Heathers - 1988, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Winona Ryder.
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Private Icon: Heathers

The original dark academia.

What would dark academia look like in the ‘80s? Just take a look at the cult classic film Heathers for inspiration. The popular teen-girl crew had a penchant for preppy, boxy blazers with power shoulders (a fashion trademark of the decade), colorful tights, and pleated skirts. Luckily, it’s easy to recreate these looks today, too. Croquet skills not required.

Find out how to channel or inner Heather (or Veronica) from the 1988 hit movie, ahead.

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The Heathers clique’s prep aesthetic brings a whole new meaning to dark academia.

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The high school crew had a knack for blazers, specifically the boxy, cropped variety.

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Pleated skirts are a must when it comes to playing croquet.

This neutral-colored blazer will go with everything.

A moody plaid is always a good call.

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Make a statement with textured houndstooth.

An alternative to the pleated skirt; a pair of tailored, high-waisted shorts.

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Veronica ditched her preppy attire for a more casual look that was full of ‘80s trends, like black tights and ruffle tiered skirts.

A lace-trimmed bralette that could double as a top, too.

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It’s not ‘80s style without a pair of tights.

A versatile take on Veronica’s go-to gray jacket.

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