When we were younger (we're talking middle school/high school), everyone had that ONE fictional character who really changed the game for us.
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And after you found them, it wasn't enough to just watch their movies or draw them in your Lisa Frank notebook — you had to copy every bit of their style in an attempt to BE them.
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So I asked the BuzzFeed Community which TV/movie characters were their biggest style inspirations growing up, and let me tell you, the answers are DELIGHTFUL!
1."Hilary Duff/Lizzie McGuire taught me everything I couldn't do with my hair."
2."Elle Woods, specifically from Legally Blonde 2!"
3."Clarissa Explains It All."
4."Anything worn by either Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) or Piper (Holly Marie Combs) from Charmed."
5."Santana from Glee.🤍"
6."This is embarrassing, but I love '80s fashion, and in high school I took every chance I could to look like Alex from Flashdance, especially with the leg warmers and clunky jewelry."
7."That's So Raven started it all for me. I was obsessed with her whole fashion aesthetic."
8."My style icon was Mary Poppins."
9."Buffy Summers! I bought a faux leather jacket and shirts that looked like ones she'd worn."
10."Everyone from Get a Clue!! The brightness and diversity! But also Cher in Clueless."
11."Seth Cohen from The OC."
12."In high school I tried so incredibly hard to replicate Peyton's entire wardrobe from One Tree Hill."
13."Selena Gomez as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place."
14."The fashion in the movie Stuck in the Suburbs was big for me, specifically Brenda Song's looks. I bought a soccer ball purse because of her. I felt very cool."
15."There was no one more iconic for me than the Olsen twins in Billboard Dad."
16."Christian from Clueless!"
17."Francine from Arthur inspired me to be comfy and vaguely butch."
18."Claire Danes in My So-Called Life!"
19."Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana taught me that I could rock a spaghetti strap OVER a long sleeve, and accessorize with the skinniest sequined scarf you've ever seen. My 13-year-old self THANKS HER!"
20."Lindsay Lohan in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen!!!!!!"
21."Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell was it for me."
22."Marissa Cooper from The O.C. Everything looked amazing on her."
23."Usagi Tsukino (Serena) from Sailor Moon. The outfits she wore scream '90s, and I love anything Y2K."
24."Blossom! Every time I use a quirky hat, it reminds me of her."
25."The president’s daughter from My Date With the President’s Daughter. That pink dress is the best dress to ever be a dress."
26."LaLaine, aka Miranda from Lizzie McGuire, was it for me."
Thank you to everyone who submitted answers! This was beyond fun to put together. And if you want to play, tell me who your style inspirations were in the comments!
Note: Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.