9 Fashion Lessons We Learned From Saved by the Bell

In response to the amazingness that is The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story—premiering this Monday on Lifetime—we’re revisiting our favorite high school gang and the fashion moments that forever put them on the pop culture map. How could we forget Kelly Kapowski’s enviable collection of crop tops, Lisa Turtle’s knack for color-blocking, and Jessie Spano’s impeccable hair accessories? The show was the ultimate guide to ‘90s style, a treasure trove of statement-making looks that happen to be in perfect keeping with a slew of today’s trends, too. 

Fashion Lesson 1: A crop top can be the most versatile piece in your closet.

Fact: Nobody looked better in an abbreviated shirt than Kapowski. The gorgeous brunette made the skin-baring crop top work seamlessly with everything from high-waisted Bermuda shorts to flirtatious miniskirts. 

Fashion Lesson 2: A headband is the ultimate hair accessory.

Spano’s voluminous curly locks are what ‘90s beauty dreams are made of, especially when pulled back with a bow-bedecked headpiece. 

Fashion Lesson 3: When all else fails, put a hat on it.

Few people know the power of a good hat like Lisa Turtle. Whether swathed in a bright hue or embellished, the bold tastemaker topped off her looks with some of the chicest chapeaux. 

Fashion Lesson 4: Graphic sweaters make a serious style statement.

Sure, most of our fashion cues came from the ladies, but Zack Morris taught us one of the most important lessons of all: Come fall, a graphic sweater lends any outfit an intriguing, of-the-moment look. 

Fashion Lesson 5: Off-the-shoulder tops are a subtly sexy choice.

The shoulder-baring top is starting to make a serious comeback, so we’re taking a page from Kapowski’s stylebook and pairing the piece with high-waisted jeans for our next outing. 

Fashion Lesson 6: A fringe jacket is your one-way ticket to cool.

The fact that Kapowski, Spano, and Turtle all owned their own version of the fringed jacket should tell you the textured piece is a must-have. Kate Moss agrees

Fashion Lesson 7: There’s no such thing as over-accessorizing.

We have to imagine Turtle lived by the motto “more is more” when it came to accessories. Chandelier earrings paired with a statement necklace guaranteed a look-at-me-now result. 

Fashion Lesson 8: It’s okay to match your top to your bottoms.

In case you were wondering where the matching separates trend came from, the answer is Kapowski. 

Fashion Lesson 9: Two pieces of denim are better than one.

Call it what you want, but Spano makes the denim-on-denim trend look good. 

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