Get a Clue

I remember going to see Clueless for the first time as a freshman in high school. I hated it. I thought it was so stupid. But then I saw it again. And again. And again. And I’ve been quoting it ever since. Clueless turns 23 on July 19th and, while it’s not a milestone anniversary worthy of being gifted a Jeep, it’s totally worth pausing to consider how you can incorporate nods to this 90s cult classic in your modern life.

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Are you a Josh who digs the the maudlin music of the university station? Or a Tai rollin’ with the homies? You need the Clueless soundtrack on vinyl. The limited edition, 180 gram pressing is easy to pick up from Amazon, but if you dig a bit, you can snag the yellow plaid picture disc edition, a 2015 Record Store Day release. Don’t leave this record in the quad with your Cranberries CD, though.


Do you want to look like a total Betty at your next political rally? Cher proved she was wise beyond her years in debate class and you can do the same with a timely RSVP t-shirt from Kate Gabrielle. Because in some parts of the universe, it’s considered cool to know what’s going on in the world. (Psst, you can download a free protest sign if you need an accessory for a civic march!)


If we learned anything from Clueless, it’s that we should always strive for improvement. Well, maybe that wasn’t the central theme, but, as Cher teaches Tai, nurturing your mind and body is just as important as doing something good for humanity. Cleaner skincare and makeup products are the modern version of nurturing your body, so if you’re looking for the perfect non-toxic shade for making a cameo at the Val party, try As If, an homage lipstick from Oui Fresh.


How futuristic did it seem when Cher matched and then summoned her preppy outfits from the closet for a day at school? The time has arrived when you, too, can have a way normal life and do the same. There are a few different closet inventory apps to choose from, but Stylebook Closet App seems to be the forerunner in fashion matching (but, sadly, not fetching).


Homework might not be a thing in your life anymore, but it’s always a good idea to read one non-school book a week… or month, now that you’re a busy adult. Did you know that Clueless is based on Jane Austen’s Emma? Tackling marriage, gender, and social status with humor, this comedy of manners inspired Amy Heckerling to adapt the novel into a then-modern movie. Start expanding your horizons with the 200th anniversary annotated edition of the classic that started it all.  


Posted on July 15, 2018 .