9 of the best fashion moments from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The Netflix show's costumes are an understated ode to 60s counterculture style.
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set in the timeless town of Greendale, where laptops and flip phones exist alongside letterman jackets and muscle cars, and every day feels like Halloween. The Netflix show’s timeline is purposefully vague, but Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) and her witchy crew are dressed in warm, autumnal oranges and maroons, rich corduroy and wool, making the show’s fashion an understated ode to the 60s.
Academy Award-winning costume designer Angus Strathie pays homage to the Archie comics, where we first met our favorite teenage witch back in 1962. Always complete with her signature black headband, Sabrina’s outfits are a nod toward the varying fashion movements of the 60s: both the counterculture trends on Carnaby Street and the all-American ideals they rebelled against. Here, we’ve rounded up all the best looks from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
The red wool coat
Perhaps the most significant piece of Sabrina’s wardrobe from season one is her red wool coat. With its classic, cloak-like silhouette the jacket is part Jackie O, part Little Red Riding Hood slaying The Big Bad Wolf in the woods. As a half-witch, half-mortal, this duality is fitting for our favorite tv witch. The statement buttons, short sleeves, and large collar give off major 60s mod vibes, especially when paired with her black headband, which nicely compliments her forward-thinking mindset and status as a social justice warrior at Baxter High. It’s also worth noting that Sabrina has a special relationship with the color red. She’s the only character who ever wears it, and as she grows into her powers, the way she wears it changes. This coat is the first thing we ever see her in -- it pops against the green shrubbery in the woods -- and the bright, vulnerable red foreshadows all the learning she’s about to do.
Halloween party/dark baptism dress
Neither the path of light nor the path of night are worthy of Sabrina’s 16th birthday look. She starts the evening off in her late mother’s 50s-inspired wedding dress: a tight, white bodice with a sweetheart neckline, full skirt that falls to mid-calf, and gorgeous lace overlay. She pairs it with a simple gold necklace and wears it to a halloween party with her boyfriend Harvey, who rightfully goes starry-eyed when he sees her descending the staircase for the first time. Later, at her dark baptism, Sabrina passes through blue flames and has her very own magical Sandra Dee moment of transformation -- the dress turns black, emphasizing her lost innocence and the way witchcraft will inevitably and completely change her life. Goodbye to Sandra Dee, indeed.
Every single sweater... ever
Greendale exists in an eternal autumn, which means sweater weather lasts all year round, and nobody appreciates a quality vintage knit quite like Sabrina. Though red is usually the character’s color of choice, her preference for earth-toned sweaters reflects both the natural colors of fall foliage and the warm, muted color palettes of the Swinging Sixties and early 70s. Also notable is the attention to detail: fine and consistent, the clean stitching and intricate patterns show great care, suggesting the sweaters are hand-woven, and maybe even one-of-a-kind. The Queen of Hell is nothing if not an ethical shopper.
Weird Sisters uniform
The Weird Sisters are in a fashion bracket all their own -- Puritan goth chic, anyone? -- but Sabrina elevates their uniform to a whole new level when she adds some color to make it her own in the season one finale. The bell dress, a fit made famous by 60s mod queens like Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick, has long sleeves, a mini skirt, and a white lace collar, and the red color of the fabric is deeper and richer than that of her signature coat. Her black headband and dark crimson lips are stark against her ashy blonde hair and pale skin, because her look, like her character, has matured significantly, and for the first time, she’s embracing it.
First day of school outfit
Sabrina loves a good plaid skirt and this black and red number, paired with a tight turtleneck, statement belt, tights, and Mary Janes, is one of the best. In an adorable montage that pays homage to Melissa Joan Hart’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch of the 90s, Sabrina is joyfully testing out her new powers, zapping into different outfits as she twirls in front of her bedroom mirror. After trying a few colorful options, she decides to swap out earth tones for a darker palette and finally feels comfortable. You know what they say: new year, new witch.
Sweethearts Dance dress
Unsurprisingly, Sabrina’s version of the little black dress isn’t an LBD at all, but a red vintage number. Its wide, scooped neckline perfectly accentuates her tiny gold necklace, and the miniskirt layered in tulle is as charming as the 60s prom dress it was probably inspired by. She completes the look by matching her lipstick to the vibrant red of the mini dress, reminding us that red is Sabrina’s color not just on Valentine’s Day -- or Lupercalia, if you’re a witch -- but every day of the year.
Baxter High cheerleading uniform
Baxter High’s classic maroon letterman jackets and cheerleading uniforms establish the show’s awareness of and subtle appreciation for the all-American ideals of high school in the 60s. Sabrina quickly shakes up all of those conventions when she joins the cheerleading squad. She dons the traditional uniform, turtleneck included, and then proceeds to carry out her official duty of dragging souls to Hell. But only the ones that deserve it, of course.
Tunnel of love dress
Eye-catching prints and hip-hugging fits à la Peggy Moffitt are all the rage for Sabrina in season three. Take this dress she wears to ride the tunnel of love with her boyfriend, Nicholas Scratch. Collared and long-sleeved, with a bold zig-zag print, and a belt snug on her hips, this inspired look is less carnival, more Carnaby Street in 1968, and is one of her cooler, more mature looks thus far.
Patterned blouses and statement belts
Sabrina is by no means a maximalist, but her foray into patterned blouses and retro statement belt buckles in season three is perhaps the closest she comes (with the exception of that look from the finale). Inspired by the bold, bright prints of 60s mod, toned down to match the earthy, eternal autumn vibe of Greendale, Sabrina’s blouse and belt pairings indicate the physical and emotional maturation of the character, as well as her newfound self-awareness.