6 style lessons from Dirty Dancing we still swear by today

Forget the corner, put Baby on that stage where she belongs

Dirty Dancing is 30 years old this year. We’re just going to ignore the fact this makes us feel super old, and instead focus on the style lessons we learned from it.

Yes, we know it’s all about the dancing and that lift, but there’s no denying Baby is one classically stylish lady, so much so that we’re still swearing by these fashion rules today…

1. There’s no wardrobe staple like a men’s white shirt

Baby can’t get enough of oversized white shirts. For a sexy take on things, she rolls up the sleeves and ties up the bottom around the waist, but when she’s feeling more casual, she wears it loose over a pair of cigarette jeans. Both look great.

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2. Bodysuits are not just for ballet

Look at baby, totally owning her orange bodysuit and denim shorts while practicing her dance moves. And why not? If you’ve got it, flaunt it is our motto.

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3. Breton tops are king

Baby rocked the red stripes back in the 60s, and there’s still very much a wardrobe staple today. Like Baby, we like ours classically paired with denim.

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4. White on white is a great combo

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Come summer, white tops and matching trousers are the combination of choice. Baby’s folk blouse is perfect for this summer’s 70s trend revival too. And FYI, Johnny’s head-to-toe black look is pretty spot on also, especially with that biker jacket.

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5. Be true to your personal style

Sure, Baby looked incredible in that bright pink dress with the jewel belt when she danced the Mambo with Johnny at the Sheldrake, but it wasn’t her, and her dad didn’t recognise her. So whether you feel at your best sans make-up in a simple outfit, or with lots of glitter and jewels, wear whatever feels ‘you’, not what trends dictate.

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6. Always wear underwear

You just never know when you’re going to have to perform a lift in front of 100 people at summer camp. Or in a lake for that matter.

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And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why nobody should EVER put baby in a corner.

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