I rank Mean Girls right up there with Sixteen Candles and Clueless. And I’d say it’s easily the best chick flick to come out of the 21st century, hands down. Not only was it (for once) a more accurate depiction of how girls treated each other in high school, it also taught us a few tough lessons on why that wasn’t/isn’t acceptable behavior. But aside from all that serious stuff, it also gave us a few great wardrobe tips. So here it is: the 7 style lessons we learned from watching Mean Girls (on repeat):
Regina: Oh my God, I love your skirt! Where did you get it?
Lea Edwards: It was my mom’s in the ’80s.
Regina: Vintage, so adorable.
Lea Edwards: Thanks.
Regina: [after girl walks away] That is the ugliest f-ing skirt I’ve ever seen.
Lesson #1: Just because someone says they like your outfit, doesn’t mean they do. Either way though, compliments shouldn’t define what you wear or don’t wear. Also, despite Regina’s sarcasm, vintage IS totally adorable.
Regina: Ma’am, do you have this in the next size up?
Saleslady: Sorry, we only carry sizes 1, 3, and 5. You could try Sears.
Lesson#2: Never buy a smaller size dress for a function just because you’re “starting a diet tomorrow.” Tomorrow may actually be tomorrow, or it could be the day after never. Either wait to buy the dress until a time where you know your weight won’t fluctuate that much, or just embrace whatever size you are and get that awesome dress now! Worst case, you lose some weight and have to return it/pay a few extra bucks for alterations.
Gretchen: Well, I mean you wouldn’t buy a skirt without asking your friends first if it looks good on you.
Cady: I wouldn’t?
Lesson #3: Alright, while we wouldn’t go so far as to never buy anything our friends hadn’t approved first, we do think our friends’ opinions are important. Especially if you have friends you trust (we hope you do!). Sometimes getting another perspective on an outfit can save you from a total mistake, whether it’s passing up on something you totally should’ve bought, or ditching something you totally shouldn’t have. If you’re feeling a bit insecure one day (let’s say, around bikini season), a friend can be the one who reminds you that you’re being too hard on yourself and that you actually look pretty damn good.
Gretchen: Regina, you’re wearing sweatpants. It’s Monday.
Karen: So that’s against the rules, and you can’t sit with us.
Regina: Whatever. Those rules aren’t real.
Karen: They were real that day I wore a vest!
Regina: Because that vest was disgusting!
Lesson #4: Don’t wear sweatpants to class or work. Also, vests are really hard to pull off if you aren’t a dude or a gorgeous bohemian nymph. Damn … guess that was two lessons.
Karen: Why are you dressed so scary?
Cady: It’s Halloween
Lesson #5: Halloween is by far the best holiday, in my opinion. It’s the one night of the year where you can wear anything you want, whether that be a slutty costume or a scary one. Personally, I prefer Cady’s method of being as frightening as possible. Girls already have to spend so much of their time worrying about looking pretty, that it’s nice to give that all a break for once and just say ‘screw it’ and scare the pants off of everyone. Save the skanky spandex for your synchronized Christmas song routine:
Gretchen: You know that I’m not allowed to wear hoop earrings, right? Yeah. Two years ago she told me hoops earrings were *her* thing and I wasn’t allowed to wear them anymore. And then for Hannakuh, my parents got this pair of really expensive white gold hoops and I had to pretend like I didn’t even like them and… it was SO sad.
Lesson #6: Never let another person tell you what you can and can’t wear. That’s just SO SAD. Also, having a “signature” accessory or style can be awesome, but don’t hate a girl if she happens to like the same thing. Remember, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. (Bonus quote: “I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip flops, so I bought army pants and flip flops.” )
Karen: On Wednesdays, we wear pink.
Lesson #7: Last but not least, synchronized dressing is better left for high school. Buying matching shirts or dressing the same in college/workplace is pretty weird. That said, enjoy it while you can – coordinating with your friends can be a fun way to make getting ready each morning a little more exciting. Just don’t let it take over your life (or wardrobe.).