

Grease (1978)


How can you watch this movie and not want a Pink Ladies jacket? Other drool-worthy pieces in this film include full skirts, cat-eye glasses and the fabulous all-black outfit worn in the finale by Olivia Newton John.

For more on how to dress in the fun styles of Sandy or the Pink Ladies, check out Fashion Inspired by Grease.

Heathers (1988)


This black comedy is filled with trendy 1980s school girl pieces – lots of plaid, structured blazers (with shoulder pads!) and opaque tights. The movie also features signature colors: all of the main characters have one color that is always worn predominately in each outfit.

For more on dressing like an 80s schoolgirl, check out Fashion Inspired by Heathers.

Clueless (1995)


When someone asks me what my favorite movie is, I’m always quick to respond “Clueless!” Clueless is a must-watch film, not only for the witty dialogue and lovable characters, but for the amazing fashion from the ’90s. Knee-high socks! Faux-fur bags! Dr. Seuss-esque hats! I’m in love.

For more on dressing like a total Betty, check out Fashion Inspired by Clueless.

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Virgin Suicides

This film, set in the 1970s, is truly otherworldy and has a wardrobe that fits the ethereal vibe perfectly. The movie features lots of soft fabrics, pastel colors and delicate floral prints.

For more on the beautiful, yet simple style featured in the film, check out Fashion Inspired by The Virgin Suicides.

Factory Girl (2006)

Factory Girl

This movie captures the mod style that was popular in the 1960s with lots of clean lines, bright colors and geometric prints. It also follows the story of one of everyone’s favorite fashion icons, Edie Sedgwick. Sienna Miller brings the era to life with mini-skirts, oversized jewelry and tall boots.

For more on Edie’s mod style featured in the film, see Fashion Inspired by Factory Girl.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

This film captures today’s style beautifully with flowy, effortless, casual pieces. There are also three main female characters, and each embodies a different version of the style, from bohemian to a more classic look. The wardrobe also uses lots of separates– perfect for mixing-and-matching.

For more on how to capture this casual and effortless fashion, check out Fashion Inspired by Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic offers another take on modern style, but this one has a fashion-forward flair. The wardrobe in the film, designed by Patricia Field of Sex and the City fame, is enviable for any budding fashionista. There are tons of bright and bold colors and fabrics as well as countless bags, shoes and other accessories. Just don’t go into debt like Rebecca Bloomwood!

For more on how to be über-fashionable like Rebecca Bloomwood, see Fashion Inspired by Confessions of a Shopaholic.

What Do You Think?

Have you seen any of these movies? Have you ever been inspired by a film? Is there a movie that should be added to the list? Leave a comment and let us know!

Posted on on February 21, 2010 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , ,

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51 Responses to “10 More Movies for Fashion Inspiration”

  1. 1
    February 21st, 2010 at 10:40 am

    love that heathers made the list!!
    all those blazers and colorful tights are droolworthy :)
    and clueless of course is a favorite of mine haha love it

  2. 2
    February 21st, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Oh, almost all of my fav movies are on this list :D I totally admit you choose Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    I also love the fashion in “Walk The Line” and “The Uninvited” (psycho horror film, but great fashion)

    Greetings from Germany <3

  3. 3
    February 21st, 2010 at 10:50 am

    u forgot to mention the devil wears prada, its my fav.!=)

  4. 4
    February 21st, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I’m thrilled that you included Factory Girl. After watching that I was inspired to perfect wearing black eyeliner.

  5. 5
    February 21st, 2010 at 11:39 am

    i love clueless, it’s my favourite too :) i’ve watched 15 times already and I plan to watch for another 15 times :D
    also love shoppaholic-it’s just great! all those clothes…mmm….

  6. 6
    February 21st, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I agree with Nousha- The Devil Wears Prada also has fabulous clothing. I think Patricia Fields was also the costume designer. Plus, it stars Meryl Streep, and she’s always fabulous.

  7. 7
    February 21st, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Glad you guys like the movies!

    @ Nousha and Sari- I could have sworn CF had already covered fashion inspired by the Devil Wears Prada, but I can’t seem to find it. I agree though, amazing fashion! Especially all those gorgeous coats Anne Hathaway’s character wears.

  8. 8
    February 21st, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    after the last post i watched SATC the movie… and i thought i was the most sad movie ever…. about how trivial life really is, 4 women whose life had not changed at all in 10 years, except charlotte… that is tragic…
    but i like the picks of this post… who does not LOVE clueless

  9. 9
    February 21st, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I know you mentioned (500) Days of Summer last time, but that movie totally revamped my wardrobe. I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy and my wardrobe is very 70’s punk-inspired. After watching that movie, though, I was so excited and inspired by Zooey’s wardrobe that I started wearing a lot of more feminine, vintage things, too.

  10. 10
    February 21st, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    This is amazing!
    I am sooooo looking forward to this series. I <3 Hitchcock's Rear Window and Clueless and Grease.

  11. 11
    February 21st, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I’m in love with this list! Can’t wait for the first article! :)

  12. 12
    February 21st, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I loved the Factory Girl recommendation. I seem to just love Edie Sedgwick and her style more and more as I read about her. I also liked the fashion in Bride Wars and Fame the remake.

  13. 13
    February 21st, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I love Clueless, it not only has pretty awsome clothes but I love that its based off a Jane Austen novel! I also think the film A Little Princess has great fashion (weirdly enough), I just love all the prim and proper coats that they wear!

