The Archies 60’s Outfits

The Archies: The Vintage 60’s Outfits of the Stylish Town and Teenagers of Riverdale

It is hard enough putting your own spin on a well-known character, let alone one who has been around from the 1940’s, appearing in everything from their own comic books and radio shows to one of the biggest small screen adaptations in history with Riverdale. But that’s exactly what the cast of the Indian Hindi language, Netflix released, version of The Archies had to do.    

The official trailer for Netflix’s The Archies. 

Even if the 1960’s set live-action movie hasn’t impressed the critics with its banal script, if the fans know only one thing about the world of The Archies, then it is probably its timeless style, colorful costumes and nostalgic looks. With the new Zoya Akhtar movie using all those years of influence to create the real-stars of the show in the vintage and oh-so charming The Archie outfits, that fashionista’s haven’t been able to resist.  

~The Girls and Their Archies Outfits~

For this all singing all dancing teen adaptation of The Archies, set in 1960’s Riverdale, costume designer Poornamrita Singh had to balance the vintage charm of The Archies outfits with the distinct comic book personalities of the characters. No doubt not an easy feat, with over 80 years of inspiration to work with for the sugary sweet Betty Cooper, stylish and rich Veronica Lodge and slightly eccentric Ethel Muggs.  

Betty Cooper’s Girl-Next-Door The Archie Outfits

Betty Cooper’s Girl-Next-Door The Archie Outfits
It is the 1960’s and Betty Cooper is just seventeen years old, enjoying life with her friends in their small town of Riverdale, until developers threaten to destroy their beloved park. The Archies, Netflix.  

Betty Cooper, the role that has been made famous by Lili Reinhart’s portrayal of the comic book character in Riverdale, is the epitome of the kind hearted and sweet girl-next-door. With her 1960’s inspired The Archies outfits full of delicate floral prints, subtle checks and bold stripes, that reflect the fun and free-spirited side of her nature.  

Betty Cooper’s Girl-Next-Door The Archie Outfits 2
It is the 1960’s and Betty Cooper is just seventeen years old, enjoying life with her friends in their small town of Riverdale, until developers threaten to destroy their beloved park. The Archies, Netflix.   

Yet although Riverdale’s costume department gave each of the female leads their own wardrobe color (find out about Betty’s here), this time around Betty doesn’t just stick to pastel shades, or soft pinks. Instead not afraid to add dark and moody modest black t-shirts and bold and bright orange midi-dresses to her wardrobe. Complimenting her softer cream embroidered blouses, pink checked wool trousers, paired with her simple flat pumps.  

simple round neck striped t-shirt, Betty’s  outfit
Even when wearing a simple round neck striped t-shirt, Betty’s subtle make-up, high ponytail and full bangs give her the wholesome look we have grown to love her for.  

Betty and Veronica’s Stylish Knit Sweaters in The Archies

Betty and Veronica’s Stylish Knit Sweaters in The Archies
Veronica and Betty’s friendship is a cornerstone of the original comics, even when tested to its limits by the charming, yet selfless Archie Andrews who professes to love them both. The Archies, Netflix. 

When it comes to the friendship between Betty and Veronica, opposites really do attract. Even when it comes to their wardrobes of knitted sweaters it would seem. With Betty opting for a softer, warmer navy blue and burnt orange spot patterned sweater with ribbed neckline and hem. While Veronica stays true to her glamorous side with a sleek form fitting, black turtleneck, that compliments her dark hair and bold eye make-up.   

Veronica Lodge’s Chic and Classy ‘It Girl’ Wardrobe

Veronica Lodge’s Chic and Classy ‘It Girl’ Wardrobe
Veronica is devastated to find out what her father has planned for the shops and parks of Riverdale during his development project. The Archies, Netflix. 

Only resembling our Riverdale Veronica Lodge, played by Camila Mendes, in personality and confidence alone, the two rich ‘it girls’ wardrobes are very different indeed. With us used to dark jewel tones and slight figure hugging silhouettes from Veronica (read about them here) we now get to see a more classy and preppy vintage side to her with her The Archies outfits.  

