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, Molly Ringwald’s character in 1986’s “Pretty in Pink” revolves around the uniqueness in both her style and personality. While her thrifting-inspired, eclectic looks don’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 1986’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” 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 “Twilight,” Jami Gertz’s character from 1987’s “The Lost Boys” 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 80’s style embodied by high school characters like Sloane and Andie, while creating a look that’s both aspirational and fitting for her free-spirited character.
While 1987’s “Dirty Dancing” is more so remembered for certain iconically cheesy lines and impressive dance numbers than for fashion, Jennifer Grey’s Baby Houseman doesn’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 80’s movie that jump-started Nicolas Cage’s career, 1983’s “Valley Girl” was a cultural moment for both lingo and fashion. Main character Julie Richman, played by Deborah Foreman, encapsulated 80’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 Cage’s Randy make the movie an enjoyable watch.
While Winona Ryder’s Veronica Sawyer is the undisputed fashion queen of 1988’s “Heathers” and debatably the 80’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.