Some best friends are so tight that they dress the same and talk the same. Others are so unalike that the phrase “opposites attract” should be engraved on their BFF heart-necklaces. Take some styling tips from these onscreen amigas, whether they match head-to-toe or try to outdo each other in the wardrobe department!
B*A*P*S (1997) follows best friends Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle-Reid). They work at a diner in Atlanta, Georgia, but their true goal in life is to have their own hair salon/soul food restaurant. To get the cash they need to pursue their dream, they go to L.A. to audition for a music video. When Nisi and Mickey arrive in La-La Land, they meet an old-man millionaire who invites them to stay at his mansion. They get a taste of the good life, including shopping sprees and floating around in the pool all day. But these B.A.P.s (black American princesses) find out there’s some shady business going on with their host, and together they investigate. Nisi and Mickey are all about getting their nails done and piling on the gold jewelry, and if you ask me, Nicki Minaj’s wardrobe definitely seems to have some B*A*P*S-inspired outfits (OMG Nicki Minaj’s initials are also first letters of Nisi and Mickey’s names!). If you want to borrow their style, too, try a denim crop top and matching skirt. Add tons of gold accessories, and don’t forget the most important part of the look: a fierce manicure.
Frances Ha (2012) is about Frances (Greta Gerwig) and her BFF Sophie (Mickey Sumner), who do everything together; that is, until Sophie decides to move out of the apartment they share in Brooklyn. This leaves codependent Frances alone to figure out how to operate solo in New York. She bounces between living situations, and even travels to Paris on a whim, while trying to decide exactly what she wants to do with her life. Frances and Sophie both keep their clothing pretty casual; all you need to re-create this scene is a ’90s-inspired floral dress, an oversized bomber jacket, and a pair of Chuck Taylors so you can run and leap like Frances.
Beaches (1988) starts off with two 11-year-old girls named CC and Hillary meeting on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. CC is an aspiring singer from a working-class background and Hillary is reserved and comes from a rich family. Despite their differences, they keep in touch over the years and end up living together as adults; CC (Bette Midler) gets a job as a telegram singer, while Hillary (Barbara Hershey) becomes a lawyer. Their friendship has its ups and downs, but both women remain dedicated to each other. Since this movie came out in the ’80s, the grown-up versions of the friends wear some SERIOUS LOOKZ—but I think the fringed showgirl costume that young CC sports in the beginning of the film is, by far, the best. Get a cute fringed playsuit and some tap shoes, and you’ll be ready to perform a li’l number yourself! WARNING: You’ll need a box of tissues to go with our outfit, ’cause this movie will make you cry like a bébé!
Me Without You (2001) is about next-door neighbors named Holly and Marina who become best pals at the age of 12. They declare a joint name—Harina—but grow up to be polar opposites: Holly (Michelle Williams) is shy, while Marina (Anna Friel) is more of a free spirit. As teenagers in the 1980s, their friendship becomes a rivalry when they both try to seduce their college professor. Their relationship becomes more complex and intense as the years go by… and so do their fashion choices! Holly’s clothes (modest, practical sweaters and corduroy skirts) match her personality, while Marina experiments with bright hair colors and an array of wild outfits. Almost everyone has basic pieces like Holly’s in their closets, so let’s take a cue from Marina and be fearless. A leopard-print coat worn over a rainbow-striped sweater could be the perfect winter look for your own inner nonconformist. And don’t forget the most important styling tool of the ’80s: the crimping iron!