How to Dress Like Characters from "The Breakfast Club"


In John Hughes' 1985 film "The Breakfast Club," each character's wardrobe was meant to be a reflection of themselves. The clothes are quintessential 1980s fashion, without being overly stylish or impossible to recreate. There's no need to spend a lot of money in your quest for Breakfast Club immortality -- your local thrift stores should have everything you need to dress like your favorite character.

"Athlete" Andrew Clark

  • Andrew Clark is the movie's stereotypical high school athlete. In order to recreate his look, you'll need a blue tank top, preferably with an athletic insignia on it. For bottoms, opt for a pair of standard-cut or slim-cut blue jeans -- basic Levi's will work best -- and add white or gray athletic sneakers. Finish the look with a letterman jacket and a simple silver necklace with a small circular charm to imitate the one worn in the film.

"Brain" Brian Johnson

  • As "The Brain," Brian doesn't seem to care a great deal about his outward appearance; this is reflected in his clothes, which are the simplest of all the characters. Replicate his bookworm wardrobe with a simple dark green crewneck sweater, khaki pants, blue running sneakers and chunky white socks.

"Basket Case" Allison Reynolds

  • Allison's look was covered up, as though hiding her body from the world. Recreate her style with an oversized black sweater, ankle-length gray skirt, dark tights and worn-out black sneakers with the socks rolled down. To complete the look, add a darkly colored scarf and a shapeless cloth bag to wear over your shoulder. Swipe on messy black eyeliner for extra authenticity.

"Princess" Claire Standish

  • As the "princess," Claire's look is the most fashion-forward out of the group. You'll need a pink blouse, preferably with a moderately deep neckline; Claire's shirt was stylish without being overtly sexual, especially for a high school student. Pair this with a high-waisted brown skirt, a brown leather belt and matching lace-up leather boots. To finish the ensemble, wear diamond stud earrings -- they don't have to be real -- and carry a tube of lipstick.

"Criminal" John Bender

  • Bender's rebel look is very easy to replicate. Start with a red plaid flannel worn over a white thermal shirt. Add gray pants that are loose but not baggy, a denim jacket with a few buttons and pins, and a pair of worn-in black motorcycle or combat boots. For the finishing touches -- and arguably the most important element -- wear a pair of of fingerless black leather gloves and a diamond stud earring.

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