Dress Like You’re in Your Favorite Hallmark Holiday Movie

Mingle All the Way | Hallmark Holiday Channel

Photo Credit: Hallmark Holiday Channel

It’s officially December, which means that the final countdown to Christmas starts now! Every year, my holiday tradition involves grabbing my favorite blanket and leaving the hot chocolate to simmer on the stove while I prepare to watch Hallmark holiday movie number five, six, seven.

It doesn’t matter that I’ve probably seen this exact plot play out with the same type of characters (but different actors), in another small town. I’m 100% invested and ready to be hit with holiday spirit.

The best part about watching Hallmark holiday movies is always the female lead’s gorgeous, Instagram worthy closet. From the sleek workwear to the laid back, trendy sweaters, every outfit looks so easy to copy.

Hallmark’s new holiday movie “Mingle All the Way” may not follow their prize plot formula, but it also doesn’t skimp out on the wardrobe. Jen Lilley, whose instagram is filled with the perfect balance of stunning magazine shoots and sweet snapshots of her family life, brings life to the boring, monotone work look we’re so used to seeing.

But don’t just stop at binge-watching Hallmark’s TV schedule. Here’s how you can bring holiday cheer from your favorite movies to your closet.

1. The “Workaholic Who Has No Time for Christmas” Business Casual Look

Welcome to Christmas | Hallmark Holiday Channel
Welcome to Christmas | Hallmark Holiday Channel

The movie opens with the lead in an intense meeting with her boss, on the verge of a promotion or being fired. If it’s the former, she is sent to a new town on assignment or gets a phone call about a family emergency that forces her to take some time off and visit. If it’s the latter, she has no choice but to move back home for the holidays until she figures out her life.

Houndstooth Open Front Pantsuit, $69.99
Houndstooth Open Front Pantsuit, $69.99

2. The Not-so-Winter-Ready “I’ve Been Dropped Off in a New Town and I’m Out of My Element” Outfit

Every Christmas Has a Story | Hallmark Holiday Channel
Every Christmas Has a Story | Hallmark Holiday Channel

You know the one. After spending hours traveling to a faraway town in the middle of nowhere, the lead usually steps out of the car in gorgeous designer clothes and ridiculously high heels or is under dressed for the cold weather. The contrast between her sleek outfit and that of the holiday obsessed, outgoing residents is hard to miss.

Solid Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, $16.97
Solid Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, $16.97
Faux Shearling & Faux Suede Vest, $19.97
Faux Shearling & Faux Suede Vest, $19.97

3. The Bright, Eye-Catching “Chance Meeting with an Old Flame or New Love Interest” Statement Piece

Mingle All the Way | Hallmark Holiday Channel
Mingle All the Way | Hallmark Holiday Channel

This is always the best part. Sparks fly when the big time lawyer or developer crosses paths with the local chef, or owner of the only bed and breakfast in town. Mingle All the Way takes a more unconventional but still fun approach to this trope.  If you’re looking to make your own connections and first impression, you need to dress the part. This statement piece can come in the form of a dress, coat or even your handbag.

Mingle All the Way | Hallmark Holiday Channel
Mingle All the Way | Hallmark Holiday Channel
Double-Breasted Skirted Peacoat, $115.49
Double-Breasted Skirted Peacoat, $115.49

4. The “Family Business is Failing So I Need to Come Up With a Plan, STAT” Comfy-Casual Look

Christmas Land | Hallmark Holiday Channel
Christmas Land | Hallmark Holiday Channel

This is where the lead makes the slow transition from cold office worker, outsider to empathetic daughter, niece, neighbor. Instead of stiff pantsuits and stilettos, you’ll start to see a change in her closet under the influence of the town and the resident hottie.

Flecked Cowl Neck Sweater, $29.99
Flecked Cowl Neck Sweater, $29.99
Brushed Chunky Check Scarf, $11.20
Brushed Chunky Check Scarf, $11.20
Mid-Rise Raw-Edge Rockstar Ankle Jeans for Women, $35
Mid-Rise Raw-Edge Rockstar Ankle Jeans for Women, $35
Cable Knit Beanie, $4.80
Cable Knit Beanie, $4.80

5. The “Cinderella Moment” Dress

A Majestic Christmas | Hallmark Holiday Channel
A Majestic Christmas | Hallmark Holiday Channel

This moment doesn’t need any explanation.

Mythical Kind of Love Dark Green Maxi Dress, $66
Mythical Kind of Love Dark Green Maxi Dress, $66

6. The “I Finally Understand the True Meaning of Christmas (And Love) and Am Here for It” Sweater

Switched for Christmas | Hallmark Channel
Switched for Christmas | Hallmark Channel

Is it really a Hallmark holiday movie if someone (usually Candace Cameron Bure) isn’t rocking a cheery Christmas sweater underneath the mistletoe? This final addition to your closet will prepare you for a cozy, warm evening with your loved ones while your hot chocolate is cooling off and the movie cue is ready to go.

Bah Humpug Christmas Sweater, $18.19
Bah Humpug Christmas Sweater, $18.19

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Cassandra is a beauty and lifestyle writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. Follow her on Instagram at @_cassandrarose.

16 thoughts on “Dress Like You’re in Your Favorite Hallmark Holiday Movie

  1. I love that chunky scarf! The colors are so nice and it is definitely going to keep me warm! I don’t usually wear dresses but that green one looks so beautiful I might actually buy it!

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  2. This year I am all about the baggy Christmas jumpers and leggings due to being 38 weeks pregnant right now! But I am loving some of your style picks. I’ve never seen a Hallmark move, we usually just have Polar Express on the TV on repeat!

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  3. Beautiful and gorgeous outfits, I am a lover of red during festive season, but that green maxi dress also caught my eye. All the outfits are outstanding

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  4. Christmas will not force me to buy new clothes…maybe a fax fur jacket I’ve been eyeing and another pair of boots for my closet, but I prefer to layer and structure existing clothes. Add patterned tights to a dress or skirt, colourful shawl, gloves and muffler and you’re done.

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