• Anna Cost

wishing you a Fashionable Holiday

During this hectic season, one of our favorite ways to get in the festive mood is to watch some films that are imbued with holiday atmosphere and long on style. Here are our top 8 film picks for fashionable holiday films. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

Metropolitan (1990)

dir: Whit Stillman | starring: Chris Eigeman, Carolyn Farina, Taylor Nichols

This great independent film is about a group of young adults in Manhattan whose holiday get-together is interrupted by a man who completely disagrees with their way of life. The funny drama is also a perfect example of classic holiday fashion for upper-class New Yorkers from that time period. The women are wearing beautiful dresses, some with strong shoulders and others with big bows. For the most part the men wear the classic black tux and bowtie, but casual outfits include classic sweaters, vests layered over oxford shirts, simple turtleneck sweaters, and pleated trousers.

Scrooged (1988)

dir: Richard Donner | starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Carol Kane

Starring Bill Murray as the ‘modern Ebenezer Scrooge’ Frank Cross, this holiday movie is a fun spin on the original Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol”. The classic suits and winter coats are shown up by the visit from the Ghost of Christmas Present, Carol Kane. Her iconic fairy outfit really makes the film and drives this movie straight into place as a holiday fashion film. Kane’s teased hair and frosted makeup are sublime 80’s flashback.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

dir: Jeremiah S. Chechik | starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis

The hilarious Christmas classic follows the Griswold family and their big family Christmas. The Griswolds' style is a great example of a typical family’s clothing in the late 80’s. They are seen wearing winter sweaters either in kitschy intarsias and bold color, dress slacks, full skirts, and puffy winter jackets. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) sports a business suit, a Santa hat, and ties with fun Christmas prints throughout much of the film. His wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) is shown wearing a beautiful long, emerald skirt and an elegant white collared top. It's really the daughter, Audrey (Juliette Lewis), who steals the show fashion-wise, though. Her headbands, teased perm, accessories, and leopard sweater were right on target for teen fashion from that time.

Love Actually (2003)

dir: Richard Curtis | starring: Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson

Love Actually follows eight couples during the Christmas season. The movie does a great job of portraying Christmas in London in the early aughts and the many different styles throughout keep the audience’s eyes focused on the characters' outfits. There are enough signature fashion statements from this period to keep an avid fashion fan engaged. Iconic holiday costuming such the provocatively dressed Santa girls cavorting with Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) are classic examples of holiday aesthetic, while Juliet’s (Keira Knightley) angelic feather-trimmed wedding gown are evocative of the spirit of the season.

Carol (2015)

dir: Todd Haynes | starring: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson

The fashion throughout this film is indicative of both the time period the film is set in and the holiday season. Carol (Cate Blanchett) is elegantly dressed throughout the film. Her hair, nails, and makeup are always perfect, befitting a woman of her class and wealth. Her beautiful, form-fitting clothes were meticulously chosen from the undergarments up. Some stand out pieces are a hammered silk blouse, elbow sleeve grey sheath, and several nipped-waist suits. She also sports costly brooches and accessories and is frequently pictured in her luxurious mink coat indicative of her upper-class status. The colors of her wardrobe are almost always neutral, muted colors punctuated by the bright hues of her nails, lips, scarves, or hats. Her romantic interest, Therese (Rooney Mara) wears clothing indicating her more naive nature. The plaid patterns, prim sweaters, youthful accessories, and less sophisticated looks she favors reveal her lower status.

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

dir: George Seaton | starring: Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara

This Christmas classic is all about a man, Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwen), who claims to be Santa Claus and eventually brings his argument to the court. Filled with all the styles you would expect in 40s New York, the film delivers a beautiful fashion aesthetic. Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) c