Ah, Christmas. That time of the year when couples around are getting mushy and planning weekend getaways whilst you’re in bed in your flannel pajamas, binge-watching movies on Netflix and gobbling down a pint of ice cream. What if we told you it doesn’t have to be such a sorry picture? Replace ice cream with wine, flannel pajamas with luxe lounge-wear and you’re all geared up for a fun night in. Here’s a list of stylish Christmas movies that will make you want to cancel your plans and channel your inner leading lady—and pick up a few style cues in the process. Merry Christmas, all you ladies.
It’s never a bad time to watch Love Actually (yes, we’ve put this theory to test) but watching it on Christmas Eve makes it ever so special. Besides the usual suspects lined up as eye candy, this film is chock full with early 2000s fashion. Replete with pageboy hats, chunky knits, flared jeans and a whole lot of red, this movie is a time capsule of fashion from the decade. Oh, and how can we ever forget Keira Knightley’s wedding dress? That’s stuff for history books.
Wear that ‘hopeless romantic’ tag like a medal of honor and dive right into this mushfest. A modern classic, Serendipity will restore your faith in love and Christmas miracles in the time of global chaos. As for take-back – think skinny scarves, lose button-downs, leather jackets and warm knits.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
If you’ve been single for the most part of 2016 and find yourself home alone on Christmas Eve, chances are you strongly identify with Bridget Jones–whether you like it or not. There’s certainly no shame in it, unless you land up at a party dressed as a Playboy bunny. Imbibe to your heart’s content, pull out your favourite ugly Christmas jumper and rewatch this classic. ‘Tis the season.
The ultimate Christmas movie to watch when you’ve got nowhere to go but want an escape from your reality. The Holiday is the perfect blend of feel-good moments and dream gene-pool of a star cast. Get ready to be swept off your feet when Jack Black tells you to “celebrate being young and being alive” and do it in the dress Kate Winslet wears to her office party.
The world might be flat, the moon landing might have been a hoax and a few tectonic events from last decade might be the fodder for conspiracy theorists for years to come. The only absolute truth that the world is sure of is this – Cate Blanchett can do no wrong. Last year, Carol took the charts by storm, positioning itself as the thinking-person’s Christmas flick. There’s no reason to not revisit it this year, especially if you’re over 2016 and get want to get it done with.