By Courtney E. Smith

Charli XCX is making it clear on her new single she doesn’t want to go to school, she just wants to break the rules. So, it’s safe to say, someone isn’t making the honor roll.

The video for “Break the Rules” finds Charli and her team of Heather-like girlfriends doing, what else, but making some trouble. The clip is set in a nihilistic present where graffiti and dress code violations are the biggest form of rebellion and young girls have no problem hijacking a school bus, which soon becomes their discotheque.

Related: Charli XCX Announces New Album ‘Sucker’: Listen to New Song ‘Break the Rules’

Charli and her bad girl posse take a break to go shopping at a trashy vintage store that looks more like a Frederick’s of Hollywood. There are no “Fancy” moments here. Like Cher Horowitz would be caught dead shopping at a vintage shop named “Trashy.” As if.

Eventually the group end up at a school dance and, no surprise to anyone who watched the Style Files with Charli XCX, she’s in a magnificent ’90s slip dress.

If you were looking for even more Nineties nostalgia, check out Jawbreaker and Scream queen, Rose McGowan playing “The Chaperone.”

Charli’s second album, Sucker, is out October 21.


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