Lessons from Pretty in Pink

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It’s funny to see how often fashion cycles and recycles. Look at Andie Walsh: an ‘80s fashion trailblazer. Confident and insecure, confused, intense, angry and frustrated like a proper teenager. Her thrifting, matching, and sewing skills are present in every outfit she puts together. Her style is a representation of her personality and she was rocking the granny chic look long before you and I even heard about it.

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Andie is poor and dreams of living in big beautiful houses and is repulsed by the rich students all at once. She really knows how to make herself look uninterested and unapproachable when it comes to her clothes, wearing layers and layers and tons of accessories to express her frustration and aspirations.

Looking at the iconic Andie Walsh makes me think of two things: fashion repeats itself; one day you look awesome, the next you’re going through old pictures of yourself and cringing at your style choices; and someday our kids we’ll be wearing those same regrettable outfits.

And second, no matter where in the world, what decade, the circumstances; being a teenager will always be a painful and extraordinary phase in everybody’s life. We can all relate; and hopefully some of it will never grow up.

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