In Bloom

Style ideas from girls who’ll be women soon.

The girls in these movies experience a lot of firsts: periods, intense relationships, sexual awakenings, even royal responsibilities. And while their transformations may have been awkward, scary, and at times uncomfortable, this didn’t stop them from rocking one-of-a-kind outfits.


Creatures collage

Clockwise from far left: Book Club Cutie Dress, $110, ModCloth; peep-toe ballet flats, $37, Asos; hair clips, $17, Asos; socks, $8, Topshop.

Heavenly Creatures (1994) was based on the real-life story of two best friends, Pauline Parker (played here by Melanie Lynskey) and Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet), who became so obsessed with each other and the fantasy life they created together that their parents thought it necessary to separate them. So they decided the best thing to do was to kill Pauline’s mother. Damn, yo! The idea of being separated from your BFF totally blows, but isn’t murder a little dramatic-slash-HORRIFYING? The movie is set in New Zealand in the ’50s, and the era’s quintessential wholesome look—printed dresses with fitted waists and full skirts—is in sharp contrast to these schoolgirls’ bloodthirsty hearts. Pair this pastel polka-dotted dress with some sweet flats to get their style. (Ignore their conflict resolution techniques.)


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Left to right: cropped blouse (top), $68, Bonadrag, and peach corduroy shorts by Lover (bottom), $250, Bonadrag; suede platforms, $96, Asos; retro tube socks, $11, Striped Socks.

Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) is the coolest movie on this list, though I could be biased, because it takes place in Los Angeles in the ’70s, so it’s almost tailor-made for me. Vivian, played by the awesome Natasha Lyonne, is curious about the glorious new world of puberty and sex. WHEE! She uses a vibrator for the first time, gets her period and stains a chair, and loses her virginity to a guy obsessed with Charles Manson—all while dealing with her crazy family and keeping an eye on her wild cousin (Marisa Tomei). What’s a girl gonna do? She’s gonna take consolation in her wicked wardrobe (actually, this doesn’t happen, but it would have worked for me). I am pretty obsessed with these suede platforms that Vivian would no doubt love.


This is Marie Antoinette

Clockwise from far left: Primrose Picnic Skirt, $68, ModCloth; crown barrette, $20,; Pearl Petals earrings, $10, ModCloth; heels, $125, Irregular Choice

Marie Antoinette (2006) is Sofia Coppola’s beautifully modern twist on the story of the doomed teenage queen of France (played by Kirsten Dunst). It begins with Marie as a young, giggly girl who is stripped of literally everything from her prior Austrian life (including her clothing and her dog, BAW!). It takes a little while for her to adjust to the royal world of Versailles, but soon she beings to revel in the spoils (watch out, gurl!), and we’re treated to montages of Marie enjoying extravagant parties, fancy feasts, and rows and rows of gorgeous shoes—all to the tune of a soundtrack that included New Order, the Strokes, and Bow Wow Wow’s “I Want Candy.” It is a DREAM—that is, until the country’s poor citizens rebel against the royals and Marie eventually meets her untimely and gruesome fate. Semi-related sidebar: I was born on the same day that she was executed, and my name is also Marie. EEEK! Though we may not be able to wear the same exact Academy Award–winning wardrobes that Marie and her entourage had in the film, we can definitely work some similar looks, like this petticoat-style skirt and some colorful shoes. Now let us eat cake!



Clockwise from far left: white dress, $60, Romwe; French Connection Flower Burst Box Bag, $87, Asos; Orelia Friendship Bracelet, $30, Asos; Pinch, Lash, Smidgen Flat, $40, ModCloth

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) is a surrealist Czech film about a girl whose earrings get stolen on the same night that she gets her period for the first time. If that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, just wait, because she has to then deal with her vampire grandma, a pervy priest, and a sinister man dressed in a black robe and a weasel mask . Poor Val! Luckily, she makes one friend, a guy named Eagle, who may or may not be her brother (this movie is really weird, OBVS). Valerie mostly wears a virginal white dress throughout the film, but who doesn’t love a white dress for spring? Also, it’s a pretty badass, I-don’t-give-a-fuck move to wear white while you’re on your period. Pick up this one before your next ride on the crimson wave. ♦


  • TessAnnesley April 24th, 2013 11:29 PM

    combining film with style just makes my heart sing

  • Abby April 24th, 2013 11:36 PM


  • Haka April 25th, 2013 12:07 AM

    i LOVE slums of beverly hills <3
    you guys should do a hair tutorial on how to make your hair as perfect as vivian's

  • Lucy April 25th, 2013 12:17 AM

    slums of beverly hills <3

  • elinoir April 25th, 2013 2:29 AM

    $250 for a pair of shorts??? I love the styles but I was the clothes listed was a little more affordable.

  • Sonja April 25th, 2013 4:14 AM

    Nobody does it better

  • Kimono Cat April 25th, 2013 5:03 AM

    I got to see the costumes from Marie Antoinette in real life. They were so incredibly beautiful that it made my heart hurt. I had to choose between staring at them forever, or moving on and living my life. I made the latter choice, but I think that may have been a mistake!

  • enchantedviolin April 25th, 2013 7:42 AM

    Wow! So many films I NEED to watch now! I especially love the last two outfit choices too!

