The Disney Channel Original Movies That Defined Your Childhood Style

Disney Channel Original Movies, more commonly known as DCOMs, were lit. If you were anything like me, you would count down the days until the latest one premiered, invite all your friends over, and watch the movie from the comfort of your couch in real time. No DVR, movie theaters, or social media hype was necessary, because you watched Disney Channel so religiously and knew that missing a DCOM premiere was social suicide.

Coming from the girl who shamelessly had High School Musical folders with Zach Efron's face plastered on them, I can proudly say that when it comes to DCOMs, I remember a lot. Probably too much, actually, but for the context of this story, my loser and overly nostalgic tendencies have finally worked out in my favor. If you are anything like me, DCOMs weren't just movies; they were a lifestyle. Idolizing actors like Hilary Duff, Raven-Symoné, Lindsay Lohan, and Christy Carlson Romano meant you wanted to dress like them too, and if you look back at old childhood photos, I can guarantee you tried to pull off a few Cheetah Girls–, Zenon-, and Brink!-inspired looks. To give you a few reminders, I listed out 12 of my personal favorite DCOMs—ones that shaped my childhood style and still hold a special place in my heart. Ready to take a trip down memory lane?

Brink!

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In case you forgot, soul skating is what Brink! is all about. As the free-spirited group of friends skates their way through high school; battling their Goliath, Val (who took a milkshake to the face and ate a worm sandwich thanks to these geniuses); and winning skating championships, they looked dope while doing it. Never forget Brink's tiny sunglasses and the oversize clothing lifestyle that the kids thought was phat. Yeah, they say phat in this movie.

Available in sizes 34 to 42.

Get a Clue

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Get a Clue, potentially one of Lindsay Lohan's best feature films, is hands down the most fashionable DCOM. Lexy, the spoiled girl that she is, rocks look after look of 2000s trends that are finally coming back around, including head-to-toe leather, Matrix-inspired sunnies, crop tops, bucket hats, and more.

Cadet Kelly

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What happens when Hilary Duff and Christy Carlson Romano star in a movie together? Freaking magic, that's what. While the majority of the movie consists of Kelly in her military garb, her few days of freedom prior to enrolling at George Washington Military Academy were filled with rhinestone belts, cropped cardigans, and embroidered denim. Although the costuming was admirable, clearly Disney couldn't bear to take the Lizzie McGuire out of Hilary, which we applaud them for since the character's style trumps all others in this lineup.

Available in sizes S to L.

Johnny Tsunami

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I don't know about you, but Johnny Tsunami was the first time I remember thinking printed Hawaiian shirts were cool. Fast-forward to 2018, and they are a trend. While Johnny was off trying to fit in with his fellow classmates as the only snowboarder in town (if you remember, he moves from Hawaii to Vancouver, where everyone skies), I was off trying to make my school uniform as distinct as possible. You could say Johnny Kapahala was my low-key idol.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

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If you didn't want that iridescent mini CD-ROM as an earring, you didn't know what was good. Zenon's outfits throughout this entire movie are inspiring. What with the metallic scrunchies, neon spandex bodysuits, and out-of-this-world jewelry, every outfit change had you screaming zetus lapetus at the top of your lungs.

Gotta Kick It Up!

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I don't care who you are: This movie made being a cheerleader universally cool. To this day, I regularly say "si, se puede!" and wish I had a friend like America Ferrera's character, Yolanda. But back to cheerleading being cool, that means pleated miniskirts, scrunchies, and cute little cheer shorts were all anyone could think about.

High School Musical

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Troy and Gabriella dress, in my opinion, super lame in this movie, but Sharpay certainly did not. She dresses according to her mood, which is always changing, but one thing we took away from the legendary film was her accessories game. Like, how many can you even spot in the above photo? Because I lost count.

The Thirteenth Year

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Ah, the classic tale of a boy turned merman. I just watched this movie two nights ago and realized so many things that I didn't as a child. One that really shook me was that Jess (the nerdy friend) totally wore Céline reading glasses. Also when we see Cody's mom, aka the mermaid, she is always adorned in the same shell crown and jewelry, and if that's not a look most fashion girls would consider wearing today, then I don't know what is.

Motocrossed

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Like She's the Man (but better), this is another modern—and stylish—take on the classic Twelfth Night. As Andrea impersonates her injured twin brother in a motocross race, she ends up befriending and eventually falling in love with another rider, and it's all very Shakespearean. If you're still digging her sporty style, hit up I.Am.Gia.

Available in sizes XS to L.

The Cheetah Girls

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This is not my favorite DCOM of all time, but I would be lying if I said I didn't want a head-to-toe colored leopard-print tracksuit after watching. So there's that.

Halloweentown

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Discovering you're from a family of witches? Sounds amazing. Until you have to use your novice powers to defeat evil. Talk about major teenage turmoil. At least the main character, Marnie, had killer witchy style throughout the movie, as did her gown-clad grandmother.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Smart House

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This movie reaches all-time emotional levels as a boy programs his house to act as his mom in an effort to stop his single dad from dating. Naturally, the house/mom, Pat, goes a bit haywire, but she always looks put-together while doing so.