How was your weekend? Did you go places and see people? I'm sure you did, but I'm also almost certain that at some point you kicked off your shoes, wrapped yourself up in a blanket and watched a movie or two. Movies are a great escape, an emotional release and oftentimes an extremely inspiring 2-hour experience.
Some days I dress up as if my life is a movie, don't you? Sometimes it's one I've made up, and it stars me as a budding young ingenue just trying to have it all in The Big City… and sometimes I'm just straight-up channeling Cher from Clueless.
If your wardrobe could use a dash of movie magic, check out IFB's picks for 9 films with inspiring style. Jennine, Amanda and I hand-picked these films for their unique style and inspiring aesthetics.
9 Movies With Inspiring Style
Two For The Road (1967)
Now, I could have gone with the all-too-predictable Breakfast At Tiffany's here, but I wanted to share a movie you actually may not have seen 100 times. Two for The Road stars Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, and is set in the south of France. The married couple revisit the roads and beaches and hotels where they first fell in love, twelve years before. It's a great exploration of the nature of marriage, not to mention the wardrobe (Mary Quant and Paco Rabanne), and the cars and the scenery are to die for.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
You guys, do you remember this movie? It's so good. And so stylish. The cast features the likes of young, tan and amazing Gweneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Jude Law. It's set in the late 1950's in New York and the Italian Riviera, full of iconic style, gorgeous scenery and of course – drama and suspense. This movie is frequently brought up in current menswear trend references (Dickie Greenleaf is quite dapper), but Marge Sherwood's (Gweneth Paltrow) style is also not to be discounted.
La Piscine (1969, French)
Months ago I wrote a blog post about this movie, and it's highly-styled aesthetic has stayed with me since. It takes place in the hills above St. Tropez (are you seeing a theme here?), at an idyllic villa with a gorgeous swimming pool. The visuals in this film are stunning, from the sun-drenched scenery to the late 1960's French prep wardrobing.
Peter Greenway's film staring Helen Mirren, is a brilliantly colorful film with a gritty and surreal plot. Costume designed by Jean-Paul Gautier, made for the perfect mix between real fashion design and film. What I think more fashion films should be like.
In the Mood For Love (2000)
Kai War Wong set this plutonic love story in 1960's Hong Kong, Maggie Cheung plays a wife who's husband is unfaithful. Her dresses are the highlight of this beautifully shot, yet heartbreaking film.
Ciao Manhattan (1972)
I saw this on a whim, well the first 30 minutes of it, it was too sad to see Edie Sedgwick in the state she was a few months before her death. However, it uses a lot of the original footage from her years at the Factory, which alone, was worth watching. Her style is so iconic, and timeless.
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Get a glimpse at the life of legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in this French film. Played by Audrey Tautou, you see Coco Chanel grow from the quiet orphan to showgirl to clothing designer all within 120 minutes. While the storyline was a little depressing, I thought the chic and sophisticated costumes were sensational. The best fashion moments in this film? When Coco is at the beach with her beau. Stripes have never looked better!
Set in England, the movie captures the innocence and grandeur before the devastating World War II and the bleak, gray life during and after the war. While Keira Knightley and James McAvoy's sizzling (and tragic) love affair was the focus of the film. I couldn't help but swoon over the film's gorgeous costumes, especially Keira's green silk dress that she wears in a particularly moving scene. From nursing uniforms to flirty bathing suits, the costumes in this film are evocative and quite breathtaking.
Over-the-top hairstyles, grandiose gowns and jarring makeup make this film one of my absolute favorites. The scandalous storyline doesn't hurt either… Based on the popular and controversial monarch, the statuesque Cate Blanchett is simply stunning in this film. Every gown she wears reflects her character's personality: strong, feminine, rebellious, and flirtatious.
What are your favorite fashionable films? Share in the comments!
[All images via IMDB.]