When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be Raven Baxter. The That's So Raven character had two amazing best friends, a beautiful home in San Francisco, the ability to predict the future, and an absolutely incredible wardrobe. Cue instant jealousy! On days when Disney Channel would air Lizzie McGuire and That's So Raven in one afternoon, it was almost too much for my preteen fashionista heart to handle. Raven's antics were my guide to life, from aspiring to a career in fashion design to using "ya little nasty" as an everyday exclamation of disgust. Even today, I envy Raven's sense of style.
Nowadays, Raven actress Raven-Symoné makes headlines for weight loss achievements, rumors about her sexuality, and a new academic career, but during the show's airtime (2003-2007) the only news that mattered was which outfit Raven was going to wear on that week's episode. The feisty teen encouraged fashion experimentation for its scores of viewers; the show even featured an episode about body confidence and weight discrimination in the fashion industry. The show was an inspiration to tons of audience-members, but especially the developing girls of my generation. Here are a few of That's So Raven's best fashion lessons:
1. You Can't Beat a Canadian Tuxedo
Long before Ryan Gosling rocked the denim-on-denim look, Raven Baxter showed audiences that a jean jacket was too cool for school.
2. Don't Be Afraid to Get Matchy-Matchy
There's nothing wrong with matching your periwinkle blouse to your periwinkle choker and your periwinkle headband.
3. Mad for Plaid
Raven was a plaid queen. Her perfectly paired jackets and blouses are a major inspiration when considering wearing this oft-intimidating print.
4. Uniform? No problem!
Raven showed us how to solve the problem of a boring uniform by transforming it from this...
... to this!
5. There's Nothing Wrong with Pink Faux Fur
If anybody could rock this hot pink furry jacket, it was Raven. What animal is it modeled after, anyway?
6. Hip Hoops
Raven's accessories were always on point, but her hoop earrings were an entirely different level of amazing.
7. Seventies Style
Raven showed viewers that 1970s outfits were cool way before American Hustle.
8. Did I Mention Pink Faux Fur?
Thanks for being such a fierce style inspiration, Raven.
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