Style advice from the movies

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Fashions fade, style is eternal - but neither is acquired on a whim. Whether it's make-up tips you're after or some words of wisdom on the importance of colour, the world of movies is positively brimming with sartorial advice. While not all of it is practical (you can never wear enough blue eye shadow, according to My Girl) or rational (the only people who wear black are Manhattan career bitches, so says The Stepford Wives), these film-based style sayings are relentlessly entertaining. Check out our choice fashion words of wisdom from movies - the mad, the bad and the brilliant - below, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments section.

  • Bride Wars (2009)

    "You do not alter a Vera to fit you, you alter yourself to fit Vera."

  • My Girl (1991)

    "The first rule of eye make-up is that you can never wear enough blue eye shadow."

  • Never Been Kissed (1999)

    "I don't think you're supposed to wear white jeans after 1983."

  • Bridesmaids (2011)

    "It is not good to have a big meal before a fitting."

  • Legally Blonde (2001)

    "Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed."

  • Sex and the City (2008)

    "Forty is the last age a woman can be photographed in a wedding dress without the unintended Diane Arbus subtext."

  • In Her Shoes (2005)

    "If you're not going to wear them, don't buy them. Leave them for someone who will get something out of them."

  • Steel Magnolias (1989)

    "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorise."

  • The Stepford Wives (2004)

    "Only high-powered, neurotic, castrating, Manhattan career bitches wear black."

  • The September Issue (2009)

    "Just because you like to put on a beautiful Carolina Herrera dress or a pair of J Brand blue jeans instead of something basic from K-Mart it doesn't mean that you're a dumb person."

  • The Apartment (1960)

    "When you're in love with a married man, you shouldn't wear mascara."

  • Priceless (2006)

    "Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm."

  • Rear Window (1954)

    "A woman never goes anywhere but the hospital without packing makeup, clothes, and jewellery."

  • Clueless (1995)

    "Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good."

  • Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

    "An evening dress that reveals a woman's ankles while walking is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen."

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

    "You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you."

  • Coco Before Chanel (2009)

    "A woman who cuts her hair, is about to change her life."

  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

    "A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed."

  • Hairspray (2007)

    "Napaway. For stubborn hair. Every kink, will be gone in a blink."

  • Singin' in the Rain (1952)

    "You’ll knock’em dead at dinner if your gown just drips with fringe."

  • Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)

    "Pissing everywhere isn't very Chanel"

  • Walk the Line (2005)

    "You can't wear black. It looks like you're going to a funeral."

  • 27 Dresses (2008)

    "The only reason to wear this monstrous dress is that so some drunken groomsman can rip it to shreds with his teeth."

  • Miss Congeniality (2000)

    "Smilers wear a crown, losers wear a frown."

  • Head Over Heels (2001)

    "How much room do you need to sleep? But shoes, they need their space."