Veronica’s  roller bladeoutfit
When your house is as big as Veronica’s who wouldn’t roller blade through the rooms.   

Plenty of tweeds and mini-dresses, like her burnt orange pinafore dress, as well as bold patterns make up her expensive and sophisticated designer wardrobe. A perk of being the heiress to the Lodge estate. With Veronica particularly reinforcing the 60’s charm of The Archies with her simple tweed blue shorts and patterned blouse that she wore to rollerblade (check out how her outfit compares to other skating outfits here) through her family’s mansion. 

Veronica Lodge’s Red Dots Dress Outfit Bycicle
Not just sticking to figure hugging silhouettes like her burnt orange pinafore dress, Veronica brings a touch of vintage charm to her wardrobe with her big skirts and pinched in waists. 

Ethel’s Love of Prints and All Things Bright in The Archies 

Ethel’s Love of Prints and All Things Bright in The Archies
Sweet and loyal Ethel Muggs, has a not very well hidden sweet spot for Jughead, trying to win the way to his heart through his stomach and her food that she always shares with him. The Archies, Netflix. 

Although both Betty and Veronica have bold and distinctive fashion tastes, neither of them compares to the slightly eccentric and criminally underrated Ethel Muggs. A fan of all patterns and prints, and more than willing to wear them all at the same time, Ethel has her own fashion rules that she likes to stick to.  

Ethel’s wardrobe of skirts, dresses and simple knitwear, might be fun and colorful, but they also have a real feeling of practicality to them, more so than the other girls outfits do. 
Ethel’s wardrobe of skirts, dresses and simple knitwear, might be fun and colorful, but they also have a real feeling of practicality to them, more so than the other girls outfits do. 

Whether it is ditsy all-over patterns on brightly colored dresses, or clashing printed blouses and vintage flowing skirts, nothing is complete in Ethel’s The Archie outfits without some knitwear. Her fuzzy mohair cardigans and knitted flower sweater vests, will attest to that, while reinforcing the up-and-coming hair stylists bubbly, loyal and sweet personality. 

As Riverdale’s next big up-and-coming hairstylist Ethel’s short bobbed hair and full bangs are always looking perfect, even when styled with a headband or hidden under a hat. 

The Beautiful Vintage Party Dresses of Betty, Veronica and Ethel in The Archies

 Riverdale teenagers Outfits dresses The Archies, Netflix.  
With the movie being a full on singing and dancing extravaganza, it is no surprise that the Riverdale teenagers use music to help them express their feelings, especially when they try to save their beloved park. The Archies, Netflix.  
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With The Archies technically being a band, with the charming Archie Andrews on lead vocals, it is no surprise then that the Riverdale teenagers find plenty of time for a party or two. Always looking for an opportunity to do their hair, make-up and get dressed up, Betty, Veronica and Ethel never disappoint. Whether it is exquisite full skirted dresses in expensive silks, satins and brocades, or more slinky brightly colored sequin embellished shift dresses the girls never put a stylish foot wrong.  

Betty and Veronica dresses Outfits 60’s. 
Not afraid to stand out in a crowd, Betty and Veronica slip into slinky fully embellished shift dresses that would have been the height of fashion and popularity in the 60’s. 
The Wooly Bully Dance from The Archies.

~The Boys and Their Archies Outfits~

If the girls are the all dancing part of the Netflixs all singing all dancing teen movie, then Archie Andrews and the boys are the all singing part. Local heartthrobs, with their charm, wit and their stylish take on the unique The Archies outfits, it is no wonder the girls of Riverdale can barely tear their eyes away from them.    

The Charming and Lovable Archie Andrews 

Archie Andrews Outfit Inspo
Desperate to leave Riverdale to pursue his dreams of becoming a singer, the lead vocalist of the popular band The Archies, is going to have to work hard to convince his parents. The Archies, Netflix. 

What can you say about the Casanova that is the lead singer of The Archies, Archie Andrews. Well when it comes to fashion, as with love, he isn’t afraid to go bold, bright and make sure that he stands out from the rest of the crowd. 

