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On-Screen Style: The Philadelphia Story

With less than a week until the Oscars, I couldn't help but recall some old-school but seriously amazing fashion in Oscar-nominated flicks of times gone by. The 1940 Oscar-nominated romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story featured such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, and we've loved it ever since. Hepburn plays a Philadelphia socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the arrival of her ex-husband (Grant) and a tabloid reporter (Stewart). The witty banter, slapstick humor, and sweet love story that ensue bring not only timeless laughs but fantastic fashion.

For a style icon known for introducing the world to women's trousers, Katharine Hepburn spends most of her time in The Philadelphia Story wearing strikingly feminine frocks and gowns. We've taken cues from these memorable on-screen ensembles for a few outfit inspirations—one for the office and one for a grand evening out.


An always-flattering belted jacket and ankle booties make this workday outfit fashion-forward and modern.

01. Dorothy Perkins $44 / 02. Express $12.90 / 03. J.Crew $98 / 04. Mango $129 / 05. Steve Madden $75


The embellished maxi gown is gorgeous for any spring formal or soiree. Art-deco earrings and faux-snakeskin, ankle-strapped heels add a fun eclectic touch.

01. Asos $178.78 / 02. Bauble Bar $32/ 03. DSW $69.95