Styling Outfits Inspired by a Movie Star

outfits inspired by movies for women in their 50's. 60's, & 70's

Styling Outfits Inspired by a Movie Star

Quote of the day: “Others believing in you is nice but worthless if not matched by your own thought.” Scott Moore

I’m sure many of us have seen a movie and thought, “I want to dress like her.” Not that we have to copy the movie star’s exact outfit, but we can certainly wear outfits inspired by movies.

After you read our choices in this post, I would absolutely love to know if you ever had this kind of inspiration. Please let me know in the comments below. Learning about you makes this blogging so much more fun!

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: My inspiration goes out to Helen Mirren.

I remember when we saw the movie “RED” and I was blown away by Helen. I’d never really known about her before this, but seeing her in this movie, made me realize that age truly is just a number.

The words, “I want to be like her when I grow up” actually came out of my mouth after seeing the show. Therefore, that’s who I decided to use for this styling post.

outfits inspired by movies with Helen Mirren

Let me start out with some rationale for my clothing choices. I didn’t want to try to copy any of her outfits. Instead I wanted to be inspired by her amazingness.

I actually started out with the camo jeans since she wore quite a bit of camo print in “RED.” All three of us have styled camo on the blog in the past even though in my youth I would have never thought I’d wear it.

Let me point out the earrings too. They are a pair from my aunt who recently passed away. It was a theme for the blog this summer about wearing sentimental pieces that used to be my Aunt Nancy’s. I had to convert them to pierced earrings and you can see how they droop slightly. Well, lo and behold I was then introduced to a product that fixes this issue after we took these photos.

outfits inspired by movies with Helen Mirren in RED

But back to the outfit inspired by movies.

After choosing the camo print jeans, I decided to keep the sweater a matching color since Helen looks great in green. But I made sure to choose a contemporary sweater with the choker neckline, because of her modern style.

You know I always love trying out the newer trends, and these choker neck tops could be perfect if you don’t love the thought of accessorizing. It’s like it’s a shirt and necklace all in one. You could always stick with a classic color, or try one that doesn’t dip so low in the front.

outfits inspired by movies for women over 50

The leather jacket made an appearance because I consider it a rebellion piece. Helen proved herself to be quite the kick a– character in this favorite movie of mine.

And then I added in white booties to go with the jacket. These booties may not have a heel that many of you are comfortable wearing, but there are many that have a chunkier heel.

outfits inspired by movies for strong women over 50

Jeans: Cabi-thrifted (similar here)~~Jacket: Blank NYC (here)~~Sweater: Charming Charlies (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: thrifted (similar here)~~Sunglasses: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy decided to channel her inner Audrey Hepburn from the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

She told me that this was her choice of outfits inspired by movies because Audrey was always so sophisticated and simple in her dress style.

outfits inspired by movies and Audrey Hepburn

I’m sure many of you might also pick this kind of outfit from Audrey’s repertoire since it’s so classic. The little black dress is such a favorite of most people that we have styled it many times on the blog.

Most of us prefer to have our arms somewhat covered when choosing our dresses. So I thought I’d show you a couple in case you’ve been searching for such items. Here’s a long sleeve version, 3/4 length sleeve version, or a flutter sleeve version.

outfits inspired by movies by Audrey Hepburn

It’s the accessories that Nancy really had fun with for this outfit.

If you search out the movie photos, you’ll see that Audrey was wearing more of a statement necklace. However, that’s the fun part about inspiration. It doesn’t have to be an exact copy. So Nancy pulled out many pearl necklaces, and layered them.

What really shows the time period is the gloves. Of course, women don’t wear these kind of gloves inside anymore, but who knows? Maybe this style will come back around one of these days. But that would only work if they are texting gloves for the younger generations, LOL!

Black outfits inspired by movies by Audrey Hepburn

The other elements for Nancy’s outfit are the shoes and sunglasses. Have you updated your sunglasses lately? You can find some super fun ones for not much money online.

Even if you don’t wear heels most days, I think most of us can find some that will work for the dressy occasions. If you haven’t heard me touting the aspect of the ankle strap, then let me say it again. They really help make it easy to walk in and feel comfortable. Amazingly, Nancy’s exact shoes are still for sale and I linked them below. If you’re not a fan of ankle straps then a chunkier heel can be helpful. Or there’s always the flats version.

dressy outfits inspired by movies by Audrey Hepburn

Dress: (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (here)~~Necklaces: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Gloves: (similar here)~~Sunglasses: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: And here I’d like to introduce you to Princess Dragomiroff from the movie “Murder on the Orient Express.”