Striped Shirts The Archies outfits inspo
Always the height of fashion in their polished shirts and pants, the perfectly tailored looks and oozing sophistication is only one of the reasons the girls all love them.

His The Archie outfits are a nice mix of formal plaid or simple black dress pants, paired with easy yet colorful knit sweaters or simple striped shirts. The louder and more extreme the better, when it comes to the yellows, and greens he loves to wear. With the laidback and statement pieces working wonders with his charming baby faced looks, personality and singing voice. 

If one thing is true about Archie’s wardrobe it is that he is not afraid of wearing, or mixing, bold statement patterns like this check jacket and striped t-shirt. 

Jughead Jones Easygoing Wardrobe and Hats in The Archies

Braces and Flat Caps The Archies outfits
Even though Jughead is mostly known for his crown shaped beanie, here he is more often than not seen wearing his rustic red flat cap, which seems to effortlessly go with every one of his outfits. The Archies, Netflix. 

Never seen without some sort of hat, Jughead Jones is a lot less worried about fashion than he is about what he is going to eat next. Quite the foodie, something Ethel is using to her advantage, the quiet and easygoing drummer is terrified of girls and speaking to them. But that doesn’t stop them being drawn to his wardrobe of simple striped or checked shirts, wool pants and casual jackets, that he accessories with flat caps and beanies. While not forgetting his trademark color matched braces. 

The Archies outfits
Just as likely to be found eating the food at Pop Tate’s than actually serving it, Jughead is witty and sharp yet is completely terrified of speaking to girls. 
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The smartest member of the group, Dilton is always there to keep the gang on the right path, come up with sensible suggestions and school the others when need be with his endless intelligence. The Archies, Netflix. 

Dilton Outfits - The Archies outfits
The smartest member of the group, Dilton is always there to keep the gang on the right path, come up with sensible suggestions and school the others when need be with his endless intelligence. The Archies, Netflix. 

Just as likely to be found in his bedroom tinkering with one of his inventions, or immersing himself in the study of a new subject, Dilton in his The Archies outfits is the gang’s resident nerd. Yet Dilton could give Veronica a run for her money, when it comes to being the best dressed, especially with that vintage geeky look of his. From his rustic plaid blazers and complementary bow-ties to his abundance of sweater vests in all prints and patterns, Dilton has perfected his geeky look with the suave only a nerd could.   

Dilton's The Archies outfits
Dilton’s sophisticated wardrobe has the perfect vintage 60’s nerdy look to it with his endless creased front dress pants and polished leather shoes.  

Reggie Mantle’s Effortless Charm and Rebellious Pretty Boy Looks in The Archies 

Reggie Mantle’s Effortless Charm and Rebellious Pretty Boy Looks in The Archies
You will be hard pushed to find somebody in Riverdale who loves themself more than Reggie Mantle does, but luckily with his effortless charm and hint of rebellion he wears it well. The Archies, Netflix. 

Played by Charles Melton in teen drama Riverdale, who just recently starred in May December (which we’ve talked all about here), Reggie is the jokester of the group. But his stylish wardrobe of fitted polo shirts, edgy denim jeans and tough leather jackets over simple round neck white t-shirts, gives him more than a touch of that bad boy rock’n’roll vibe he is going for. Yet the rebellious outfits and his tousled black hair that somehow perfectly falls across his forehead, hides a much softer and more sensitive side, as well as a secret little crush on Veronica Lodge.     

Reggie The Archies outfits
No wonder the girls of Riverdale find Reggie irresistible with his polished yet bad-boy looks that depict his old school charm, and matching outfits. 

Even having to follow in the stylish and highly fashionable shoes of its predecessor Riverdale, The Archies with all of its singing, dancing, and perfect teenage cast of characters manages to hold its own. Allowing the 1960’s setting and the vintage wardrobe of The Archies outfits to draw us into a world that is as familiar as it is different. With a new sophisticated and exciting take on our favorite characters for us all to fall equally in love with. 

MOVIE:The Archies
DIRECTED BY:Zoya Akhtar