“Heathers” Style

Posted on December 16, 2015


Well smack us gently with a chainsaw.

You heard us. “Heathers” Style. The fine folks at Fusion loved our Clueless post so much, they asked us to come back and sharpen our claws and analytical skills on the original Mean Girl film, with the meanest, bitchiest, most stylish girls of all time, the Heathers of Westerburg High, in the 1988 cult classic Heathers. It’s on Netflix, so if you haven’t seen it, or it’s been a while, well first: what’s your damage? But more importantly, now would be the time to put down the pate and motor over there to watch it.

A little sample of our musings on the above oh-so-1988 looks:

“Notice the similarities in all the girls: their broad-shouldered menswear-style jackets; their collared shirts buttoned all the way to the neck; the brooches several of them sport. The three Heathers will all rigidly adhere to these style motifs through the rest of the film. While all of these elements were very much on trend for the late ’80s, these girls are dressing rather precociously on some level. As we noted, their styles owe as much to ’80s ladies executive wear as they do to teenage trends. It’s not that teenage girls didn’t dress like this in 1988, it’s just that these four girls are so religiously imitating a style that is slightly advanced for their age. You will never see a female character in any of the many large crowd scenes dressed quite like these four girls are. Unlike Cher and Dionne in Clueless, these A-List girls don’t set the trends for the school. Instead, they deliberately set themselves apart from it and everyone “beneath” them understands that.”

Go and read, darlings. And drop the lovely folks at Fusion a comment while you’re there, if you’re so inclined. It’ll be very.


[Still: Tom and Lorenzo]

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