There’s a new fashion trend taking social media by storm: RomCom Core, the sartorial equivalent of dressing as your favorite ’90s-era romcom character. Think fits from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Clueless, Notting Hill, or 13 Going on 30. Here’s a good snapshot of some of the top inspirations for this trend:
Pulling off this trend is as much about attitude as it is about style. The RomCom Core aesthetic requires “embodying strong female energy and radiating confidence,” said Chellie Carlson, a personal stylist. “It’s an homage to the powerful leading ladies.”
So, while there are plenty of Y2K-inspired looks you can put together, capturing the essence of this trend is all about choosing your favorite leading lady and emulating her energy. Whether it’s Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days or Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan, here are a few pieces that can help you get in on this trend.
Clueless: The Slip Dress
Strappy dresses are a 90’s staple, especially for those inspired by Clueless main character Cher Horowitz. Pair with a claw clip and some fun jewelry. A-line mini skirts and oversized blazers are also great callbacks to Clueless— and don’t forget the plaid!
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: The Floral Sundress
Andie Anderson mixes working girl staples — pencil skirts, button-downs — with preppy, girl-next-door styles. Think printed sundresses, vintage Knicks jerseys, loose-fitting jeans, and a white tee. Bonus points if you find an occasion to dress in that infamous yellow ball gown Andie wears in that pivotal scene with Matthew McConaughey.
You’ve Got Mail: Big, Oversized Sweaters
In You’ve Got Mail, Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly is a goddess of the oversized sweater. It’s a simple formula to copy her style: pair an oversized sweater with a shift dress or leggings and a black turtleneck. Throw on a pair of Oxfords, and you’re good to go.
Mean Girls: Tees and Cargo Pants
Mean Girls offers dozens of outfits to draw inspiration from—and rules to follow if you want to take it to the next level. Cargo pants are returning, thanks to this iconic line from the movie. Cardigans, baby tees, mini skirts, and knee-high socks can also be integrated into your Regina George look — so fetch!
13 Going on 30: The Babydoll Dress
Perhaps the most popular of all romcom core styles? Jennifer Garner’s dress from 13 Going On 30. Ariana Grande even wore her version of this iconic dress on an episode of The Voice. Cop her style with a butterfly necklace, a bright babydoll dress, and kitten heels.