7 Unexpected Style Icons From the '90s

When you hear "style icon," you probably think Alexa Chung, or Rihanna, or Sarah Jessica Parker...not the twins from The Parent Trap. A look back on your favorite films, TV shows, and books from the '90s doesn't just give a healthy dose of nostalgia—it's also provides for endless style inspiration. Now, put on a scrunchie, turn up the Spice Girls, and prepare to remember some of the most fashionable ladies from your childhood.

Not Your Average Fashion Stars

When you hear "style icon," you probably think Alexa Chung, or Rihanna, or Sarah Jessica Parker...not the twins from The Parent Trap. A look back on your favorite films, TV shows, and books from the '90s doesn't just give a healthy dose of nostalgia—it's also provides for endless style inspiration. Now, put on a scrunchie, turn up the Spice Girls, and prepare to remember some of the most fashionable ladies from your childhood.

Style Star: Matilda Wormwood

A recent viewing of Matilda had me completely jealous. Not only does Matilda get to dance to "Send Me On My Way" while doing magic, but she also gets to have an awesome wardrobe made up of adorable hair ribbons, overalls, Mary Jane flats, and floral dresses. Basically, Matilda Wormwood was Zooey Deschanel before Zooey Deschanel was Zooey Deschanel.

Style Stars: Zenon Kar and Nebula Wade

Zetus lupetus! You can tell Zenon Kar and her best friend Nebula Wade are from the year 2049 because they're wearing metallic and Nebula appears to have a Slinky in her pigtails. The future is crazy, ya'll! Now, I think someone would look pretty ridiculous if she wore an exact replica of a Zenon outfit, but some neon metallics are a great way to add color into your wardrobe this summer.

Style Star: Hallie Parker

Not to pick favorites, but, also, totally to pick favorites because Hallie Parker was clearly the better twin. Sure, Annie knew how to fence and had class, but she couldn't even compete with her sister the style wonder. From her metallic blue nail polish to her signature denim jacket to her DIY pierced ears, Hallie Parker was far and away the most badass girl at sleepaway camp. In fact, her impeccable style almost makes up for how she and her sister completely overstepped their boundaries as children by manipulating their completely incompatible parents into a relationship. Just almost, though.

Style Star: Amanda Lemmon

Make no mistake, baseball hats currently being on trend can be tied directly back to Mary-Kate Olsen's character in It Takes Two. Amanda Lemmon totally broke gender norms, proving that you can wear a floral dress and hit a homerun. So, not only is she a style icon, but she's also a feminist icon, as well. Such an overachiever, that Amanda Lemmon.

Style Star: Claudia Kishi

Any good Baby-Sitters Club fan knows that Stacey McGill was always labeled the most stylish one of the BSC, but, let's be real: It was always Claudia Kishi. While Stacey was at the mall, Claudia was making her own jewelry. She was basically the MacGyver of Stony Brook. I especially love the denim on denim she is rocking in this photo. If Claudia were around today, she would probably live in Williamsburg and have her own Etsy shop. Oh, and she would definitely still have a landline.

Style Star: Thumbelina

You know all those girls rocking flower crowns this summer? Ahem.

Style Star: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Alright, so, I realize that Laura Ingalls Wilder was actually a real person, but that doesn't mean you can't draw inspiration from her iconic book covers, which are essentially ads for Free People. In fact, I'm pretty sure Free People is currently selling that gauzy blue maxidress.