  • Chloe22 April 25th, 2013 9:22 AM

    These articles are my favorite part of Rookie. I’m a total film nerd and fashion nerd, so it’s a perfect mix. The outfits from Marie Antoinette were nice, but the clothes from Slums of Beverly Hills looked better. I love 70′s-80′s fashion (tube socks….) so much. Someday I seriously need to pair those socks with shorts!

    • modaboutyouu April 25th, 2013 2:51 PM

      I agree! I always get excited to see Marie’s montly style picks based on some totally awesome movies + this month’s theme. YOU GO GIRL!

  • Josie Eccleston April 25th, 2013 9:31 AM

    What about The Young Victoria? Such a good movie.

  • Princess Mononoke April 25th, 2013 10:24 AM

    What about The Young Victoria?

  • thecoolcustomer April 25th, 2013 11:18 AM

    YAY MARIE ANTIONETTE! You have just fuelled my need to watch films even more, and ain’t nobody got time for dat! But they will be watched…

  • harriet.the.unicorn April 25th, 2013 11:23 AM

    I LOVE THOSE SOCKS! They are so cool! Love this article. Thank you Rookie!

  • nizmocat April 25th, 2013 11:33 AM

    My year 8 (I was 12) teacher made us watch Heavenly Creatures and it was really disturbing at the time. I really want to watch it again though, to appreciate it more for the aesthetics and focus less on the sinister themes. I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing that NZ is known for this movie to you Rookies, but hey, it’s really lovely (albeit dark).

    Also, how awesome is Marie Antoinette’s pink hair?!?!?? I actually counted how many costume changes there were in the movie, it came to about 80 or something crazy.

  • Runaway April 25th, 2013 11:48 AM

    This post is just perfect! I love Kate Winslet, Irregular Choice shoes, and Slums of Beverly Hills. I’m definitely going to check out the last movie…Sounds like my kind of film.

  • Caitlin H. April 25th, 2013 1:39 PM

    Valerie <3 <3

  • Mary the freak April 25th, 2013 1:50 PM


  • remrsolo April 25th, 2013 2:13 PM

    I’m in love with Kirsten Dunst’s pink hair! Does anybody know how to get this style/color short of totally dyeing my hair?

  • Jessica W April 25th, 2013 3:52 PM

    That Romwe dress <3
    I have to see Valerie and Her Week of Wonders now, it looks gorgeous (and possibly a bit creepy haha)

    The Lovelorn

  • raggedyanarchy April 25th, 2013 4:12 PM

    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is the weirdest movie EVER. I watched it twice and I still have no idea what happened, but it’s somehow still amazing.

  • owlybird April 25th, 2013 4:53 PM

    So disappointed that that white dress is from Romwe. Almost everything they have is one size, and this is no exception. Unfortunately for us larger ladies, the one size does not “fit all.”

    On a more positive note, Marie Antoinette is THE most inspirational movie style-wise.

  • mingxi April 25th, 2013 5:15 PM

    Great list!!!!

  • Maude April 25th, 2013 7:23 PM

    I just watched Slums of Beverly Hills last weekend, and it was so fantastic (especially the clothes) that I was surprised that I hadn’t already read about it on Rookie. Although, I might have and just forgotten. Nevertheless, this website keeps my movie rental bill higher than it should be. Thank Bog for Rookie and Netflix!

  • abby111039 April 25th, 2013 8:28 PM

    This is GORGEOUS. Especially the pink Marie Antionette hair, which makes me want to dye my hair that color RIGHT NOW and put flowers it it like that. <3

  • spudzine April 25th, 2013 8:29 PM

    I MUST watch Slums of Beverly Hills! The fashion looks fab, and I can’t believe it was made in 1998. I legit thought it was a 70′s film.

  • 3LL3NH April 25th, 2013 9:33 PM

    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders sounds pretty much perfect <3

    Also, the surest way for me to know that I'm about to get my period is that I really want to wear white pants. Every time.

  • Badlands April 25th, 2013 10:27 PM

    FINALLY SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS! This film really falls into the Rookie aesthetic, I can’t believe this is the first time it’s been featured!

  • umi April 26th, 2013 3:04 PM

    Czech films are a weakness of mine

  • oh...hi cindy April 27th, 2013 12:51 AM

    UGH I’M SO HAPPY SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS GOT A MENTION. thats one of my favorite movies of all time and it almost always goes waaay underappreciated

  • Moili April 27th, 2013 4:44 AM

    So Marie, are you 220 years old? ;)

  • neenbean May 2nd, 2013 5:24 PM

    Oh my god, I’ve only see Marie Antoinette on this list. Time to watch EVERYTHING.

  • nationofdaydream June 16th, 2013 7:08 AM

    I’ve never seen these movies before but they all look so amazing! <3


  • Sommerfie August 3rd, 2013 6:53 AM

    I am also totally a movie nerd and fashion nerd! So these post are just lovely!

    I watched Heavenly Creatures last month, mostly because I like Kate and after stumbling upon it on tumblr I got curious!

    I can not believe it is her first movie! She is so talented! The casting crew did such a good job on finding the actresses as they look exactly like the real girls (CREEPY! XO).

    However I am not sure if I am able to watch it again… that ending scene is just too horrible to watch again T-T

    I really need to watch Marie Antoinette again (even though I feel I see it almost every day on tumblr lol)

    I have a “to watch” list of movies on my ipod, and I am going to add those I haven’t watched ;)