Emily McMaster’s 6 Favorite Movies for Kid Fashion Inspo

Why can’t a toddler dress like Jean Seberg in Breathless?

Mabo Kids designer Emily McMaster studied film, not fashion—and it turns out her cinema-studies degree may have actually proven more useful than a sewing class. “I get a lot of inspiration for my collections from movies. And not just kids’ movies,” she says. Here, her source material, G-rated and otherwise. —raquel laneri

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Miracle on 34th Street
“I can’t say it’s one of my favorite movies. But we watched it this Christmas with our daughters, and I’d take every piece in Natalie Wood’s wardrobe for my daughters’ closets—or mine! Winter bonnets, plaid coats, fur collars, and cozy holiday pajamas and robes.”

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Never Let Me Go
“This is one of my favorite books, by Kazuo Ishiguro. In the film, the haunting juxtaposition of the beautiful bucolic countryside with the dystopian, sci-fi story is so perfectly enhanced by the timelessness of the clothing—earth tones, peter pan collars, nubby sweaters, stocking caps, wellies, and subtle florals—on the kids and then young adults. They’re so classic they don’t feel specific to any particular era.”

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Breathless
“Who isn’t inspired by the ageless and timeless style of the French New Wave characters, young and old? Turtlenecks, pixie pants, berets, and striped shirts!”

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7 Up
“I love the entire Up series for so many reasons—watching the evolution of the kids’ styles over the years, seeing how their clothing reflects their classes and personalities. But I particularly love 7 Up. The little boys in shawl-collar sweaters, tweed suits, ties, and jaunty hats, and the girls in cardigans, wool skirts, stockings, and, in one scene, adorably simple little ballet outfits.”

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Hope and Glory
“I watched this again recently and was smitten with the adorable 1940s British clothes on both the boys and girls. Tweed trouser shorts and blazers on little boys; simple dresses, headscarves, and wool pinafores on the girls.”

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Picnic at Hanging Rock
“I love this eerie movie and the breezy, ethereal white school dresses that the girls wear while picnicking. As a mom to two little girls, there’s a constant battle between their desire to wear frills and ruffles and my more pared-down choices for them, but these dreamy, linen dresses, long locks, and bows are kind of magical for everyone. Little Botticelli angels! Also, who says you can’t hike in a dress?”

Score the kiddie edition Emily made just for us! This little polka-dot chambray dress really couldn’t be more adorable.