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Style Cues We Can Take From ‘The Craft’

Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Neve Campbell in a scene from the film 'The Craft', 1996.
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More than two decades later (yes, it’s been that long), and this ‘90s nostalgia cult-favourite is still ruling our wardrobe inspo, especially as the darker months set in. 

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With Halloween around the corner, stylist to the stars, Tiffany Briseno, explained what makes four magic-dabbling teenage misfits so appealing, and how we can incorporate a bit of their witchy wardrobes into our own 2020 style. 

 

Q: Why do you think those looks are so hot right now?  

A: More than two decades later and we can still see this fashion influence popping up everywhere. The film’s style is very much rooted in the 90’s, which is still taking over our runway collections today. The film itself influenced the fashion of its time, making it part of the ‘90s iconic trends. The memorable schoolgirl uniforms have a mix of “good girl” and “gothic rebel.” The pairing of kilts, mesh shirts and PVC trench coats make the idea of a uniform so cool, you’ll want to wear this on the weekends. This style has the spirit of a non-conformist that certainly captures the essence of the youth today. 

Related: Fall 2020 fashion trends & how to wear them in real life.

 

Q: What are your favourite looks from The Craft

A: It’s a classic coming of age story about teenage girls, and a benchmark for how to make a school uniform the new trend of the decade. Each main character had their own unique personalities portrayed through their style. You could see how their style progressed as the film went on, especially the main character, Sarah. She starts off as the “good girl next door.” Her demure aesthetic consists of floral dresses and headbands. Then slowly graduates to bold accessories like berets, layered chokers and round spectacles. However my favourite looks come from the group leader Nancy, with her long leather trench coats, military boots and constant mesh undershirts. This is the classic gothic nod that is prevalent in any witchcraft film. 

Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Neve Campbell crowded around a fire, performing a ritual in a scene from the film 'The Craft', 1996.
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Q: If you were in The Craft which witch would you be?

A: I would probably be Sarah, uniting the squad with good magic. However, not scared to dabble in a little black magic to achieve one of Nancy’s bold looks. 

Related: 5 hacks celebs rely on to look polished and put together, according to Tiffany.

 

Fairuza Balk in a scene from the film 'The Craft', 1996.
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As for style cues, you too can take from the film and incorporate them in real life, here are 4 to try right now: 

Look 1: Nancy’s PVC Coat

This is a great piece to have as a part of your fall wardrobe. Rather than going for the traditional trench coat in a cotton blend, elevate your look by using a PVC fabric that gives you an instant rock and roll, “cool kid” look.  

Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Neve Campbell sitting on a bed together with a candle in the middle of them in a scene from the film 'The Craft', 1996.
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Look 2: Bonnie’s Layered Necklaces 

A choker and long necklace combo is a great and easy way to layer necklaces. If your neckline hits below the collar bone, this pairing will sit perfectly and add that extra detail  to give your look an edge. 

Rachel True in a scene from the film 'The Craft', 1996.

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Look 3: Rochelle’s tartan skirt

Yes this is still very much a must-have in your skirt repertoire. Try this with opaque tights and boots. For the top, you can play with a traditional blouse or a simple tee for a more casual take on the trend.  

Robin Tunney in a scene from the film 'The Craft', 1996.
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Look 4: Sarah’s slip dresses

Most of these dresses are cut on a bias, which gives the dress a bit of a stretch in all the right places. This makes the style wearable and comfortable. You can pair this with either sneakers or your fave doc martins. Go full 90’s with this one! 

 

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