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Girls With Attitude: How To Dress Like An On-Screen Diva

Bring cult-classic style into your wardrobe with our guide to dressing like the feistiest retro silver-screen icons

From politics to fashion, female empowerment and gender equality are finally becoming buzzwords. Women are speaking up and some men are even listening. And the catwalk is taking note. Dior’s first female artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, is turning heads – each of her collections, an ode to girl power and women’s liberation.

And then there are those whose fiery film personas and wild fashion sense have inspired a generation. Sometimes over the top, playful and sarcastic, and other times dead serious, these now-iconic movie characters stood out in some of the most memorable indie films. Through bold hair dyes, exaggerated cuts or relaxed yet self-assured outfits, they’ve challenged the stereotypes and proved that, when it comes to style, identity and fearlessness is what you need to make it work. From Heathers’ high-school rebel Veronica to Eternal Sunshine’s quirky and unconventional Clementine, we help you recreate the look of badass female characters from cult classics.

Veronica Sawyer, Heathers (1988)

Moody and fierce (sometimes a little too fierce), Veronica embraces the darker side of new romance. Usually dressed in black-and-white or grey hues, her outfits echo her decade, with the cute couture edge dialled up to the max. Copy the look with a tiered ruffle- or dungaree-skirt, paired with a buttoned-up shirt and an oversized, double-breasted blazer.

Kat Stratford, 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

When she’s not listening to a female-fronted band in her baggy cargo pants, Kat can be found standing up for her right to stay single. And when she’s feeling softer, she’s seen in romantic, vintage attire with an offbeat, rock twist. Follow her lead in a pleated satin skirt, a laid-back cropped shirt and a pair of chunky sandals, and accessorise with elegant pearl earrings. 

Margot Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

A sense of mystery surrounds Margot – one that even causes her own step-brother to fall for her. Deeply troubled and aloof most of the time, she’s still effortlessly cool: a lot of it has to do with that signature fur coat. Replace it with a soft camel coat for spring months, matched with a retro polo dress, Margot’s go-to leather loafers and that signature hair grip.

Clementine Kruczynski, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Equal parts troubled and charming, Clementine’s punk-influenced look goes hand in hand with her vivacious temperament. With hair colours loudly revealing the mood she’s in, her style is all about offering a peak into her eccentric, non-conformist world. Opt for a pair of contemporary cargo pants, your Chuck Taylors and an army-green backpack to capture her free spirit.