Sometimes there are moments when our closets are ho-hum and we 'definitely have nothing to wear'. These are the times that we need inspiration from other places.
Enter the fashion film. Whether you want to channel your inner Cher Horowitz from Clueless and be the queen bee in knee socks, or fancy yourself more of a hippie gal like Penny Lane from Almost Famous, there's a cinematic icon for that.
But sometimes, movies don't just create the ultimate in wardrobe fantasies, but actually add to our style education. Because everyone likes to learn new facts, right?! That's when documentaries like The September Issue, which tracks Vogue editor Anna Wintour as she creates the annual fashion bible, and Bill Cunningham New York, showing us the first street style photographer as he goes about his work, take over our lives for two hours or so. They give us an inside look at an industry we may never actually be a part of.
Movies at their best are an escape, and we like them even more when we're provided with style inspiration or a little bit of new knowledge we can share with our savvy friends.
Here are our 20 favourite fashion movies for inspiration and education. Did we miss your favourite? Let us know on Twitter.
Cher Horowitz is everything. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/12/bringing-the-90s-into-2012_n_1590758.html" target="_hplink">Clueless is a trip back to the 90s</a> and all the fashion we still wish was socially acceptable. Mini backpacks, fluffy pens and knee highs are classic Cher accessories. It's a lesson in fashion and provides for some comedic relief.
We'll take any Wes Anderson movie for a solid dose of style inspiration, but the most recent, Moonrise Kingdom made us want to be little kids again and go exploring in knee socks. Actually, it just made us want to wear peter pan collared dresses and knee socks forever. And ever.
Kate Hudson's character in Almost Famous, Penny Lane, had a fearless sense of fashion. From her daring sherling coat to wild curls, her style makes us want to quit our day job and travel with a band and hopefully a woman as inspiring as Penny Lane would be on the bus as well.
This seriously twisted movie has some seriously amazing styling. The style encompassed every look from prep school to sexy upper east-sider to innocent school girl. So totally 90s.
Edie Sedgewick is a style icon all on her own. But Factory Girl gives the inside look at her rise to stardom and her relationship with Andy Warhol and alleged relationship with Bob Dylan. The film shows Sedgewick's classic looks like her tights and shirts paired with oversized chandelier earrings.
The September Issue
The editor-in-chief of Vogue doesn't kid around. And while she has a reputation of being an ice queen, The September Issue provides insight into what it's like working for her and being her. As the title suggests, it's about the lead up to the issue's launch and Wintour's life before Vogue.
While we probably can't go walking around cities in voluminous dresses like Marie Antoinette, we can adapt the colour palette (pastels!) and the embellishments that many of the beautiful gowns have. Also, just relish in the beauty of the film and the lavishness of her life.
Dazed And Confused
There are so many characters in Dazed And Confused, there's a style icon for everyone. You can wear highwaisted denim shorts like the senior girls or a fringe vest like Milla Jovovich's character and fit right into Lee High School.
Pretty In Pink
Duckie and Andie had the best style. Andie's tendency to wear soft florals and silly hats makes us fall in love with her fashion. Her prom dress made us question her a bit but we moved on. Duckie had the most eccentric taste but it was laughable and inspirational.
The Virgin Suicides
Beautiful. Ethereal. Haunting. That's what the Virgin Suicides is. The fashion is conservative and extremely feminine. You fall in love with Tripp Fontaine and the closeness of the Lisbon sisters. Soft florals and pastels combined with the beautiful cinematography creates a visual delight.
Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham is often called the first street style photographer. The New York Times photographer still shoots film, rides around on his beaten up bicycle and lived in Carnegie Hall. After seeing season after season of trends, Cunningham has an eye enviable of any editor or photographer. He knows a trend before it's even a trend.
Understanding Karl Lagerfeld is like trying to decipher the meaning of life. He often insults celebrities, his cat has maids, and he hasn't ever been in a grocery store. These are the reasons the fashion genius deserves a movie about him -- so we can try to understand what goes on in his world.
Grease is about as classic as classic goes. We all know Sandy's skintight black pants and the Pink Ladies silk coats, regardless Grease always provides us with some inspiration as well as makes us get up and dance and sing.
Obviously, the popular girls in school have the best fashion -- or so it seems in every high school movie. Heathers is no exception. The styling is totally 80s with oversized shoulder pads and fluffy hair, but these are things that have been modernized and what we're wearing today.
Sex And The City
One of life's greatest debates is which Sex And The City character are you? And this movie was just added arguments for the great debate (No one wants to be a Miranda after this movie). The scene of Carrie twirling around in the most expensive and most beautiful wedding dresses is unforgettable. The movie is only about the fashion anyways, right?
Valentino: The Last Emperor
A lookback at one of the most famous designers' career and designs for some of the most iconic dresses.It shows the lead up to one of Valentino's last couture collections and looks at his relationship of his wife. It helps us understand one of the most famous fashion houses.
"I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking" - Derek Zoolander. Well, what may be more on the comedy side of the fashion spectrum, if you're looking to have a good laugh at the fashion industry, that's precisely what Zoolander can provide. And plus, you can practice your famous blue steel face.
The Devil Wears Prada
A list of fashion films without the Devil Wears Prada, wouldn't be a list at all. It taught us about designers, photographers, and what it's like on the inside of a high fashion magazine. We watch Anne Hathaway go from unfashionable to decked in designers (how did she afford them???). The clothing alone takes us to a place where we wish we could afford.
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn is a style icon for good reason. And the Givenchy black dress she wears while eating outside of Tiffany's has also become iconic. Holly Golightly is timeless and beautiful. What every women dreams of being.
Coco Before Chanel
We've read the Coco Chanel quotes. Oogled over the classic quilted bags and oversized double C's, but we don't truly know the story of Coco Chanel without a small visual history lesson. A woman known for her own style has helped define women for generations to come. This is the story before she was at the peak of her career.