Score Big-Screen Style From Our Top 6 Iconic Fashion Flicks

When you want to bust out the Kleenex, The English Patient always does the trick, and when you need to just laugh about life, What About Bob? comes in clutch — but, when you're in the mood for some sartorial inspiration, the silver-screen solution doesn't come to mind quite as easily, does it? There's definitely a slew of titles out there that capture winning style on film — it's just about knowing which movies are actually worthwhile!
This is exactly why we're bringing you a stellar double feature: We've spanned six decades for the most iconic flicks with a fashionable bent, plus we've scoured the web to design a matching look inspired by each top pick. From Blow Up (for some swinging '60s style) to that green-with-envy moment you know so well from Great Expectations, these scenes should surely inspire you to put on a show!
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Troop Beverly Hills
Oh Phyllis! No other lady of the '80s knocked outlandish style out of the park like this Wilderness Girls troop leader. We're gladly in cahoots with anyone who puts wine in hobo stew, and would wear a wide-brimmed hat just about anywhere. But, we wouldn't leave you hanging with a campy look — the Jennifer Oullette headband, Stella McCartney cape, and glitzy Miu Miu platforms are the perfect blend of Beverly Hills Hotel meets neutral-hued night out on the town. No Kmart "Blue Light Specials" here, ladies!

Clockwise from top left: Troop Beverly Hills DVD, $8.47, available at Amazon; Julien David Metallic Grey Dress, $1,093, available at Colette; Stella McCartney Cape, $1,075, available at Yoox; Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Supermodel, $16, available at Deborah Lippmann; Jennifer Ouellette Extra Wide Feather Band, $125, available at Jennifer Ouellette; Miu Miu Crystal Heel Platform Sandal, $990, available at Barneys.

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Great Expectations
Even though Gwynnie played such an ice queen in this artsy take on the Charles Dickens classic, we wanted to snag every single look off her back. The color green permeated every scene (symbolic of envy and cash, of course), and it remains one of the most visually rich (and painfully romantic) flicks we own. Any Finn-type guy would be lusting after this Pixie Market dress paired with Fendi's hot fall heels (and don't you think the M.A.C. Julie Verhoeven-designed bag even vaguely resembles some of the art featured in the film?). As Ms. Dinsmoor would say, "Chick-a-boom!"

Clockwise from top left: Great Expectations DVD, $8.67, available at Amazon; Pixie Market Flowy Chelsea Dress, $54, available at Pixie Market; M.A.C. Lip Color and Bag by Julie Verhoeven, $54.50, available at Nordstrom; Kenneth Jay Lane Pearl Coil Bracelet, $70, available at Charm & Chain; Fendi Wuthering Heights Inlay-Heel Suede Platform Pump, $720, available at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Moonrise Kingdom
If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, you've got a small window left before this movie leaves theaters. Filled with fantastic imagery like only Wes Anderson can create, MK's one of those flicks you'll regret not seeing on the big screen. And, move over Margot Tenenbaum, the filmmaker has a new heroine whose whimsical style is totally worth capturing (and not just for Halloween!). Runaway Suzy Bishop's beatnik attitude is best captured with dainty socks worn beneath comfy-cute flats, and an adventuress' dress like this one we found on Bona Drag. We're so over the moon for this teen's wardrobe that we did even more digging than seen here: If you happen to be on the hunt for a traveling record player like hers, Crosley's got a retro-cool option; these beetle-wing earrings we found on Etsy are dead ringers for her first pair, and this Laura Mercier shade of shadow tops off the boho triad!

Clockwise from top left: To Be Adored Art Deco Jeannie Dress, $198, available at Bona Drag; Trasparenze Moreen Lace Knee High, $11.06, available at Pret-A-Beaute; Mar Y Sol Zadie Crocheted Backpack, $54.50, available at ShopBop; F-Troupe Nubuck Mesh Oxfords, $189, available at AlleyCat Trade; Dominic Jones Stag Beetle Ring, $430, available at Jades24.

Photo: Via Moonrise Kingdom
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Blow Up
This 1966 classic is the quintessential fashion film of the last century, with Veruschka, Jane Birkin, and Vanessa Redgrave all make swinging '60s appearances. It's sexy, dark, and filled with stylish scandal. We found a moderately priced mod dress that could've been swiped straight from one of our favorite scenes (Lisa Perry obviously offers the most luxe options), and naturally included some Hermès for a nod to Ms. Birkin — her namesake bag wasn't made until '81 (did you know she's since stopped carrying it because it flared-up her tendonitis?). And, we're sure Mr. Kirkwood's peeped this cinematic fashion feat for inspiration for our feet a time or two!

Clockwise from top left: Blow Up DVD, $14.49, available at Amazon; Fever Quant Dress, $149, available at Frockaholics; Shu Uemura Black V False Eyelashes, $23, available at Shu Uemura; Hermès Deva H Earrings, $395, available at Hermès; Intiq Wood and Silver Saucer Bangle, $134, available at Bird; Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem Geometric-heel printed silk-covered leather pumps, $1,395, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Funny Face
While most would say Breakfast At Tiffany's is Audrey Hepburn's most stylish turn, we tend to disagree. In Funny Face, Richard Avedon designed the opening sequence to the motion picture (Fred Astaire's character is loosely based upon the photog), and the plot centers around a Vreeland-esque fashion editor on the hunt for a model with allure on the inside and out. "Think Pink" is hands-down the most memorable spectacle, but we know boho Jo Stockton (Hepburn) would go for this slouchy Margiela number with ballet flats (penny loafers, too!).

Clockwise from top left: Funny Face DVD, $8.49, available at Amazon; Maison Martin Margiela Asymmetric Hem Dress, $1,295, available at Barneys; Tom Binns Crystal Necklace in White, $965, available at Forward by Elyse Walker; Diane Von Furstenberg Two-Tone Leather Opera-Length Gloves, $395, available at Bergdorf Goodman; Repetto BB patent-leather ballet flats, $270, available at Net-A-Porter.
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The Way We Were
This box office smash, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, politically, dramatically, and bi-coastally (we're partial to the California years) spans the decades. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design as both star-crossed lovers Hubbell and Katie had enviable closets. Don't you think Babs' character, a fiery activist, would approve of this buttoned-up-but-still-chic look for the office? Plus, we're really feeling the '70s brown eye makeup of late!

Clockwise from top left: The Way We Were DVD, $7.97, available at Amazon; Paul Smith Forest Green Cardigan with Decorative Buttons, $525, available at Stylebop; Dries Van Noten Knee Length Skirt, $398, available at Yoox; Isabel Marant Buckled Leather Belt, $135, available at Net-A-Porter; Equipment Oversized Shirt, $208, available at Equipment; Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio, $28, available at Sephora.

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