Under the Radar: Blast from the Past

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Quirky, cute and groovy are the fashion babes of the past, but lucky for us we don’t have to travel back in time to put on our high rised cow bells, or our go go boots and wave the peace sign at everybody because we’ve got these people on television to thank! Let’s hope they can inspire us to trade in our present day closets for ones from the past!

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Navy high waisted disco pants by Fashion Union – Exclusive Moto jacket in mushroom (left) – Skyscraper flocked court shoes by Vivienne Westwood (centre) – Illamasque Generation Q Lipstick – Lipsy Lace cap sleeve body (right)

So Sandy from “Grease” (1978) got Danny in the end, could it be due to her huge wardrobe transformation? She started out with her innocent school girl ensembles which consisted of full vibrant skirts and comfy preppy sweaters only to trade it in for a biker leather jacket, some tight leather pants and some smoking hot red heels towards the end of the film. It’s not easy to go from “summer lovin’” to “tell me about it, stud” in just the duration of 225 minutes, but Sandy has done it and so can you! It’s super easy to recreate her look especially with the infamous disco pant circulating the high street. Add a cute black top and a beat up vintage leather jacket over that and you’re ready to head down to the carnival to get your man.


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Fine short sleeve tee white by Austique – Short cream welly socks by Hunter – My cherry navy skirt by Sessun – Robert Clergerie platform sandals (right)

Ever had an annoying sister? Well, Bianca Stratford from “10 things I hate about you” (1999) was one, but we can’t deny the fact that she has a pretty sweet sense of style. She enjoys wearing strategically planned patterned summer dresses just to make guys that are unpopular realize that they can never touch her and guys who are realize that they want to. Snotty, is she not? Boys, put her in your “spank bank” and move on, she, my friend is what you will spend the rest of your life not having (10 things I hate about you reference). Girls, what you can have though, is her quirky, fun and flirty style. Put on your cutest skirt and your mom’s pearls and to achieve an everyday Bianca Stratford snobby princess look!


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Pink texture cigarette pant by A|wear – Trailing floral ¾ sleeve top by Cath Kidson – Asos round metal sunglasses with metal bridge detail – Peter Jensen mini white flatform sandals – Ashiana looped and bead chain necklace

So your life might not play out like a John Hugh movie after all but it can come pretty darn close don’t you think? All you’ve got to do is dress up like Andie Walsh from “Pretty in Pink”(1986) and find someone like Blane Mcdonnagh …ok so maybe the latter isn’t as easy as it reads, but we’re more than happy to help you get half way there!  Andie loves experimenting with odd patterns and textiles including lace, silk, florals and knits. She occasionally incorporates the granny – chic look into her awkward style and somehow always manages to integrate a virginal shade of pink into everything she wears. Her wardrobe is pretty self-efficient – consisting of mostly second hand items and pieces that are hand sewn. Maybe your handmade shiny pink dress and your excessive amounts of cheap jewelry might not get you your Blane, but dressing up like Andie Walsh can potentially get you a Ducky who might even beg you to “try a little tenderness” (pretty in pink reference)?


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Chloe denim Bermuda shorts – Converse Chuck Taylor all star plimsolls – Pepe jeans peasant top with embroidery

I know I wasn’t the only 90’s kid who wanted (and still do) to dress like Vada Sultenfuss from “My Girl” (1991)! I’ve always envied her casual, laidback and oh so very cute ensembles. Her outfits always have a perfect balance of both feminine and masculine touches. Vada enjoys wearing peasant blouses like the one above, bermuda shorts and white sneakers. All of these are 70s pieces are definitely available in the current high street and I’m sure you can’t wait to get your hands on them! She also rocks a pair of farmer’s overalls from time to time, but if that’s a little too much for you, be sure to leave them behind with your 9 year old self!


Inspired yet? 

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