Beverly Hills, what a thrill!
We all have those movies that hold a special place in our hearts and despite growing up we still love them, root for the heroines, and look back at them for style inspiration. That is what Troop Beverly Hills is to many of us, and that's why we can't believe that this iconic film is 30 years old.
Phyllis Nefler (Shelley Long) first graced the big screen as everyone's favorite out-of-touch Wilderness Girls troop leader on March 24, 1989 and boy has time flown by since then. Luckily for fans of the film, the storyline and the fashion in particular has stood the test of time and we are so grateful that it has.
Troop Beverly Hills tells the story of Phyllis, a soon-to-be divorced mom and socialite who lives the good life in Beverly Hills, California.
As her life is falling apart—her husband Freddy (Craig T. Nelson) is seeing a younger woman—she realizes that she needs to do something to keep herself busy, but what she does isn't exactly in her wheelhouse.
Phyllis isn't the most street savvy woman, but to prove her self-worth she takes on the challenge of becoming the troop leader to her daughter Hannah's (Jenny Lewis) Wilderness Girls troop...Troop Beverly Hills.
Despite her husband's objections, due to the fact that she's not very outdoorsy, Phyllis rises to the challenge, bonds with her daughter and her equally sheltered and spoiled Beverly Hills troop mates and discovers a few things about herself along the way.
They make up their own patches—like the jewelry appraisal patch and the gardening with glamour patch—stay at The Beverly Hills Hotel after a bad camping debacle, and dance on Rodeo Drive to sell cookies. All of this makes them a laughing stock to the other troops, but as fans it just made us want to be a part of their squad that much more.
Throughout it all Phyllis leads by example with her positive attitude and can-do spirit, which is totally refreshing. Oh, and she slays the style game all movie long too.
In fact, 30 years later one of the most memorable things about this film, besides the "It's Cookie Time" song they sing and the ultimate face-off against the Red Feathers troop, is the fashion.
Whether its tweaking her troop leader khaki uniform to resemble a sailor's uniform while having an epic patches ceremony on a yacht, or donning a fashionable cape over her khaki wardrobe to raise money for her girls, Phyllis is a fashion-forward woman that we can't help but love.
She's basically the Carrie Bradshaw of the '80s, because while she is never afraid to take a fashion risk, some of her looks go a little too far.
Remember her pastel pink and purple dress she wore when she accidentally fell in the pool? There were white gloves to go with it!
Plus, there was the time she rocked a green, velvet frock and pillbox hat to her divorce court hearing, which was totally out of place for the event, but so fashionable and fierce.
Phyllis was ahead of her time with some of her ensemble choices while others were so '80s it hurt.
In honor of Troop Beverly Hills turning 30 today, we took a trip down fashion memory lane and picked our favorite looks from the film for you to reminisce about below.
Some are totally outrageous, but there are also dresses that we would steal in a heartbeat. They were the girls from Beverly Hills and shopping was their greatest skill, so ya, the fashion was on point!
Check out all of the memorable looks below and then vote for the one you still love after all these years.
All that's left to do now is to grab your girls, sing "Kumbaya My Lord" together and get ready for cookie time, cookie time!