Rebellious teens, party princesses, and rule breakers are the life/style icons du jour. Borrow a couple looks from ’80s cinema’s greatest button-pushers, and you’ll be strutting your own badass stuff in no time!
Before she was drinking cosmos and talkin’ about love in Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker was dodging her overprotective dad and showing off her dance moves in Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985). She plays Janey, an army brat with dreams of becoming a dance star, even though her pa is all, “YOU BETTA NOT.” Doesn’t hurt that her dance partner is one HUNKETY HUNK. SJP is a style icon, but Helen Hunt, who plays Janey’s BFF Lynne, takes the fashion crown in this movie. I’m sorry, but Lynne drops the style-mic again and again. Please note: a hat with a big plastic grasshopper on it, ginormous dinosaur hair clips, and a FAUX-FUR-TRIMMED PLAID VEST. She makes my heart scream, people. So much, in fact, that I once made my own insect-topped headwear. I spray-painted a giant tarantula GOLD and glued it to a ruffled headband. Then I went to an event and the costume designer for Clueless, Mona May herself, asked to take a picture of me. OF ME! I challenge you to make your own outrageous bug-themed hat, and to send your pics to [email protected]. THANK YOU. May Lynne inspire you, too!
Having to take care of your younger siblings can be, like, suuuuch a drag, but what if it leads to some… Adventures in Babysitting (1987)? After being stood up by her boyfriend, Chris (Elisabeth Shue) takes a babysitting gig. That night, her best friend, Brenda, calls freaking out and asking to be picked up at the train station. On the way to rescue Brenda, wild hijinks ensue as Chris and her charges find themselves in predicament after predicament, each stranger than the one before. Chris is the coolest babysitter a kid could wish for, so why not give her responsible-but-fun-as-heck look a try? Find a cute black-and-white gingham skirt and pair it with a fitted, long-sleeve top. Chris keeps her makeup light, if she wears it at all, so a sheer lip gloss will do the trick. Now you’re ready for your own adventures (babysitting optional).
Modern Girls (1986) is about three young chicas named Margo, Kelly, and Cece. They live together in a badass apartment in L.A., and then a fun Friday night out ends up turning into a REALLY bananas adventure. Pay close attention to the decor in the girls’ rooms, and, seriously, be prepared: They have wardrobes that’ll make you droolll. These girls are truly outrageous! Get some of their ’80s party-girl style by mixing bold colors with funky tights. Paint your nails a bright, glittery pink so they’ll pop when they’re peeking through a pair of fishnet gloves.
We all know Prince (Thee Purple One) is the bomb, but do you know about his Purple Rain (1984) costar, Apollonia? She is a goddess among goddesses! In Purple Rain, Prince plays the Kid—the lead singer of the Revolution, a popular nightclub act. Apollonia walks in one night while he’s performing, and it’s lust at first sight. Next thing you know, they’re zooming around town on the Kid’s motorcycle and purifying themselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka (!!!). Apollonia wants to shine on stage, too, and all hell breaks loose when she decides to join the Kid’s rival band. The Kid throws a fit while Miss A looks SO FLY: head-to-toe leather, lots of lace, and a signature red feather hanging in her hair. Get her look with some elbow-length gloves, a bold burgundy lip, and lacy li’l top—and throw a faux-leather jacket over it if your mom threatens to ground you. Don’t let her catch you singing the lyrics to “Sex Shooter,” either!