Can we all just agree that 80’s movies are the best? If I’m staying in on a Saturday night, you can bet my Netflix queue will be filled with "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off," and "Top Gun." Like the great Emma Stone said in "Easy A," “Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie... But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life” and this is a tragedy I have yet to come to terms with. However, I have figured out a way to instill my love for 80’s films and fashion into holiday outfit ideas this year, so just in case some guy does run all the way across town to confess his love for you New Year’s Eve, you’ll be dressed appropriately.
A special thanks to the Arcadia Boutique for loaning us some beautiful dresses, jewelry and a rockin' leather jacket for the shoot.
A Velvet Dress
Take a cue from Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally" and opt for a velvet dress. Of course, it doesn’t have to be floor length and accompanied by long gloves, but the simplicity and beauty of a velvet dress would make any guy’s heart swoon. Take advantage of this fabric during the cold season and play up it’s enticing texture. A velvet dress can also double as a demonstration of maturity, providing a great reason to not be seated at the kids table. Do they know how hard it is to clean cranberry sauce off of velvet?
"Pretty in Pink"’s dance scene features one of the iconic dresses of the 80’s and it was a DIY! You can take many style tips from this iconic dress, but my favorite would have to be the polka dots! Often reserved for spring festivities, polka dots deserve a place in winter holiday fashion for many reasons. You rarely catch a Grinch wearing such a fun pattern, so sporting this look shows how fun loving and relaxed you are. With a repetitive yet basic pattern as a backdrop, incorporating other prints and statement pieces will be a breeze for even the least style savvy collegiettes.
If you haven’t seen "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off," please stop reading and go do that. No, really, do it. My feelings won’t be hurt, I promise. Now if you have seen the movie or are just returning to this article, you’ll know of Sloan’s fringe jacket. Yes I know her whole outfit isn’t party attire but you can take inspiration from the aforementioned fringe jacket and incorporate it into your festive outfit. Minor details are key and some fringe on the sleeves or shoulders can go a long way on party frocks. You can even be bold by sporting a fringe skirt at the casual holiday gatherings, paying tribute to the coolest kid on the block’s leading lady.
"The Breakfast Club" has been one of my favorite movies for a while, and I never tire of watching the angst and drama that evolves from one detention session. I’m calling on both the ladies in this film for party outfit inspo, since both wore skirts. With the cold weather, long skirts can easily work for family parties and won’t make you look matronly if you know how to do it right. Try to stick to youthful colors, simple patterns and add a belt around the waist to highlight your figure and show your relatives you are rocking your college years. The most important thing to check for is an appropriate length. Tripping over your skirt is a major faux pas and could end up haunting you for quite some time, like forever. Relatives never forget. Knee high boots and running through the halls of your high school are optional.
Buttercup from "The Princess Bride" wears many dresses throughout the film but my favorite is the red one she wears while riding. It’s a wonderful Christmas dress with a modest but flirty V-neck that can easily be created with a draped dress or a dress with a similar shape. These dresses are flattering on almost every body type and are an easy staple to wear for the holiday season due to their versatility. Accessorizing can be very basic but also provides a nice personal touch for the occasion. If you’re channeling Princess Buttercup, a cape is the perfect compliment to your ensemble as it politely declares, “Yes, I’m fabulous.”
Tutus and Tulle
Now, I’m only mentioning Louise from "Teen Witch" because she rocks some killer 80’s wear, not because she’s from a classic Halloween movie. Trust me, everyone here at Her Campus is Halloween-ed out too. To copy her wicked style, spunk up an outfit with a tutu-like skirt, one with tulle around the waist, or a classic peplum for a more toned-down version. It’s a fun, festive way to dress up your outfit in a new, surprising way. When done correctly, your outfit will be a far cry from a ballerina recital reject and more like a fashion forward and totally classy party goer. Plus you have the perfect outfit for twirling and everyone knows no holiday is complete without twirling. So, you’re welcome.