Fashion in Film: Miracle on 34th Street

There are very few things that I love more than New York City, but one of them is New York when it’s decked out for the holidays. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple in December, Miracle on 34th Street is a pretty great way to see the sights while taking in some classic 1940’s fashion.

“Is there — or is there not a Santa Claus?” This question is at the center of the 1947 black and white film starring Maureen O’Hara and John Payne. Kris Kringle plays the part of the Macy’s Santa so well that the debate is taken all the way to the New York Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the refined O’Hara, and her practically-minded daughter in the film, Susan, played by a young Natalie Wood, provide fashion inspiration that any retro lover can’t help but love.

Filled with dainty details at every turn — pearls, overcoats, Peter Pan collars, tie neck blouses, and more hats than you can keep track of — Miracle on 34th Street won’t just get you in the holiday spirit, it’ll urge you to scratch that thrifting itch.

What’s your favorite holiday film? (There are so many!)

Suggested Posts

Galentine’s Day Style + DIY Self-Love Kit
February 05, 2019
This Face Mask Is Like a Bouquet for Your Skin
January 17, 2019
Workplace Besties: A #TeamModCloth Trio Shares the Love
January 10, 2019
How to Style a Party Dress Three Ways
December 20, 2018
The New Black: Styling All-Grey 3 Ways
December 13, 2018
Travel Bug: Saumya Takes Us on a Tour of DC
December 06, 2018
Party Recap: Hello Kitty’s Birthday in LA
November 12, 2018
A Pampering Present: DIY Concentrated Bubble Bath
November 05, 2018
Easy Makeup for Going Out: Featuring Anna Sui Beauty
October 22, 2018
Haunt Now, Haute Later: Three Scary-Stylish Outfits
October 11, 2018


  1. Eliza 12/16/2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Maureen O’Hara is so beautiful! And her dress in the last pic, with the padded shoulders and pearls? My eyes are giggling!

    Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus!

  2. Monica 12/16/2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I know it isn’t really noted as a holiday movie (although it begins/ends in the Winter and there is a Christmas Party), but I do love Edward Scissorhands and the awesome vibrant colors and 80’s style costumes.

  3. Kitty 12/16/2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I love Holiday Inn, White Christmas, Elf, and A Christmas Story. But my favourite probably has to be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

  4. Annie_VintageDiggs 12/16/2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Oh I love this movie!!!! One of the all time greats! This makes me miss NYC… but not the crazy cold weather.


    I’m hosting a vintage dress GIVEAWAY on my blog, stop by!

  5. Liz 12/17/2011 at 9:07 am #

    I love this story. Maureen O’Hara was one of the most beautiful ladies of her heyday! My favorite holiday film is It’s a Wonderful Life, another vintage classic!

  6. Mickey 12/17/2011 at 9:22 am #

    “White Christmas” is my all-time favorite, and if you want to talk about beautiful vintage fashion, then I can’t think of a better movie! Need an example? Look at the “Sisters” number; Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney wear the most stunning blue lace dresses. That’s not all, though, but you’ll just have to watch it for yourself to see what I mean!

    • Samantha 12/17/2011 at 10:12 am #

      I also love White Christmas. My family watched it every year as I grew up. Everything Rosemary Clooney wears is beautiful and chic, and Vera Ellen’s style is definitely her own. I would love to see this one featured in a blog post.

  7. Tyler-Marie Evans 12/19/2011 at 7:37 am #

    My favorite Christmas movies are Its a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th street, & Elf!
    They are the best!
    By the way, who doesn’t love Zooey Deschanel’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in Elf?

  8. Jess 12/19/2011 at 5:59 pm #

    This is my favorite movie of all time!

Leave a Reply