On Saturday 29 at Webster Hall, athletes, brains, princesses and criminals (as in, fans of John Hughes who identify with these labels) will be remembering our greatest generation at The Awesome '80s Prom—the perfect opportunity to celebrate the genius of John Hughes. We asked Suzette Sundae, the proprietor of Monkey Whistles & Motorbikes (176 Fifth Ave at Degraw St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; suzettesundae.com), who once helped Molly Ringwald choose an outfit at Sundae’s old shop in the East Village, to help us finally fit in.—Drew Toal
Step 1: Apply the science of style
Decide which John Hughes character most fits your persona. Are you a Blane or a Duckie? An Allison or a Claire? Revisit the Brat Pack’s catalog and get in touch with your inner troubled teen.
Step 2: Strap on some boots
The shoe makes the man. If you’re going for a Blane look, opt for a smart loafer or boat shoe. To achieve a convincing Allison, go for black on black—combat boots are the obvious choice.
Step 3: Assume the uniform
Duckies can go with skinny jeans, or even some riding pants. Top it off with a canary-yellow jacket and a red, gabardine shirt. And don’t forget that signature porkpie hat! For Claires, silk blouses, off-the-shoulder sweaters, vests and skirts in cute, geometric prints should work.
Step 4: Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize
For the ladies, big, chunky, bead necklaces, fun handbags and hoop earrings are all your friends. A Blane must grab dark aviators and a smart belt. If you’re a Duckie, go for medallions, and maybe some tasteful, vintage-inspired skull jewelry.