7 Most Stylish Movies to Inspire Your Summer Shopping

When planning your summer wardrobe (you do that, don’t you?), it’s best to have a reference point to jump from. For instance, are you shooting for the glamour of 1960s Los Angeles? Then you’d turn to Valley of the Dolls for lessons in the art of lounging in finery from Jennifer North, played by the stunning Sharon Tate. No? Maybe it’s the ’90s you’re after. Or ’70s glam, or ’90s minimalism, or timeless perfection…

Whoever you are (or want to be this summer), start from this list of the most stylish movies — Michelle Pfeiffer, Jane Birkin and Gwyneth Paltrow are all gonna cause harm to your credit card — but, as Cher says, “Shopping sprees are as effective as therapy! And only a little more expensive.”

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VALLEY OF THE DOLLS

Lounge in finery.

Work on your freehand eyeliner skills, and stock up on a closet full of low-cut, neutral, boho-glam dresses (and a push-up bra). Take up yoga or meditation — the calm, self-possessed way Sharon moves on screen is half the outfit.

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SCARFACE

Slinky, straight-up sex appeal.

Here we have the sheer sex appeal of Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. She’s built for skulking around in the slinkiest slips. When it’s near 100-degrees, this’ll come in handy. No one does all white better on the days you’d rather cover up. Think plunging necklines, barely-there straps, slip dresses, cinched waists, big sunnies, and a blowout.

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TALENTED MR. RIPLEY

Timeless beach style.

Planning to spend most of your summer on the beaches of Italy? Marge Sherwood’s beach style is timeless.

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BETTY BLUE

Adorable, sexy and French.

Oh, improbably sexy Betty. Whatever you’re wearing, make sure it’s falling off the shoulder, that your hair is wind tossed, and that you have red lipstick on at all times. Big hoop earrings, adorable (and deceiving) polka dots, and overalls are all you need. Careful to take wardrobe inspiration only from dear Betty.

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LA PISCINE

Sun yourself chic.

White bikinis, white net cover ups. That’s it, that’s all you need for the best of all poolside outfits. (And Jane Birkin bangs.)

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CLUELESS

Youthful ’90s minimalism.

Make the crop tops in your closet better with a sheer white shirt underneath. Pair with jean shorts. Or get your hands on that teeny tiny Calvin Klein and call it a day.

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VIRGIN SUICIDES

Little House On the Prairie aesthetic meets Sofia Coppola.

Fragility, Laura Ashley, and darkness — all in one outfit. Tiny florals, white dresses, and conservative cuts. It’s easy dressing.

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