Before she was casting spells on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and long before she paired up with Joey Lawrence in Melissa & Joey, Melissa Joan Hart stole our adolescent hearts as the feisty and fashionable Clarissa Darling.
The Nickelodeon sitcom Clarissa Explains It All gave us an insider’s peek into the challenges and troubles of the average teenage girl. Clarissa constantly confided in us — be it about her troubles at school, how to avoid her mother’s alfalfa parfait, and, of course, how to get back at her bratty brother, Ferguson. Years before the rest of us were on AIM, Clarissa was designing her own computer games. While we played with the house cat, Clarissa kept a pet caiman. But all of this awesomeness pales in comparison to Clarissa’s true talent — her sensational styling.
Clarissa was never afraid to strut her style — and often took on critics and parents alike when they tried to get in her way. “This is the dawn of a new era of fashion!” she boasted. “Our mission — to seek out racy combinations, to boldly wear patterns no one has worn before!”
“How could anyone not crave this outstanding ensemble?”
In sharp contrast to Ferguson’s button downs and cardigans, Clarissa’s technicolor tights, mixed patterns, and trendy toppers brashly declared her vibrant personality and inspired a generation of neon-loving fashionistas. It’s easy to see why Clarissa had us glued to the TV whenever SNICK came on.
Having trouble figuring out what to wear in the morning? Just take a tip from Clarissa: “Think hip, think hot, think funk.”
What show from your childhood helped to influence your style?