Andie Walsh has all the makings of a timeless it-girl.
With a job at a record store, the ability to pull off bangs that should be impossible to pull off and a style all her own,Â Molly Ringwaldâ€™s character in 1986â€™s â€œPretty in Pinkâ€ revolves around the uniqueness in both her style and personality. While her thrifting-inspired, eclectic looks donâ€™t necessarily guarantee her a spot at the top of the social hierarchy, they both draw the attention of preppy Blane McDonough and solidify her character as an ’80s fashion guru. The homemade prom dress is the icing on the icon cake.
Sloane Peterson, girlfriend and co-con artist of Ferris Bueller, deserves a special place on our list. While she only wears one outfit throughout the course of 1986â€™s â€œFerris Buellerâ€™s Day Off,â€ the outfit in question is an especially difficult look to pull off, which she does with ease. Her expertise in layering also makes for several looks in one.
In a movie that made vampires look cool decades before â€œTwilight,â€ Jami Gertzâ€™s character from 1987â€™s â€œThe Lost Boysâ€ stole the spotlight from even the leather-clad bloodsucking biker gang. With her flowing bohemian skirts and long curly hair, Star, the love interest of both main characters, strays from the typical 80â€™s style embodied by high school characters like Sloane and Andie, while creating a look thatâ€™s both aspirational and fitting for her free-spirited character.
While 1987â€™s â€œDirty Dancingâ€ is more so remembered for certain iconically cheesy lines and impressive dance numbers than for fashion, Jennifer Greyâ€™s Baby Houseman doesnâ€™t let a summer spent at camp keep her from pulling out all the stops. In the montage where Baby learns to dance, specifically, she goes from denim shorts to tights and leotards to matching sets, all paired with her signature curly hair.
A less commonly-known 80â€™s movie that jump-started Nicolas Cageâ€™s career, 1983â€™s â€œValley Girlâ€ was a cultural moment for both lingo and fashion. Main character Julie Richman, played by Deborah Foreman, encapsulated 80â€™s valley girl style, from feathered hair to high-necked blouses and popped collars. While the plot may be as dated as the style, the looks rocked by both Julie and Nicolas Cageâ€™s Randy make the movie an enjoyable watch.
While Winona Ryderâ€™s Veronica Sawyer is the undisputed fashion queen of 1988â€™s â€œHeathersâ€ and debatably the 80â€™s in general, highlighting her style alone is unfair to her villainous supporting cast. Heather Chandler, Duke and McNamara each rock their respective red, green and yellow color palettes with ease, making their fates at the hands of JD all the more tragic.