20 Years Later, Romy and Michele Are Still Setting Style Trends
It’s officially been 20 years since Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion hit theaters, and while plenty has changed since the cult classic’s debut, fashion trends have come full circle. The ‘90s are back in a big way, after all, and no one better embodied the great kitschiness of the decade than Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow). Sure, the iconic duo made some questionable outfit choices as they set out to face their former high school classmates at their 10-year reunion. But when re-watching the movie now, their wardrobe doesn’t feel dated. In fact, it feels right on trend.
Just picture Romy and Michele walking into Zara or Topshop today. They'd be in crushed velvet heaven. From platform sandals and satin-y slip dresses to bedazzled chokers and pastels galore, the pattern-loving pair would seamlessly work the modern incarnation of each and every ‘90s trend into their shared wardrobe. Or, they might opt for an entirely different look because they don't follow the trends—they set them.
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That’s why, two decades after they graced our screens and claimed to have invented Post-Its, Romy and Michele are still total #stylegoals. Were their looks downright wacky at times? Yes. But they owned it unapologetically—especially once they stopped trying to impress their former peers and felt comfortable in their own sequin-wearing skin. And so in a world full of “A-Groups,” it’s still totally cool to be a Romy or Michele—as evidenced by the fact that you can still score many of their most memorable style staples today. Scroll down to shop the modern-day versions of their best looks.
THE ALL-PINK PARTY LOOK
Michele’s pastel pink babydoll had all of the over-the-top girly details that you could ask for in a dress: a fluffy fur hem, a dainty bow, and just the right amount of sparkle. Luckily, there are plenty of “millennial pink” party dresses that do Michele’s look justice currently on sale. Just pair with the perfect jewelry—pink drop earrings and the glitziest choker you can find—and you’re set. Oh, and be sure to find the biggest platform sandals possible. Romy and Michele did deduct 16 pounds from their weight for their massive shoes, after all.
…AND ITS BLUE COUNTERPART
Romy’s icy blue dress balanced out the frills of Michele’s look. The frock’s silver geometric details made it feel a bit space-age, but a similarly shimmery teal midi would make just as strong of a statement at any party today—whether you’re trying to show up your former frenemies or not. Pair it with a strong silver platform shoe and a thin glittery choker for a retro-inspired outfit that’s still totally cutting edge.
A DELICIOUSLY COLORFUL OUTFIT
If there’s one thing that Romy and Michele loved on their clothes, it’s fruit. Needless to say, the pair would have been obsessed with Dolce & Gabbana’s most recent offerings. In the movie, Michele topped off her bright printed sundress with a wide corset belt (another major trend that’s currently being sold at most fast-fashion retailers), fruity accessories, and bold blue sunglasses.
Shop the look: Dolce & Gabbana dress, $1,995; matchesfashion.com. Alice & Olivia handbag, $395; shopbop.com. Tory Burch sunglasses, $195; bloomingdales.com. Asos corset belt, $31; asos.com. Dolce & Gabbana scarf, $485; matchesfashion.com.
A STATEMENT COAT
Romy and Michele wore coats that could practically speak for themselves—and if you’re looking to let your outerwear do the talking for you, grab this look that combines the bold blue hue of Michele’s look with the patent leather style of Romy’s structured red blazer. (And don’t forget your skintight cheetah-print bodysuit underneath).
A LIPSTICK-PATTERNED SCARF
How do you travel in a convertible without ruining your hair? You use a lipstick-print silk scarf as a head wrap, of course. Take a cue from Romy and Michele’s pout-perfect accessories and chant, “Let’s fold scarves!”
Shop the look: Anna Coroneo scarf, $75; neimanmarcus.com.
THE ULTIMATE MINISKIRTS
The miniskirt reigned supreme in the ‘90s, so it’s no surprise that Romy and Michele rocked some great ones. Whether you opt for a look that’s similar to Michele’s denim drawstring choice or Romy’s busier polka-dot version, wear this with your favorite crop top and a stacked heel to channel your inner nineties girl.
A PINSTRIPE POWER BLAZER
Looking for the businesswoman special? So were Romy and Michele. But while the truck stop they visited may not have offered a specific meal dedicated to working women, the girls’ power suits were certainly worthy of one. So next time you’re in the mood for two burgers, fries, and medium Cokes, don’t forget to put on your best pinstripes—even if you’re in a hurry.
Shop the look: Jason Wu jacket, $2,495; nordstrom.com.
THE CHERRIES ON TOP
From her strawberry-plastered headband combo to her watermelon-printed purse, Michele loved wearing accessories that strike up an appetite. Our favorite? Her over-the-top cherry earrings (paired with a matching necklace, because seriously, when did Michele not match her entire ensemble?). Grab these oversized baubles for a similar look, or if they’re a bit too much for you, opt for a summery pump that Romy and Michele would undoubtedly swoon over.