How To Recreate Cher’s Iconic ‘90s Looks From "Clueless"

For decades, Cher Horowitz’s iconic style has inspired viewers. There’s something fascinating about the cohesive aesthetic that binds together the fashion of the film.

By Madison May2 min read
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Cher is most certainly “that girl,” always with a put-together, preppy, and feminine look, that’s both timeless and trendy for her time period. She loves to layer different pieces in unconventional ways and prefers soft and bright colors, and timeless prints. 

The daughter of a wealthy lawyer, Cher attends Beverly Hills High, where, in the simplest terms, the fashion can be described as ‘90s preppy. Although the style of Clueless is unmistakably ‘90s, the basic looks and principles of the fashion used throughout the film have been around for much longer, and due to their classic nature, will never really go out of style. 

Let’s take a look at seven of Cher’s most iconic outfits, and uncover the principles behind them that can be used in a modern way. Using Clueless as inspiration, we can recreate Cher’s stylish and feminine looks using modern clothing.

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Skirt and Blazer Set

Cher’s most iconic outfit is her matching yellow plaid skirt and blazer set. While the yellow is over the top for daily life, a business-chic skirt set is a great staple for your wardrobe. Look for more neutral colors like gray or blush pink, or patterns like houndstooth.

Abercrombie & Fitch Cropped Tweed Blazer, $120 | Tweed Mini Skort, $60

Banana Republic Houndstooth Wool Blazer, $270 | Mini Skirt, $130

Sweater Vest

A sweater vest layered with a classic button-down is a cute and preppy look that we see over and over again throughout the movie in a number of different color combinations. The sweater vest elevates any outfit for a sophisticated and classy aesthetic. 

Abercrombie & Fitch Slim Cropped V-Neck Sweater Vest, $55

Anthropologie Oversized Cable-Knit Sweater Vest, $98

Sheer Top for Layering

Another of Cher’s most iconic clothing items is her sheer button-down. Like Cher, you can dress one up or down. She threw one over her famous Calvin Klein slip dress for going out dancing, and wore a black sheer tee over a tank top for a more casual look. 

Lady Lux Layering Top, $40

On The Dot Layering Top, $40

Long-Sleeve Sheer Shirt, $60


A prep school classic, argyle makes us think of cozy fall days sitting by the fire or walking among beautiful autumn leaves. Cher knows how to pull off this print as a pullover sweater or as a mini skirt, with a sheer button-down and a sweater vest as well. 

Fluffy Oversized Cardigan, $90

Short Cardigan, $18

Athleisure Layers

One of the most relatable scenes in Clueless is the high school gym class. Even though they don’t enjoy the activities, the girls make sure they dress the part in coordinated black and white athletic outfits. Cher displays her love of layering by wearing a black cami over a white t-shirt.

Black Layering Cami, $15

Washable Silk Charmeuse Camisole Top, $98

Organic Cotton Box-Cut Tee, $30

Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

Puff sleeves are back in style today, but Cher pulled off the look decades ago with her green square-neck mini dress. She wore this outfit to the mall, demonstrating how the puff sleeve mini is a great dressy-casual option for running errands during the day.

Solid Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $32

The Athena Nap Dress, $150

Embellished Cardigan

A cardigan is a cute way to transition short sleeve tops for colder weather, and serves as an upgraded alternative to the usual sweatshirt. For a feminine touch, look for embellished details, like ribbon, ruffles, or in Cher’s case, fur cuffs.

Beige Bows Cardigan, $30

Applique Collar Cardigan, $95

Closing Thoughts

Clueless is undoubtedly one of the best movies for fashion inspiration. It helps define the fashion of the ‘90s but can also be applied to life today. So, try out some of these fun outfits inspired by Cher’s impeccable fashion sense.   

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