I was never able to go to summer camp as a kid, and it is truly one of my life’s biggest regrets. Bunking with fellow campers, telling ghost stories around a fire, shooting a bow and arrow in the air like Katniss…it all seemed like a blast. At least, those are the kinds of things I’m assuming you do when you’re at camp!
I am grateful that I was able to live vicariously through the big screen by watching camp-themed flicks. Of course, I also noticed all of the cute clothes the characters in the movies wore! Ringer tees and denim jorts just SCREAM SUMMER! Even if, like me, you aren’t a happy camper this summer, let’s take a look at these stylish bunkmates so we can dress the part!
In Wet Hot American Summer (2001), a group of ragtag camp counselors spend their last day at Camp Firewood trying to accomplish all sorts of personal goals. Coop (Michael Showalter) is in love with Katie (Marguerite Moreau), but she’s dating an obnoxious bad boy, Andy (Paul Rudd). That’s just one of the complicated matters at hand: Other counselors try to organize a talent show, contend with the possibility that a space station falling from the sky could destroy the camp, and account for the existence of a talking can of vegetables.
But what about the FASHIONS, you ask? I like Katie’s look—a striped, tight-fitting tee and shorts. Modernize it by going for a cropped silhouette and high-waisted denim. Make sure to complete the look with striped tube socks!
In Little Darlings (1980), two camp friends named Ferris (Tatum O’Neal) and Angel (Kristy McNichol) make a bet on which of them will lose their V-card first. They each have prospective virginity-taking “targets,” and their fellow campers place bets on which of the girls they think will win. The best part of this movie, though, is a food fight scene!
To copy their cool, casual style, I’d go for flared jeans and a cute vintage-looking tee. Don’t forget a pair of oversized sunglasses and some binoculars for spying, like these two do! Just kidding; spying is creepy.
Camp Nowhere (1994) is about a kid named “Mud” (Jonathan Jackson) whose parents want him to spend the summer at computer camp. He does NOT want to go, and finds out that all of his friends are being forced to go to different summer camps, too. So he concocts a genius plan—they’ll make up their own camp, without any parents or rules!
I like Trish Prescott’s (Marnette Patterson) style best out of all the looks worn by these independent campers. She rocks a pair of cute pink shorts with eyelet trim and a tie top! While it might be hard to replicate those exact pair of blush-hued shorts, the dainty denim ones above will do the trick. Look at that adorable eyelet! And pink, frilly socks are the next-best way to incorporate rosy tones into your camp look.
While Rookie has sung the praises of the original Parent Trap movie, this time, we’re exploring the stylish leanings of The Parent Trap (1998), LOHAN EDITION. In the film, two baby sisters are raised separately after their parents’ divorce, without even knowing the other one exists. CAN YOU IMAGINE? Years later, the two girls, Annie and Hallie (both played by Lindsay Lohan), meet each other at Camp Walden. At first, they don’t get along and engage in a prank war, which results in the two serving their punishment: spend time together in solitary. They end up realizing they are actual sisters and come up with a scheme to switch lives.
For outfit ideas, I recommend trying out Annie’s prim and proper vibe. I like the idea of wearing a yellow dress and accessorizing with a detachable Peter Pan collar. Add a pair of loafers and and a headband for that ultimate preppy twin style! Happy camping, homebodies! ♦