Judy Garland sings her heart out on a trolley train and all down the streets of St. Louis in this holiday film that follows the daily life of one family. Taking place at the beginning of the 20th century, the film Meet Me In St. Louis might not seem like the most logical choice for fashion inspiration. But taking subtle cues from the movie and translating those into more modern looks will give some stunning results.
All year the city has been anticipating the arrival of the World's Fair in St. Louis, and ,when it finally comes, Judy Garland gets dressed all in white to take in the sites. This lacy number recalls that delicate frock, but the midi-length keeps it classic rather than costume-y. Don a boater hat as a nod towards the fashion choices of Garland's beaus, and the necklace is a subtle echo of the many tassels that often decorated the women's dresses throughout the film.
Garland is in the throes of love throughout the movie, and we can watch that love bloom in the iconic trolley song number. Garland stands out from the other young ladies onboard because she's in darker colors compared to their pastels. But rather than look dour, the colors bring out the bloom of her skin tone and they can do the same for you, as this look easily translates to a modern-day Young Miss! A plaid skirt can pair with a white top. If ruffles seem too much for you (no matter how lovely they look on Garland), tone it down with a plain white button up. A tuxedo jacket gives a modern twist to the look, making it a bit more edgy. Juxtapose that edginess with retro heels and maybe even a straw fascinator that will make you stand out from the crowd. With this look, how could you fail to make every boy's heart go zing?!