Style

Clothes Minded

Style inspiration from our favorite fashion-obsessed movie heroines.

Some girls just have everything…in the fantastical, made-up world of the movies, at least! This month, I’m taking inspiration from cinematic fashion plates whose costume-directed wardrobes are filled to the brim with clothes straight out of our wildest dreams.

Movie stills from Clueless (1995).

In Clueless (1995), Cher Horowitz is a privileged Beverly Hills teenager navigating life and her revolving wardrobe with her friends, including Dionne, who, like, Cher, understands the struggle of everyone being jealous of you. Life can be so hard sometimes! Cher spends her days playing matchmaker, perusing her computerized closet, and giving makeovers, and the colorful preppy outfits that she and her friends wear are just as important as the characters themselves. Matching plaid skirt sets, collared blouses, sweater vests, and knee socks are as relevant today as they were then, so take a cue from Cher and stock up on argyle and plaid—and for maximum Cher-ness, don’t forget a furry pen to write yourself love letters to show your crush how desired you are!

Far left: Clueless plaid skirt, $89, and cropped jacket, $269, Laurel and Hector. Center, top to bottom: collared blouse, $40, Romwe;  mini backpack, $56, Topshop. Far right, top to bottom: marabou pen, $17.50 for five, US School Supply; argyle socks, $15, BoldSocks.com.

Far left: Clueless cropped jacket, $269, and miniskirt, $89, Laurel and Hector. Center, top to bottom: collared blouse, $40, Romwe; mini backpack, $56, Topshop. Far right, top to bottom: marabou pen, $17.50 for five, U.S. School Supply; argyle socks, $15, boldSOCKS.



Stills from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) is about two BFFS who are obsessed with clothes and partying. When their 10-year high school reunion comes around, they realize they don’t have much to show for their lives, so they decide to tell a little white lie: They invented Post-Its. They show up fronting with a fancy car and business lady clothes, but soon get found out, and HILARITY ENSUES. Though they may not really be the corporate badasses they say they are, their eye for style is something everyone else should be jealous of. Light a candle for some thrifting luck, and maybe you’ll come back with piles of metallic dresses, cute baby tees, and fun jewelry just like theirs. Some inspiration:

Far left: crop top, $8, Forever 21. Center, top to bottom: Formula X Nail Polish in Relentless, $10.50, Sephora; cherry earrings, $9, GirlPROPS; platform sandals, $170, Nasty Gal. Far right: holographic skirt, $25, Romwe.

Far left: crop top, $8, Forever 21. Center, top to bottom: Formula X Nail Polish in Relentless, $10.50, Sephora; cherry earrings, $9, GirlPROPS; platform sandals, $170, Nasty Gal. Far right: holographic skirt, $25, Romwe.



Stills from Pretty Woman (1990).

Pretty Woman (1990) is a not-so-typical love story about Vivian, a hooker with a heart of gold who agrees to date corporate dude Edward. They end up falling for each other, and Vivian, who’s used to barely making rent, begins to experience dat new luxurious life of shopping sprees and posh events. When Viv gets rejected by a snooty sales clerk because of her belly-baring outfit, she shows up later for revenge in ~classier attire~. But let’s be real: Her old clothes were much cooler in that Kelly Bundy, ’90s-sexpot sort of way. Bodycon dresses and thigh high boots > stuffy Kentucky Derby chic, anytime. I remember watching this movie in the fifth grade, then seeing a similar side cutout dress at the Thousand Oaks Mall and wanting it BAD. Maybe I still do (though the tan lines would be OUTRAGEOUS!). Some current analogues for your perusal:

Far left: red velvet dress, $35, Love Culture. Center, top to bottom: captain hat, $3, Kmart; hoop earrings, $7.50, Claire's; Sugar Lip Habit Lipstick & Lip Gloss Duo in Racy Red, $10, Kohl's. Far right: thigh-high boots, $200, WideWidths.com.

