MK fashionista SoCalVal talks about how a 1990s cult film influenced her to bring out a sophisticated chic side to her fashion.
Isn’t it funny how we learned SO much from a movie called ‘Clueless’?
Sartorially speaking, at least. Well this 90s cult classic is still influencing fashion today.
In the outfit I’ve put together here I used a few key pieces that put a more sophisticated spin on “schoolgirl chic”.
A beret for example is the perfect place to start when channeling your inner Cher Horowitz.
Follow it up with a classic white button down blouse under a black pinafore dress. Then finish with the ultimate sexy accessory: knee socks. I’ve adored knee socks my whole life!
But a word to the wise here. Knee socks can quite easily look way too “costumey”. Make sure that they’re tall enough so you’re only flashing a small sliver of skin.
This small attention to detail will set the tone of the outfit. The vibe is “prep school” cool.
Though it’s a lot of fun to draw inspiration from a film I loved as a teen, it’s important to modernise it.
What worked back then easily translates into 2018 when you add heavy metal accessories to toughen up the look. I suggest a strong handbag, chunky metallic jewellery and a rocking pair of shades.
Now that I’ve broken down my own version of 90s nostalgia let me suggest a few more key pieces for you to sprinkle into your wardrobe.
1. The plaid skirt is always a winner…if you keep the hemline lower than a mini.
2. The delicate slip dress is also a nice option. Layer over a rollneck now in colder temps.
3. The sheer blouse. Seen all over the runways this season! A sultry nod to lingerie without being too overt.
Usually at the end of these columns I give you a piece of advice. But consider this more of an assignment!
Have a cosy night in watching ‘Clueless’ or a favourite fashionable film of your choice.
When you dress to reflect the silver screen heroines that shaped your childhood you’ll experience new levels of confidence.