Old-School Flicks-Inspired Fashion

By Sarah Huntington

The 1980s were full of great flicks. Or perhaps it’s my nostalgia for popcorn Friday nights and The Princess Bride. There's also The Goonies, Weird Science, St. Elmo’s Fire (which inspired Reality Bites), Full Metal Jacket, Labyrinth with David Bowie, and of course, Stand By Me — these all shaped my childhood.

They taught me about love, friendship, heartache, growing up, and boys to dream about, since I was only imagining kissing at that point and practicing on the back of my hand.

It was such a simpler time, so why not embrace that simplicity and dress for your workouts in a way that makes you happy, makes you think of your favorite role models when you were a kid. You might even make a new friend bonding over your shared love for The Wonder Years.

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VAN HALEN - Bill and Ted’s

Excellent Adventure

This movie from 1989, that I finally watched this summer because my cousins were all quoting it on the beach and I felt completely left out, is “excellent.” In order to pass history, Bill and Ted go back in time and experience history first-hand, and through it they have some pretty “excellent” adventures.

This movie from 1989, that I finally watched this summer because my cousins were all quoting it on the beach and I felt completely left out, is “excellent.” In order to pass history, Bill and Ted go back in time and experience history first-hand, and through it they have some pretty “excellent” adventures.

KENNEDY WILDCATS T-SHIRT

The Wonder Years

I wanted Arnold to be my boyfriend, and I wanted hair like Winnie — who didn’t. And now, my adult self still wants that first love crush. So I will sport this Kennedy Wildcats t-shirt and hope some nerdy boy at the gym gets it. 

I wanted Arnold to be my boyfriend, and I wanted hair like Winnie — who didn’t. And now, my adult self still wants that first love crush. So I will sport this Kennedy Wildcats t-shirt and hope some nerdy boy at the gym gets it. 

KPPX T-SHIRT

Airheads

This 1994 flick starring Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, and Steve Buscemi, is about three band members wanting to make it big so badly that they hold a radio station hostage.

This 1994 flick starring Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, and Steve Buscemi, is about three band members wanting to make it big so badly that they hold a radio station hostage.

This 1982 film is about relationships, drugs, jobs, and the quintessential high school experience. Sean Penn plays the stoner and rebel. Get the classic high school chic look with short shorts, white tees, and Keds.  [HOVER FOR INFO / CLICK TO BUY]

Zella Z 5 Tee

Zella Z 5 Tee

Nike Women’s Volleyball Game Short

Nike Women’s Volleyball Game Short

New Balance Fabulous Framer II Racerback Sports Bra 

New Balance Fabulous Framer II Racerback Sports Bra 

Nike Free TR 4 Women’s Training Shoe

Nike Free TR 4 Women’s Training Shoe

This cult-classic 1985 movie is about five teenagers serving Saturday detention. The Brat Pack brought us to the core of the high school identity crisis. As David Bowie’s “Changes” puts it: “…and these children that you spit on/ as they try to change their worlds are/ immune to your consultations/ They’re quite aware of what they are going through.” And while the adults just see them as misfits, we identify with their struggles of trying to find themselves. 

For the rebel in all of us. The misunderstood tough guy. Channel your inner criminal, your John Bender while you’re bending in downward dog.  [HOVER FOR INFO / CLICK TO BUY] 

Free People Jean Jacket This denim jacket from Free People has a sweatshirt detail for an athletic edge. I love the Indie Wash. 

Free People Jean Jacket

This denim jacket from Free People has a sweatshirt detail for an athletic edge. I love the Indie Wash. 

Spiritual Gangster Wild and Free White Tank

Spiritual Gangster Wild and Free White Tank

Alternative Apparel Light French Terry Notch Blazer

Alternative Apparel Light French Terry Notch Blazer

Sweaty Betty Dynamic Yoga Leggings

Sweaty Betty Dynamic Yoga Leggings

Ugg Emersen Boot For a little edge after yoga when you take to the streets. 

Ugg Emersen Boot

For a little edge after yoga when you take to the streets. 

Another 1980s teenage classic by John Hughes is about Sam Baker and her struggles through her 16th Birthday (maybe this movie taught me from an early age to always be wary of the day of my birth). Don’t worry it is a classic romance – she gets the boy in the end. 

“It’s really human of you to listen to all my bullshit” – I mean isn’t that what good friends are for."  [HOVER FOR INFO / CLICK TO BUY]

Alternative Apparel Slouchy Eco-Jersey Pullover 

Alternative Apparel Slouchy Eco-Jersey Pullover 

Alternative Apparel Move Breathe Deeply Tank Top

Alternative Apparel Move Breathe Deeply Tank Top

HardTail Rolldown Harem Pant

HardTail Rolldown Harem Pant

Anthropologie Steeped Plaid Poncho

Anthropologie Steeped Plaid Poncho

Under Armour Women’s Speedform Studio Lux Shoe 

Under Armour Women’s Speedform Studio Lux Shoe 

In 5th grade I was invited to a sleepover, and the 10-year-old rebels we were, we decided to watch Dirty Dancing. I was mesmerized by Patrick Swayze and knew I wanted to Dirty Dance with a man someday. The next morning, because my mother was (and still is) particularly strict, I was grounded. Still the words, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” rang in my ears. When I am having a tough day this is one of my go-to movies, and I still dream of dancing this way.   [HOVER FOR INFO / CLICK TO BUY]

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner T-Shirt

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner T-Shirt

Lululemon Ebb to Street Bra

Lululemon Ebb to Street Bra

ELISABETTA ROGIANI Sport Band Side Gather ¾ Leggings

ELISABETTA ROGIANI Sport Band Side Gather ¾ Leggings

American Apparel Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Cropped T-Shirt

American Apparel Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Cropped T-Shirt

Keds Champion Originals

Keds Champion Originals


 

A vagabond by nature, Sarah Huntington has traveled to Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Austria, Vietnam, London, and France... to name a few. She loves to travel, hike, and explore the world. She played collegiate basketball and studied Literature, History and Education at Connecticut College, and is currently a high school English teacher and basketball coach. Sarah is also a runner (completed the NYC Marathon), and her newest workout obsession is kickboxing. Sarah currently lives in Wilton, CT with her pitbull Jada, and enjoys spending her "free" time writing, reading, practicing yoga, working on meditating, and investigating all things related to fitness, fashion, and literature.