All the students in movies and TV shows always look so fashionable. You would think everyone took a mandatory How To Look Stylish course–and aced it. No real high school would ever have a student body that was collectively as fashionable. We can thank the costume department and their designer clothes for that–luxuries we never had when we were getting ready for our first period biology class. Even the “anti-fashion” grungy shows made not caring about clothes look cool in a Johnny Depp or Olsen twin way. No one was throwing on a dirty sweatpants and a pair of old flip flops.
Check out 10 TV shows about school that earned their fashion credentials:
You will probably cringe at some of the outfits now, but Saved By The Bell had all of our 90s favorite things including high-waisted pleated pants, clashing patterns, tons of color and my personal fave, Mario Lopez‘s curly mullet.
You might not have heard of this one, but I recommend you watch it immediately. It is about two outcast freshman. Patty (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Lauren (Amy Linker), trying to fit in. I don’t get why no one would want to hang out with them, they were rocking geek chic waaaaay before most hipsters were born.
If the shows is about rich high school kids the costumes better be good. Gossip Girl did not disappoint. It had enough designer clothes and OTT styles to rival Sex And The City. We continued to watch it for the clothes despite the fact the story got a bit weird when they graduated.
Sometimes modern TV shows about decades past take too many creative liberties to fit in with today’s style, or they make everyone look like they’re dressing up for Halloween. That ’70s Show nailed the 70s look without turning it into Studio 54–but they still gave us plenty of hilarious wardrobe moments.
This television show was short-lived but people still cite it today as their style inspiration. (No, surprise given that the 90s is such a major influence right now). The grungy “real kid” aesthetic was relatable and attainable. Plus, Jared Leto made us love man necklaces and grown-out bangs.
If you can overlook the plot, The Carrie Diaries had some great clothes. Would you expect anything less from a Sex And The City prequel (of sorts)? I would have given it another season just so we could have seen more 1980s Carrie Bradshaw fashion.
Rich high school kids in California is a very popular theme for TV shows. We can thank The OC and the well off students for that whole preppy, boho look that was popular for most of the 2000s.
Obviously the Clueless TV series had to be included, if the movie made it on to the most stylish films about school list. And why wouldn’t it? More shows meant more vinyl dresses, outrageous hats and other things that we could never have gotten away with wearing at a regular school.
We may question how practical some of the outfits on Pretty Little Liars are for murders, blackmailing and, well, most things, but the girls always looked pulled together, even in the most tense situations. Plus, we always have to go to Forever 21 after watching the show to look for a knockoff of something they wore.
This show was on for 10 years, and in that time it gave us so many different looks that I don’t even know where to begin. Yes, they attempted that whole 90210 reboot in the 2000s, but if you want outfits to add to your Pinterest board, stick with the original.