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Between slap bracelets and pizza bagels, there’s no question that the ’90s were a time of creative innovation. While some of us spent our days writing AIM status message haiku, we were busy taking wardrobe tips from TV style icons, who managed to pair their oh-so-enviable friendships with flawlessly layered outfits. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite duos that knew a thing or two about how to master layering.
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Let’s start with flannel-wearing royalty – Rayanne Graff and Angela Chase. While they navigated the emotional turmoil of high school, these two defined cool with kaleidoscopic pattern mixing, oversized plaid shirts over nearly everything, and an absolute plethora of accessories.
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We’re not even going to touch the Henley peeking out of Jordan Catalano’s corduroy coat, because this photo is probably enough.
While the cast of MSCL was all angst and grunge, the ladies of Clueless were working head-to-toe fashion with legit designer labels. Of course they taught us how to take take plaid from punk to posh (spoiler alert: cardigans and flip phones), but let’s not forget that Cher and Dionne also showed us about glam gym-ready layering.
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Let everyone else rack up the points for creativity, because Daria and Jane took the prize for most monotonous. Daria rocked her deep green jacket on the regular, while Jane touted her maroon blazer, cuffed shorts, leggings, and similarly tough boots. Note Jane’s sleeves were always pushed high to allow for art making or crossed-arm sighing at a moment’s notice.
Unless you stuck around for the costume montage during the credits – and we know you did – these are just about the only outfits you ever saw on this salty duo.
Lisa, Jessie, and Kelly were never afraid to go bold with floral prints, flared hemlines, and the staple vest (we see ya, Spanno). Sure, the ladies of Bayside could have given the boys a few style pointers, but Lisa Turtle gets a special shout-out for her command of this shorts-on-shorts look.
OK, we all know that Clarissa was the real star here, breaking down the any notion your mom had of ‘matching’ every afternoon, but can we take a moment to talk about Sam’s coordinating neon look? Pure BFF perfection.
If we all had cousins as cool as Will, pairing our suspenders, T-shirt, hoodie, hat, and patchwork pants would be so much simpler! Even Carlton knew he was being outdone by Ashley, just look at him.
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Everyone’s favorite aunt from Roseanne required no stylish sidekick – Jackie rode alone. She was practically a pro at double denim.
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And don’t forget Alex from the secret world of Alex Mack; she rocked layers as well as her ever-ubitiquious hats.
What about Blossom and Six from Blossom? Those hats were the best. Love the inclusions of My So-Called Life and Clarissa!!! At 16 yrs old, I was never more jealous of Angela Chase riding shotgun in Jordan Catalano’s red muscle car….
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