The Christmas Movie Style Guide

Christmas movies are great.  There are so many classics, but I’m sure you’ve too many “Best Christmas Movies” lists to care anymore.

Don’t worry, this is not one of those.

This is a salute to the best dressed men in the Christmas movie genre.  From Jimmy Stewart to Bill Murray, there are some major stars who showed off their sartorial side in some of the most merry of movies.

So, without further ado,  The list.

It’s A Wonderful Life

The first great Christmas movie also happens to star, Jimmy Stewart, one of the first great Hollywood style icons.  Stewart, like his It’s a Wonderful Life character George Bailey, wasn’t a flashy dresser, his style was understated and subtle.   Jimmy Stewart George Bailey wore suits everywhere (it was the 1940’s after all), tall and slim, his suits complimented his body type.  Like the three piece suit above, with a two button jacket and a conservative dark diagonal striped tie (diagonal strips must have been a George Bailey favorite).  Even when George decided to mix it up with a bow tie, he stayed with the strips (kind of like this one).  Of course, all his suits in this movie take advantage of classic fabrics, because – well – it’s an old movie, but with vintage looks making a resurgence in recent years it may be wise to take some notes.

A Christmas Story

Don’t be mad that a nine-year-old boy from Indiana dresses better than you,  Ralphie had some impeccable style.  He was years ahead of the whole hipster framed glasses thing and the whole Leonardo DiCraprio slicked back side part thing.  Ralphie was a true fashion innovator (although some of his looks have yet to catch on).  Even in the picture above Ralphie sports a skinny plaid cotton tie that would make any J Crew enthusiast proud.


The first two entries on this list are just about the most classic Christmas movies of all time, but Scrooged, Scrooged is the most underrated Christmas movie ever.  If you haven’t seen it, see it, it stars the incomparable Bill Murray as Frank Cross, a ruthless TV executive/ modern day Scrooge.  When we first meet him, he’s dressed in all black, black suit, black shirt, black tie, black pocket square, firing employees and trying to ring as much money out of Christmas as possible.  After being visited by three ghosts (nothing Ghostbusters related, I swear), he learns the real meaning of Christmas and shares his new holiday spirit with all the viewers at home while wearing a dark suit, a chic red tie and a mistletoe Christmas top hat.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Nothing quite captures the slight nuisances of the Christmas season like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  The putting up of the tree, the Christmas lights, the – umm – eccentric family members, it nails it all.  And no one pulls off the classic Dad style more than Clark Giswold.  The Christmas sweaters, the sports caps, the cardigans.  And, of course, the Santa hat and Christmas tie combo (above).

Die Hard

Maybe Die Hard is a reach as a “Christmas movie,” but it does take place during the Nakatomi holiday party and it does end with the song “Let It Snow!”  So, we’re calling it a Christmas movie.  Hans Gruber is one of the best bad guys in any movie and he knows how to dress.  He knows his suits and takes pride in wearing them.  We don’t get to see the full Hans Gruber collection, but the suit above tells us all we really have to know.  His flawlessly tailored black suit and maroon tie show off his professional 1980’s era style.  He’s easily the best dressed character in the film, sorry John, the dirty tank top just doesn’t cut it.