Steal Her Style: Cher From "Clueless"

Master the preppy style

At the top of your head, could you name an iconic movie character from the '90s that's more fashionable than Cher Horowitz? As if! Armed with a computerised outfit selector and a rotating wardrobe full of glamorous outfits, Cher easily became one of the most stylish heroines of all time. And even though the film was released right in the middle of the 1990s, Cher's style was not confined to the trends of the decade. After all, she is a trendsetter and not just any teenage girl who's eager to ride the tide.

A GIF of 3 fashion sketches of Cher's outfits from 'Clueless'

Artworks by Tisha Esquejo

From plaid skirts to the knee-high socks, Cher's fashion identity is undeniably preppy with just the right amount of sassy details. If you love Cher's style as much as we do, here are some tips on how you can steal her style without looking outdated in 2018.

Pair plaids with neutral pieces

A black cropped silk-blend top with a huge ribbon, a yellow checked jacquard-knit wrap skirt, a pair of crescent moon dangling earrings, and a high-heeled sandal with a blue and white striped straps

ALICE + OLIVIA Deidra cropped silk-blend top, USD285; Prada Checked jacquard-knit wrap skirt, USD955; Bata Red Label Edgy Partywear in Annalisa, SGD59.95/~USD43.96; Thomas Sabo Generation Charm Club earrings, Price unavailable

We all know that Cher's yellow plaid suit is iconic but at this point, it's really more fitting as a Halloween costume rather than an outfit for everyday wear. Lessen the costume-y vibe by pairing a yellow plaid skirt with a neutral top. We recommend going for a midi wrap plaid skirt and a classy cropped top to put an updated spin on this memorable ensemble. 

Go for sheer blouses

A black sequined tulle top, a pair of white linen flared pants, and a black velvet platform sandal

Tom Ford Sequined tulle top, USD1,494; Frame Linen-blend flared pants, USD330; Rupert Sanderson Savanna velvet platform sandals, USD695

In several scenes, we see Cher wearing sheer blouses. It's usually styled with a spaghetti-strapped tank top underneath. Overall, it's a nice casual look that can also work in workplace settings with just a few adjustments. Instead of layering tank tops under sheer blouses, opt for a tulle top with sheer details. Add some heels and that's it, you're already good to go. 

Pair basics with prints

A white ribbed cotton-jersey longsleeved top, a pink houndstooth button down mini skirt, a black leather-trimmed stretch-tulle sock boot, and a black velvet backpack

James Perse Ribbed cotton-jersey top, USD195; Paul & Joe Allumet houndstooth cotton mini skirt, USD121.50; Dolce & Gabbana Leather-trimmed stretch-tulle sock boots, USD845; Miu Miu Leather-trimmed velvet backpack, USD1,360

There's no other ensemble more quintessentially Cher than plaid mini skirts paired with basics. She usually matches this outfit with Mary Jane shoes complete with knee-high socks. However, that can look too young for those of us who are already out of high school. Swap it instead with a pair of sock boots with tulle or lace features. Finally, pick a faux fur or velvet backpack to go with this very preppy ensemble. 

Wear mini dresses

A sky blue gingham mini dress, and a lace-trimmed satin mini dress

Madewell Gingham cotton-blend mini dress, USD100; Prada Lace-trimmed satin mini dress, USD300

Whether it's the cute dainty kind or a daring one, it's obvious that Cher loves wearing mini dresses. At one point, you can even spot her sporting a very '90s babydoll empire-waisted dress. There are two distinct ways Cher wears her mini dresses: as it is (during party or date scenes) and layered with a sheer top or white shirt (in school-related scenes). It's very easy to emulate as long as you have the confidence to pull it off. 

Always put in the effort

Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz applying her lipstick in front of a mirror in 'Clueless'

You'll never catch Cher looking "ensembly challenged" and that's because she always puts in the effort when it comes to dressing up. She knows the power of a good outfit in creating a good impression. Getting a driver's license? Wear your most "capable-looking" outfit. But remember that it takes more than looking the part to get what you want, you also need to develop the necessary skills. Good thing Cher realises that in the end. Now, that's what you call a happy ending!

Next, check out how you can steal Carrie Bradshaw's style.

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