If there’s one thing that fashionable ’80s cult film Heathers can teach you, it’s that the American high school can be a treacherous place.
Set in the Midwest at Westerberg High School, the film has all the typical trappings of state-required education, but with a murderous twist.
Heathers centers around a typical popular mean-girl clique: a croquet-loving foursome that includes queen bee Heather Chandler (Kim Walker), Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty), Heather McNamara (Lissane Falk), and popularity-rebel Veronica Sawyer (played by the amazing Winona Ryder).
Heathers is not merely a vastly underappreciated comedy, it’s also a highly fashionable film.
These popular girls have no problem expressing themselves through clothing, accessories, and general appearance; styling is important, and this clique has perfected the practice.
Their hair is carefree – wavy and cool, not overdone – with Heather Chandler and Heather McNamara letting their mess of curls rule.
The clique typically sports coordinating ’80s popular girl looks – oversized patchworked or vibrantly colored blazers with linebacker shoulder pads – but they fill out their wardrobes with welcome individual flourishes. Veronica favors blue tights and a whole mess of brooches, typically with one sweetly placed at the top of her button-up shirts. Heather Chandler has her signature enormous red scrunchie, the ultimate symbol of her status as popular girl queen bee.
The Heathers, though more homogenous, also have some great looks. Think lacy socks with plaid flats, floor-length pink brocade robes – which welcomed Heather Chandler to her untimely end – and body-con mourning dresses. Even the other students and faculty at Westerberg High have great style. J.D. is the personification of psychotic cool, with his signature small, gold hoop earring in one ear, and foreboding long black trench.
Ms. Fleming, the suicide-capitalizer, favors rad animal-themed accessories and wears a belted golden-rod scarf as a sash. Be sure to peep the whale-print button-down on the yearbook nerd and the “Big Fun” slogan tee on other students – which is ridiculously easy to DIY, and even the gratuitously teased Martha “Dumptruck” Dunnstock was in on the trend.
Whatever your need – cocktail party-approved quoteables or fashion inspiration – the girls of Heathers are there for you.