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What Outfit To Wear This Holiday Season, Based On Your Fave Christmas Movie

Over the years, the holiday season has graced us with some of the most iconic Christmas movies. That scene in How The Grinch Stole Christmas when the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes is forever ingrained in my memory. “We’re A Couple Of Misfits” in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is easily one of the catchiest songs of my childhood. Simply put, Christmas movies have a way of creating memorable moments, and fashion moments are no exception. I mean, admit it: Martha May’s outfits were killer

Though the songs or the lovable characters might be the reason a holiday movie holds a special place in your heart, the outfits deserve recognition too. From the color combos to the winter wonderlands feels, Christmas movie wardrobes never fail. If you’re in need of some fashion inspiration and an excuse to rewatch your favorite Christmas movie, I got your back — here are 13 outfits based on your favorite Christmas movie.

Home Alone
20th Century Studios

Kevin McCallister not only defeated robbers while being home alone, but he was fashionable while doing so. His red sweater with army green pants combo is the perfect holiday look for when you want to walk around town or go to an apple orchard for some true apple cider. Pair this Forever 21 cable knit sweater with these Pacsun flare corduroy pants to channel your best Home Alone outfit. For my warm-weather folks, you can switch out the long sleeve sweater for this Pacsun cable knit tank top.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Walt Disney Pictures

Who says spooky season has to end in October? Jack Skellington really has the business chic look down. With his pinstriped suit, his outfit makes for the ideal holiday dinner look. Grab this Boohoo blazer (size up so it’s oversized), H&M white turtleneck and mini skirt, and Target black tights for a The Nightmare Before Christmas-esque outfit.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas  
Universal Studios

If you couldn’t tell by now, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. The Grinch really knows how to work a monochromatic look — even if it is just his fur. In true Grinch fashion, this holiday season is for lounging around, so opt for this sage green matching lounge set from Boohoo. If you don’t want to stay inside this upcoming winter, Martha May’s outfits may be more up your alley. Her Christmas ceremony outfit was, and still is, the moment. You can recreate the look with this Amazon red corset top and Hollister dark green leather skirt for your next Christmas party.

A Christmas Story
Warner Bros.

An oldie, but a goodie! A Christmas Story is full of so many iconic moments from Ralphie standing up to the bully to the awful bunny pajamas, but one that I always think of is the “I triple dog dare you” scene. Ralphie’s outfit in this scene screams strolling along city streets or going Christmas tree shopping. Pair this Old Navy Herringbone coat, Aerie striped scarf, and ASOS brown beanie together to create your own Christmas story this season.

It’s a Wonderful Life
Liberty Films

Though this movie might be from 1947, the outfits are still beautiful today. Mary’s light blue dance dress is an elegant look that makes for a stunning outfit for your holiday festivities from a winter ball to your family Christmas Eve gathering. This Abercrombie ruffle mini dress embodies the winter wonderland vibes of Mary’s outfit.

A Christmas Carol

Though Ebenezer Scrooge might not exude holiday spirit, his sleek all-black outfit is the perfect chic look for celebrating the holiday season. This Forever 21 faux leather trench coat and ASOS straight-leg jeans create an outfit combo for getting dinner in the city or watching Christmas lights. Scrooge was really onto something.

Miracle on 34th Street
20th Century Studios

When I watched Miracle on 34th Street as a kid, I was in awe of Susan’s outfits. There are so many classy yet cute looks to choose from in this heartwarming movie. Susan’s outfits are basically Blair Waldorf and Pinterest girlies combined — and I love it! For when you’re feeling preppy this holiday season, opt for this Forever 21 plaid coat and Amazon black headband.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
United Feature Syndicate/Apple TV+

In the wise words of Charlie Brown, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” In my opinion, Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones and watching movies that fill me with nostalgia, and A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of them. There are so many lovable characters in this movie, but it’s only right to recreate Charlie’s look. Grab this H&M red puffer and Hollister dad jeans to go hang out with your own Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and Sally during the holidays.

Warner Bros.

Buddy is the epitome of Christmas cheer. You can’t recreate Buddy’s holiday spirit and outfits without paying homage to his iconic elf outfit. Pair this Hollister green cable knit sweater with these ASOS yellow dad jeans as you scour the town for the four main food groups (according to Buddy): candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.

The Holiday
Columbia Pictures

The Holiday was one of the best rom-coms, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that it also served looks. To this day, I still want every outfit that Cameron Diaz’s character, Amanda, wore. She was effortlessly chic and luxe. Wear this Abercrombie leather, sherpa-lined jacket, Boohoo chunky white scarf, black pants of your choice, and these DSW black booties for when you’re on the go. Or, opt for this Forever 21 chunky knit sweater layered with this Aeropostale lavender mock neck and Amazon gray scarf, paired with these Aerie gray yoga pants for a cozy night in outfit. Both looks would for sure be Amanda-approved.

Love Actually
Universal Pictures

With all the intertwining love stories, it’s inevitable that Love Actually would bring forth some amazing fashion moments. This movie was filled with the usual turtlenecks, sweaters, and button-ups, but the outfit that takes the cake is Juliet’s wedding dress. The white sheer dress lined with ostrich feathers was beautiful. Perhaps Indy Blue got her inspo from Juliet for her own wedding dress. You can channel Juliet’s dress with this Boohoo satin gown that is fit for a special holiday occasion — maybe even a winter wedding.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Warner Bros.

This movie is all about Christmas fun with your family, so its wardrobe prepares you for days spent decorating or having some quality time with your loved ones. Recreate Audrey’s bright blue sweater look from the family photo with this ASOS royal blue sweater and cozy pants of your choice. You’re ready for some bonding time, which may or may not end up in chaos like the Griswold family.

Polar Express
Warner Bros.

This movie holds a special place in my heart. From its message about believing in the magic of Christmas to the iconic hot chocolate scene, this movie has so many memorable moments. However, when it comes to the wardrobe, one piece of clothing caused a lot of worry throughout the movie: the young boy’s robe. Taking inspiration from his look, pair this Boohoo wool coat with this Amazon gold turtleneck for when you’re ready to find some Christmas magic.

Hannah Tolley is a contributing writer under the Entertainment and Culture vertical. She covers entertainment releases, fan theories, pop culture news, and more. Aside from Her Campus, Hannah was also a member of the Florida State University (FSU) Her Campus team. During her time with the chapter, she served as a staff writer for three semesters, where she wrote biweekly pieces across campus, culture, and personal verticals. She also was a content editor for two semesters, where she led a team of 6+ writers and oversaw and edited their articles. Hannah was also an editorial intern for Her Campus during her spring and summer term of her second year in college. As an intern, she worked alongside the full-time edit team to curate timely and evergreen pieces across life, culture, career, and style verticals. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from FSU in May 2023, with a Bachelor of Science in Media/Communication Studies with a minor in English. When she's not dissecting the latest pop culture events, you can find her reading a cheesy romance novel or establishing parasocial relationships with fictional TV characters. She loves to rewatch her favorite shows (Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, and Friends) or spend the day going down a rabbit hole of reality dating shows.