If you went to see this yearâ€™s seasonal romcom Last Christmas hoping to come away feeling warm, fuzzy and festive, you may have left feeling disappointed. But, if you went along looking for fashion inspiration â€¦ you will have fared no better.
In his one-star review, this paperâ€™s critic Peter Bradshaw characterised the filmâ€™s female lead as a â€œmix of Bridget Jones and the quirky sister from Notting Hillâ€ â€“ a description that also works in terms of her clothes, with Emilia Clarkeâ€™s Kate veering from an elf costume to a leopardprint fur coat throughout.
Thankfully, there are plenty of other festive favourites that will reliably warm your cockles and ignite your fashion sensibilities. Hereâ€™s a quick guide to finding your 2020 style muse from the comfort of your sofa this Christmas.
Elizabeth Perkinsâ€™s knitwear and pearls in Miracle on 34th Street
If itâ€™s power suits and shoulder pads youâ€™re after, this film is full of them â€“ but itâ€™s in the charactersâ€™ downtime that youâ€™ll find a look that the majority of us lean towards at this time of year: comfy, chunky knitwear. Elizabeth Perkins, starring as Coleâ€™s Department Storeâ€™s employee Dorey Walker, pairs hers with pearls, which are having a moment right now (blame The Crown plus the fact that they appeared on the autumn/winter catwalks at Erdem, Simone Rocha and Emilia Wickstead). Bonus points for Mara Wilsonâ€™s very on-trend collection of padded headbands.
James Stewartâ€™s rugby top in Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life
Ignore Mary Hatchâ€™s frothy dancing dress and fast forward Violetâ€™s proto-Reformation ruffle mini: itâ€™s George Baileyâ€™s long-sleeve, turtleneck-style rugby shirt that you want to draw inspiration from here. Vintage styles, such as this one, featured on the autumn/winter catwalk at Burberry, Wales Bonner and Xander Zhou â€“ but theyâ€™re also perfect for a Christmas Day walk, or a Boxing Day sofa slump. Pair with a big mug of eggnog and talk of lassoing the moon.
Halle Berryâ€™s pink dress in New Yearâ€™s Eve
Proof that bad films can be the bearers of good fashion. Halle Berry, stuck in blue scrubs for much for this Razzie-nominated romcom, gets to wow in a hot-pink party dress â€“ albeit for a Skype date with her husband, who is serving in Afghanistan. No matter â€“ at least Nurse Aimee taps into the colour palette that dominated this yearâ€™s Oscars in February and was still being worn by everyone from Shania Twain to Dua Lipa at the AMAs last month.
Cate Blanchettâ€™s pyjamas in Carol
For those for whom Christmas is all about spending the day in your PJs, look no further than Carol. Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett showcase all manner of enviable hats, coats and wiggle dresses throughout the course of this film â€“ but itâ€™s Blanchettâ€™s chic jammies and tartan housecoat that provide lounging aspiration. Wear to drink cocktails while listening to records and spritzing yourself with stocking-filler perfumes.
Meg Ryanâ€™s cream turtleneck in When Harry Met Sally
Sally Albright is a fashion icon any day of the year, but particularly at Christmas, when her red roll-necks, brown blazer jackets and snazzy perm really come into their own. No one looks cool singing into a shop karaoke machine â€“ least of all Billy Crystalâ€™s Harry Burns â€“ but Meg Ryan gives it a good go in high-waisted denim and a cream high-neck sweater not unlike that seen on the catwalk at Roksanda. Ideal if you still get cold when itâ€™s 71 degrees out.