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The Fashion of Carrie: Then and Now


Stephen King’s 1974 novel, Carrie, made a telekinetic mark on the heart of American pop culture. It began in 1976, with the original movie, followed by the 1988 Broadway musical, a sequel, and now more than 20 years later, Carrie re-emerges for a modern day film adaption. Will the 2013 Carrie be as thrilling as the 1976 Carrie? We leave that up to the movie go-ers to decide. Our mission is to compare the style of Carrie then, with the style of Carrie now – and you decide which decade wins!

Wholesome School Girl

1976 Carrie looks like she might have gone into her mother’s closet with her eyes closed. Sporting an oversized grey sweater and ill-fitting white blouse. Carrie today goes for a more sweet country gal look, with overalls and a plaid shirt buttoned to her neckline.

Carrie Then and Now: Wholesome School Girl

Photo Credit: MGM Studios

The Cool Kids

One of the main plot lines of Carrie, then and now, is her counterpart, Sue Snell, the girl who has everything: beauty, popularity, and the guy. The curvy curly haired brunette, of the 1970’s, is now the slender straight haired blonde of the 2013.


Photo Credit: MGM Studios | Sue Snell (left in blue) (right in peach)

Gym Class

If you miss the fabulously retro gym uniform of the 70’s, do a jumping jack! Unfortunately, knee high socks are now replaced with bare midriffs and barely there shorts.


Photo Credit: MGM Studios

Which era had the superior characters and costumes? Carrie 1976 or Carrie 2013? This one goes to Carrie 1976, because the fashion of that decade was fabulous. Carrie opens in theaters tomorrow October 18, 2013.


About Natasha K
Natasha is the Director of Social Media at JustFab; a nomad who has lived in 8 cities; and a proud member of the Social Media “Socialites”. Before JustFab, she led the social media program at indie e-tailer ModCloth. Her personal style can be described as girly, casual and vintage-inspired. Outside of social media and fashion, she is passionate about dancing, crafting, social good initiatives and writing. She has been the publisher of SAPNAmagazine.com, an e-zine for South Asian-American women, since 2004.

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