Fashion in Film Volume 4: Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead

For my fourth installment I’d like to discuss the fashion in one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE FILMS (seriously, it’s in my top ten), Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. It stars Christina Applegate as a fashionable teenager whose mother leaves for summer vacation in Australia, putting all five siblings in the care of a strict elderly babysitter. When the babysitter suddenly dies in her sleep, Applegate assumes the role as “head of the household.” Inspired by her interest in fashion, she fakes a resume to get a job in the fashion industry (the coveted position of Executive Administrative Assistant at General Apparel West) – despite having no experience other than a love of the mall. Utilizing her personal knowledge of fashion and design, she takes it upon herself to create a new clothing line and proves capable and lucky enough to succeed.

If you were a girl growing up in the 90s, you probably love this film. Trust me when I say all kinds of shenanigans ensue – including a fashion show! It’s definitely a goldmine of late 80s-early 90s fashion. I’m in love with the personal style of Applegate’s character (not to mention her killer interview outfit)…layered watches, giant earrings, paisley printed blouses, bold prints, bright colors, quirky accessories, and elaborate hairdos. Whether she is wearing doc martens or shoulder-pads, Christina Applegate is just so damn wonderful. She is a fashion icon in this movie and I still marvel at how she made harem pants and over-sized blazers look so effortlessly hip. Her awesome early 90s friends are also an inspiration (side ponytails, teased hair, chunky jewelry, etc).

Check out this clip from the fashion show for General Apparel West (a company that originally makes boring uniforms). There are definitely some examples of 80s and 90s fashion at its best in there. Applegate gave the clothes her own flare and incorporates a bit of funk into the otherwise drab work gear. I’m especially diggin’ the bright Converse, the oversized striped referee shirts, fuscha bandage dress, and you can’t forget about the sexy nurse’s runway dance…But in all seriousness, these looks could be featured in any street wear inspired editorial today! I love it! If you haven’t seen this movie, you should DO. IT. NOW. It’s really one of the best movies ever!

“I’m right on top of that, Rose!”