11 Style Lessons Learned From Clueless

Revisiting Clueless as an adult often brings realisations of heavy innuendo and Jane Austen literary allusions, but upon a recent viewing, we found ourselves newly captivated by Cher Horowitz’s style advice. From finding haven in retail therapy to refusing to date a guy in baggy pants, take a trip down Clueless memory lane with us to check out the iconic betty's style lessons that still ring true today. We’d tell you to click through, but like you would really skip this story—as if!

Lesson 1: You can’t be wrong when your outfit is right.

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“Where’s my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal? It’s my most capable-looking outfit!” - Cher

Lesson 2: A true style setter can always sniff out a fake.

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Amber: “Was I the only one listening? I thought it reeked.”
?Cher: “No, I believe that’s your designer imposter perfume.”

Lesson 3: Baggy pants are a deal-breaker.

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“So ok, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all, but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair—ew!—and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.” - Cher

Lesson 4: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Cher: “Was that you going through my laundry?”
Amber: “As if! Like I would really wear something from Judy's.”
?Cher: “Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly challenged?”

Lesson 5: Not many things are worse than buyer’s remorse.

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Dionne: “Dude, what’s wrong? You suffering from buyer’s remorse or something?”
?Cher: “God, no! Nothing like that.”

Lesson 6: Strategic skin baring can be quite effective.

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“Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of sex.” - Cher

Lesson 7: It pays to be particular.

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“You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.” - Cher

Lesson 8: If Calvin Klein approves, you’re golden.

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Mel: “What the hell is that?”
Cher: “A dress.”
Mel: “Says who?”
?Cher: “Calvin Klein.”

Lesson 9: It’s called retail therapy for a reason.

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“I felt impotent and out of control, which I really, really hate. I had to find sanctuary in a place where I could gather my thoughts and regain my strength.” - Cher at the mall

Lesson 10: Always be the better-dressed half.

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“He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?” - Cher

Lesson 11: Fashion accomplishments count.

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Mel: “So, what did you do in school today?”
Cher: “Well, I broke in my purple clogs.”

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