When it comes to holiday style most people IRL are wedged somewhere between tinsel and Tiffany’s. On screen however, it’s a different story. We’ve searched through decades of movies to find one screen queen to rule them all. Inspire your fancy-face holiday looks through these stunning leading ladies as they deck their halls with ‘boughs’ style.
Nora Charles in The Thin Man
Nick and Nora are known for throwing lavish parties set to the romantic Manhattan skyline. In their spare time they fight crime. This duo might be the most well-dressed, playful couple in the history of detective stories (not your average Sherlock). Christmas in New York is the setting for mystery no. 1. As Nora Charles carts refreshments to her guests and makes vintage ice (this was very hard in 1934), she fools journalists, policemen, and reporters and entertains murders all in a stunning striped silk ruffled gown.
Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
Being a member of the ‘upstairs’ crew really has its perks—a PA to dress you, fix your hair, or share the latest gossip. Like how you just experience every girl’s magical Christmas moment when your crush proposes on Christmas Eve perched on one knee in the snow at an English castle (this old thing’?). Apparently when the moment comes you won’t need a coat, only a burgundy silk taffeta gown, a tiara and a pair of black gloves. We are OH SO fine with that.
Alice Harford in Eyes Wide Shut
Nicole Kidman plays unemployed curator slash sexy housewife Alice Harford who’s married to a very rich doctor (Tom Cruise) that gets a case of the crazies a few days before Christmas. At a luxe x infinity holiday party Alice Harford, lit softly by about 1 million white string lights dances scandalously with a stranger. Her plunging black lace empire dress screams sexy as she sips champagne in a rose-coloured daze.
Betty Haynes in White Christmas
Oh Betty. So wholesome and nice. But love didn’t do right by her. Or so she thinks. So she hops on a train from Vermont and heads back to NYC to sing in a nightclub while nursing her broken Christmas heart. Until her one true love walks in to catch her crooning—dripping in diamonds and black velvet. Yep. That’ll do it. Betty and Bob totally get back together because they are so MTB. Their harmonies are as lovely as Betty’s 1950’s gown.
Elizabeth Lane in Christmas in Connecticut
Lizzie Lane shows us how messy it can get when you lie to get a job. The single, childless, career driven, 1 room-apt-renting, food writer finds herself in the unexpected predicament of having to host Christmas dinner for her tyrannical boss. This should be do-able except that her boss thinks she’s married, with kids and lives in the beautiful country home she so often writes about. All lies. Oh and did we mention she can’t even boil water? Thankfully she’s stylish, and sly, which helps pull off the whole charade. Her winter wear is vintage sleek which may have you thinking about lying to your boss too if you could look this good. Don’t do it!