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Movie Inspiration: Fashion Inspired by Pretty in Pink


Fashion inspired by the movie Pretty in Pink

Think back to the days of your youth — what was your favorite way to spend weekends? Mine was on the couch with a bowl of Capt’n Crunch, watching Saved by the Bell re-runs and classic ’80s movies on TNT. The Goonies, Back to the Future, and the Lost Boys are a few of my favorites, but John Hughes films particularly stand out in my memory — namely today’s film for inspiration, Pretty in Pink.

This Brat Pack favorite helped define the teenage romance genre and put Jon Cryer – of Two and a Half Men fame – on the map. The film explores topics such as economic class, being true to oneself, popularity, and taking risks. Andi, Blaine, and Duckie’s love triangle is one of the most famous in film history, spurring thousands of fans and message boards devoted to “Team Blaine” or “Team Duckie.” This cult favorite is more than just a great story,  though — it has some truly inspiring fashion worth exploring.

Want to steal a little bit of style from Pretty in Pink? Read on!

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Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink tells the story of Andi, a teen from the poor side of town who has to balance school, her job, and taking care of her alcoholic father. Just as her best friend Duckie works up the courage to confess his feelings for her, a wealthy and popular classmate named Blaine takes interest in Andi.

The characters’ distinctive styles are one of the most notable parts of the film. True to ’80s fashions, blazers are a staple of each character’s outfit. While Blaine channeled a traditional preppy look, Duckie’s eccentric style featured ’50s rockabilly elements, and Andi’s style was more girly and frou frou. Andi and Duckie’s outfits also featured heavy use of accessories. Almost every one of their looks included hats, jewelry, scarves, glasses, and even vests.


Andi from Pretty in Pink

Andi, portrayed by teen queen Molly Ringwald, didn’t have a lot of money to invest in her wardrobe — but that didn’t stop her from having a bold sense of style! Andi is a fan of floral print, polka dots, brooches, and hats. She was an originator of the “grandma chic” teen girl aesthetic (sorry, Tavi!) and always tweaked pieces to the unique look she was going for.

To snag her look, find a quirky patterned dress in Andi’s signature color pink — of course! Add a long tuxedo jacket, a string of pearls, a hat, and ankle booties to complete the look.

Outfit inspired by Andi from Pretty in Pink
Jacket, Dress, Booties, Necklace, Hat


Blaine from Pretty in Pink

Blaine, played by ’80s dreamboat Andrew McCarthy, is a wealthy and popular yet sensitive and brave student that falls for Andi. Blaine had a penchant for pastel colors and collared shirts. His uniform pretty much consists of a pair of khaki trousers, a light-colored dress shirt, and an oversized blazer.

To steal his look, combine classic preppy pieces with a touch of ’80s flair.

Outfit inspired by Blaine from Pretty in Pink
Pants, Loafers, Blazer, Belt, Shirt


Duckie from Pretty in Pink

Jon Cryer was the breakout star of Pretty in Pink in his role as Duckie. (Personally, I’m a Duckster girl myself, but to each gal their own!) His eccentric style is inspired by ’50s crooners like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra. The elements of Duck’s style include plaid and polka dot prints, vests, bolo ties, bright colors, hats, jackets, suspenders, scarves, and glasses.

Steal Duckie’s look by pairing a bold colored blazer with a bright blouse – I like this one because the tie in the front reminds me of the scarves and bolo ties Duck often rocked. Finish with suspenders and cuffed trousers, flashy shoes, and his signature hat and glasses.

Outfit inspired by Duckie from Pretty in Pink
Blazer, Blouse, Pants, Hat, Glasses, Shoes

What Do You Think?

Have you seen Pretty in Pink? Are you Team Blaine or Team Duckie? What other old movies do you love? What movies inspire your style? Leave a comment and let us know!

Posted on on November 3, 2011 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , ,

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30 Responses to “Movie Inspiration: Fashion Inspired by Pretty in Pink”

  1. 1
    November 3rd, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite movie of all time. I love these! Each character is very well represented, especially Duckie!

