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All the way with Stephanie Kaye: your random style icon

January 11, 2012
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L-A: Okay, so while I am up late because it took forever to book a flight to California (how’s that for a first world problem?) and had work to do, this was a legit idea for a post. I was reading the Twitter when Lauren commented on the styles of Stephanie Kaye. Waves of nostalgia hit me and I knew what I had to do: dedicate a post to the style icon that is Stephanie Kaye. Hell, we could probably do a week’s worth of posts inspired by her and her friends at Degrassi Junior High.


And while I admire the rolled up sleeves and the sweater tied over the shoulders, that is not the look Stephanie Kaye would want us to be inspired by.

No, the real style of Stephanie Kaye lies in her wardrobe that is the muse of American Apparel.

You wear that top with leggings, of course.

Which brings us to a little something I like to call:

Style Lessons from Stephanie Kaye, Random Style Icon

She may have been dressing for 1987, but I bet a few of you wish you had some of her outfits. Actually, there are probably a lot of lessons we can learn from this girl. So let’s dig in and see what the most fashion forward eighth grader has for us. And we’re not kidding when we say she’s fashion forward. I mean, check out her former BFF:

Oh Voula…you are not making the lace and the cameo work for you. I mean, you could do it. I could see that as a seriously bithcing look if you paired it with a cute skirt, but I’m pretty sure you went floor length and paisley like it was 1887 instead of 1987. No funsies. Let’s move on…

Stephanie Kaye style lesson 1: go big or go home.

That hair takes time my friends. Time and a skilled backcomb. The eyeshadow to the brows? Not for amateurs.

Stephanie Kaye style lesson 2: mix your labels.

A little pastel American Apparel with a preppy skirt that could be vintage J. Crew? Don’t mind if I do!

Stephanie Kaye style lesson 2.5: this look is how you will snag a dude. or two.

We here at FPQT love a good lesson on how to snag a man in another decade (or century), so we thank Steph for the tips. How to snag a dude in the late 80s when you’re 13? Midriff + mini skirt (or leggings) + giggle. And if this is the kind of dude you’re looking for, you’re a winner.

(we may need to follow this up with “Joey Jerimiah, Random Style Icon”. I may leave that to the West Coast Bureau/Head of Menswear at FPQT).

Stephanie Kaye style lesson 3: all the way with gold lamé

Okay, so not actually lamé. But I like the rhyme. Either way, you want a glittery tank top to wear with your leggings. If your outfit says “Sandy from Grease goes bad meets Studio 54”, then you know you’re on the right track for an outfit to wear to the library.

Stephanie Kaye style lesson 4: a tube top is your best friend

Seriously friends. You can never go wrong with a good tube top.

Butterfly clip and tribal inspired jewelry? You make that shit work, Stephanie Kaye.

And how do you take a tube top and make it more awesome? A crochet tank top, that’s how.

Tuck one strap in, add  a studded belt that wraps around twice and you are golden. As a matter of fact, I have seen this before and no, I don’t mean back in 1987. I mean within the past year. The hair wasn’t quite as high, but the Steph Kaye vibes were there.

Stephanie Kaye style lesson 5: know when to tone it down

Don’t mess with four or more inch heels. When you’ve got hair that high, a top that low and a skirt that short, you’ve got to take it easy on the rest of your ensemble. Because I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Stephanie Kaye takes it easy(ish) on the accessories (considering it was the 80s, she could be decked out in a lot more) and goes doesn’t go too crazy with the shoes. A simple sandal-esque kitten heel will do just nicely. Let the rest of your outfit make the statement.

Stephanie Kaye style lesson 6: the 80s were hard y’all

There were perms and peasant skirts and blouses that could house an entire family of nomads. These were not easy times folks. It’s no wonder Stephanie Kaye was in search of a new image.

Bonus Style Lesson from Random Degrassi Girl: A beret, a bob and a snarl are always in style

While this post is all about Stephanie Kaye, I couldn’t just ignore this random girl in the crowd who would yell stuff about pre-feminism during episode 1, season 1 and hanging out with not even remotely ironic Trucker Cap L.D.. Seeing as I’m just a long strand of pearls from dressing like this, I had to share.

Bitch had swag. Way to rock the blazer and the beret. I question what appears to be gold makeup.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Intern Krista permalink
    January 11, 2012 12:14 pm

    No question, this is your finest work. Rapturous applause!

    • allygarbs permalink
      January 11, 2012 8:20 pm

      I am so much in agreement. I don’t know if this can be topped.

  2. January 11, 2012 12:36 pm

    “Butterfly clip and tribal inspired jewelry? You make that shit work, Stephanie Kaye.” – you really do hit the nail on the head…and make me laugh!

  3. January 11, 2012 8:31 pm

    This is awesome.

    I was the same age as the Degrassi kids when it first aired. Living in a smallish town near Toronto, I always wondered it that was how city kids really dressed. We weren’t nearly as fashion forward in the ‘burbs.

    I did work on a “Spike” type look for a while though – minus the baby, of course.

    • la permalink*
      January 13, 2012 11:36 am

      I think my style back then was more of the Old Stephanie look. Maybe a bit of Caitlin. Then again, in my small town outside of Ottawa, I was thinking I was pretty stylish with double slouch socks happening.

  4. January 12, 2012 12:52 am

    Stephanie Kaye is one of my top fashion icons, for reals. I think seeing so many tube tops and minis as a kid (around the same time as Jem & the Holograms) permanently imprinted me with the firm belief that spandex = supreme glamour.

    Fine work, L-A.

    • la permalink*
      January 13, 2012 11:45 am

      “pandex = supreme glamour.” HA! But for reals. I remember thinking a spandex tube top and stumpy heels were pretty special back then.

  5. January 12, 2012 12:41 pm

    Stephanie definitely brings it. I was always more of a Melanie fan, probably because we were both so flat the walls were jealous, so it was like we were kindred spirits. Obviously I picked the wrong Degrassi student to copy.

    • allygarbs permalink
      January 13, 2012 8:35 am

      “The walls were jealous”. Crying with laughter.

    • la permalink*
      January 13, 2012 11:37 am

      Style wise back then, I was definitely more in line with the styles of Melanie. Tube tops and leggings weren’t really on my style radar.

  6. January 13, 2012 11:15 am

    I would like to add Spike to the list of characters in your Degrassi retrospective. Who else could rock the punk preggo look?

    • la permalink*
      January 13, 2012 11:36 am

      Good call. It’s not an easy look to pull off. I can’t imagine there was a lot of maternity wear to choose from for the pregnant teenage punk back then.


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