Movies we love for vintage inspiration!
Today’s movies are filled with amazing special effects, high-speed action and state-of-the-art photography. But, ladies, nothing beats a heart-warming girls-night-in, old fashioned film! Especially those where the stars of the silver screen are dressed to the nines in stunning vintage-inspired looks.
We can’t get enough of their floor-length evening gowns, seductive lacy gloves, antique accessories, stylish hats and decade-inspired hair-dos.
Read on for some of the classic movies that inspire our vintage looks and make us long for those days-gone-by.
Gone With the Wind – 1939 – Sumptuous ball gowns
Regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time, this massive saga spans the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. The movie offers breathtaking scenes of lavish garden parties, seductive smoky night clubs, fairytale country mansions and burning war-torn landscapes.
The heroine, Scarlett O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, shows off her stunning looks in a range of attire from classic vintage dresses to ragged work clothes.
No one can forget the most famous of all – a sensational green and gold ball gown made from velvet curtains when no other fabric was available.
Here Scarlet shows her pouty style in a lavish burgundy outfit with a plunging sweetheart neckline, flouncy feathery shoulders and an ethereal see-through chiffon wrap. Her hair-do sports classic Victory Curls set off by dangling earrings.
How to Marry a Millionaire – 1953 – Show those legs!
This fun American Comedy was the first film to be shot using CinemaScope wide-screen technology. It starred Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall - three of the most iconic vintage-loving ladies of the screen.
Style your look in an elegant ultra-ladylike fit and flare dress with no sleeves and a high collar. Show some leg gals – how about shorty-shorts with a demure high-neck long sleeve top? It is the perfect contrast of discreet and showy.
Marilyn Monroe is not shy in a revealing bold red swimsuit and finger-curled hairdo. The movie was also famous for its fashion of the early 1960’s - classic fitted pants with tucked-in checked tops.
The Prince and the Showgirl – 1957 – Way out Glam!
Set in London in 1911, this movie wows with exquisite dresses, huge hats topped with satin flowers, and long lacy gloves in pure retro style.
In this scene, Marilyn Monroe wears a stunning long ball gown with a swishy mermaid tail. Style your look with a body-hugging silhouette in white that shows off your curves. It has a delightfully seductive sweetheart neckline and loads of shimmering diamanté to attract attention.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961 – The timeless Little Black Dress
Audrey Hepburn has inspired vintage lovers for decades. Making the LBD famous in this movie, she plays the part of a naïve, eccentric café society girl called Holly Golightly. The outfit fits like a glove and is enhanced by elbow-length black gloves, a lavish sparkling pearl necklace and matching tiara in her hair.
Coco Chanel, the style icon of the 1920’s, designed a Little Black Dress that was featured on the cover of Vogue in October 1926. This set off a fashion trend that has lasted for decades.
Create your unique vintage look when you wear a Little Black Dress. Choose a long-flowing ankle length gown for an evening affair. Wear a knee length, body-hugging LBD with a side split for after-work cocktails. Then, team up your LBD with a large white sun hat and silver designer shades for a day outing.
The Great Gatsby – 2013 – Breathtaking 1920’s fashion
This romantic drama is based on the iconic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. It stars the dashing Leonardo DiCaprio and the gorgeous Carey Mulligan.
Ladies rocked the 1920’s fashion scene with shorter low-waisted dresses and the slinky, sexy flapper dress. Cloche hats were the choice of the decade. Eclectic mixes of colour were loved by gals who wanted to show their personalities and style. Of course, a cigarette in a long slim holder topped off the look. Very not-so-cool today!
In the 20’s stripes became very popular, worn either vertically or horizontally. To create a wild look, the optic-illusion chevron striped design was a winner. Shift dresses with loads of pearl necklaces and matching pearl hair accessories were the perfect evening look.
Hippie Culture Movies of the 60’s – Love, Flowers and Peace Signs
The 60’s offer a collection of iconic movies that embodied the Hippie Culture. It was a time of the Vietnam War and rebellion in America. Students started the movement on the campuses and it spread around the world.
Fashion was fun and cool with long, loose flowing dresses, loads of tassels and flowers in your hair. Movies like Easy Rider, Hair, American Graffiti and Woodstock are still hits to this day.
Style your look with ultra-wide bell-bottom pants that graze the floor. Wear flat sandals with strappy thongs that wrap around your calves to the knee. Headbands and chokers are a must, made of leather and embellished with colourful stones or hand-painted designs. This was the era of Peace and Love. Finish your look with a large Peace Sign on a leather rope, dangling around your neck.