Love and fashion intertwine in these stylish movies about romance!
Pairing romance with style can be a fabulous combination. Get inspired to dress up for a date or just enjoy watching gorgeous people running around in stunning clothing, in these stylish romantic movies that are a visual feast for fashion lovers.
1. Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn's chic, timeless style has inspired fashion lovers for decades. In this ultra stylish romantic movie based on Truman Capote's short novel, Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, a party girl making the rounds of swinging 1960s Manhattan. Forget the story, though. The real fun of this movie is in watching Hepburn dash madly about New York City, dressed in gorgeous little black dresses, couture-worthy jewelry, fabulous sunglasses and completely enviable hairstyles. Plus, she is completely charming and adorable playing the part of madcap Holly, who's making it all up as she goes along. This is a Audrey Hepburn role beloved by so many of today's fashion icons.
2. In the Mood for Love
Stunning stars, impossibly elegant clothes and an achingly sensual story about marital betrayal combine to make this one of the most stylish romantic movies ever. Set in glamorous 1960s Hong Kong, two couples move next door to each other in a brand new high-rise. A friendship develops between the man and woman in neighboring apartments (the ridiculously attractive Maggie Leung and Tony Leung). When they learn her husband is cheating on her with his wife, the betrayal bonds them deeper to each other. We should all look as beautiful as Maggie Cheung when we're going through heartbreak. Slender, made up and clad in stylish shifts, she is basically the anti-Bridget Jones. We wouldn't kick Tony Leung out of bed for eating crackers, either. If you love Mad Men for its clothes and darkly dramatic scenes about sex and repessed feelings, this stylish movie may become one of your new favorites.
3. Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge's hyper-saturated costumes and jam-packed sets create the lush, bohemian atmosphere for its irresistible musical story of tragic romance. At the turn of the twentieth century, in the Montmartre district of Paris, naive poet Christian (Ewan McGregor) falls madly in love with the ravishing but ailing courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman), who stars in the city's greatest cabaret show, Moulin Rouge. Satine mistakes Christian for a nobleman and decides to seduce him for his money. Of course, by the time she learns his true identity, the couple have fallen madly in love. Meanwhile, there's still the real Duke to seduce and a show to put on. The movie's Bohemian premise, that "the greatest thing you'll ever learn is to be loved, and to love in return", makes a happy ending seem almost beside the point. Bollywood-inspired musical numbers are also a great showcase for the movie's rich and detailed costumes.
4. The Graduate
This stylish movie from 1967 coined the pop culture term "Mrs. Robinson" (now we just say cougar). The Graduate is about the clash between generations, as a fresh college graduate (Dustin Hoffman in his first movie role) returns to his upper class California family home, with no clue about what to do with his future. Soon, Benjamin stumbles into the manicured clutches of the seductive Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), the wife of his father's law partner. Meanwhile, Ben's parents think they've found him an ideal future wife, who just happens to be the daughter of the lady he's bedding. The story and acting are excellent, but we love this movie for Bancroft's gorgeous, sleek style. Her woman-on-the-prowl fashions and hairstyles are chic and still look utterly modern. We'll take those sleek little black dresses and Kate Moss-worthy leopard fur coat anytime.
Do you love French style? You may not know it, but American fashion lovers owe a debt Jean Luc-Godard's wildly stylish and romantic French film Breathless, which is basically a lookbook to how to dress like a Parisian. This 1960 movie taught a generation of American women about French style tricks such as sailor stripes, full summer skirts and the pixie haircut - and the rest is fashion history. Set in Paris, the love story is utterly romantic, too. On the run after shooting a cop, a dapper gangster (the dreamy Jean-Paul Belmondo) is taken in by a beautiful American hipster girl (Jean Seberg). Watch it for the scenes out and about in Paris, the sexy bedroom banter and treasure trove of chic, effortless looking outfit ideas.