Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

holidaze abc family jennie mel pajamas pjs Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family MovieJennie Garth is obviously not aware of the “You should never wear your pajamas out in public” group on Facebook (yes, one exists!) — otherwise she would’ve thought twice about parading around Toronto downtown Chicago in her finest sleepwear in the upcoming ABC Family holiday flick, Holidaze (which premieres this Sunday, December 8th at 8pm ET/PT).

The reason for this big city pajama party?  Jennie’s playing Melody an ambitious, type A businesswoman who goes into a literal holi-daze when she wakes up (post falling down a set of stairs, natch) in alternate universe where she’s married to her ex (Cameron Mathison) and living in Streetsville, the same small town they grew up in. She’s so startled by the change of scenery, she takes off  in search of answers wearing nothing but the aforementioned pj’s, a robe, slippers, and a really awesome hair do.

If her get up sounds funny, it was intended that way.  “We wanted her to look a bit crazy as she’s running through the city,” costume designer Shelley Mansell told On Screen Style. “She looks crazy, but at the same time, quite adorable.”

holidaze abc family jennie garth fashion style Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

Corporate Mel vs Streetsville Mel

Looking “adorable” is, however, something pre-fall Mel would’ve shunned. The costumer purposefully put her in sophisticated clothes in rich, dark colors. “We wanted to give corporate Mel a sense of power and big-city attitude through the use of color and well tailored coats, trousers, and blazers.”

In contrast, the alternate reality version of the character has a much laid-back exterior. “We chose a much softer, subdued color palette for her— light blues, pinks, and camels,” Shelley explained. “We also introduced the use of small prints and texture, along with more layers and casual pieces, which created a more relaxed silhouette.”

Ironically, the more physical layers Mel puts on, the more emotional ones she actually takes off. “We start to see her unfold and open up. There’s a new warmth the character starts to take on as she becomes more and more part of the town.”

You can find out what happens when Jennie Garth comes undone when Holidaze premieres on Sunday at 8pm ET/PT on ABC Family, but until then, enjoy some more behind-the-scenes look at her dueling wardrobes below.

 

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Holidaze Jennie Garth Mel Royal Blue Coat Jacket Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

MEL’S ROYAL BLUE FUNNEL NECK, BELTED WOOL COAT:
This jacket was by BCBG, but I couldn’t locate a product image online
GET THE LOOK:
1. Express Asymmetrical Knit Trimmed Wool Coat in Royal Blue
2. Pim + Larkin Funnel Neck Coat in Cobalt
3. ModCloth Huron a Roll Coat

Holidaze Jennie Garth Mel Blue Blouse Top Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

MEL’S ROYAL/COBALT BLUE COLLARLESS BLOUSE:
Babaton Bergen Blouse (no longer available; shown above in solid blue version)
“In her corporate world, we used a lot of royal blue because that was also part of the signature color of the company she was working for,” Shelley said. 
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GET THE LOOK:
LOFT Collarless Utility Blouse in Galaxy Blue
holidaze mel jennie garth paisley blue pajamas Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

MEL’S BLUE, PAISLEY-PRINT PAJAMAS:
Nautica Paisley Button Down Pajama Top and Nautica Paisley Pajama Bottoms (no longer available)
“We were filming in Toronto in very cold weather, so we chose to go the way of a top and bottom so that we could under layer her with silks,” the stylist said of the PJs. “The robe also gave her the extra element of warmth. We also lined that robe.”
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GET THE LOOK:
Chaps Abbington Place Paisley Pajama Set
holidaze jennie garth mel fair isle henley thermal top splendid Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

MEL’S FAIRISLE HENLEY TOP:
Splendid Breckenridge Thermal Henley Top (no longer available; pictured above in a different color way)
“That is something she would’ve looked at in her corporate life and gone, ‘That is ugly! I wouldn’t be caught dead in that!’” the costume designer laughed of the juxtaposition in Melody’s two closets.
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GET THE LOOK:
Chaps Fairisle Henley
Splendid Printed Thermal Henley
Holidaze Mel Jennie Chevon Zig Zag scarf Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

MEL’S ZIG ZAG PRINT SCARF:
Shelley purchased this wholesale
GET THE LOOK:
Tolani Zig Zag Scarf
Daily Look Multi Colored Zig Zag Scarf
Holidaze Jennie Garth mel purple floral print scarf Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

MEL’S PURPLE, FLORAL-PRINT SCARF:
Banana Republic Julia Floral Scarf (no longer available)
GET THE LOOK:
White House | Black Market Floral Scarf
 

Holidaze Jennie Garth Mel Melody Silver Puffer Ski Jacket Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

MEL’S SILVER PUFFER SKI JACKET:
Shelley purchased this at Sporting Life in Toronto but cannot remember designer
GET THE LOOK:
Nautica Competition Quilted Puffer Hooded Faux Fur Trim Coat
holidaze jennie garth mel pink pea coat jacket Holidaze: Fashion from the ABC Family Movie

MEL’S PINK WOOL PEA COAT:
LOFT Boiled Wool Blend Pea Coat in Cranberry (no longer available)
GET THE LOOK:
LOFT Wool Blend Twill Pea Coat in Oasis Purple
Anne Klein Wool Blend A-Line Coat in Cerise
Land’s End Luxe Wool Pea Coat in Brilliant Raspberry
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