Cher and the gang from Clueless, All Over Press

Cher and the gang from Clueless, All Over Press

The ten best teen movie looks

They have memorable lines, now-famous faces and, of course, show off all our favourite trends. We count down the ten most stylish teen movies of all time.

BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (1989)

Perfectly defining 1980s slacker style, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure stars the time-travelling duo in band t-shirts, unbuttoned waistcoats, tube socks and rolled-up sweatpants. Never has Keanu Reeves seemed so effortlessly, lazily stylish.

DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)

With all the staples of boarding-school chic, Dead Poets Society is a classic of East Coast academic style. Navy blazers, striped ties, oxford shirts and loafers might be strictly uniform, but on-screen they add up to a preppy charm only found in the poshest of private schools.

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)

James Dean didn’t need an elaborate costume to show his apathy to the world in Rebel Without a Cause: timeless Lee jeans with a white t-shirt, boots and a red windbreaker were enough to prove his outsider status in the 1950s flick.

DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993)

A cult classic of the 1990s, Dazed and Confused looks back at a 1970s all-American high school in all its charm. At Lee High, school stereotypes are divided into style tribes: jocks, nerds, popular girls and hippies. Floral shirts and high-waisted denim abound.

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THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)

It was the film that broke down teenage social barriers, and at the centre was Molly Ringwald, queen of the 1980s high school movie, as Claire Standish, the aloof stylish princess head to toe in pink and brown Ralph Lauren.

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MEAN GIRLS (2004)

Promoting shopping as the ideal afterschool activity, the eponymous Mean Girls abide by a series of rules linking fashion to social status. In this world, vintage is bad, pink is good (on Wednesdays), sweatpants are permitted once a week and hoop earrings are OK – but only if you’re Regina George.

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CLUELESS (1995)

The ultimate teen screen fashionista, Cher Horowitz lives in a glamorous bubble of Calvin Klein and Azzedine Alaïa. In 1990s Los Angeles, preppy plaid coordination equals popularity, retail therapy rules and baggy trousers could be the biggest faux pas at Beverly Hills High.

EASY A (2010)

A modern-day riff on The Scarlet Letter, Easy A follows Olive as she accidentally reinvents herself from unknown frump to the talk of the class, the saucy source of scandal in a sleepy school. Her wardrobe follows too: think bustiers, sunglasses and racy red lips.

GHOST WORLD (2001)

The outsider girls of Ghost World, Enid and Rebecca, wear their disillusion on their sleeve. This means cartoon tees, leather jackets, jazzy hairclips and vintage dresses, worn by Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson with buckets of awkward charm.

FAME (1980)

Following the lives and loves of students at New York’s High School of Performing Arts, Fame is a masterclass in the sporty style of the 1980s: legwarmers, sweatshirts and leotards - all essential to get the acrobatic-meets-academic look.

 

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