Nancy Drew over the years: From cloche hats to crop tops
Here's a fashion rewind of the girl detective's looks over the years:
Nancy almost always wore a skirt — except when she visited “Shadow Ranch” for her fifth book and donned a pair of chaps. When “The Secret of Shadow Ranch” was updated in 1965, she wore trouser-style jeans.
She was a fan of scarves, a favorite women’s fashion item of the ’30s.
Her flapperish look was modern at the time but was more for women than teens.
Nancy adopted the look of a young professional, maybe because she was wise beyond her years?
Her style became slightly more casual — wearing short sleeves and the occasional open collar — but the overall look remained conservative.
June Cleaver watch out. Back to high necks, Nancy favored blouses with ties around the neck and, on the cover of “The Ringmaster’s Secret,” started carrying a handbag.
On the cover of “The Hidden Window Mystery,” she wears her night clothes: a long red robe wrapped so tight that only the edges of her polka-dot PJs peek out from the bottom.
A stylish and more youthful Nancy appears on the 1961 cover of “The Mystery of the Fire Dragon.” She wears a belted yellow dress with a bit of embellishment on the collar and a noticeable necklace, and her coordinated embellished yellow bag is a clutch. Her fingernails also are painted.
Ellen Krieger, vice president/associate publisher of Aladdin and a fan of the teen sleuth, didn’t care much for the makeover given to the Nancy of “The Password to Larkspur Lane” in 1966. “I don’t know who her stylist is, but she should be fired. She’s got a pageboy hairstyle and is wearing — you have to call it a frock — with a pink puff sleeve top with a navy bottom.”
For the revised 1969 cover of “The Clue of the Tapping Heels,” Nancy wears a white leisure pantsuit.
From the book covers, which switched to more of a collage featuring Nancy’s head and some key clues from the story, the most notable change is Nancy’s hairstyle — now a flip and her hair is definitively red, especially on the cover of “The Sky Phantom.”
At times Nancy is a tomboy — in a polo shirt and pleated khaki shorts on some versions of the cover of “The Triple Hoax” — but she still can’t let go of the girl who likes a frilly and feminine Gunne Sax outfit.
Her hair also was looser and her pants tighter.
The series known as “The Nancy Drew Files” tried to add more romance to the books in the spirit of the “Sweet Valley High” books, and Nancy’s style reflected that. She started wearing crop tops and adopted a bouncy blond hairdo.
The 2007 movie
Pretty plaids, penny loafers, headbands and a good trench coat.
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