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Style Lessons We Can All Learn From “Pretty In Pink”

Proof that '80s style isn't all that bad. (For the record, the real star of the show is Duckie, not Andie and definitely not Blane.)
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Huge puff sleeves, giant shoulder pads, mullets – style from the ’80s has such a bad rep. It wasn’t all bad though and Pretty In Pink is the perfect proof. If you’ve never seen the coming-of-age classic, here’s a quick summary: working-class girl Andie (Molly Ringwald) falls for Blane (Andrew McCarthy) of the upper crust, but his hoity-toity friends don’t approve. Also in the picture is Duckie (Jon Cryer), Andie’s hilarious, adorkable best friend who is not-so-secretly in love with her. Oh, how will the girl manage?

Pretty In Pink‘s plot is not a unique one, but it remains ever so popular because of its reliability, humour and, whether you like it or not, costume design. Andie and Duckie aren’t one of the preppy, rich kids – “richies” as Andie calls them – but their immaculately styled thrift store looks trump anything the latter group dish out any day of the week.

Okay, we’ll admit – some of the looks in the movie are still pretty hard to stomach. We’re sorry, but Andie’s prom dress is really not a favourite of ours! Sorry, Molly Ringwald! Andie may be the main protagonist, but we’re going to insist that the real star of the show is Cryer’s Duckie for the following reasons.

Reason #1: He is just hilarious. We want him as a best friend.

Reason #2: EVERY SINGLE LOOK HE WEARS IN THE MOVIE. Those lapel pins, the sunglasses, the blazers, the socks. Dude knows how to layer, that is all.

Reason #3: His “Try A Little Tenderness” routine is everything.

We’re still not over Pretty In Pink‘s ending – poor Duckie deserves SO much more – but the wardrobe and full-on ’80s soundtrack provide some solace to our still aching hearts. Scroll through the gallery to see exactly what we mean and shop the pieces that we think Andie and Duckie would snap up in a heartbeat. So, are you into the movie’s wardrobe or nah?

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