My mom said she chose Judi Dench and this character because Judi is the closest to my mom’s age group (without having had work done to change her appearance). If you love the old fashioned fashions, then this character probably tickles your fancy also.

And these capes are so sophisticated don’t you think? Even if you don’t think about wearing capes as much in the winter, my mom even showed how to layer a cape over another coat recently. Anyone else notice that my mom happens to have 2 grey capes? I may need to “borrow” one…. Then she could purchase a black one or striped one.

outfits inspired by movies with Judi Dench

Now I didn’t actually see this movie, but mom tells me it takes place in the 1920’s. That’s why she also grabbed her pearl jewelry for styling in our outfits inspired by movies.

I’d also like to point out the flower pin on the front of mom’s cape. My mom actually makes these pins with leftover material from her sewing projects. I found a lovely silk one available or even a leather one.

outfits inspired by movies with Judi Dench in the Murder on the Orient Express

Let’s talk about the skirt and shoes for a minute.

We’ve been brought up to think of florals as more of a spring and summer print. However, the darker florals have made a huge appearance in the stores, and work great for the colder months. If you’re not a fan of skirts, you can still find this print on other items. For example a duster, a blouse or even jeggings look great for everyday.

As for the shoes, we all find that black footwear is our go-to choice. I was stressing over the fact that my own black, suede booties have some scuff marks on them. And then I noticed that mom’s shoes do too. When do you decide that they aren’t savable? Do you think others notice these details, or not?

outfits inspired by movies from the 1920's

My mom is not only wearing gloves for this outfit, but they are long gloves. It makes me wonder how many of you have any gloves like this? I just recently bought a pair last winter after I received my pink coat that only had 3/4 length sleeves. Most of us don’t feel the need for the longer gloves, but then again wouldn’t they be warmer? And they aren’t always more expensive as you can see by this pair or this pair.

outfits inspired by movies for women in their 80's

Cape: (similar here)~~Skirt: (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Necklaces: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Gloves: (similar here)~~Flower Pin: (similar here)

outfits inspired by movies for women in their 50's. 60's, & 70's

outfits inspired by movies for older women

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  • That is a very nice camo pants. I’d love to dress like a movie star as well. It is inspiring to pick a movie and get the outfit.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Thanks Katya…it was a fun way to think about what to wear!!

  • You all look fantastic! Great actresses to choose. I love your moto jacket and camo jeans Jodie, fab ankle boots too. You make a good point about ankle straps on shoes – I find court shoes slip on me so having a strap to secure them prevents rubbing. I have funny shaped feet! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  • Lovely outfits ladies! Love the elegance of the lace dress, and that grey cape looks sooo comfy too!

    Jessica |

  • You ladies are slaying these looks! The drama! The glamour! I love all the pops of green in your look. I’ve been eyeing a pair of camo pants myself, and I think I have to try them now. I could totally recreate this look with my blush moto jacket and some ultra-glam accessories.

    I definitely see the Audrey Hepburn in Nancy’s outfit. That’s one of my favorite eras of fashion, and Nancy’s interpretation is classic but with added flair. And I think Charlotte’s cape is about the most fabulous, dramatic thing I’ve ever seen. Garments like that are so inspiring. Now I want to wear it and go on a murder mystery dinner train!


    • Wasn’t this so fun, Liz?? Sometimes I think we think that only movie stars can dress up and have fun, but since life is so short, we should have fun with this more often too!!

  • Thanks!!

  • Julie

    Jodie, this is such a fun post! You all look gorgeous! I love your camo pants (I’ve been thinking about a pair myself), Nancy’s lace dress and your Mom’s cape! Just fabulous!

    • Thanks Julie!!
      I will confess that I wear these camo jeans way more than I ever thought—-it’s such a super fun print!!

  • Looking so glam here, ladies! You all need a red carpet, stat!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Right??? I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!!
      Thanks Ashley!!

  • I love all of your beautiful outfits! Nancy’s outfit is AH-mazing! It’s so Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Amazing job ladies!

    • Thanks Laura!!
      There are some outfits that are so iconic no matter what!!