Far left: red velvet dress, $35, Love Culture. Center, top to bottom: captain hat, $3, Kmart; hoop earrings, $7.50, Claire’s; Sugar Lip Habit Lipstick & Lip Gloss Duo in Racy Red, $10, Kohl’s. Far right: thigh-high boots, $200, WideWidths.com.



Stills from Death Becomes Her (1992).

Death Becomes Her (1992) is about two frenemies, Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) who, after years of one-upping each other, literally discover the secret of eternal youth in the form of a magic potion given to them by a mysterious, beautiful woman named Lisle (another style icon worth checking out, played by Isabella Rossellini). These ladies embody the true meaning of glamour—I mean, a marabou robe to lounge in? Why don’t I own one yet? In the meantime, I’ll just dress myself in long gowns and over-the-top jewelry and pretend I’m as fancy as Madeline Ashton. Here are some tools to help you do just that:

Far left: black gown, $131.50, ASOS. Center, top to bottom: earrings, $45, Modcloth; purse, $103.50, ASOS. Far right: Urban Decay Lip Gloss in Obsessed, $19, Urban Decay; sparkly heels, $25.50, GoJane.

Far left: black gown, $131.50, ASOS. Center, top to bottom: earrings, $45, Modcloth; purse, $103.50, ASOS. Far right: Urban Decay Lip Gloss in Obsessed, $19, Urban Decay; sparkly heels, $25.50, GoJane.

SO LUXURIOUS. Now all I need is my own glamorous rival… ♦

14 Comments

  • K8 is Gr8 March 11th, 2014 11:12 PM

    Oh my. I love this so much! Now if I only has the body to pull of Cher’s style… Haha ;P

    • Abby March 12th, 2014 10:43 AM

      You have the body to pull off anything you want as long as you leave it on my floor ;)……but seriously, all creepy (wonderful) pickup lines aside, don’t let your body type dictate what you wear. Wear what you want and tell any haters they can go fuck themselves because YOU’RE sure not going to do it :)

  • rachelsea March 12th, 2014 1:39 AM

    ROMY AND MICHELE 4 LYFE!!!!!!!!!

    • interestingrosie March 12th, 2014 4:42 PM

      total role models for the fourteen yr old me, it’s my dream to re-enact the dance number with the geek turned slamming hottie and my bff

  • ughgina March 12th, 2014 4:25 AM

    Oh my god.
    The gowns in Death Becomes Her were iconic. Clueless also had such amazing outfits and Cher is literally all I want to be in life.

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  • Pearl March 12th, 2014 7:28 AM

    I watched Death Becomes Her from when I was little & I faintly remembered being enamoured by the outfits that Meryl & Goldie wore (PERFECT HAIR TOO). Ughh so pretty!
    P for Pearl

  • lexilikes March 12th, 2014 1:33 PM

    Ah Cher is a fashion icon! I love all the plaid suits and knee socks!

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  • onlykhenzo March 12th, 2014 3:47 PM

    I think this is the first I knew all the films mentioned! (I feel incredibly cool and cultured.)

    And Romy and Michele are literally everything I want to be in my late 20s, except maybe married to Will Smith but we’ll work on that.
    x
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  • mangointhesky March 12th, 2014 4:36 PM

    Cher’s computerized closet in Clueless is so cool!

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  • Bronia Kidd March 12th, 2014 5:19 PM

    I was looking up how to style Clueless-y outfits about 10 minutes ago, then I saw this post! Rookie, you hold the answers to basically everthing!

  • emilycarolina March 12th, 2014 11:40 PM

    that reminded me you guys have to check out GFD Store (Glitters for Dinner) they have Clueless themed outfit sets omg!!

    and literally you guys just listed like my fav movies <3

  • dessertstealer March 13th, 2014 8:23 PM

    Awesome!!!

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  • xoxololita March 14th, 2014 6:37 AM

    lovelovelove this! I made a very similar blog post

    dope shitttt!

    xxBianca
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  • emayhaha March 27th, 2014 6:37 PM

    These movie choices are perfect!
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