7 Teen Movie And TV Icons Who Will Inspire Your Back-To-School Style

Time to take notes 📝

August 22, 2017

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Back-to-school shopping brings a number of things to mind: Paul Frank monkey t-shirts, JanSport backpacks, and that "practical" pair of loafers your mom made you buy.


Whether you're shopping for the new school year or just want to look fresh for fall, look no further than your favorite shows and movies from the '80s, '90s, and '00s. They're packed with back-to-school style hints. Take Jada Pinkett Smith in A Different World, proving that bold color-blocking on a basic hoodie gives it a dope twist.

Read on for more school-ready inspo from iconically angsty and vivacious teen characters.

1. Clueless

Monochromatic looks are an A+, especially when combined with graphic, printed elements.

2. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Will Smith sniffed out the trend over two decades ago, but let us tell you again: printed pants will amp up your fit — and, apparently, your energy as well.

3. Lizzie McGuire

Hair accessories are truly underrated these days; check out Lizzie's girl Miranda for some bold inspo.

4. The Cheetah Girls

This iconic moment in velour sweatsuit history proves that you and your besties shouldn't sleep on coordinated looks any longer.

5. The Breakfast Club

Bender's layered look is edgy, but also practical for fall weather. Keep things cozy with a flannel worn over a simple longsleeve.

6. Dawson's Creek

What could be more classically preppy than a sweater set paired with a not-too-mini plaid skirt?

7. A Different World

We're really digging Lisa Bonet's take on the "groutfit." Rather than pairing your favorite sweatshirt with leggings, go for a flowy skirt.

7 Teen Movie And TV Icons Who Will Inspire Your Back-To-School Style