Hollywood has a wealth of holiday movies spanning the decades. It’s difficult to pick just a handful! What makes a classic a classic anyhow? We decided to go for those films that make us feel warm and nostalgic with their timeless themes, movies that inspire us with their message and beauty, from black and white to Technicolor, from a sad and sentimental Jimmy Stewart finding meaning to Charlie Brown with his little Christmas tree! All of these classic Christmas tales have a unique look that speaks to their era, and we found plenty of fashion inspiration: mod coats, retro holiday dresses, ’40s hair and even those ironic holiday sweaters.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

Featuring one of America’s most beloved movie stars of a bygone era, Jimmy Stewart, this most classic of all Christmas movie classics tells the heartwarming story of a man who wishes he had never been born. That is, until he meets an angel.

 

A scene from It's a Wonderful LifePhoto Credit: Fanpop

 

The look:

Released in 1946, this Capra-directed favorite features classic 1940’s style, from the wavy, super glamorous hair of that era to the coats, dresses and pearl necklaces. Modcloth is our go-to for vintage dresses that go seamlessly from day to night. A 1940’s style dress, due to its more formal silhouette, can be glammed up immediately and become Christmas party-cheery with some sparkly jewelry, sexy stockings or shiny tights and classic red lips. And Veronica Lake waves are a festive style for holiday dinner parties, from black tie affairs to fondue with friends.

 

modcloth-40s-party-dressesPhoto Credit: All dresses by Modcloth

 

veronica-lake-hair Photo Credit: Kate Winslet, Veronica Lake, Amy Adams

 

White Christmas

That’s what we are all dreaming of, aren’t we? In this case, it’s the quintessential all-American musical, dressed up for the holidays and featuring famed crooner Bing Crosby. It’s a romantic and nostalgic tale told in vivid Technicolor, evoking the charm of seemingly more innocent times.

 

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Get the look:

The stylish wardrobe was done by famous costume designer Edith Head and is full of swinging skirts for dancing, sexy retro turtlenecks that recall old-fashioned ski chalets, and chiffon-y feminine gowns perfect for holiday parties…

 
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Miracle on 34th Street

Get ready to meet Kris Kringle who gets into some serious trouble once he starts performing as Santa Claus in this sweet story, featuring silver screen sirens Natalie Wood and Maureen O’Hara.

 

miracle1Photo Credit: Ear Hustle 411

 

Get the look:

Like “It’s A Wonderful Life,” this film dates from the ’40s and features fabulous fashion. However, this time we take our style cues from the motion picture’s incredible hats and and other glamorous accessories as well as ravishing retro outerwear!

 

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Photo Credit: All from NastyGal: Vintage-style Elora Beaded Shawl, Madeleine Pom Pom Wool Beret, Spot Twist Shearling Coat

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This beloved Christmas comedy features the famous Griswolds, led by patriarch Chevy Chase, who wants to have a perfect family Christmas. Alas, everything goes terribly and hilariously wrong.

 

national-lampoons-christmas-vacationPhoto Credit: rollingstone

 

Get the look:

Break out the ugly holiday sweaters! At the cusp of the not-yet-Grunge-’90s, this comedy released in 1989 features the tail end of awful ’80s fashion, complete with perms, headbands and fluffy sweaters. Awesome, right? Pair an ironically kitschy holiday sweater with a sleek tweed skirt or skinny pants, or just pick up a couple of on-trend statement sweaters, ranging from metallic to cozy. Also, don’t be afraid to rock a headband! But instead of the sporty , ’80s-Jane Fonda-aerobics version, find some inspiration via these glam, chic and boho luxe ones!

 

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Photo Credit: Nasty GalCynthia Steffe & Charter Club via Macy’s
 
headbandsPhoto Credit: Pretty Designs, Nude Votion, Etsy

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

This timeless, wise and whimsical tale about consumerism and the over-commercialization of Christmas could have been written yesterday! But the awesome cartoon from the hand of Charles Schulz of “Peanuts” comic strip fame stems from 1965. It has one of the best holiday soundtracks of all time, the jazzy and elegant tunes of Vince Guaraldi – totally worth downloading!

 

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Get the look:

With a vintage date of 1965, the clothes worn by the Charlie Brown gang pay homage to both the 1960s (mini dresses and coats) and 1970s (those colors! orange! purple! mustard!). Think dresses with sweet Peter Pan collars and swinging sixties coats. Check out the cute mod coats from American Retro,  Jessica Simpson or Via Spiga, and also these girly, playful Peter Pan collar dresses which look great with opaque tights and over-the-knee boots for the cooler weather.

 

mod-coatsPhoto Credit: 6pm Jessica Simpson Mod Coat, American Retro 60s Polka Dot Coat

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