11 Moments of Mindful Dressing in Pop Culture

From pop culture icons such as Rihanna and Geri Halliwell, fashion editor Dan Ahwa provides some thrifty inspiration


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A generation of women learned to take a magpie approach to dressing with vintage finds and DIY accessories thanks to Madonna's breakout performance as the free-spirited Susan Thomas in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985).

Andie Walsh's vintage style stood out among the cheerleaders and burnouts in Pretty in Pink (1986). Her iconic pink dress was a result of reworking a 50s style prom dress from her friend, Iona, with a dress bought by her father, Jack.

When Captain von Trapp's brood of seven needed new play clothes in The Sound of Music (1959), crafty Fraulein Maria used drapes in the mansion to make nifty lederhosen and full skirts, perfect for traipsing around Salzburg.

"Scoot up to the attic and get Ma's old box of dress patterns, Mammy." This iconic piece of film history represented Scarlett O’Hara's will to survive in Gone With the Wind (1939).

Take one cheeky Spice Girl and two tea towels and you have a match made in UK tabloid front page heaven (1997).

Rihanna gave life to Kanye West's vintage Sean John jacket in the video for Four Five Seconds (2015), wearing it in typically nonchalant fashion: braless, skew-whiff and cinched at the waist

The eccentric aunt and first cousin of former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis recycled old fur coats and silk scarves to make the most of their faded glamour in Grey Gardens (1975).

An edited wardrobe like Where's Wally's of the same red-and-white-stripe top, matching beanie and blue pants does away with the need to buy more things and also not knowing what to wear.

Linda Cardellini's low-maintenance cult character in Freaks and Geeks (1999) lived in her favourite denim flares and an oversized military green parka.

Versace opened up the archives for Lady Gaga's The Edge of Glory (2011) sparking a phase where Gaga only wore vintage Versace for two months.

Shunning the rat race, Tom and Barbara decided that their green "make do and mend" characters should wear the same clothes all the time in The Good Life (1975).

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