A “Clueless” Style Guide

by Carinna Arvizo

28 Jan 2013

“Clueless” (1995) is one of my favorite movies. There’s just something about ’90s romantic comedies that I love. Maybe it’s the catchphrases the characters use? No, it’s definitely the clothes — especially the film’s lead Cher Horowitz’s. Who doesn’t want a closet that is probably bigger than most dorm rooms or an app to help you pick out your outfit? Wait, there are already so many apps for that.

Even after 18 years since the movie debuted, the clothes in this movie have surpassed many fashion trends, but everything still looks, well, stylish. Better yet, a lot of the outfits and accessories are on today’s runways, magazine spreads and blogs. So it’s time to raid your mother’s closet! But if your mom is anything like mine and gives everything away, you’re going to have to do some shopping. But it’ll be worth it — you’re going to look like a total Betty!

Knee-high socks

Throughout the movie, Cher wears knee-high socks with schoolgirl mini skirts, but you should mix it up a bit. There are so many different ways to wear tall socks. If you’re off this term and the weather is warm, you should definitely try wearing a pair with almost any short skirt, dress or shorts. For the poor souls that are here in Hanover, try wearing them over your jeans and some tall boots.

Any see-through button-down

I love that this trend has officially come back and will stick around for the next few seasons. Many blogs, runway shows and magazines are calling to do away with the camisole and simply show off your bra. It’s a great look, but I think I’m going to stick with my cami, like Cher. You can pretty much wear this with any skirt and pair of pants. It’s great throughout the day and for going out with friends.

Dionne’s lace-ups

Dionne’s lace-up boots are great for the winter and fall, but she manages to pull off the look with a simple miniskirt. The trick is to keep the rest of your outfit simple with light colors, like a light blue or mint, so that people will immediately focus on the boots.

Plaid shirts

Tai’s plaid shirt is the perfect base for a go-to outfit. In high school, I would plan my outfits for the week, but now all I want is some extra time to sleep. There are days when I sleep through my alarm or hit the snooze button one too many times, and then I realize I have about 10 minutes to get to my 10A in Thayer. I found the perfect solution my freshman year: the plaid shirt. Sure, the movie makes of fun of Tai’s style, but things have changed. Now, I’m not suggesting that you should start wearing some baggy khaki pants and a plaid shirt. Start looking for some plaid shirts in the men’s section, your brother’s closet, ask a guy friend, whatever. The key is to make this look effortless, but put together. Wear your best fitting jeans, tall boots, and a large cable knit scarf. If you have time, layer your necklaces. If not, one statement necklace will suffice. This outfit is also a great way to try wearing knee-highs over your jeans.

Bright sweaters with a collared button down

Collars have made a come back since last spring, especially Peter Pan-inspired collars. This look is girly, yet simple, and is also great for those days that you don’t know what to wear or don’t have anytime to pick something out.  You’re guaranteed to look great, and most importantly stay warm.

Courtesy of J.Crew

What makes Cher’s look so great is that she keeps it simple. This is why viewers today are still obsessed with her outfits. This is a good thing and a bad thing. She always looks great, but never takes any risks. Sure, we may not go crazy over Amber’s sailor outfit or Dionne’s Dr. Seuss-inspired hat, but hey, we have to admire them for it. If there is anything we can take away from “Clueless,” it may just be to wear what you want, not what people expect.




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