There are so many stylish school movies. If I didn’t know any better, I would think that every high school student had the entire contents of their closets on some fancy computer program that helped them pick out extremely fashionable outfits à la Cher Horowitz. Even the supposed nerds and outcasts with their kooky, disheveled outfits look like they could appear in the pages of Nylon. They made braces a fashion statement. No one wore their PJs to school because they were lazy and hated having their mom wake them up before 7:00AM. If they were going to were pyjamas it was going to be with a purpose. That is why we still pick up style tips from school movies, long after we’ve taken our last test.
These are 10 of the most fashionable school films:
Did anyone look like they were actually the right age to be in high school? Nope. It didn’t matter. There was plenty of fashion inspiration whether you preferred a good girl poodle skirt look, the matching Pink Ladies jackets, or sexy Sandy’s (Olivia Newton-John) shiny black pants. Danny (John Travolta) worked the hell out of a baby tee and leather jacket, if you were into that sort of thing.
I love any movie where girls wear stilettos to their first period math class, and try to pretend it’s commonplace. The Plastics had the most coordinated (and pink) wardrobes of any high school clique that was ever on film. Everyone always looked, so, like, fetch. And who could forget Janis Ian’s (Lizzie Caplan) ruffled shirt and tux? She was a style star in the making.
This film is such an OTT fashion guilty pleasure. It’s like the more outrageous version of Sex And The City with more fluffy accessories. From the Madonna “Like A Virgin” inspired prom outfits to their skintight, shiny dresses that they wear to their high school reunion, I love it all, and I am not afraid to admit it.
Sorry, but it is a rule that The Breakfast Club is featured on every school-related list. We have all stereotypes, err, different styles covered, including the brain, beauty, rebel and reckless, but they all manage to coordinate with each other, despite being drastically different in theory. I would also like to thank Claire (Molly Ringwald) for giving us that enviable asymmetric haircut.
The gang at Beverly Hills High could pull off anything including headbands, old lady wedding hats (Dee), clashing prints and copious amounts of fluffy feathers (thank you Amber). Even their gym clothes were stylish. If I could wear layered leotard onesies and chokers to play dodge ball, maybe I would have taken Phys Ed.
There are many things I wished for when I watched Harry Potter, some more sensible than others. I may not have received my letter from Hogwarts (yet) but I don’t think it was too much to ask for school uniforms that came with striped house scarfs and cloaks for winter. When I saw the movie, it was the first time I actually wished I could wear a school uniform. Screw the jeans.
Napoleon Dynamite was the ultimate hipster. And Pedro made a strong case for cowboy bolo ties. I would have voted for him to be class president just for those alone. As for the girls, Deb was the smartest one for realizing that a fanny pack always looks better when paired with a side ponytail and homemade handicraft bracelets.
Yeah, I know the movie is about ditching class, but it is school-related, so it still makes it on the list. How could it not? Have you seen any man-boy pull off a leopard-print vest like Ferris (Matthew Broderick)? I think not. We also can’t forget about Sloane, whose style is under-appreciated because of the boys more outrageous looks.
I won’t blame you if you bought a cheerleader costume and wore it as clothes after seeing this movie. Watching this film could be why we are crop top crazy now. Admit it, you even tried Missy’s (Eliza Dushku) fake tattoo and awful crispy hair twists.
This film had so much school fashion, from two different decades, and all of it was good. Doc may have thought that Marty’s (Michael J. Fox) vest looked like a flotation device, but I liked it almost as much as I liked his mother Lorraine’s dress she wore to the Enchantment Under The Sea dance.