  14. 14
    February 21st, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I love these!!
    I agree with sone of the above posts, that Devil Wears Prada should DEFINETELY be included!
    May I make another suggestion, though?
    Penelope ( had great wardrobe in it! It had a very whimsical, fairy tale feel to it! Also, I reccomend people to watch this movie, it’s incredibly cute, and a good movie to watch while eating some ice cream… lol.. I’m such a girl…

  15. 15
    February 21st, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Great selection of movies, my favorites being Clueless and Factory Girl for inspiration…Heathers had great fashion, but that movie is way to crazy for me lol. Great older movies you included also. I love how CF gives the perfect mix of retro inspiration, new runway trends, ideas from celebrity style, and general tips. Keep up the good work!!

    PS: I’d love to see a “how to pack for spring break at the beach” article…

  16. 16
    February 21st, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    i was really excited when i saw this article because i like when does unique articles like this instead of the usual run of the mill runway articles.

  17. 17
    February 21st, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I’m really glad you didn’t pick breakfast at tiffanys, SO cliche! But picking hitchcock films is always a plus, their wardrobes are always classic for the time period they are in!

  18. 18
    February 22nd, 2010 at 12:06 am

    lol after this i watched clueless again. i know that movie seems really superficial, but it actually is a great movie. people just dont know the amazingness of it!

    great list! i think i need to go watch factory girl now :)

  19. 19
    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Vicky Christina Barcelona is my favorite movie ever. I love the cinematography, the settings, the plot, and the wardrobe! Wonderful movie, and I’m glad you choose to include the wardrobe for this post. =)

  20. 20
    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Almost all of these are great movies and of course great movies to grab inspiration!
    Something I loved about Confessions of a Shopaholic was her unique personal style. I applaud the stylist in that movie for making her wardrobe full of interesting designs rather than just visible brands. Example instead of a printed Louis Vuitton bag-which is recognizable, she had on Pucci boots. And that wasn’t a comment against Louis Vuitton-I appreciate the classic look of the brand.
    Oh and after reading this post, I had to go and watch the Heathers. After I watched that movie for the first time, I almost bought myself a magenta blazer but even after my Mom told me it looked really cute I was too afraid to buy and wear it.

  21. 21
    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Bringing Up Baby and Rear Window are two of my favorite movies of all time! (and I always find anything that Grace Kelly wears drool worthy) So excited for the posts : )

  22. 22
    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I read the book Confessions of a Shopaholic and loved it. The movie – eerhm… so-so. Honestly I was imaging Rebecca Bloomwood’s outfits very different from what they were in the movie…

  23. 23
    February 23rd, 2010 at 12:04 am

    YES!!!! Rear Window!!!! :D And Confessions of A Shopaholic! My two biggest inspirations :)

  24. 24
    February 23rd, 2010 at 5:37 am

    rear window and clueless definitely worth watching (:
    i’m not too crazy about confessions of a shopaholic thought; not really one for all the high-end fashion movies
    i have to admit that my favourite movies are the ones where characters are well dressed. i was thinking step up?… i’m not a fan of the movie but if you’re looking for casual style ideas it’s a great film to get inspired by

  25. 25
    February 24th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    It’s funny I was just watching Virgin Suicides the other day and I was thinking about how much I love the style. It seems Sofia Coppola is very good at making movies with good fashion.

  26. 26
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    One film that sounds a bit odd as a fashion film, but which is actually rather inspiring, is The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. All those eccentric dressing downs, spangles and textures galore, long skirts and tons of cleavage – wonderful.

  27. 27
    February 26th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Has anyone seen Dear John yet? I haven’t gotten to check it out myself but when I saw the trailer on tv one night I loved the outfits that Amanda Seyfried was pulling off. Mainly because it’s so warm here in the south that the majority of my wadrobe consist of shorts and cotton shirts in order to stay cool and I really loved how put together the outfits were in the movie even though they consisted mainly of shorts and breezy tops themselves. Therefore, I wouldn’t at all mind seeing an article about the clothes from that movie… :) Great post by the way!

  28. 28
    March 7th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I can’t wait until you guys do Vicky Christina Barcelona.

  29. 29
    March 7th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    It would be absolutely amazing if you could put something up regarding a mix of boho and laid back style. So far I’m loving the movies you’ve picked. Keep it up. :D

  30. 30
    March 22nd, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I just remembered another good movie is Uptown Girls w/ Dakota Fanning and Britanny Murphy (RIP). Molly had a very sexy, feminine, whimsical wardrobe, I think it’s worth mentioning

  31. 31
    May 26th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Love the list!
    Great group of movies. Two more to add. I am totally inspired by anything Audrey Hepburn ever wore. Therefore, I think “Breakfast at Tiffanys” needs to make the list.
    You are also missing one of the MOST fashion-influential movie (or i guess now movies) of this decade. HELLLOOO Sex and The City!? If anyone knows how to wear an outfit its Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker).

  32. 32
    May 31st, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I thinks that anyone wanting to get Fashion Inspiration should watch the Bollywood movie named Fashion which is one of the finest movies I have ever watched.

  33. 33
    June 12th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    nice website….good article…

  34. 34
    November 29th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Moulin Rouge! I love the whole French Bohemian style and the dancers costumes.

  35. 35
    December 16th, 2010 at 6:05 am

    definately the femme fatal style of angelina jolie in the tourist should make the list.
    also have we forgotten about the devil wears prada. from miranda to “emily” . the style and fashion there is out of this world. and lets not forget that unforgetablle fashion trasnformation makeover by anne hathaway.

    you should definately have an updating series of fashion icon moveis. i defiantely know it would be a weekly favourite!

  36. 36
    August 17th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    great list…also list….
    1. the young victoria
    3.Marie Antoinette
    5. devils wear prada
    6. wild child
    7.The Clique
    8.bride wars
    9. 27 dresses
    10. 500 days of summer last time
    11.Beauty And The Briefcase
    12.mean girls 2
    13.princess protection program
    14.just my luck
    hi…hi……ve a nice tym…..:D

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