Guide to Nailing the Rom-Com Core Style

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We can never get enough of rom-coms, especially those classic flicks that came to theaters in the late ’90s/early ’00s. Now, more than two decades later, the fashion from these classic films is making its grand re-entrance into trending cycles: Millennials have nostalgia for it, and Gen Zers are loving the vibe. Here’s how to nail the look fashionistas are calling “rom-com core.”

Tube Tops

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In the ’90s, women of every age loved wearing tube tops, which came in silk, knit, cotton, and more. Channel your favorite She’s All That characters with one of these picks.

Our Picks:

Out From Under Seamless Tube Top ($20, shop here)

Shein Icon Solid Ribbed Knit Tube Top ($4.99, shop here)

Reformation Spritz Silk Top ($128, shop here)


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Chokers were everywhere in the ’90s: neon, satin chokers, chains, beads, and, one of the most memorable, plastic tattoo chokers. Girls were rocking them in all the best rom-coms, and now they’re back.

Our Picks:

Claire’s Neutral Tattoo Choker Necklaces – 5-Pack ($9.99, shop here)

Uncommon James Countess Necklace ($58, shop here)

Shein Dazy Beaded Flower Decor Necklace ($1.60, shop here)


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Plaid pleated miniskirts! Fitted miniskirts! Floral miniskirts! And any other type of miniskirt you can think of was all over rom-coms in the ’90s. If you want to nail the rom-com core style à la Liv Tyler in Empire Records, you’ll need one.

Our Picks:

Los Angeles Apparel Plaid Tennis Skirt ($64, shop here)

Wild Fable Mini A-Line Skirt ($18, shop here)

We Wore What Floral Slip Miniskirt ($34.97, shop here)

Tank Tops and Camis

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Tank tops and camis are light and easy styles to dress up or down and are essential for sporting rom-com core. They can be sleek and classy, casual and cozy, or sporty, depending on which rom-com character you’re trying to emulate.

Our Picks:

Diesel Uftk-Hildas-C Knitted Tank Top ($54.05, shop here)

Express Satin Scoop Neck Downtown Cami ($40, shop here)

Pacsun On The Go Tank Top ($17.95, shop here)


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Sundresses are comfortable, light, and fitted yet flowy, and they are an easy ensemble for any body type. And if we take our style cues from Elle Woods, we know they can be solid, patterned, floral, bright, muted, or anything in between.

Our Picks:

Old Navy Fit & Flare Printed Tie-Shoulder Mini Dress ($34.99, shop here)

Abercrombie & Fitch Button-Through Maxi Dress ($100, shop here)

Altar’d State Linnet Dress ($79.95, shop here)

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