With the season of Black Friday and Christmas shopping fast approaching, it’s time to get in the mood for endless hours of browsing, carrying tonnes of bags around and trying stuff on. So what could be better to start embracing all of that than looking back at some of the most feel-good shopping scenes in movie history? We picked our seven favourite clips that should inspire you to make ticking things off your list a lot easier…
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Window shopping is valid and if anyone does it right it’s Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. The opening sequence of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which sees Holly longingly gaze inside the windows of the jewellery store, will forever be iconic. Wearing a floor-length gown, pearls and evening gloves might be a bit extra for what you’re up to, but it’s always a good idea to start off your shopping adventures by seeing what’s on offer before you make any silly impulse purchases…
2. LOL (2008)
In the French classic (which was later remade in the US starring Miley Cyrus) the group of teens fly over to London for a high school exchange trip. Naturally, they head to all the Vintage stores as soon as they land and the changing room fashion show that ensues is a scene we could watch on repeat forever. It’s also inspired us to invite all our besties for a shopping trip asap so we can sneakily figure out what they’ve got their eye on…
3. Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009)
That the ultimate shopping film is on this list shouldn’t come as a surprise. Confessions Of A Shopaholic highlights the issues that might come with excessive buying if you don’t have the money for it, and shows how important it is to save up, set yourself a budget and plan ahead – especially in the lead up to Black Friday and gifting season. But despite all of those life lessons, the shopping scenes in the film are just a joy to watch.
4. Pretty Woman (1990)
‘Big mistake. Big. Huge!’ Few movie quotes are as well known as the words Julia Roberts uses to tell off a rude sales assistant at a designer boutique in Pretty Woman. The whole scene is a great watch and sees her trying on tonnes of gloriously early ’90s outfits in a makeover-type scenario. The moral of the story? Anyone should be able to be whoever, wear whatever and shop wherever they want without being judged.
5. What Women Want (2000)
The classic dressing room scene in What Women Want makes us so happy. When Mel Gibson takes his daughter on a shopping spree to find her perfect prom look, what follows is a delightful presentation of some super fun outfits. She tries on everything from an embellished leather suit to a satin dress worn with biker boots and some seriously frumpy frocks and Mel’s reactions are just priceless. We’re obsessed.
6. A Very Brady Sequel (1996)
This is just the dose of old-school fun we needed. In A Very Brady Sequel the whole Brady bunch hits the high street in a perfectly choreographed scene that couldn’t be more cheesy – but we can’t help but love it anyways. After all, sometimes all it takes to make a chore more enjoyable is a little song and dance.
7. 13 Going On 30 (2004)
We know Jenna Rink isn’t technically in a store here, but that scene when she’s shopping her own closet (or rather that of her future 30-year-old self) is pure cinema gold. We wouldn’t mind taking a pick from that closet either – just look at all of those noughties mini handbags, the endless shelves stacked with shoes and that striped dress. The backdrop of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ makes it all perfect.
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