As much as I love the season, the fall palatte can sometimes be a bit muted. So when I am in the mood for some color that POPS and some fabric with FLAIR, I watch Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.
This movie hits the ground running from the opening scene. It starts off with the classic long pan into an adorable apartment, were we meet Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow), two best buddies since high school. Romy runs into an old high school “friend,” Heather Mooney (played by the ever so bitchy Janeane Garofalo), who mentions the upcoming high school reunion, and things proceed to go down hill from there.
Since Romy and Michele always believe it’s best to stick out like a perfectly manicured sore thumb, they decide to make their own dress-to-impress outfits that seem to be inspired by… Froot Loops (Cherry earrings, ripe banana yellow leather skirts, bright purple grape scarves)?
In high school, whether you were in the “A” group, “B” crowd or an in betweener, you had a uniform. Uunlike their robot cookie cutter peers, Romy and Michele dressed outside the box. While the popular girls wore pale flower prints, short pleated skirts, and cardigans tied over their shoulders, Romy and Michele sported waist high blazers with long chunky necklaces and a cardigan with leopard print lining so cute that it even made a back brace look like a sexy accessory.
Heather Mooney, on the other hand, was the prefect high school outcast with her brown boyfriend-style t-shirts and grey worn-out hoodies. Years later, cigarette in hand at the reunion, she rocks the sheer-sleevedblack velvet dress, making “bad girl” the new black.
Even when they try to dress up as business moguls, they can’t help having fun, with their pin-striped pencil skirts and low-cut jackets.
When they finally throw caution to the wind and show everyone their true colors, they break it down in metallic mini baby-doll dresses and bejeweled platforms.
But all’s well that ends well. So when your first high school reunion comes around, remember to dress to impress (yourself!) and then throw down an awesome choreographed finale to “Time After Time.”
Images by Phaymiss
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