We’re Gonna Rule the School…..

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Do you recognise the title of this post?

If not you need to immediately purchase and watch a copy of Grease. Seriously, it’s only £3, you really should.

I can remember very specifically the first time I saw Grease. It was the late 80s, and the Summer Club I went to in the holidays (The Get Up and Glow club, if I recall correctly) decided we should put on a little show and sing Summer Lovin’ from Grease. It was decided I should be Sandy, I suspect because of my long blonde hair rather than any musical or acting skills that made me a natural lead. I’d never seen the film, so my Mum rented it for me from the video shop. I loved it and it’s been one of my favourite movies ever since, even though the planned “show” ultimately never transpired.

Now, I LIKED Sandy (at least in her original get up, not those godawful sprayed on trousers she finished up in), there was a very secret, special place in my heart for Rizzo, I always love a bad girl. But really, my favourite, my real style icon, was Marty Maraschino.

marty maraschino grease

marty maraschino pink ladies

Marty is always co ordinated to within an inch of her life with clutches, scarves and shoes not only matching each other, but her skirt as well.

Not a bad girl like Rizzo, she was certainly no goodie goodie, with a list of “boyfriends” she wrote to on a regular basis as long as your arm. To 8 year old me Marty was a real grown up. She stood slightly apart from the fluttering activities of her friends, only becoming flustered when one of her diamonds fell in the macaroni (it happens to all of us)

I STILL wish I could be as glamorous as she was in a silk kimono with a fan in the sleep over scene, and that green dress and (co ordinated) flower for the school dance absolutely needs a place in my wardrobe.

Marty Maraschino green dress

Want to be a modern day Marty Maraschino?

It’s going to take some work. With hair that perfect and clothes that fitted you can’t just roll out of bed and put on the first thing you find on the floor. Oh no. It takes planning and effort to be a real lady.

16 Responses
  • Andi B. Goode
    June 22, 2010

    Marty is my favourite, too! Though, I think personality-wise, I’m definitely more like Jan. ;]
    -Andi x

    • Retro Chick
      June 22, 2010

      I think I might secretly be Frenchie, though I try and pretend it’s not so.

  • Abilu
    June 22, 2010

    Brilliant!!!!! My favourite film too… “Dont sweat it honey have one of mine!” As Marty pulls out a huge strip of pics of her fellas whilst talking to Sandy in the sleep over scene! Love it! x 🙂

    • Retro Chick
      June 22, 2010

      I love the way she says that!

  • Maddy
    June 22, 2010

    I would have to say that Frenchie and Rizzo were my favorite. To be honest, I found Sandy a bit annoying. Still one of my favorite movies till this day 🙂

  • Laura Kim Connell
    June 22, 2010

    I love Rizzo. She’s such a tragic heroine.

  • Sandra @ DebutanteClothing
    June 22, 2010

    My 2nd favorite musical after West Side Story. Actually, they might be tied. I love the Pink Ladies and I so wanted to be one when I was a kid. Ok, in my 20s too ; )

  • Vicki
    June 23, 2010

    Cute picks from Polyvore!! I was more of a Sandra gal myself 😉



  • Style Eyes
    June 23, 2010

    I loved Grease too. Agreed Marti was always the most stylish!

  • Fashion Limbo
    June 23, 2010

    I loved Grease, especially how the boys were so concerned about their look, and the state of their hair before meeting the girls or challenging other guy. Travolta was fantastic in this film.

    • Fashion Limbo
      June 23, 2010

      challenging other guySsssss, I’m still not awake

  • LandGirl1980
    June 23, 2010

    One of my ALL TIME favourite films. There are 2 of her lines that I say quite alot – “Here honey, have onea mine” and “He’s a MAAAAAARINE!” Priceless! I love and hate Rizzo in equal parts, but my fave has always been Frenchy “You look like an easter egg” I love her oddness, in what she says and also her fashion.

  • Charlotte
    June 23, 2010

    That’s so funny, Marty was far and away my favourite Pink Lady!

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha’penny

  • Lori Smith
    June 24, 2010

    This is one of my favourite films and I need to watch it again. I agree about Marty – she was always far too grown up to be in school!

  • Anastasia
    June 28, 2010

    I totally agree with you about Marty. Love her little wiggle walk too. Love the polyvore versions too.

  • Minnie
    July 1, 2010

    Finally someone who also loves Marty!
    Rizzo and Sandy are great, but I so loved Marty.
    thankyou xx