Ah, the ’90s. A magical decade of slap bracelets, Tamagotchis, and dial-up internet. But above all, it gave us one of the most iconic fashion-forward films of all time: “Clueless.”
With a tapestry of tartan, feather boas, and enough knee-high socks to shake a stick at, Cher and her crew served looks that made even the hippest of hipsters wish they could time-travel.
A Plaid Affair
If there’s one look from “Clueless” that’s been burned into our collective retinas, it’s the yellow plaid ensemble worn by Cher, played by the ever-radiant Alicia Silverstone. This wasn’t just any plaid. This was plaid that screamed, “I am the Queen of Beverly Hills High.” A two-piece suit paired with a white tee, knee-high stockings, and Mary Janes Shoes – this look was preppy chic with a dash of sass.
But it wasn’t just Cher that made plaid the go-to pattern. Dionne, her right-hand woman, rocked a black and white checked skirt suit that would make anyone say, “Rollin’ with the homies.”
The Over-the-Knee Sock Obsession
The students of Beverly Hills High were evidently so ahead of their time; they foresaw the 21st-century obsession with over-the-knee socks. Cher, Dionne, and even the newbie Tai (played by the adorable Brittany Murphy) sported these, proving that whether you’re a fashionista, a sidekick, or the new girl, over-the-knee boots and socks were the ultimate equalizer.
The Hats: Oh, Those Hats
Dee’s hats deserve a special mention. They weren’t just accessories; they were architectural marvels. From her towering black patent leather Dr. Seuss-like creation to more classic round velvet caps, one could only wonder how much closet space Dionne dedicated just to hats.
Alaïa, Vintage, and Everything In Between
Cher’s fashion knowledge was vast, spanning from high-end designers to thrift-store treasures. Remember when she schooled a mugger on the value of her dress? “It’s an Alaïa… A-what-a? It’s like, a totally important designer!” Preach, Cher, preach.
The Men of Clueless
While the ladies undoubtedly stole the show, the men of “Clueless” brought their own flair. From Elton’s preppy clothing collared shirts and pullovers to Christian’s greaser-inspired retro ensemble, the boys showcased that the ’90s weren’t just about grunge and backward caps (though there’s nothing wrong with a good flannel shirt, Josh!)
The Earnings: Was It a Total Betty?
For all its fashion prowess, you might wonder if “Clueless” was just a pretty face or if it had the earnings to back up its iconic status. Honey, did it ever! Released in 1995, “Clueless” raked in over $56 million domestically. Not too shabby for a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” right? Clearly, tartan suits and teen drama were a winning combo.
Why We’re Still Totally Buggin’ About Clueless Fashion?
Over two decades later, “Clueless” remains a touchstone for ’90s fashion. It wasn’t just about the clothes but the attitude. The unabashed confidence with which Cher and her crew wore every outfit, be it for a trip to the mall or a high school debate, taught us all a lesson in self-expression.
But it’s not just nostalgia that keeps this film’s style alive. Major fashion houses and street-style stars frequently borrow from Cher’s playbook. So, if you ever find yourself lost in your wardrobe, wondering what to wear, just ask: “What would Cher do?”
In the immortal words of our Beverly Hills princess, “Fashion is like, my fifth sense.” And thanks to “Clueless,” we all got a little taste of that sensibility.
So, here’s to “Clueless” – a film that wasn’t at all about being clueless but knowing exactly who you were and wearing it with pride. Now, excuse me while I rummage through my closet for some tartan and knee-highs. I feel inspired!