My boyfriend and I love watching comedies from the ’90s and early 2000s before bed at night. We’ve both seen these flicks hundreds of times for the most part, but if he’s trying to introduce me to a classic I haven’t watched, I always ask the same absurdly childish question about the film before we start: “What actresses are in it?” Why? It’s about outfit inspiration, people! Especially now, when trends like low-slung jeans and going-out tops from the early aughts are resurfacing, I can’t get enough of that “grown-up Limited Too look,” or so I call it.
“Do I look like Britney Spears at 17?” I’ve generally started to ask my family and friends (who are not in the fashion industry) before we go out to the movies or a low-key diner for dinner. “Um, yes actually, exactly like that,” they say, raising their eyebrows at me like I am a crazy person. “Good, that’s what I’m going for!” I assure them.
But as I’ve run out of Britney, Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, and Gwen Stefani outfits to re-create, I’ve turned my attention to the screen. After I watched Pulp Fiction for the first time, I dressed in Mia Wallace’s sexy, simple black-and-white color palette for a solid week. Why not bring that back when the iconic flares and button-down she dances in would make for a fabulous combination today?
So that’s my new method for getting dressed. I’ve been reminiscing and rewatching old movie scenes with incredible style moments, then making them feel brand-new with fresh little twists from my closet. Enter Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink, Rachel McAdams as Regina George, and even Kate Hudson as Penny Lane for a little boho influence (a double throwback to the ’70s and ’90s!).
Scroll to see how I’ve reinterpreted these signature looks, then leave a note in the comments to let me know which fictional character you want to see me dress like next! What, you thought there’d be a limit to my dedication? As if!