When Netlflix released Gilmore Girls, my life completely changed. Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but it’s true. Not only have I watched the entire series four times and cried my eyes out while eating junk food (for six hours) during A Year in The Life, but I’ve been introduced to Mallomars, bonded with my Mom and sister over our love for the show and realized my excitement over a good cup of coffee is completely normal.
Watching the show on repeat has brought to life so many new elements, especially the fact the the Gilmore Girls were way ahead of their times. While I could quote the fact that Lorelai mentions “when Hillary Clinton becomes president” (which almost happened) or even that Rory starts using an Apple laptop (iBook) way before it became the hot brand it is today, (circa 2000 – S1,E6) I thought I would share three personal favorite moments Gilmore Girls were ahead of their times.
1.) Selfie – While I’m not a big selfie taker personally, selfies are all rage. (Did it really happen if you don’t take a selfie?) The word selfie might have been added to the dictionary in 2013, but Rory is the OG in the game dating back to 2005. During her first day interning at the Stamford Eagle-Gazette, Rory can be seen documenting her experience in the break room with her standard cup of coffee in hand. You can see the scene in Season 5 Episode 20 here.
2.) It’s gonna be huge – I may be digging here, but when I re-watched Season 6 Episode 22, I couldn’t help myself. With all the memes and SNL skits ridiculing Donald Trump, you can’t help but laugh when you hear the tagline, “It’s gonna be huge!” When I heard Christopher say those exact words in response to the Rory Gilmore Astronomy Building I died! Either our president is a Gilmore Girls fan or, once again, the cast of Gilmore Girls reigns in catchphrases. Copper Boom! To get a glimpse of the reinvigorated phrase, start at the 18 minute mark of S6E22 linked above.
3.) Tshirt with tank/dress – We all know Lorelai and Rory had their ups and downs in the world of fashion, but who hasn’t. If anything, The Gilmore Girls certainly followed the trends of their time (and wore some fabulous DVF wrap dresses while doing it). One trend I noticed, was when Rory pulled a circa 2016 10 years before we knew what was coming. That’s right- the slip dress with t-shirt underneath. Rory may have only worn a tank top with her tshirt, but if this doesn’t screen inspiration for 2016, I don’t know what does! Check it out in Season5 Episode 21 around the 30 minute mark and if you really like the trend, you can buy a version from Asos, Free People or by pulling your favorite tank or tank dress out and pairing it with your best white tee.
Do you watch Gilmore Girls? If so, have you noticed any trends before they were adopted?