If we’re comparing the squad on HBO’s Euphoria to other fictional high school kids, Maddy Perez would be the Regina George or the Cher Horowitz of her crew—except Perez isn’t blonde or rich or perfect (though the show’s resident beauty queen is stunning). She is Latina, comes from a dysfunctional middle-class family, and is in a toxic, violent relationship that makes Cher and her stepbrother’s awkward love story look totally G-rated. Perez, played by actor Alexa Demie, is refreshingly, progressively far from the cookie-cutter version of America’s popular girl, but she does share something in common with the classic queen bees: her love of fashion.
Perez’s sexy, glammed-up persona is punctuated by a wardrobe filled with matching two-piece sets, the kind we used to see on rom-com anti-hero chicks from the ’90s to the early ’00s. Her favorites include a Juicy Couture velour skirt-and-hoodie combo, as well as a bootleg rainbow Louis Vuitton logo-printed sports bra with matching leggings. She danced in embroidered Miaou jeans and a matching bralette, and even channeled Chanel’s iconic pastel tweed skirt suits for a trip to the mall with Barbie Ferreira’s character Kat Hernandez.
Perez’s confidence shone through our TV screens when she stepped out wearing a coordinating top and bottom, one that recalled the enviable slow-motion struts of Cher in her plaid yellow skirt and matching jacket, or Regina in a Juicy two-piece. But Perez shows how sets translate to those living in the Instagram age, and the look has already taken off among social media influencers over the last few months. Maybe it’s the trend’s inherent nostalgia, or maybe it’s just because Demie looks so good in them, but one thing is for sure: Perez’s popularity signifies that the day of the A-typical blonde-bombshell popular girl is, thankfully, leaving pop culture’s consciousness. In fact, any girl can be a popular girl; and if she wants, she can wear a cool, covetable matching set like all the others, too.
Below, here are five two-piece sets to try this fall and channel your inner Maddy Perez.
Originally Appeared on Vogue