Released in 1991, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead is one of the most amazing movies in the history of film. It’s the story of a family of a single mother of four who goes away for the summer and leaves her children with an old lady babysitter who pretty much dies upon arrival. Instead of calling their mother or reporting the sitter’s death, the oldest daughter (played by Christina Applegate) creates a fake resume and lands a job as Executive Administrative Assistant for a clothing company that designs uniforms (this is basically her only option after a short lived stint at Clown Dog fast food restaurant).
Being as I was at the age where I repeatedly watched the same VHS until I had memorized it front and back in 1991, I’ve seen DTMTBD about 10,384,018 times – roughly. I’ve always loved it (and I recommend that anybody who hasn’t seen it immediately stop what they’re doing and somehow procure the film), but it wasn’t until I watched it again recently that I really appreciated how on point Sue Ellen Crandell’s (or “Swell,” as her friends call her) 1990’s style was.
Let’s all just take a moment to recognize the greatness of the costume designer’s choices, and then quickly set out on recreating all of her outfits, because I’m going to start dressing like this for work:
Gosh, just looking at it, I’m floored. Can I please become a fashion designer and make Sue Ellen my muse?