A Real Life “Plastic”

On Wednesdays, Paige wears Pink

The 2004 cult classic, “Mean Girls,” is known for its girl drama and showcasing the politics of high school. However, this movie also left its markon fashion among teens. Though it was released over 10 years ago, sayings like, “On Wednesdays we wear pink” are still relevant in our 2016 culture.

Paige O’Brien, a sophomore here at Staples High School, follows the infamous clothing rules set by the queen of the “Plastics” herself, Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams. Here are the basic rules:

  1. You can only wear a ponytail once a week
  2. On Wednesdays you have to wear pink (obviously)
  3. Don’t wear a tank top two days in a row
  4. You can only wear jeans or track pants on Fridays
  5. Absolutely NO hoop earrings. They’re Regina’s thing.

According to O’Brien, she started this venture, following the Plastics’ rules, this past year just for fun.

“They seemed kind of silly. After I tried it I kind of liked them and continue to stick to most rules,” said O’Brien.

Of course, sticking to every rule every week could be a little hard, “The hardest rule is only wearing jeans on Fridays. I don’t really follow that rule because I love jeans and want to wear them everyday. I never wear leggings because they look funny,” O’Brien commented.

Dressing like the Plastics, though it can take a lot of work, can also be quite rewarding, according to O’Brien. Although it may take an extra few minutes to plan out an outfit in the morning or the night before school, this Staples fashionista thinks it’s worth it.

“My motto is how you dress on the outside is how you reflect yourself on the inside. I never wear sweatpants or lazy day outfits. Dressing nicely and put together puts out a positive image into the world,” said O’Brien.

Two other Staples sophomores, Avery Mendillo and Eden Schumer, were interested in O’Brien’s fashion choices. “I think it’s awesome. I could never pull that off,” said Mendillo ’18.

“I think that’s cool Paige does that, I know a lot of people love that movie, but I haven’t heard anyone ever following that in real life. I think dressing for individuality is really important,” commented Schumer ’18.

Lastly, she describes her favorite Plastic, “My favorite Mean Girls style is definitely Gretchen. Her style is elegant yet edgy. I love the curls in her hair too.”