Riverdale’s looking a lot more diverse than it did in the 1940s, when the Archie series debuted. Actors of color play major roles, and the ensemble includes openly gay characters. (#RepresentationMatters!) Race relations, class struggles, and feminism are addressed. Clearly, this ain’t your grandparents’ Riverdale.
The female leads are intelligent, tough, driven young women navigating adolescence in the anything-but-idyllic American small town. Betty and Veronica’s friendship is just that, not frenemies fighting over a boy; the show definitely passes the Bechdel test.
Riverdale’s wardrobe department creatively blends both mid-20th century references with contemporary trends. The ladies of Riverdale High have serious style, and we’ve found some pieces that can help you recreate your favorite gal’s look.
Camila Mendes is Veronica, the mysterious new girl from New York City. Veronica sees her move as a chance start over and overcome her reputation as a spoiled beeyotch. She’s often seen in jewel tones like burgundy and blue, and lots of NYC black. Her silhouette is sleek and sophisticated, and always put-together.
Veronica may have lost her Mikimoto pearls in the family’s fall from grace (a necklace can cost more than the $40K yearly tuition at Spence, Veronica’s elite school in New York), but she still wears a pearl necklace almost every day. The Tiffany version is slightly more affordable. (Veronica loves Breakfast at Tiffany’s, referencing both the film and Truman Capote’s novella.)
Gold-Tone Imitation Pearl Necklace, $17.25 at Macy’s
Calvin Klein Sheath Dress, $89.98 at Macy’s
Veronica is often seen in shift dresses and halter-neck tops.
Tote Bag With Ring Detail, $34 at ASOS
Backpacks just aren’t Ronnie’s steez.
Elizabeth “Betty” Cooper
Lili Reinhart portrays the bookish “good girl” with overbearing parents and perhaps a bit of a dark side. Betty writes for the school paper and rocks a low-maintenance tomgirl style. Jeans, sweater sets, and pinks of all shades dominate her wardrobe.
Merino Ribbed Pointelle Cardigan, $78 at Banana Republic
8″ Skinny Jeans in Riverdale wash, $128 at Madewell
The wash of these very Betty blue jeans is literally called “Riverdale.” (No relation as far as we know.)
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top, $50 at Nike.com
Josephine “Josie” McCoy
Ashleigh Murray plays the ambitious lead singer of Josie and the Pussycats. The mayor’s daughter is focused on the vision, she’s all business but does have some hidden vulnerabilities. Josie’s trademark is leopard print — whether head-to-toe or as an accent piece.
Faux Fur Cat Ears, $8 at Topshop
The cat ears are the sartorial signature of the Pussycats. Don’t mess.
Leopard Mesh Bodysuit, $30 at Topshop
Pleated Leopard Print Skirt, $12.99 at Forever 21
Redhead Madelaine Petsch plays the school’s mean girl. She’s got a barbed tongue but deep down, a heart. Cheryl actually wears a similar dark palette as fellow rich kid Veronica. Though a cheerleader and popular, Cheryl is almost goth — her creepy mansion has a cemetery on the grounds, and she’s been known to wear spider brooches and ghostly, all-white ensembles.
Cheryl wears a lot of black and red, and many a crop top.
Long Sleeve Twist Front Crop Top, $20 at Topshop
Calvin Klein Pencil Skirt, $54.98 at Macy’s
Vintage 1960s Cherry Pin by Sarah Coventry, $8.95 – Etsy
Cheryl wore this exact pin in Episode 7! Though the Sarah Coventry cherry pin is from the ’60s, there are a bunch of them floating around the internet.