Style

All the Right Moves

Kickass style inspiration from our favorite action heroines.

This fierce foursome of ladies may be battling evil space aliens, shady drug dealers, mysterious cults, and robots from the future, but they’re not too busy to look amazing doing so. I love their badass outfits as much as I envy their butt-kicking moves—these chicas are some of the most viciously stylish movie heroines of all time. Follow their leads to give your own wardrobe some action!

Stills of Pam Grier in the title role of Foxy Brown.

Pam Grier as Foxy Brown.

Pam Grier plays the title character in Foxy Brown (1974), a ’70s cult classic about a woman posing as a prostitute to seek revenge for the murder of her boyfriend. Foxy, a gun-toting, ass-whooping lady of vengeance, was so perfectly imagined and acted that she’s become a totally iconic action hero.

Far left: tie-waist blouse, $30 (similar), Etsy; center, top: handbag, $31, Dressy Days; center, bottom left: Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in "Freestyle," $20, Urban Decay; center, bottom right: earrings, $5, GirlPROPS; far right: bell-bottoms, $88, Singer22.

Clockwise from far left: tie-waist blouse, $30 for a similar style, Etsy; handbag, $31, Dressy Days; bell-bottoms, $88, Singer22; hoop earrings, $5, GirlPROPS; Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Freestyle, $20, Urban Decay.

As for style, Foxy’s clothes seriously make my jaw drop! I’m obsessed with her gorgeous tie-waist blouses, leather jackets, and, of course, her signature gold hoop earrings. Hunt for a similar top on Etsy using the search terms “long sleeve cropped vintage top.” Then wear it with a pair of bell-bottoms, and just like Foxy Brown, you’ll be the meanest chick in town!

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.

In The Terminator (1984) and many of its sequels, Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, is being targeted by a buff robot assassin sent from the future (aka the Terminator, played by Ah-nold Schwarzenegger). He’s trying to murk her because otherwise her unborn son will head a revolution against the Term’s fellow totalitarian cyborg overlords in 2029.

Far left: jacket, $39, Members Only; center, top: sunglasses, $13, Sunglass Warehouse; center, bottom left: Aqua Net hairspray, $3, Walgreens; center, bottom right: watch, $60, Zappos; far right: Levi's jeans, $40, Macy's.

Clockwise from far left: jacket, $39, Members Only;sunglasses, $13, Sunglass Warehouse; Levi’s jeans, $40, Macy’s; watch, $60, Zappos; Aqua Net hairspray, $3, Walgreens.

In the first movie, Sarah is an an innocent civilian with big feathered hair and a cute purple jacket. In the second, she’s dressed to destroy some robot ass in cargo pants and a simple tank. Why not combine elements of her before and after in one outfit, like a cute pastel Members Only jacket and some sunglasses with circle lenses? Of course, you’ll want your hair as big as Sarah’s, so don’t forget the Aqua Net!

Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

Based on the Tomb Raider video game franchise, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) is about a thrill-seeking archaeologist (played by Angelina Jolie) who collects ancient artifacts from all over the world. During a rare planetary alignment, Lara discovers that a sinister secret society is trying to access a relic that will allow them to control time, but only if they make it happen before the final phase of the celestial event. NOT ON HER WATCH!

Far left: tank top, $7, Old Navy; center, top left: boots, $70, Kohl's; center, top right: ponytail holders, $5.50, Target; center, bottom: utility belt, $70, Etsy; far right: pleather pants, $35, H&M.

Clockwise from far left: tank top, $7, Old Navy; boots, $70, Kohl’s; headbands, $5.50 each, Target; pleather pants, $35, H&M; utility belt, $70, Etsy.

Even while riding motorcycles and doing aerial stunts, Lara always looks chic. She sports tall riding boots, tank tops, furry hooded coats, and an omnipresent utility belt. If I had one of those, I’d use it to carry the necessities: nail polish, my iPhone, an emergency pair of tights, and a piece of pizza, of course.

Sigourney Weaver as

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley.

In Alien (1979), Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is an officer on a spacecraft that is returning to Earth. The ship detects an unknown transmission, and when the crew sets out to investigate, they are confronted by a killer alien life form!

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Bluefly; nail foil, $25, Sephora; belt, $3, Belt Outlet; imitation leather pants, $25, H&M; tank top, $6, H&M.” width=”580″ height=”401″ class=”size-full wp-image-77363″ /> Clockwise from far left: Calvin Klein jacket, $45, Bluefly; Forumula X nail foil, $25, Sephora; black belt, $3, Belt Outlet; imitation leather pants, $25, H&M; white tank, $6, H&M.

Ellen is an astronaut battling murderous extraterrestrials, so you won’t find her in a fancy dress and heels (although that would probably make for an amazing fashion editorial). Wear a puffy jacket or vest, tight pleather pants, and metallic nail polish (or foil) as an homage to her out-of-this-world style! ♦

5 Comments

  • mindykiddo June 5th, 2014 7:14 PM

    I’m seriously so obsessed with female action heroines, and so glad you decided to write about them and their style. Watching women kick ass on screen is what made me want to be a feminist and defy female stereotypes. It’s so empowering! A few I would include are: Hit-Girl (Kick-Ass,Kick-Ass 2), The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill vol. 1, Kill Bill vol. 2), Black Widow (Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Seriously though, Sarah Michelle Gellar rocks some killer 90′s ensembles I am dying to steal.

  • Moxx June 5th, 2014 7:21 PM

    <3 ripley <3

  • krevlorneswath June 5th, 2014 8:55 PM

    My favorite badass evil fighter/fashion icon is definitely Buffy. Another fun fact is that Sarah Michelle gellar got mad at what she felt was the needless sexualizing/objectification of her character, which is why her outfits got less skintight/midriff-baring overtime. Badass woman playing a badass slayer.

  • spudzine June 5th, 2014 9:02 PM

    OMG I was so excited when I saw a picture of Angelina Jolie because I LOVE her role in Tomb Raider. She was just…UGH. I love that woman. <3

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  • poetess June 7th, 2014 11:48 PM

    Loveeee thissss!!

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