  • Eileen Flanigan Sinda

    Great outfits all. I love that you are wearing your Aunt Nancy’s earrings. I have several lovely brooches from my great Aunt Margaret. I love wearing them. Helen Mirren is my hero. Love her. She always looks great no matter what she wears. Also Judi Dench. Both great actresses and not afraid of being who they are at the age they are. An admirable trait. Loved Audrey Hepburn. So sorry she is no longer with us. So beautiful and chic. And so warm hearted. Her charity work was inspiring. Great job, ladies.

    • What a treasure to have pieces from your Aunt Margaret!! It’s always so amazing how they bring up memories and emotions!!!
      And you really put into words about these characters, Eileen. That they aren’t afraid to be who they are at their age—exactly the trait I hope to carry on!!!
      Thanks so much for your thoughts and fabulous words!!

  • Lesley Watson

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s!!! I always wanted to be Holly. Of course her style dovetails with my hat addiction. As a matter of fact I have my Holly Hat hanging in my guest/dressing room.

    • You’ll have to pull it out….why not have fun dressing the part?
      Thanks Lesley!!

  • Mireille

    I love it!

    • Thanks Mireille!!
      It’s certainly a fun way to put together an outfit for the day….

  • Coco Cami

    I love these stylish looks, you all look amazing! 🙂 Great post, thanks for sharing!

    Camille xo

  • Oh my goodness gracious, I need your mom’s cape! Haha. So pretty! And I immediately thought Breakfast at Tiffany’s when I saw Nancy’s outfit, before I read her caption. And you totally look like a movie star, Jodie! Loved this!!

    • Thanks so much Lindsey!!
      This was quite a fun challenge….even though it really made us think!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    These were perfect! i love Helen Mirren and the movies Red and Red 2…what a hoot! I love that you chose to be inspired by her person, rather than an exact outfit. Nancy’s classic style so epitomizes Audrey’s iconic look and I had to laugh at your Mom’s rational for whom she chose, but I absolutely love what she did for her outfit. You gals are amazing. Thanks for making my day! – Amy

    • We are nuts, aren’t we, Amy?? But I always love to hear the why we put together what we did as much as see the result!!

  • Fabulous! I love Judi Dench! And I of course loved heh in that movie! But all three of you did a perfect job!

  • Brigid Gallagher

    What a brilliant idea for a post. You all look amazing. I love your Aunt Nancy earrings – right up my street!

    • Thanks Brigid!!!
      I love that these earrings remind me of my aunt—it’s like a hug from her!!

  • Such great spin offs! You all look fabulous! I haven’t seen the Orient Express either, but I love the outfit xx

    • Thanks Laurie!! It’s fun to put a different spin on how we choose our outfits!!

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    Ahhhh, you guys are so sassy!! <3 –

  • Judy Gramith

    How fun is this theme? It’s so cool to see your diverse styles in the group shots. I think this reveals something about your personalities and it’s always good to know more about each of you!
    Your outfit represents a look I love and wear often. Those thrifted Cabi camo jeans fit you perfectly Jodi. They also have some atypical colors in them and I remember loving them when you wore them in Seattle.
    Nancy’s dress is gorgeous and looks really great on her. The way the bodice is more ornately embellished is really pretty. The scalloped bottom is also really special.
    Charlotte in her caped silhouette is classically elegant! I bought a fabulous Scottish wool cape in a beautiful muted plaid about 7 years ago. It cost more to have it dry cleaned than its price at Goodwill. It’s a treasure that I haven’t worn yet. I’m inspired to change that when I see Charlotte here!!

    • Thanks for digging deep into our outfits, Jude!
      But you should absolutely wear that cape—-it’ll look amazing on you! And my mom is always says that most items don’t really need to be dry cleaned. They just put that on the labels to CTA (cover their a..) In fact, I hand wash all of my wool sweaters!!!

  • All the outfits are incredible. ans so movies inspired.
    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  • What a fun post theme and all of you nailed the looks! Helen inspired a fabulous outfit for you Jodie!

    pumps and push-ups

    • Thanks Brooke…this was fun once I got past the “what am I going to do” phase…LOL!!

  • I think all of you nailed this. Jodie, I can see Helen Mirren in you. What a fabulous idea!

