5 Back-to-School Outfits Inspired By Your Favorite Movie Characters

It’s almost time to put away the bikinis and the flip flops, and bring out the sweaters and boots. This means that it’s also time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear on your first day of school… or what you’re going to wear to school in general! If you don’t have to wear a uniform, then you know that picking a different outfit every day can be exhausting.

If your closet isn’t providing the inspiration you need, look no further than your favorite movies. The characters below have style ranging from classic to kickin’ and each look can be personalized for you. No matter what your personal style may be, you’re going to want to try one of these outfits for school. Here are 5 back-to-school outfits inspired by your favorite movie characters: 

1. Cher from Clueless

clueless outfits

Cher’s yellow plaid ensemble is as iconic as the movie itself. It’s inspired many a Halloween costume (I’ve been there, done that), and Iggy Azalea’s Fancy music video. While your closet may not be as vast and technologically enhanced as Cher’s, you can look as hip as her! Don’t forget to add the attitude.

Yellow cardigan: Modcloth, $39.99
Plaid skirt: American Apparel, $56
Knee high socks: Nordstrom, $8.50


2. Josie from Never Been Kissed

never been kissed

Josie got a second chance to make a first style impression when she went back to high school as an undercover reporter. While her choices were a little out there, monochrome is on point. Take her outfit into 2015 with modern lines and a slightly smaller collection of feathers.

White pants: J.Crew, $89.50
White blazer: Zara, $69.90
Feather necklace: Bebe, $49


3. Sandy from Grease


Sandy ended the school year with a bang in this outfit—kick yours off with it! While you should never feel the need to change the way you dress to impress a boy, you can’t deny that this leather combo was kind of amazing. But remember: cigarettes are never a hot accessory!

Leather jacket: H&M, $49.95
Off the shoulder tank: Love Culture, $5
Leather pants: Nasty Gal, $48


4. Elle from Legally Blonde

legally blonde law school

Elle Woods was a badass law student and I give her props for that, but I can’t pretend that I actually liked her look on the first day of class. Swap that ugly blue/green sweater jacket thingy for a canvas jacket (which will be a staple in your fall wardrobe) and knot a floaty scarf instead of a tie. The mix of casual and professional will look totally #trendy.

Belted canvas jacket: Guess, $84.90
Pencil skirt: J.Crew, $59.90
Scarf: Forever 21, $9.90


5. Cady from Mean Girls

mean girls hallway

After Cady Heron got out of Damian’s polo shirt, she really stepped up her style. Just make sure you don’t fall into the trap she did by letting your popularity go to your head. And watch out for trash cans—Cady fell in one wearing this outfit!

Blue cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft, $39.99
Pink tank: Forever 21, $3.90
Multicolored flared skirt: SheIn, $20.33


Which of these back-to-school outfits was your favorite? What are you going to wear? Tell us in the comments!


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