With these modern twists, even Buddy the Elf is a style icon.

By Samantha Sutton
Nov 25, 2020 @ 11:57 am
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We've definitely popped some popcorn, plopped down on the couch, and turned on a holiday movie in hopes of feeling seasonal joy. But using those classics as outfit inspiration? Hmm, that hadn't really occurred to us — until this year. With our celebrations looking slightly different and smaller than the ones we're used to, we've vowed to still go all out when it comes to fashion. So, taking a few tips and tricks from our favorite characters — or outright copying their full look — seems to fall in line with our new, playful attitude.

Plus, it's not as if what Cameron Diaz wears in The Holiday is too far from our norm, and we've already lusted over Sandra Bullock's sweaters from While You Were Sleeping. Even if these films are now decades old, the clothes are surprisingly still on-trend and shoppable in 2020.

Take a look at the holiday movie outfits we're recreating, ASAP, even if we just wear them from the comfort of our home (and post on Instagram).

The Holiday

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No matter what you've got going on at the end of the year, chances are you'll still need a warm coat — and the one that Amanda Woods (Diaz) wears in this rom-com is pretty darn dreamy. We love how she added color to this neutral look with the help of a statement scarf, and added a cute winter hat to pull it all together.

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The 2020 version of the memorable layer is now a puffer coat from LOFT, which we paired with a white Lou & Grey waffle stitch hat and an ombre Tanya Taylor scarf. And, even though we were focusing on outerwear here, we couldn't resist showing off this sweet Aerie dog sweater, light-wash Mavi jeans, and brown, lace-up Dr. Martens boots — all of which will no doubt get multiple wears this season and beyond.

While You Were Sleeping

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Did you know this movie technically came out in April of 1995? Regardless, we still think of it as a holiday must-watch (because it does take place around Christmastime). Every year, we consistently 'ooh' and 'ahh' over Lucy's (Sandra Bullock) comfy outfits. From the sweaters to the sweats, this girl really knew how to lounge in style, and these pieces are pretty perfect for a time when we all should be staying home.

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Sure, nothing will compare to Lucy's iconic gray sweater (which literally looks like a cute, material hug), but Naked Cashmere makes a turtleneck that's eerily close. While she initially puts up her tree in jeans (Lucy, wyd?!), she takes down her decorations while wearing sweats — which likely weren't even as soft as these Donni flares. Pink Brother Vellies Cloud Socks complete the look, and will surely keep our feet from freezing as we kick back and relax.

The Santa Clause

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After a night at the North Pole, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) wakes up wearing a matching red set, because, you know, he's now the new Santa Claus. Festive pajamas are pretty much a wardrobe essential during the month of December, and a silky option is both super luxe and perfect for that early-morning or late-night photo with your presents.

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Of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas or enjoys the color red, so, we opted for a similar, fuchsia Morgan Lane top and bottom instead. Should you be wearing your PJs for some sort of virtual celebration, you can also spice up your look with a fun pair of BaubleBar earrings, which feature a multi-colored strand of holiday lights.

Elf

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Listen, Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) might have stood out in his green coat and yellow tights, but he was honestly on the right track. Personally, we'd ditch the hat and the pointed-toe shoes, but that bright color combination is what our street style dreams are made of, and, clearly, it makes a statement. In reality, this pairing is a fun one to experiment with as the year comes to a close.

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Sticking to the scheme, we replaced Buddy's green jacket with an ASOS zip-front sweater, layered it over a Summersalt mock-neck bodysuit, then traded his tights for yellow Lee jeans. As for footwear, we opted to go practical, adding (the surprisingly versatile!) Cougar snow boots to the look and topped things off with some sweet drop earrings.

Photographs by Kat Slootsky, assisted by Ricky Jackson. Model: Lee Armoogam for Casting by Margeaux. Styling by Samantha Sutton. Hair and Makeup by Yui Ishibashi. Beauty direction by Kayla Greaves. Production by Kelly Chiello.