12 Epic Back-to-School Looks from Movies and TV

Because if you've got to go back, make it count.

It might be a total amateur move, but wearing your best, most extra outfit on the first day of school has been shown to have life-changing effects—in the movies. In celebration of likely *not* having to worry about this particular problem anymore, we present 12 standout examples from fiction.

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'Mean Girls'

Objectively, the plaid shirt gets a four, but the African homeschooling gets an 11. 

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'Easy A'

Going the "If you can't be popular, be notorious" route, Emma Stone's Olive references literature *and* cops one of this season's biggest trends. More like Easy A+. (Scooting away now.) 

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'Rebel Without a Cause'

Three words: Damn, James Dean.

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'She's the Man'

If you're not wearing a wig to impersonate your twin brother Sebastian on *your* first day, you're doing it wrong, TBH. 

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'17 Again'

HA. HAHA. HAHAHAHAA. (But can't stop watching??) 

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'Grease'

Proving that no matter how much Danny Zuko a girl's had in one summer, she should always stay true to her sartorial self. *clears throat pointedly* 

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'Never Been Kissed'

On the other hand, here is one that represents the "there's always room for improvement" end of things. 

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'Dead Poets Society'

For those of us who never wore a uniform, this kind of dressing is both a dream and a nightmare. But on young Robert Sean Leonard, it's more of the former. 

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'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

Ah, to have Spicoli's surfer-dude insouciance (without the weed hangover). 

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'Rushmore'

Red beret too or nothing. JK—eccentric high school students everywhere unite. 

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'Legally Blonde'

Love this intellectual Hugh Hefner look. 

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'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen'

The headscarf. The Coke-bottle-cap necklace. The theatrics. Is there any other way to start at a new high school? I think not. 

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