In addition to blogging, my other hobby is watching movies. Not those crappy movies adapted from ridiculous Nicholas Sparks “novels”, though. Good movies with fully fleshed out characters and beautiful cinematography. The leading lady can make or break a movie (we have all seen the disaster that is Twilight, so the importance of a competent leading lady cannot be disputed.)
Me and my friend Victoria (remember her from this post?) spent some time determining who the most fashionable leading ladies of all time were. This was a incredibly hard list to generate, but I think we came up with some good picks.
#10 Rose Byrne “Helen Harris” in Bridesmaids:
Quite possible the most passive aggressively horrible person in the movie, you can’t deny that she is definitely the best dressed. From that stunning blowout to her expertly tailored country club garb, Miss Harris is never caught looking “undone”.
#9 Anne Hathaway “Andy Sachs” in The Devil Wears Prada:
This one is pretty obvious. You can’t work at Vogue AND have a last name like “Sachs” and not be impeccably dressed. Granted, homegirl got off to a rocky start — but I hear that fashion closet over at Conde Nast can turn anyone into a couture queen.
#8 Vivien Leigh “Scarlett O’Hara” in Gone with the Wind:
Scarlett O’Hara taught me that it was okay to be self centered and horrible as long as I look bangin’ in a hoop skirt and could adequately sew an entire gown with nothing but curtains, air, and a tiny bit of hope. Fiddle dee dee, y’all!
#7 Julia Roberts “Vivian Ward” in Pretty Woman:
Perhaps the best dressed and most distinguishably named prostitute in history, Vivian Ward made women and girls across the country unanimously hate pretentious women who work in shops. Prostitutes need clothes too, people — or maybe they don’t. I don’t know. Luckily, our favorite prostie got those shop workers good when she went back to store dressed to the nines and was moderately rude to them. Boo ya!
#6 Kirsten Dunst “Marie Antoinette” in Marie Antoinette:
Ah, to be a young princess straight chillen with friends all day and looking fabulous in the Palace of Versailles. Terrible how she got beheaded — but all good things must come to an end *sigh*.
#5 Gwyneth Paltrow “Margot Tenenbaum” in The Royal Tenenbaums:
I am going to be honest, I don’t remember specifics from The Royal Tenenbaums but I do remember Gwen. The eye liner, the bob, that fur coat she always wore. So much win.
#4 Tippi Hedren “Melanie Daniels” in The Birds:
So blonde. So Hitchcock. Melanie’s perfect suits and sky-high bouffant almost distracted me from a lifetime of fearing mass bird revolts.
#3 Alicia Silverstone ‘Cher Horowitz” in Clueless:
I am a 90’s kid. Cher essentially shaped my entire life. I vividly remember absentmindedly wiping drool off my chin as I watched Cher use a computer (that was in her room!) to pick from the endless supply of clothes in her closet and find the perfect outfit. The computer program could tell the difference between clothes that matched and clothes that didn’t. Cher was not only a fashion guru she was a technically savvy fashion guru *swoon*.
#2 Marilyn Monroe “Sugar Kane Kowalczyk” in Some Like It Hot:
If you can watch this movie and resist the uncontrollable urge to want to magically become Miss Sugar Kane Kawalcyk, I am going to assume you have no soul.
#1 Audrey Hepburn “Holly Golightly” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
Holly’s black outfit is iconic. You have probably dressed up at Miss Golightly for Halloween or used her image on a sorority recruitment shirt (or maybe that last one was just me). Either way, every girl wants to live an uber chic Breakfast at Tiffany’s life. But we are content living vicariously through Holly Golightly.
Honorable Mentions: Kirsten Dunst in the Virgin Suicides; Molly Ringwald in the Breakfast Club; Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, Julie Andrews in Mary Poppin; Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief; Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
What do you think of my list? Who do you think are the most fashionable leading ladies?