Style

In It to Win It

Styles that give you a competitive edge.

When you’re striving to be the best, it’s not enough to have an edge over the competition in talent—you’re going to need it when it comes to style, too. Here are a few movies that can help you be a winner in that department.

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In Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), the teens of Mount Rose, Minnesota, bring out their best (and worst) to compete in the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Miss Teen Princess America Pageant. Becky (Denise Richards) and Amber (Kirsten Dunst) are the frontrunners, but their personalities and family backgrounds couldn’t be more opposite: Becky comes from Mount Rose’s richest family, and her domineering, former-pageant-winner stage mom, Gladys (Kirstie Alley), will stop at nothing to see Becky win; while Amber works as a makeup artist at the local funeral home and lives in a trailer with her sassy, accident-prone mother, Annette (Ellen Barkin). Amber longs to emulate her idol, the news anchor Diane Sawyer, and believes that winning the pageant is her only chance to leave Mount Rose. This isn’t an easy pageant to win—suspicious and dangerous activity starts to kick off, and it seems that being a contestant might be a matter of life and death! The very idea of competing in a pageant pretty much horrifies me, but I can never resist a long, gorgeous sequined gown! Can you imagine going through the Taco Bell drive-through in one of those? I’m also really into the idea of a customized sash. You can get one from Etsy or eBay and have it say something like NUMBER ONE STUNNA OR HBIC. Why not?

Far left: Sequin gown, Unique Vintage, $253, Unique Vintage. Middle column, top to bottom: Royal tiara, $23, Icing; Glittery Black Tie Affair heels, $19, GoJane; Custom sashes, $10, Etsy. Far right: Vintage crown pendant necklace, $7, GirlProps.

Far left: Sequin gown, $253, Unique Vintage. Middle column, top to bottom: Royal tiara, $23, Icing; Glittery Black Tie Affair heels, $19, GoJane; Custom sashes, $10, Etsy. Far right: Vintage crown pendant necklace, $7, GirlProps.


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Know-it-all Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) will do anything to win class president in the movie Election (1999), while her teacher, Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), will do anything to prevent her from winning. Tracy had an affair with a teacher who happened to be Jim’s best friend, which resulted in that teacher’s being fired and getting a divorce—as a result, Jim is determined to see Tracy fail. He convinces a sweet jock named Paul (Chris Klein) to run against her, and scandal ensues! Even when she’s in the fight of her life, Tracy is always properly dressed, with perfectly coiffed hair, so to cop her look find preppy plaids and collegiate cardigans. Tracy, her own biggest fan, made her own political buttons—if you had a button maker, what would your slogan be? I’d wear one that said “Vote Marie” even if I wasn’t running for office. Try put your own cute smiling face on a button, or your pet’s name followed by 4 Prez, and see if anyone notices.

Far left: Good to Go Out plaid jumper, $100, Modcloth. Middle column, top to bottom:  Badge maker, $30, Badge-A-Minit; Pencil brooch, $4, GirlProps. Pie Contest Wedge in Cookies & Cream, $70, Modcloth. Far right: All Sports of Awesome cardigan, $53, Modcloth.

Far left: Good to Go Out plaid jumper, $100, Modcloth. Middle column, top to bottom: Badge maker, $30, Badge-A-Minit; pencil brooch, $4, GirlProps; Pie Contest Wedge in Cookies & Cream, $70, Modcloth. Far right: All Sports of Awesome cardigan, $53, Modcloth.


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Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst again!) is ecstatic when she becomes captain of her cheerleading squad in Bring It On (1999), but her world is soon rocked during tryouts when Missy (Eliza Dushku), a transfer student who is equal parts rebel girl and sick-ass gymnast, recognizes the routines have been stolen from the East Compton Clovers, the squad at Missy’s old school. This news doesn’t sit well with Torrance, so she creates a whole new routine for the championship while simultaneously starting a flirt-mance with Missy’s cute brother, Cliff (Jesse Bradford). I was never a cheerleader, but I was on drill team, and we wore similar uniforms, so of course a pleated skirt would make its way onto my lifelong list of favorite things to wear. To get the look, search for vintage cheerleading uniforms on Etsy and eBay, or just get the skirt and pair it with a solid crop top, a pom-pom necklace, and a cute pair of sneakers. I’ll be re-creating this look in an all-black theme for my autumn style direction, goth cheerleader.

Far left column, top to bottom: On Crop of the World top in Cobalt, $13, Modcloth; champion polka dot lace sneakers, $40, Keds. Middle column, top to bottom: Lace trim ankle socks, $6, Topshop; pom-pom necklace, $10, Etsy. Far right: Vintage cheerleading skirt, $36, Etsy.

Far left column, top to bottom: On Crop of the World top in Cobalt, $13, Modcloth; Champion polka dot lace sneakers, $40, Keds. Middle column, top to bottom: lace trim ankle socks, $6, Topshop; pom-pom necklace, $10, Etsy. Far right: vintage cheerleading skirt, $36, Etsy.


