One of my favorite things about December is that you get a free pass to binge-watch every single holiday movie in existence, guilt- and shame-free. It's a treat I enjoy almost as much as peppermint brownies or snickerdoodle cookies (key word: almost).
I love everything about holiday movies, from the predictable plot lines to the star-studded ensemble casts to the perfectly curated and seasonally appropriate soundtracks. I especially adore the clothes, though — how is it that leading ladies in holiday movies always look so stylish when it’s sub-zero degrees outside?
I’ve compiled a list of unforgettable looks from some of my favorite holiday movies, from The Preacher’s Wife to Home Alone. Whether you need outfit inspiration for your office holiday party or your upcoming ski trip, these well-dressed women will help show you the way.
Amanda (Cameron Diaz), The Holiday
Winter style doesn’t get better than this, folks. The coat is a knockout, and the oversized sunglasses and rich leather accessories are, well, as Nancy Meyers as it gets. Below, a few ideas to help you replicate Amanda’s look (English cottage getaway not included).
Julia (Whitney Houston), The Preacher’s Wife
Without a doubt, Julia wins the award for best use of layers: The hat! The chunky knit scarf! The belted coat over the midi skirt! Recreating this look basically involves covering every inch of your skin, but keeping the proportions in check so the overall look reads glamorous, not granny.
Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), Love Actually
It takes a daring woman to wear red on red, but Natalie totally nails the look. Bonus points for the sparkle on her sweater and the ornamental belt buckle. (Are those... golden sprigs of holly?)
Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), The Family Stone
Sure, Meredith may be a little too eager to please and uptight for the unconventional Stones, but she sure knows her way around a suit. This look isn’t your typical hang-out-by-the-fire attire, but a tailored skirt suit will serve you well beyond the hustle and bustle of the season.
Sara (Kate Beckinsale), Serendipity
Although a pair of black gloves brings Sara into Jonathan’s (John Cusack) life, it’s her simple red scarf that steals the spotlight. A perfectly practical look for December in NYC.
Kate (Catherine O’Hara), Home Alone
Kate McCallister may be the world’s most forgetful mother, but at least she looks good while frantically trying to reunite with her son. That luxurious wrap coat — and her go-to gold accessories — are just as stylish today as they were almost three decades ago.
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