Fashion in Film: Troop Beverly Hills

Troop Beverly Hills fashion

Long before housewives conquered reality TV, one woman trailblazed the path by taking on Beverly Hills’ social scene — and she did it with an exceptional flair for fashion.

Starring Shelley Long and introducing Jenny Lewis, the 1989 movie Troop Beverly Hills follows the adventures of shopaholic Phyllis Nefler (Long). In an effort to bring order to her life amidst a messy divorce, Nefler decides to lead the local Wilderness Girls troop, to which her daughter Hannah (Lewis) belongs to along with seven other over-indulged daughters. Under her guidance, the girls earn badges for traditional activities (CPR, volunteering), and not-so-typical skills such as jewelry appraisal and sushi appreciation.

Nefler’s unorthodox approach, which includes celebrity fashion show fundraisers and taking shelter at the Beverly Hills Hotel when she deems their campsite unacceptable, doesn’t sit well with the Wilderness Girls’ head honcho, so Nefler and the girls are forced to work together to overcome the odds against them.

A story of friendship and fashion, Troop Beverly Hills is an iconic ode to late ’80s style — complete with leotards, oversized florals, and shopping trips galore. You’ll come away saying, “Beverly Hills — what a thrill!”

Troop Beverly Hills fashion

Troop Beverly Hills fashion

Troop Beverly Hills fashion

Troop Beverly Hills fashion

What’s your favorite fashionable ’80s movie?

About Sarah

Who would have thought the little girl in the oversized Goofy T-shirt would grow up to work in fashion? Definitely not young Sarah; she was too busy singing her heart out to Whitney Houston. Today, her eclectic fashion tastes lean toward purses large enough to stash her latest read, way too high of a heel, and the occasional vintage baseball tee.


12 Responses to Fashion in Film: Troop Beverly Hills

  1. Trish 06/15/2012 at 12:53 pm #

    This is SUCH a great blast from the past. Weekend agenda number 1 = GO RENT THIS MOVIE!
    Thanks Modcloth!
    Trish (

  2. Al 06/15/2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I was 8 when this came out and I remember thinking Shelley Long was just SO stylish. But, I was also a girl scout so it was a little bit insulting, too!

  3. Wil Harris 06/15/2012 at 2:06 pm #

    You are so right, she was one of the original housewives. My sisters and I loved this movie; it was fun and funny. And of course the fashion was 80’s but some how it worked! <3

  4. Angela (ModCloth) 06/15/2012 at 3:28 pm #

    So fun! My mom and I loved this movie, and watched it every time it was on TV!

  5. Deirdre 06/15/2012 at 4:23 pm #

    WoW what a throw back…totally forgot about this movie!

  6. Megan 06/16/2012 at 12:13 pm #

    I sure do love this movie! “shopping is our favorite skill”.

  7. Carrie 06/17/2012 at 8:32 am #

    MODCLOTH please find someone to make that cape that Shelley Long is wearing in the fifth picture!

    • Berta 06/18/2012 at 8:53 am #

      I second that

  8. Elyse 06/18/2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Jenny Lewis is in the second to last photo. Far left. =)

  9. Helena (ModCloth) 06/19/2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I live by the quote, “Just because you’re out in the wilderness, there’s no reason not to look your best.”

  10. Ericka S. 06/20/2012 at 8:03 am #

    Oh my goodness, I loved that movie as a kid! I’m going to have to find it online so I can buy it 🙂

  11. DanielleTodd (@DanielleTodd) 06/25/2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I’ve always thought this movie was underrated. It’s hilarious and Phyllis Nefler’s wardrobe was fabulous.

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