Top Ten Movies for Fashion Inspiration

Here’s some of my favourite fashion movies that have inspired me. They are visually fantastic. I hope you agree.

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 which is totally cool.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!