Fashion Flashback! Dress Up In '80s and '90s Movies-Inspired Costumes for Halloween

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We were hit with what seemed like a tidal wave of decades-old nostalgia this year, which included the '80s-beloved perm making a modern comeback, the major '90s takeover on the fashion front (thanks to your fave celebs like Bella Hadid and T. Swift), and Milan Fashion Week's relentless ode to the '70s.

In keeping with the theme, we thought it was fitting to take a look back at the most fashion-forward '80s and '90s films for Halloween costume inspiration. We started with Cher Horowitz (as if we would leave her out!) from Clueless and pieced together her look, from her iconic little red dress to her retro cell phone. Next, we switched gears and tapped a darker side with Mia Wallace's look from the Quentin Tarantino's black comedy Pulp Fiction.

From Julia Roberts's scandalous cutout dress in Pretty Woman to Molly Ringwald's memorable pink bridesmaid dress in Sixteen Candles, take a look at all the iconic costumes that we've shopped out. Take a walk through cinematic history and consider this an homage to the greatest in movie costumes.

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SAMANTHA BAKER FROM SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984)

SAMANTHA BAKER FROM SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984)
20th Century Fox; Courtesy (4)

Shop the look: Mikael Aghal dress, $251 (originally $627). Nine West flats, $33; amazon.com. Sweet 16 candles, $8. Flower headband, $7 (originally $11); amazon.com.

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NANCY FROM THE CRAFT (1996)

NANCY FROM THE CRAFT (1996)
20th Century Fox; Courtesy (4)

Shop the look: H&M white cardigan, $15. Chic Wish plaid skirt, $33 (originally $43). Cross earrings, $20; amazon.com. Kitsch double choker, $12. Steve Madden combat boots, $100.

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CHER HOROWITZ FROM CLUELESS (1995)

CHER HOROWITZ FROM CLUELESS (1995)
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Shop the look: River Island dress, $24 (originally $56). Retro phone, $7; amazon.com. Red mary jane pumps. Feather boa, $6; amazon.com.

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VIVIAN WARD FROM PRETTY WOMAN (1990)

VIVIAN WARD FROM PRETTY WOMAN (1990)
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Shop the look: Topshop crop top, $12. Topshop metallic miniskirt, $65. Kendall + Kylie thigh high boots, $225.

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BABY HOUSEMAN FROM DIRTY DANCING (1987)

BABY HOUSEMAN FROM DIRTY DANCING (1987)
Courtesy Lions Gate Home Ent. ; Courtesy (3)

Shop the look: H&M white button down, $20. H&M denim bermudas, $30. Keds sneakers, $40; keds.com.

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ALEX OWENS FROM FLASHDANCE (1983)

ALEX OWENS FROM FLASHDANCE (1983)
Paramount Pictures; Courtesy (4)

Shop the look: Gray sweatshirt, $13. Sports bra, $10 (originally $15). Sam Edelman red pumps, $120. Adidas Performance leggings, $40.

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HEATHER CHANDLER FROM HEATHERS (1988)

HEATHER CHANDLER FROM HEATHERS (1988)
Alamy Stock Photo; Courtesy (7)

Shop the look: Armani Jeans blazer, $170 (originally $244). H&M button-down shirt, $20. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet red shorts, $225. Kenneth Jay Lane gold brooch, $100. Red scrunchie, $11; amazon.com. Saddle oxford flats, $30. Croquet set, $30.

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ROMY WHITE FROM ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (1997)

ROMY WHITE FROM ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (1997)
20th Century Fox; Courtesy (4)

Shop the look: Topshop metallic minidress, $60. Gorjana choker necklace, $55. Silver platforms, $20 (originally $53). Post-It notes, $10; officedepot.com.

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MIA WALLACE FROM PULP FICTION (1994)

MIA WALLACE FROM PULP FICTION (1994)
Miramax; Courtesy (4)

Shop the look: H&M button-down, $20. Topshop leggings, $20. MAC red lipstick, $10. Born oxford flats, $100.

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