Welcome to Dressed for My Day! Yes, I’ve been watching Hallmark Christmas movies already this year. What about you? Indeed, you can find new holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel as well as Hallmark Movies & Mysteries every Saturday and Sunday from now (starting in October) through just before Christmas. And since I know many of my readers enjoy these little holiday indulgences as much as I do, I thought today we’d look at how to dress like a Hallmark Christmas movie main character.
Cheesy? Yeah. But let’s go with it!
Admittedly, while Hallmark movies are still pretty predictable, they have gotten better about including more diversity in their casts. And I’ve also noticed that the costuming of their main characters has taken on more variety in style as well. So the main characters in the newer movies don’t feature the cookie cutter styles of the past.
Still, I think we’d all agree that somehow the main characters in these annual holiday movies do seem to share a few characteristics. Namely, they’re all beautiful and winsome. Somehow the stylists in these movies manage to draw more attention to the leading lady than the other equally beautiful supporting characters. Because, let’s face it, everyone in the “Hallmark world” is attractive, well groomed and beautifully coiffed. So how is it that our eyes stay on the leading ladies?
The first thing I noticed as I began to dissect the appearance of the Hallmark leading ladies is that they frequently wear red. Not all the time, mind you. But more often than not, you’ll find the leading lady in a red coat, dress or sweater. Of course you might also notice that whatever color the leading lady is wearing, no one else is usually wearing that same color in that scene. Red demands our focus.
I love wearing red. Not only is it an attention getter, but it looks beautiful with most skin tones and hair colors. Yes, if you choose a red with the correct undertones, you absolutely can wear red.
I most frequently see Hallmark leading ladies wearing red sweaters, red dresses and red coats.
I’m providing links to some of the pretties red sweaters, coats and dresses I found available right now. You can wear red during Christmas, but then it’s still so stunningly appropriate after the season is over, too.
Wear a Silk Blouse
I do see Hallmark movie main characters dressing a little more casual than they once did, which is great. That’s where we all live, right? But I’ve noticed that they often pair a pretty silk blouse with jeans. I personally love the juxtaposition of jeans and a silk blouse. Casual but feminine and a little elegant.
I’ve collected a few of my favorite silk blouses that are currently available in the shopping widget below.
You’ll Never Go Wrong with Jeans & a Sweater
Because these are Christmas movies, we do indeed see the main characters wearing jeans and pullover sweaters frequently. But I’ve noticed that more often than not these are solid colored sweaters. Unless they’re dressing for an ugly Christmas sweater party, they’re usually wearing a solid color.
Obviously a cast wearing solid colors works better on camera. But it also works best in real life, too. If you’re taking family or group photos this holiday season, consider wearing a solid color. And if you have any control over it, you might encourage others to do the same.
When you wear solids, your photos will look less busy and it’s easier to focus on faces. Also your clothes will look less dated as the years pass.
The main exception I see to the “solid color sweater rule” is the Fair Isle sweater. I frequently see Hallmark Christmas movie main characters wear this pretty, unique sweater style. I bought a Fair Isle sweater from Talbots last year and still have it. In fact, they have one very similar to it this year. Maybe it’s even the same!
Wear a Pretty Wool Coat
Have you also noticed that the main characters in the Hallmark Christmas movies frequently wear beautiful wool coats? And sometimes, even if they’ve travelled somewhere, they appear to have several of them. Ha! Well, it’s a Hallmark world after all, not reality.
Frequently I see them wear wrap coats. Somehow these do indeed look a little more feminine and elevated than a button up version.
But you will look a little more elegant in a pretty wool coat. I’ve found a few here for you to check out if you’re looking.
And Don’t Forget the Scarf!
Scarves everywhere on Hallmark Christmas movies! The main characters almost always have one on with their coat, of course. But you’ll also see them wear them with just a sweater or dress. They’re usually thick, chunky scarves, the variety that truly keep you warm.
Adding a scarf to your coat or your outfits is such a great way to add texture, interest and a pop of color. But how often do I remember to add one? Not often enough!
Carry a Structured Handbag
At one time I would have told you that the signature style mark of most every Hallmark Christmas movie leading lady was a structured handbag. But as Hallmark has started branching out a little, I’m seeing a wider variety of handbags on the arms and shoulders of the main characters. Still, I do see these iconic, feminine accessories quite frequently in the movies. And they really elevate their looks.
Here’s a shopping widget with some beautiful structured handbags that could elevate your style in the same way.
Keep Your Makeup Fresh & Minimal
As beautiful as the leading ladies in the Hallmark Christmas movies are, they usually wear very natural looking makeup.
Their brows are shaped and their complexions are rosy and clear. They usually wear pretty lip color and mascara. But their eye makeup is kept to a minimum.
I suggest updating your winter look with a new lipstick and maybe a lighter foundation (since you’re in the sun less). And copying the Hallmark fresh face is always a good idea for us older gals.
Keep Your Jewelry Minimal & Personal
I’ve also noticed that Hallmark leading ladies generally wear minimal jewelry. But they do indeed take the time to put on earrings and usually a dainty necklace.
Of course, we often learn in the storyline that the necklace has some sentimental meaning. Ahh. But I think the more important clue to take visually is to wear something dainty and that looks real and significant to the wear.
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Blessed for My Day
Things seem a little upside down in our world right now, don’t they? It’s easy to start feeling disoriented and out of step. One of the things that makes me feel the most out of sync with the world around me is how differently I seem to see things. My worldview is based on Scripture. But every day I hear and see things from other perspectives that seem to lack a biblical viewpoint.
The good news is that Jesus said it would be this way. In fact, His entrance into this world set this imbalance into motion. He pointed out over and over that there are two ways to see things: in the light or in the dark, through truth or through the lies of the enemy, with wisdom or with foolishness. Want to see things clearly? Follow Jesus. He came to give sight so that we would no longer have to walk in darkness.
And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” ~ John 9:39