The Breakfast Club Is 30 Years Old, But Its Fashion Is Timeless

In honor of the iconic teen movie's hard-to-believe 30th anniversary, here's how to get updated versions of Claire's and Allison's looks.
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In honor of the iconic teen movie's hard-to-believe 30th anniversary, here's how to get updated versions of Claire's and Allison's looks.
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I was two months shy of six years old when The Breakfast Club hit theaters in February of 1985 — obviously not the target demographic. I can remember seeing commercials for it and thinking, "That's a movie for my sister," who was a freshman in college at the time. 

In fact, I didn't actually get around to watching it myself until I was in college. Having started high school leaning a bit "princess" and ending it leaning quite heavily "basket case," I think I needed to put some distance between myself and the reality of high-school labels before I could objectively watch an all-too-accurate fictional imagining of them. Now, however, I'm well-versed in what is easily one the most important John Hughes movies — nay, one of the most important teen movies — of all time. 

I still don't understand why anyone would choose to wear a skirt to detention when jeans are allowed.

I still don't understand why anyone would choose to wear a skirt to detention when jeans are allowed.

Arguably, at least a tiny bit of what makes The Breakfast Club so memorable is the fashion sense of the two female detentionees, Claire, played by Molly Ringwald, and Allison, played by Ally Sheedy. Although their styles are decidedly, recognizably 1985, there's no doubt in my mind that someone wearing their outfits today would look pretty damn cute — and pretty damn 2015.

I've broken down the key elements of their outfits and found current pieces that will help you emulate their retro — I mean, holy crap, this movie is 30 years old! — yet most definitely timeless looks.

Claire

Claire may very well be the reason I love pink and brown together.

Claire may very well be the reason I love pink and brown together.

Claire's outfit is a flawless mix of relaxed and dressy: a casual, pink, woven V-neck top with rolled sleeves; a brown pencil skirt; a wide brown belt with that whole belt-within-a-belt thing going on; and knee-high, brown boots that lace only to the ankle. In addition to a thin-strap watch, the accessories include a cameo ring and, of course, diamond stud earrings, one of which you should fully expect to give a "criminal" so he can wear it in his super-rebellious single earring hole.

GET THE LOOK:

Clockwise from top left: Inclined to Explore Boot, $23.99 at ModCloth; Essential Diamond Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold (1/4 ct.), $295 at Blue Nile; Bayside Stretch Corduroy Skirt, $34.99 at L.L. Bean; Back Road Ramble Tunic, $34.99 at ModCloth; Vince Camuto Chevron Whipstitch Belt, $48 at Nordstrom; Vintage Yellow Gold Pink Shell Cameo Ring, $149.99 on Etsy.

Clockwise from top left: Inclined to Explore Boot, $23.99 at ModCloth; Essential Diamond Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold (1/4 ct.), $295 at Blue Nile; Bayside Stretch Corduroy Skirt, $34.99 at L.L. Bean; Back Road Ramble Tunic, $34.99 at ModCloth; Vince Camuto Chevron Whipstitch Belt, $48 at Nordstrom; Vintage Yellow Gold Pink Shell Cameo Ring, $149.99 on Etsy.

But let's be honest. You could totally substitute the ModCloth top for a pink scrub top — just cuff the sleeves.

Cherokee Workwear Unisex V-Neck 1-Pocket Solid Scrub Top, $11.98 at allheart.com

Cherokee Workwear Unisex V-Neck 1-Pocket Solid Scrub Top, $11.98 at allheart.com

Allison

Allison's outfit might have been used as a tool to convey her basket-casiness, but in retrospect, it has an artsy, DGAF vibe that reads more cool than I-decorate-drawings-with-my-dandruff.

I dig her hair, despite the flakes.

I dig her hair, despite the flakes.

The must-have elements of this look: an oversize black sweater; a swingy, dark, printed midi skirt; a dark, printed (but not the same print) scarf; black canvas high tops; and gym socks layered over gray opaque tights. I'm warm just typing that.

GET THE LOOK:

Clockwise from top left: Polyester Button Up Long Skirt, $72 at American Apparel; Oversized Swing Sweater, $59.95 at Gap; Warehouse Checked Lightweight Scarf, $26.53 at ASOS; Stripe Calf-High Sock, $9 at American Apparel; Jack Purcell Brushed Cotton Sneaker, $75 at Converse; Merona Opaque Tights (two-pack), $14 at Target.

Clockwise from top left: Polyester Button Up Long Skirt, $72 at American Apparel; Oversized Swing Sweater, $59.95 at Gap; Warehouse Checked Lightweight Scarf, $26.53 at ASOS; Stripe Calf-High Sock, $9 at American Apparel; Jack Purcell Brushed Cotton Sneaker, $75 at Converse; Merona Opaque Tights (two-pack), $14 at Target.

But wait! As anyone whose seen The Breakfast Club knows, Allison is subjected to one of cinema's least-necessary, most-disheartening makeovers.

You don't have to conform, Allison! You do look cute, though.

You don't have to conform, Allison! You do look cute, though.

In addition to a little makeup switch (less "black shit" under the eyes, more blush and gloss), her transformation simply involves a girlish, sleeveless top and a flouncy headband.

GET THE LOOK:

Embroidered Carissa Top, $138 at Anthropologie; Poly Silk Twist Scarf, $14 at American Apparel. 

Embroidered Carissa Top, $138 at Anthropologie; Poly Silk Twist Scarf, $14 at American Apparel

Emilio Estevez will find you irresistible. But then, he apparently finds a lot of people irresistible — dude follows almost 40,000 people on Twitter.

Which Breakfast Club look is your favorite? Principal Vernon is a totally legit answer. (But be forewarned, someone may ask you, "Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?")