Iconic Styles in Classic Christmas Films

I don’t know about you, but I will be watching a lot of Holiday movies over the next couple of weeks. I plan on sitting back with a glass of wine and consuming a healthy dose of sappy love stories, last minute changes of heart, and cheesy comedies. This year I’ve decided to take a deeper look into Holiday fashion. These classic films make us recall the iconic styles of the era in which they were made. Some of these styles are more relevant than we may think.

Our first look is the Christmas Classic ‘White Christmas’. This movie is full to the brim with ball gowns and sequined leotards but we’re going to be looking at two of Vera-Ellen’s best (and most ready to wear) looks. First, this gorgeous camel overcoat with a leopard print detail. It reminds me of Kate Spade’s Leopard Leopard Leopard event early this year. It’s a classic feminine silhouette with a structured high collar.

In another scene, she layers a turtleneck under a plunge V-neck, paired with a white buffalo check skirt. Switch the feminine midi for a structured mini skirt, and I’d wear the outfit right now.

Next movie in queue is ‘Love Actually’. When it comes to the sartorial side of this movie we just have to start with the turtlenecks. So. Many. Turtlenecks! As someone who is wholeheartedly pro-turtleneck, I have to say, I’m not mad about it. Whether it’s the chunky cable knit my husband Colin Firth is fond of wearing or the sexy black number which Alan Rickman’s secretary totally rocks, there is plenty of inspiration for fall and winter style you can wear over a decade later. 

At around the half-way mark in the movie, I spot a trend that has recently been resurrected for Fall 2017 (thanks, Hadid sisters). Keira Knightly wears a denim pageboy hat as she discovers her husband’s best friend is hopelessly in love with her. Turns out the English really do have a hat for every occasion. Keira pulls off this look with real early 2000s flair.

Lastly, we have a few more honorable mentions in the hat department. Karen Allen is looking very trendy in ‘Scrooged’ as she wears a black beret. Humphrey Bogart in ‘Casablanca’ & James Stewart in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ wear fedoras the way they were meant to be worn. And of course, how can we not include Macaulay Culkin and his extensive toque collection from ‘Home Alone’.

So, this year as you sit back and sip your eggnog, pay close attention to some of these iconic styles. While not all of them are going to be on trend, it’s an interesting fashion capsule for a specific era.

Words by Deanna Rule