  • I love taking inspiration from movies – I think it must be such a great job to get to style the characters, as the clothes can make such a huge impact. Love the moto jacket you chose, and while I’ve still got a bit of an aversion to cammo, I can see where it has potential to be a versitle print.
    Chic on the Cheap

    • I totally felt that way about camo a couple of years ago, Lydia. Heck, my ex was a hunter, so there was no way in this world, I would’ve been caught in this print. But I like to say that I’ve evolved…ha ha!! At least I’m a little more open to those different styles & trends!!

  • Carly

    Such a creative post! I love how your posts have been a bit outside of the box lately (in a good way). I think my favorite is the 40s outfit with the short gloves.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • It has been fun to try these different ideas!! I think that’s the best part about taking suggestions from others–maybe not ideas I would have thought of or embraced, but perfect after we do it!!
      Thanks Carly!!

  • You all look amazing, but I am loving those camo pants!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Thanks so much Lorna!! Aren’t they the best jeans??

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Eek, I absolutely love this…the theme, the outfits, the ladies in them and the actresses referenced! You three are so fun and so hip!

  • Mummabstylish Mummabstylish

    I’m remembering trying to text when I’ve got gloves on! Having to take one glove off to complete the task! You all look lovely Jodie, love the black Audrey H dress. xx Jacqui

    • It’s a pain to take off a glove, isn’t it, Jacqui??
      Thanks for the love!!

  • I love each one of your looks! We all need outfit inspiration from time to time and it is fun to look to other super stylish ladies. I like seeing how you made these your own.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thanks Amy!! It was certainly fun to figure out who we would be inspired by…

  • Laura

    This is such a fun idea for a post! I love all of your outfits and how well you drew your inspiration from the actress!

    • Thanks Laura!!
      It was fun especially going to the movie theater to take photos!!

  • Kaye Swain

    Lovely styles based on 3 lovely women. Thank you for a delightful visit via Grandma’s Briefs

    • Thanks for stopping by Kaye!! I hope I’ll see you again soon!

  • I totally see the reference of Breakfast at Tiffanys in Nancy’s outfit. To be honest, I haven’t seen either of the other movies. This is a really fun styling challenge. Hmm, who can I channel?

    • Okay…so you gotta put RED on your list of to see movies and you’ll see why I fell in love with Helen Mirren!!
      But I have to know who you’d channel—let me know when you think of someone!!!

  • Candy Kage

    Just because I’m in my late 50’s doesn’t mean I don’t want stylish clothes. All these are great looking. Found you on Grandma’s Briefs Link Party.

    • Exactly my point, Candy!! I’m so glad you agree!!

  • Jodie, you look so sassy! I love all of these outfits! breakfast at Tiffany’s is a favorite of mine too 🙂


    • Isn’t this fun?? I always love some of the movie star’s styles!!

  • Cindy

    It’s funny…I’ve watched a couple of movies several times just to see the fashion that I love in it! This was a fun post. I love your outfit Jodi!

    • You’re a smart cookie for thinking that way, Cindy!!
      But now the question is who would you choose?

  • Love this! You all look so fab!

    Have a lovely start to your week

    Gemma x

  • I love Nancy look. BF at Tiffany’s is my fav. <3

  • What a fun idea for a post! So now I have to channel SJP from Sex and the City. Lol! I love your pants Jodie and Nancy and your mom look so elegant too.

    • You absolutely need to channel Sarah for a post, Kathrine!! I can’t wait to see it!!

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Wow – I absolutely love this post. You three ladies have recreated movie star looks so wonderfully. I love what you said that being inspired by actresses doesn’t mean copying them completely. Your look, Jodie, is so fun and creative (I love those glasses and vintage earrings). Nancy’s look is so Audrey Hepburn sophisticated and Charlotte’s look so elegant and stately. Well done!

    • This was definitely a fun challenge…it made all of us really work hard and think outside what we normally style!!
      Now who would you pick, Rebecca???

  • I enjoyed the movie Red too. So nice to see an older woman doing what the boys do. I love your boots and actually love the shape of the heel! What a nice detail. Like Nancy, I’m styling a LBD on the blog today! Funny how this time of year is bringing out the LBD. Love the polka dot dress you scouted for us and the star sweater from Loft. Great finds!

  • Karen

    How fun to use this for a topic! I can see what all of you have done using the different actresses. I have seen Murder on the Orient Express (great movie!) and your mom interpreted the character to perfection I think! If it was me copying a film star, which I’ve never thought to do, it would have to be Katherine Hepburn. I love how she classically styled pants and the simplicity of her looks. She could really wear a suit also!

