The Heathers (and the Veronica) might not have been the best people, but they certainly knew how to rock a shoulder pad.
Funnily enough, The Craft’s coven didn’t even use witchcraft to conjure these masterpieces of ’90s schoolgirl fashion.
The Plastics, Mean Girls
Sure, the Plastics had a pretty strict set of rules, but in Girl World, the best looks are carefully planned — and coordinated. Some of us still think Wednesdays are empty without a little pink.
Can you imagine being so stylish that you needed to invent a computer program to log and plan your outfits? Neither can we, but at least we had Cher Horowitz to show us our dreams, with Dionne Davenport and Tai (post-makeover, obvs) by her side.
The Pink Ladies, Grease
No one made matching jackets and poodle skirts look as cool as Grease’s resident bad gals.
The Ashleys, Recess
Like a combination of Heathers and Clueless (I mean, one Ashley quite literally stole Cher Horowitz’s look), the queen bees of the Recess schoolyard dressed in Easter egg-colored perfection.
Blair Waldorf and her minions, Gossip Girl
No one will ever be able to jazz up a school uniform quite like Blair Waldorf and her coterie of followers — and a bitchy glare and savage kiss-off are always the right accessories.
The Sharks, West Side Story
That color palette! Those high-waisted pants! Don’t know about you, but we’d wear any one of the Sharks’ outfits tomorrow. Plus, they can dance and fight in them!
The Greasers, The Outsiders
Denim-on-denim, leather jackets, and even muscle tees have never been cooler: The Greasers still look as sharp as the switchblades in their pockets.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Did Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson predict the great athleisure trend of the ’10s? We’ll never be sure, but either way, the Tenenbaum family is the best-dressed movie clan of all time.
The Disney Princesses
From Belle’s perfect ponytail to Tiana’s tiara to Mulan’s enviable androgyny, these princesses knew a thing or two about dressing your best.
The Pretty Little Liars
Their high school outfits looked like they were ready for the club, and they had a new chic black dress for all of the many funerals they had to attend. Who else looks like this carrying a casket?!
The best thing about the Spice Girls is you can pick which Spice’s look to emulate based on personality. (Although let’s be honest, everyone should pick Posh.)
Sex and the City
Yes, we all know by now that Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t have bought those clothes or her trademark Manolos (let alone the apartment she stored them in) on a newspaper columnist’s salary. But she wore it all like the sidewalks were her runway, and so did Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha — who probably could afford their wardrobes. When it comes to dressing for boozy brunch or not being afraid to show some skin after 30, nobody did it better than the ladies of SATC.
The Crawley Sisters, Downton Abbey
Fine, dressing well is easy when you’re rich. But that doesn’t mean the Crawley sisters shouldn’t get credit for their exquisite Edwardian wardrobes — most of which wasn’t even seen outside the walls of Downton.
The Lisbon Sisters, The Virgin Suicides
Even when they wore four variations of the same dress, the tragically beautiful Lisbon sisters’ looks were pure ethereal excellence.
The Bling Ring
When all your clothes actually belong to stars like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, of course you’re going to look great.
The Breakfast Club
They might not have the complementary group looks of some of the other gangs on this list, but each member of the Breakfast Club wears the perfect uniform for his or her ascribed personality. Those clothes might be shields, but they’re stylish ones.