Styling Tips From My So-Called Life's Rayanne

OK, it might have been Claire Danes’ Angela whose so-called life we were glued to in 1995 but it was her rebellious best friend Rayanne whose wardrobe we wanted to raid. A girl who had never come across the adage “less is more”, Rayanne was a whirlwind of plaid, sequins and plaits; her outfits almost as loud as she was.

Rayanne was, of course, a troubled student. Genuinely thrilled to be awarded the title of “most slut potential” by her classmates, she did the dirty with Angela’s long-time crush and ended up in hospital after a house party got out of control.

But the looks! A little bit ‘90s grunge, a little bit charity shop chic, she made me want to paint my DM boots and dye a white streak in the front of my hair. Ah, her hair. Always busier than Taylor Swift’s PR team, in one scene she looks into the school bathroom mirror and laments her locks, saying: "OK, should I rat it, spray it, tease it, freeze it, spike it, shave it, or shove it?” And you thought there was just up or down.

Scroll through for an ode to Liberty High’s alt-style queen.
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Fruit is not just for eating, it also makes great accessories. Behold, the iconic grape earrings.
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Why not get party ready by tying silk ribbons into your plaits? Maybe skip washing down ecstasy pills with beer though.
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Sequin berets are a great look for when you're about to tear your best friend's crush a new one.
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Scrunchies forever and always. The higher, the better.
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A backwards baseball cap goes a long way. And they can hide all the mistakes when the home dye job goes wrong.
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Bowler hats make an appropriate statement for when you're fronting your friend's terrible band.
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Why wear one necklace when you can have two? The belted choker is very Gigi 2016. Although we doubt Gigi's favourite band is the Grateful Dead.
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Wow, she really liked a drink, didn't she? Another fine choice of head gear, though.
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Matching earrings are for losers. Buy the cheapest, most garish looking plastic pair from the market, throw one away, and viola. Sorted.
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Wonder what to do with those little plastic coloured clips you get in a cracker every Christmas? Now you know.

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