  2. 2
    November 3rd, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I love the Duckie look, completely fantastic color choices. And I love the Andi pink dress. Seriously cute.
    And I have always been a Duckie fan as well:)

  3. 3
    November 3rd, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    loooooooove this post.

  4. 4
    November 3rd, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Hey I have an interesting Idea!
    I watched clueless some time ago..and thought that it would be cool to have a software like that….So I got aq few sites when I googled it..but none was interesting enough..You fashion bloggers have a flare for googling n getting right things…
    Could you please do me a favour and do a post about it..
    And I read your post about…but the site doesnt allow to upload your own clothes.. :(

  5. 5
    November 3rd, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    One of the best movies ever!! So glad you had this idea <3
    (by the way, lovelovelove Andi's look)

  6. 6
    November 3rd, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve never seen this movie, but now that I know it has Jon Cryer in it, I’ll definitely be adding it to the NetFlix queue:)

    I’m in L-O-V-E with the shirt from the last outfit! If only I could find a skirt that would go well with it…

  7. 7
    November 3rd, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Love the Andi look! Something I would deficient wear. I would LOVE if you did a Footloose post next! (The original of course)It’s got to be one of my top five favorite movies.

  8. 8
    November 3rd, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    One of my favourite movies from the eighties! I love Andie’s outfit, I think that’s totally her. However, I think the Duckie outfit steals the entire show! Great job!

  9. 9
    November 3rd, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Love the Andi outfit here! I would love to see looks inspired by The Lost Boys!

  10. 10
    November 3rd, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    This movie has been on my must-watch list for a long time! So while I don’t know the characters, I definitely love the mustard colored blazer in the last look. It’s perfect for fall! I definitely need to go see the movie now. :)

  11. 11
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    team duckie for life!! i love a flashback to the brat pack movies! the andi look is SO cute.

  12. 12
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Agreed, Lost Boys next!

  13. 13
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    loooove andi’s look! with the hat, and that dress…damn. spot on.

  14. 14
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    My roommate and I recently watched this movie, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the outfits you came up with to represent each character. I mean honestly when I was watching the movie, most of the time I was thinking, “what the heck are they wearing?!” I really like the stuff put together here though, it really catches each character, but in a not so crazy way. Great work!

  15. 15
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    This is my favorite movie ever, pretty much just because Ducky is awesome.

  16. 16
    November 3rd, 2011 at 6:09 pm


    Love all the fits BTW.

  17. 17
    November 4th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Can’t believe you did this movie!! It’s such a classic for young women in fashion. I had a total Molly RIngwald moment for much of high school. CLASSIC.

  18. 18
    November 4th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Great movie! None of this styles are similar to mine, but what I love about this film is that Andi sews her own clothes!

  19. 19
    November 5th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Wow, those all really hit the nail on the head.
    Love the Duckie look myself =)

  20. 20
    November 6th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Hehehehe. My favorite piece from the movie was James Spader’s white blazer! Hot, hot, hot! I guess his style is too similar to Blaine’s though. :p

  21. 21
    November 7th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I can be all three it just depends on the day.

  22. 22
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    You NAILED it. All of these are perfect.

    Well done.

  23. 23
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I love the Duckie inspired outfit.

  24. 24
    November 9th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I can’t seem to find that adorable red blouse with that link…

  25. 25
    November 20th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    This post made me so happy! I love John Hughes…. maybe a post on the Breakfast Club next??

  26. 26
    December 19th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    What about Steff and Benny?

  27. 27
    December 20th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    DO FOOTLOOSE NEXT!! Both the original and the remake, the clothes are so cute!

  28. 28
    December 27th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Can’t find the ” Duckie Style” Blouses anywhere , Any links ?

  29. 29
    March 20th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I love the Andie look and would like to find the pink polka dot dress. Do you have a link or website the dress was found, so I can purchase?

  30. 30
    July 27th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Where can I find the top andie wears while sewing the prom dress? the black sleeveless one she wears under the sweater?

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