    • That’s a great person to be inspired by, Karen!! In fact, I was surprised that my mom didn’t go with her too, because Katherine was always on the feminist movement in regards to her style (at least that’s how I perceived her)
      Now I need to see this Murder on the Orient Express movie!

  • Courtney Hardy

    I love all the looks! They all look so glam!

  • What fun inspiration for a shoot! I love all three of your outfits, but Nancy’s glam look is really speaking to me! Helen Mirren is such an inspiration!

    • Isn’t this a fun topic?? I would never have thought of it on my own though—you’ll see the continuation tomorrow!!
      Now who would you pick, Roxanne??

  • What an interesting post! I would have loved to have seen a side by side photo of your inspiration actress, though. Maybe next time? I’m a huge fan of Helen and Audrey’s style too!!

    • That’s a great idea Darlene!! Maybe I’ll do that for tomorrow!!

  • I am such a fan of all these movie stars. Helen Mirren is my idol! I love her movies! You all look fabulous and just like the movie stars who inspired you!

    • I can see why you love Helen too—isn’t she just fab???
      Thanks Cheryl!!

  • Margot R

    So fun to get inspired by a movie star !
    My favorite is the Audrey Hepburn one ! Breakfast at Tifanny’s is one of my favorite movie.

    • It is fun to think outside the box like this Margot!!

  • Jessica Broyles

    How fun! What a great post idea!

  • Wow. Love all the actresses you picked. I personally would wear anoutfit like the one you have on because that’s closer to my stle in the first place.

    • And you would rock this Helen Mirren look Jennifer!! Leather and camo all the way, right??

  • Stevie Turner

    Nancy’s dress is lovely!

    • Thanks Stevie!!
      The LBD does everything, right?

      • Stevie Turner


  • What a fun post! You all chose wonderful actresses for inspiration.


    • Thanks Suzanne!! It was fun to think this way….
      Who’d be your actresses of choice??

      • No one dresses weird enough for me. Ha ha! I don’t know any actresses that dress in vintage either. That would probably be who I’d pick if I knew of any.

  • Pauline Starsmore

    Two great English actresses, with great style. Also Audrey Hepburn’s style is classic.

    • Ahhhh….I didn’t even put together about their nationality!! Great point Pauline!!

  • Loved that you picked Helen Mirren. I agree that she has an edgy vibe…I’ve even seen photos of her rocking a red bikini in her 60’s…go, Helen! Your interpretation was perfect!

    Same to Nancy and Charlotte… I guessed Nancy’s inspo from the photo…and while I haven’t seen the new MotOE, we just watched an earlier version and your mom really captured the essence of the elegant princess (actually, she upped it).

    • I’m impressed that you guess Nancys…then again I’m never good at that game! Maybe because I’m not the hugest movie goer??
      Thanks Em!
      PS…my mom always has to up the game…ha ha!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Oh you all are so wonderful ❤️ Great styles I love it all. I would like to give you an Oscar.XO Tina

    • Now that made me giggle Tina!!! Thanks for the award!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Love capes and I have two black ones. It’s a shame your mother and I aren’t neighbors, we could share.

    • You are so right Bernadette—that would be the best idea!!
      I never thought capes were very functional, but now I’m thinking differently. I think it helps seeing how other’s style them!!

  • Kellyann

    Oh that quote of the day is perfection and so inspiring! Loving what you said about being inspired by a movie star and not copying exactly what they wore – you’re right, being inspired by their amazingness helps us be our true selves. Your camo outfit is so cool and that jacket has me swooning!

    • I think I’ve gotten better at the whole “inspiration” thing Kellyann. At least with outfits. I used to feel like I had to “copy” them, but now I can get an idea from it and go with it!!
      We evolve all the time, right? And that quote is a huge reminder to me….

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Darlings….you look FABulous!! But where is your red carpet?? Love the beeded clutch and Audrey Hepburn perfected the A-line classic black dress. Love your mom’s look with the long black gloves. Lovely as always….
    Bev xx

    • That’s exactly what we needed, Bev—a red carpet!!! Wouldn’t that have been a kick>>
      Thanks Bev!!!

  • Marisa Cavaleiro

    Yes. Charlotte looks like Agatha Christie ahahahh i readed the book twice and saw the movie, thats the spirit of the movie…
    You three look like a real movie star…
    Have a nice week.

    • Thanks Marisa!! My mom sure knows how to do it right!!