10 Big Screen Outfits That Changed My Life

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Part 1…because I could go on forever…

Madeline

My gravitation toward prep-school inspired pieces and all things Alexa Chung is a byproduct of my childhood obsession with Madeline (WHO NEEDS AN APPENDIX ANYWAY?).

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Cinderella

I was SO PISSED when those petty step sisters ruined Cinderella’s uber-feminine original ball gown. The bows! The cool blue-beaded necklace (not pictured, just engrained in memory)! And we also mustn’t forget that Gus pretty much put the crop top on the market– Sorry Rihanna.

Cinderella's original gown

My Girl

Perdon moi, but Vada Margaret Sultenfuss was bad ass. She had the whole hard-to-get thing down to a science and was also stylish AF and willing to experiment with her beauty look (blue eyeshadow totally worked on her). That off-the-shoulder peasant top and pedal-pusher combo never gets old. (Okay capri pants died a slow and painful death in the early aughts but swap in some distressed high-waisted denim and you’re golden).

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Beethoven’s 2nd

First of all, nobody wants to know how many pages of Google Images I had to go through to get to this photo. Although black and white doesn’t necessarily do Ryce justice (I REALLY wanted a picture of the cool sweater she wears when she makes out with the guy at that party where the entire house falls down), Ryce was so cool. I mean, her name was RYCE (and at the time, I owned a necklace with my name engraved in rice, so our imaginary bond was particularly strong).

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Passport to Paris

I distinctly remember perusing Velvet Pixie for a similar bandanna-headband hybrid while trying to convince my mom that I NEEDED a cordless phone with feathers all over it.

PASSPORT TO PARIS

 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Sloane definitely doesn’t care, but I think her white fringe-leather is totally bitchin.

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She’s All That:

FACT: Jenna Lyons have been so into Pre-Makeover Laney’s overalls and thick-rimmed specs (despite the fact that she really should have been more careful with silk).

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Uptown Girls

I rewound this scene multiple times (#TBT #REWINDING) just to catch another glimpse at perfection that is this dress. That sweatheart neckline! Those cute, yet creepy doll-things! Although I was much more into Mandees than Moschino at the time, I’ve been still been searching for a suitable replica for the past 11 years, and I’m not the only one…

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The Notebook

Some people swoon over Harry Styles, I swoon over monochromatic matching sets (and sometimes, Harry Styles). I mean, whatever you’re into, right?

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Sex and the City

Be still my menswear-inspired heart!

On the Set Of Sex And The City The Movie

(Due to circulating rumors of a third SATC installment, prepare yourselves for a recap of my Carrie favorites, including that one time she wore a belt in the middle of her bare stomach because WHO ELSE could pull that off?)

Why I Don’t Care About Being Called a Basic Bitch

Courtesy of GlamBistro.com
Courtesy of GlamBistro.com

Most people could categorize me as a Basic Bitch, and I really don’t care.

I love ballet flats and sweater vests (I’m wearing both as I type). I think that headbands are killer when styled correctly. Nothing gets me going like a well-structured matching set or a crisp oxford button-up paired with mid-rise skinny jeans. I curl my hair in loose waves because the simple style flatters my face shape (not all of us are blessed with pixie-worthy cheekbones).  I love fall foliage and sweater weather, though I’m not a huge fan of the whole pumpkin-spice thing (that makes me different right?! I’m original, right?! I’m not basic, am I?!).

This desperate quest for originality must be rather exhausting. People who are “different” don’t spend the majority of their time avoiding being called “basic,” they’re far too busy following the path that most intrigues them while carving out a lifestyle that inspires others—whether or not said lifestyle includes daily trips to Starbucks is none of your damn business.

I understand that the term “basic bitch” is meant to represent more than fashion and beauty tendencies, but the whole concept is just such…bullshit. The entire obsession is just another form of marginalization, as explained in this article by The Cut:

“…the woman who calls another woman basic ends up implicitly endorsing two things she probably wouldn’t sign up for if they were spelled out for her: a male hierarchy of culture, and the belief that the self is an essentially surface-level formation.”

When you call someone basic, you are BASICally implying that a she who enjoys a glass of Pinot Grigio and a fashion magazine while winding down from work in a pair of leggings and UGG boots is incapable of having a complex set of dreams, desires, and life goals.

Hopefully some “Non-Basic-Bitch” comes up with another self-serving catchphrase soon. I personally prefer the term “Classic See-You-Next-Tuesday,” but I’ll leave it up to the professionals.

How to Rock Jorts in Style

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As someone who a) has experienced 8th grade and b) prefers a mix of classic, structured silhouettes and uber-feminine, dressy styles, jean shorts don’t typically play a large role in my fashion repertoire. However, as a die-hard Kelly Kapowski wannabe (she always rocked the best denim), I vow to add a couple pairs of jorts into my closet, styled as such (you know, if bank accounts weren’t a thing).

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Taylor Swift’s latest hairstyle and boytoy not included.

Cropped Polo/ High-Waisted Jorts/ Oxford Sneaks/ Handbag / Watch / Shades

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Scalloped denim edges?! Be still my girlish heart!

Peasant Blouse / Scalloped Jorts / Clutch / Bangle / Heels / Earrings / Lipstick

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