“Pretty in Pink” was released in 1986 and was part of three films written by John Hughes starring Molly Ringwald – (you may have seen “The Breakfast Club” or “16 Candles”). Fashion plays a huge role in enhancing the messages of the films, especially in “Pretty in Pink” . The film explores the divide between the classes that was so prevalent in the 1980’s and how it affected all demographics of society – in this case, teenagers in American high school.
The class distinction is blatant in the film, with the more wealthy students wearing tailored, plain, neutral clothing, whereas the protagonists, Duckie and Andie, who come from poorer less stable backgrounds use fashion as their escape, and their outlet to show who they truly are. Andie layers pattern upon pattern and texture upon texture giving her outfits so much depth and things that should be so wrong are so right. Andies moto is if it’s not quite how you want it then add to it- we agree! Andie also wears a lot of lace and floral patterns ensuring that she always looks glamorous and almost regal, despite being dubbed the “poor girl” at school.
Andie has a knack for D.I.Y clothing and her style is so unique that it proved quite hard to imitate, but I’m sure we all having something knocking about in our grandma’s wardrobe, or at the charity shop around the corner that embodies the 80’s style. It’s all about having a bit of fun with it and seeing what works and what doesn’t!
We styled April in two of Andie’s looks from “Pretty in Pink”.
Dress: Urban Outfitter Renewal
Jacket: Blue Rinse
Socks: Urban Outfitters
If you like these looks or want to see some more from any of your other favourite films, please comment, like and share.
Alex, Lindsey and April