The Films Every Fashion Girl Should See

We’re not the first to report on the all-important subject of fashionable films, but we felt the need to give our two cents, because stylish films are our kryptonite. Aside from being so very entertaining, these films are ones we come back to again and again for the sartorial eye candy. You know it’s a timeless fashion-girl film when it still influences trends and your wardrobe decisions years after its initial release. If you ask us, the bandana trend definitely has roots in Troop Beverly Hills. Fun fact: A very stylish central female character carries each one of these flicks. Girl power.

Scroll down to see the 15 films that made the fashion-girl cut, and to shop pieces inspired by each!

Annie Hall (1977):


Rollins-Joffe Productions

Diane Keaton’s portrayal of the title character in this late-’70s Woody Allen film remains a unique fashion moment in movie history. Her androgynous wardrobe is still emulated today by cool girls everywhere.

Ray-Ban Icon Round Sunglasses ($165) in Havana Spotter Brown

Black Swan (2010):


Fox Searchlight Pictures

The sisters of Rodarte had a hand in designing the films exquisite costumes. And we’re pretty much obsessed with all things ballet-inspired. Enough said!

Clueless (1995):


Paramount Pictures

Besides standing out for coining many of the terms that we still use today, Clueless’s early-90s era fashions were so integral to the story that they could be considered a character in the film.

ASOS Sundown Heels ($73) in Silver

Love Story (1970):


Paramount Pictures

Love Story solidified Ali MacGraw as a fashion icon. Just thinking of her character’s preppy style makes us want to wear camel and tweed.

The Virgin Suicides (1999):


Eternity Pictures

Sofia Coppola’s beautiful, melancholy first film has us dreaming of prairie dresses to this day.

Christy Dawn The Winslet Dress ($330) in White and Black Floral

The Devil Wears Prada (2006):


Fox 2000 Pictures

Cliché and over the top it may be, but The Devil Wears Prada in all its fashion world–centric glory will always be a guilty pleasure.

Saint Laurent Babycat Print Scarf ($325)

Amélie (2001):


Claudie Ossard Productions

Audrey Tautou’s charming portrayal of the title character fulfils our Parisian wanderlust and inspires our wardrobes like only the French can.

Romeo + Juliet (1996):


Bazmark Films

Baz Luhrmann’s frenetic adaptation of the classic featured the men in Hawaiian shirts and Claire Danes as an angel in white. The results were pure eye candy.

Almost Famous (2000):


Columbia Pictures

Cameron Crowe’s acclaimed film perfectly captured the spirit of the 1970s in all its rock and roll glory. We wouldn’t count Penny Lane out as an inspiration for many designers’ S/S 15 collections.

Atonement (2007):


Focus Features

Keira Knightley in that emerald dress is one of the greatest film-fashion moments of all time. In fact, her elegant wardrobe as a whole in the film is drool-worthy. It’s no wonder that the designer, Jacqueline Durran, won a Costume Designers Guild Award for her work that year and was nominated for every other award imaginable.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961):



The exquisite Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly is as glamorous as it gets. It solidified Hepburn as an icon in both the fashion and film industries. The cat-eye sunglasses, pearls, and full-length gloves are trademarks of the film and have become what people think of at the mere mention of the movie.

Eddie Borgo Pearl Cabochon Choker ($275) in Rose Gold

Troop Beverly Hills (1989):


Fries Entertainment

Shelly Long’s wardrobe pretty much summed up the excess of the ’80s in one addictively entertaining film. Add to that the chic Beverly Hills spin on Girl Scout uniforms, and you have the obsession of every girl born within a 10-year span of the film’s release.

Reality Bites (1994):


Universal Pictures

One of our favourite ’90s fashion films featured Winona Ryder at its center, donning cool burgundy tea-length dresses with loafers and the like.

Farrow Woodstock Dress ($108) in Denim

Breathless (1960):


Les Films Impéria

It doesn’t get much more new wave French-girl cool than Jean Seberg as Patricia Franchini in this French film. Fun fact: Seberg was actually an American actress.

Saint James Meridien II Top ($95) in Ecru/Marine

Sex and the City (2008):


New Line Cinema

If you need further proof that Sex and the City is the ultimate fashion-girl film, see here, here, and here.

Aquazzura Hello Lover Pumps ($765) in Black

What are your all-time favourite fashionable films? Tell us in the comments below!