Lara Jean is more Clueless than you might think.
We all know her by now. Lara Jean Song Covey, the 16-year-old protagonist of Jenny Han’s book trilogy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a true romantic. She writes letters to every boy she’s ever had feelings for and stashes them away in a teal hatbox given to her by her late mother. She never imagined that the letters will end up in the boys' hands until they did. But did you know that she is more "clueless" than that?
In a recent interview, author Jenny Han revealed that she referenced the 1990's movie Clueless and Korean fast fashion from sites like Stylenanda to develop Lara Jean’s fashion style.
“Her look is 1960s retro meets 1990s meets Asian streetwear,” Han says. “It’s aspirationally romantic schoolgirl, and as an introverted person, it’s her way to express herself.” Lara Jean signature style: a hair bow, a heart-shaped locket, and knee socks.
"The socks have become such a fixture among fans," Han says, "that readers often wear them to book signings as a tribute to the character." 😍
Lara Jean in her iconic knee socks and cardigan as illustrated by artist Gica Tam. See more of her outfits here.
This outfit is something Lara Jean wears for a regular day at school. It also appears in the final scene in the movie. “I had extensive conversations with the producers in regard to Lara Jean’s style,” Han says. “I sent them mood boards.” This particular silhouette — a button-down with a short skirt — is used frequently.
Now let's compare it with Alicia Silverstone's Clueless outfits.
Yes, we can see the resemblance; not identical choice of clothes, but still some influence there. We think is the perfect choice for Lara Jean. Well done, Jenny Han. A little bit of cluelessness and romantic naiveté is probably what we need more off in a world full of cynicism. Thank you for creating such a cherishable character!
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