Recently I had a conversation with a couple of friends about Clueless – what a film. The Mean Girls of the older end of the Millennial scale and as it’s been out for over 20 years, which makes me feel pretty old.
I remember watching the film with such fondness. Not only did it give a dumpy teenage me the hope that no matter how much of a dork I acted, how clumsy I was or that I snorted when laughing, there would be some guy who would find that endearing. It certainly worked for Tai (got to say it – RIP Brittay Murphy). It shaped the way I spoke to my friends, introducing eloquent phrases into our vocabulary such as “hymenally challenged”, “urm, hello?’” and obviously, “ugh! As if”. In short I bloody loved it.
And it didn’t just teach me how to speak. Clueless taught me a few life lessons:
1. It is totally acceptable to scream when pulling onto the motorway.
2. Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of sex.
3. Ren and Stimpy are indeed way existential.
4. Inviting a boy over to watch a VHS (DVD or now Netflix) is a great opportunity for seduction, but acting super casual is essential.
5. Paul Rudd has always been, and will always, be way hot.
So the conversation quickly turned to the clothes. One of the most memorable outfits was the classic yellow tartan skirt and jacket, worn with confidence. With tartan seeming to have made a comeback over the last few seasons I’m now wondering if it will be socially acceptable for me to hunt one down and be able to wear it with pride – jury is still out on that one.
Looking back, I wish I had been more inclined to have taken my sense of style from Clueless instead of sporting the baggy jeans, Sketchers sandals and string vests that plagued my wardrobe. Cher was effortlessly cool.
By day she sported a range of wild headgear and took layering to an extreme, by night she graced us with THAT white Calvin Klein number. Always bold, bright and wearing knee high socks with a give-a-shit-attitude, the cast of Clueless looked like totally, way, awesome.
But perhaps the most important take out, above everything, is that I always remember to keep rollin’ with my homies.