Last summer, an off-Broadway spoof/musical of Saved By the Bell reintroduced me to a show I rarely ever watched — and suddenly wondered why I hadn’t. (Aside from being far too consumed by my love of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Darkwing Duck during those formative years.)
The cheesy one-liners! The Max hangouts! The time Jessie Spano got addicted to caffeine pills!
The five-season show provides even more material for costumes and inside jokes than it did spinoffs and themed movies. You could go for Slater’s curly mullet, scrunch socks and wrestling unitard, or Lisa Turtle’s snazzy bedazzled jean jacket, statement earrings and scrunchie. The late ’80s-early ’90s provides plenty of outfit inspo as it is, and it’s safe to say every character on the show really got into the perm-tastic era.
Try these ideas on for size:
Kelly Kapowski Costume
- Bayside Tigers off-the-shoulder top, $29; Amazon
- Elnett Extra Hold Hairspray, $13; Amazon (crucial for getting the bang poof just right!)
- “I <3 Zach Morris” pin, $1; Amazon
- High-waisted jean shorts, $10; Amazon
- “It’s Alright” Bayside Socks, $13; Amazon
- Or… Bayside Cheerleaders costume, $38; Amazon
- Boldly printed short-sleeved buttondown, $25; Amazon
- Short-sleeve yellow tee, $8; Amazon
- Men’s curly wig, $12.50; Amazon
- Supersized Inflatable Retro Mobile Phone, $6; Amazon
- Acid-wash jeans, $27; Amazon
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