“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”

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I think it’s safe to say that Miracle on 34th Street is the quintessential holiday movie. The original film is from 1947, but the enchanting story has been re-made twice into made for television movies (in 1959 and again in 1973) and once into a contemporary feature length film (in 1994). The story of Miracle on 34th Street was even made into a 1963 Broadway musical, entitled Here’s Love. In total, there are four 34th Street remakes, with a 47-year difference between the first and last editions! How does a narrative withstand that kind of longevity? I think it’s because of the original’s captivating characters, beautiful cinematography, and of course, the character of Doris Walker.

The vintage classic stunningly portrays the story of Doris Walker, her nine-year old-daughter, and their connection to Kris Kringle, a lovable old man who may or may not be the legendary Santa Claus. Doris is a high executive at the flagship Macy’s in NYC by day and a loving single mother by night. Besides  being a successful businesswoman, Doris is also a polished fashionista. She’s unafraid to accessorize with just the right amount of frill – a long silk scarf here, an embellished, large brim hat there, and always a touch of sophistication and grace. Her tailored wool overcoat, refined long sleeved frocks, and lovable bouncing curls render Doris Walker as a cinematic style icon.

Doris’ impeccable style immediately reminded me of the Miss Darling Dress. Match that with the Louise Hat, the Little Black Tights, the Cat Got Your Tongue Boots in Felix, and the Party Snacks Necklace in Pretezel. Throw on BB Dakota’s Queen of All Wild Things Coat over top, and you’ve created a vintage-inspired outfit of flawless fashion that proves sometimes dreams do come true, as long as those dreams are style-based!

4 Responses to “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”

  1. Heather 12/09/2009 at 12:57 pm #

    This is one of my favorite Christmas movies! I watch it about a million times when I was a youngster. The 1998 version does not do it justice!

  2. Katie 12/09/2009 at 1:29 pm #

    This was always one of my favorite movies 🙂

    I’d also like to suggest Sue Ellen from ‘Don’t tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead’ for a style inspiration. She was a fantastic, fabulous working woman!

  3. Victoria 12/09/2009 at 4:51 pm #

    The originals always make me swoon, plus that is what I was brought up on – classic films!! I rewatched the original Christmas in Connecticut the other day and it was oh so wonderful.

  4. Emma 12/09/2009 at 7:58 pm #

    Love, love, love this movie! The original was the best, of course.

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