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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(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!

34 thoughts on “Top 10 Movies for Fashion Inspiration”

  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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 😀
    thankyou x

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  8. 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

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  9. 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:)

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

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

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

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  13. 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.)

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  14. 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!!

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  15. 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 😀

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