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Personal Best (1982) is about two women who are training for the Olympics. Chris (Mariel Hemingway) is a young, inexperienced athlete and Tory (Patrice Donnelly) is the veteran track star who becomes her mentor. The women end up falling in love, and later become competitors. Can you imagine having to compete face-to-face with someone you were previously making out with? I’d be running AWAY from the finish line, OK? Don’t think you’ll have to wear only track jackets and running shorts to copy their sweet ’80s style—get a pair of scalloped Daisy Dukes and cool sneaks, and you’ll be ready to train in the Fashion Olympics right away.

Top row, left to right: Mesh jersey, $35, Blood is the New Black; Pride 3-stripe rainbow tube socks, $7, Bruised Boutique; classic aviator style sunglasses with racing stripe, $7, GirlProps. Bottom row left: Scalloped denim shorts, $48, Nasty Gal. Bottom row right: Voltage lightning trainer, $132, Nasty Gal.

Top row, left to right: Mesh jersey, $35, Blood Is the New Black; Pride 3-stripe rainbow tube socks, $7, Bruised Boutique; classic aviator style sunglasses with racing stripe, $7, GirlProps. Bottom row left: Voltage lightning trainer, $132, Nasty Gal. Bottom row right: Scalloped denim shorts, $48, Nasty Gal.

21 Comments

  • elliecp September 24th, 2013 3:19 PM

    I now really want to be a teen queen :( Sometimes I want to dress like a cheerleader and pretend I go to an American highschool and that I’m dating a guy on the football team and am running for homecoming queen. I don’t know. <3

    http://roseandvintage.blogspot.com/

  • dreamygirl September 24th, 2013 3:40 PM

    it would be awesome if that plaid pinafore wasn’t one hundred effin dollars but alas

  • Elizabete September 24th, 2013 4:33 PM

    Style in movies is my favorite Rookie segment 4ever, luv, you Marie ♡

    http://melodyfairitale.wordpress.com

  • September 24th, 2013 5:00 PM

    How long does it take for someone to get back to you about a submitted post? I submitted a story in August and still haven’t hear anything. I was just wondering and didn’t know where to ask. Sorry for the spam. Love Election though, Reese Witherspoon is awesome.

    • Danielle September 24th, 2013 6:35 PM

      Hi Abbi,

      We are a tiny team, and we get a lot of submissions, so it takes us a while to get back to you sometimes. I promise you’ll hear from us soon, and thank you for submitting!

  • Ting September 24th, 2013 5:32 PM

    OH MY GOODNESS! I saw Drop Dead Gorgeous and freaked out! My dream of dressing up in something inspired by my favorite movie and going to Taco Bell IS COMPLETE!
    http://www.meadowinferno.blogspot.com

  • Sue Denim September 24th, 2013 5:47 PM

    “With one week to go before the pageant, I was finishing my outfit, rehearsing my talent, brushing up on current events, and running 18 miles a day on about 400 calories. I was ready.” I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! Kirstie Alley at her best.

  • dessertstealer September 24th, 2013 6:02 PM

    This is my favorite part of rookie mag too.

    Rafwillyolivier.blogspot.com

  • Fee September 24th, 2013 7:19 PM

    Rookie is pretty much the singular site on which I’m not ashamed to admit that I LOVE Bring It On!

    http://contraluna.blogspot.com/

    • Marie September 24th, 2013 10:50 PM

      Never be ashamed of your movie tastes. ESPECIALLY the gem that is known as Bring it On! I even saw the musical last year!

  • Floraposte September 24th, 2013 10:30 PM

    Hey Marie, the clothing company Black Milk actually has a dress called the ‘evil cheerleader’ which might help your Autumn style direction:)

    • Marie September 24th, 2013 10:52 PM

      AHHHH LURKING NOW!! Thank you!

  • schoolinlyfe September 24th, 2013 10:42 PM

    let’s all agree to bring back gym class chic :)

    http://schoolinlyfe.blogspot.com/

  • Alienor September 25th, 2013 6:02 AM

    KIRSTEN DUNST <3

  • Princess Mononoke September 25th, 2013 11:24 PM

    I love Rookies style advice but I have to wear a uniform at my school :( I’ve been able to get some of my personal style in with stuff like buttons but it still kinda sucks. It doesn’t help that we have to buy our uniform pieces off lands end. Fml.

    • Danielle September 25th, 2013 11:30 PM

      You can go style wild on the weekends! Make a real party out of it. :)

  • Christine September 27th, 2013 6:17 PM

    Is it bad that I live in Campbellsville- the same town that Diane Sawyer is from- yet didn’t know who she was until last year? I’ll go ahead and say yes, yes that’s very bad.