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