This week's installment of Vintage Film Threads (a series devoted to finding vintage options to embody your favorite film looks) is inspired by both a friend's recently post about the film and the fact I am currently making my way through Mr. Robot, which includes Christian Slater amongst the cast.
Heathers. The black comedy from 1988 that took school politics / cliques to very dark level. From fake friends to dating the beyond bad boy to a murder rampage disguised as a suicidal trend. The dialogue is memorable, not just the well-used quotes such as "Well, f* me gently with a chainsaw. Do I look like Mother Teresa?" or "What is your damage, Heather?" but also "Dear Diary, my teen-angst bullshit now has a body count," " I say we just grow up, be adults and die" or " Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darling."
Then there is the fashion. Before, Mean Girls existed, Heathers dictated the film social circle fashion requirements. To the point, you know Heather Chandler(Kim Walker) rocked red, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty) wore green, Heather McNamara (Lisanne Falk) doned yellow hues, and Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) dressed in blue and black. That is until the hierarchy shifts in the group. If you want to read all about the color and semiotics in Heathers, check out Clothes on Film).
With school and the season of fall being around the corner, what better way to get in the spirit then by find vintage threads for dressing like your favorite "Heather." These looks are slightly updated, but still hold the essence of the original characters.
For this look, I pulled a slightly oversized vintage jacket that would fit a little better than the original blazer. Then instead of looking for something with a crest, I looked up vintage crest brooches (of which there are a lot available online) and to round out the look a 90's floral skirt which has a longer lasting silhouette.
Instead of looking for a top or shirt that matched in mustard yellow, I looked for a dress. I opted for a vintage 90s lace dress to replace the tiered skirt of the original. Then all this looked needs is a vintage short black jacket and a thrifted wide black belt.
Let's fact it, a full floral suit is not every girl's dream look (and finding pieces can be impossible). Therefore, I simplified Heather Duke's look with a vintage floral skirt, a 70's short-sleeve top with a print, and another vintage brooch.
and for those fan of Veronica Sawyer killer style....
Finding pieces to match this look should be easy, whether you are shopping online or at your local thrift store. A 90s crop top, a vintage zip-up sweatshirt, and a denim skirt (tiered or not), would pull this look together and give you the Veronica swagger you need to get through the day).
Again, I hope you are enjoying this new series. If you have a particular film you would like to see in this series, please leave a comment below. Until next week, remember thrifting is the most environmental, ethical, and economic clothing choice you can make.