Tag Archives: Clueless

*NEW* Hindsight Idols: Cher Horowitz

2 Mar

Every style has an originator. A special someone who wears a look in such a way that everyone else wants to as well. Throughout the decades, teenagers have had their idols, and in many cases, tried their darndest to look just like them. Hindsight Idols is a new section about the celebrities, characters and personas that we’ve wanted so badly to emulate.

This week’s Hindsight Idol is: Cher Horowitz.

“Okay, so you’re probably going, ‘Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?’ But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl.”

Of course this section had to be launched with a Love Letter to my favourite teenaged Idol, the character who taught me everything I know about boys, clothes, and makeup, Cher Horowitz from the classic 1995 teen movie, Clueless.

The character of Cher Horowitz was played by Alicia Silverstone. Cher was beautiful, blonde, and popular. She drove a kick ass little white jeep and she had a computer program that chose her school outfits for her (can I explain to you how badly I wanted that?). Cher was definitely Clueless, but her heart was always in the right place, and she was always willing to lend a helping hand.

I personally believe that Cher was responsible for launching the “baby doll” look that was so popular throughout the nineties. In the movie, she wore teensy tiny plaid kilts paired with thigh-high socks, mini-backpacks, and platform shoes. She took notes in class using a pen that had a fluffy tuft of feathers at the tip. Her long blonde hair was always worn straight, but loose, parted down the middle.

I was absolutely obsessed with Cher as an early teen. The irony and sarcasm of the movie was completely lost on me until my adult years. At 13, I was positive that Cher knew all the answers, and if I could just make myself exactly like her then my life would be perfect. I parted my hair down the middle. I said silly things like “as if”. I took notes in class with a fluffy feather pen. I bought baby tees and mini backpacks galore.

Sadly, I never came close to being a very good C. H. impersonator. Nor did my life resemble hers at all, no matter how hard I tried. But still, something about her character, and the world in which she existed, gave me hope. It made me smile.

So, Cher Horowitz, The Hindsight Letters would like to salute you with a hearty “Whatever” (*places hands in “W” formation*). Thanks for being such an important fashion inspiration to teenagers everywhere.

We’re outtie.


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Hindsight Fashion: The Mini Backpack

20 Oct

Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a new section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.

This week’s Hindsight Fashion is the Mini Backpack.

The Mini Backpack (any purse with two shoulder straps that is worn across the back) was a variation of the handbag which gained popularity during the 1990’s. The Mini Backpack was a prominent accessory in the movie Clueless. (Strangely, as I continue to explore the regrettable fashion trends of my adolescence, this movie keeps surfacing again and again.)

The Mini Backpack’s practicality was what made it so popular. Most styles had several compartments within which to keep your belongings organized, and the ability to divide the weight of the purse between both shoulders made it easy to carry. As I write this, I am realizing that the Mini Backpack might actually be the perfect accessory for my current lifestyle as a full-time Mommy. If it were not so far off trend, it would be an easy way to carry snacks, cell phone, keys, toys, diapers, wipes, and sippy cups to and from the park without dragging a caravan behind you.

In light of this revelation, I am going to proclaim the Mini Backpack the future must-have accessory of beleaguered Mommies everywhere. And hey, even if it doesn’t catch on, I’ll always have Cher Horowitz to keep me company.

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Hindsight Fashion: The Baby Tee

30 Sep

Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a new section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.

This week’s Hindsight Fashion is the Baby Tee.

The Baby Tee (any t-shirt that is both tight and short) was a trend that arose in the mid-nineties, largely in response to the massive teen movie hit, Clueless. Celebrities such as The Spice Girls, Pamela Anderson, and Britney Spears were all fans of the Baby Tee.

The Baby Tee was often seen with a graphic element across the chest, such as the heart pictured on the late Brittany Murphy on the Clueless movie poster (right). Other popular Baby Tee graphics included happy faces and tie-dye patterns.

The Baby Tee was largely a female trend. Its short length exposed the midriff of its wearers, highlighting an emerging trend at the time, navel piercing.

Baby Tees sustained their popularity through the nineties via their usage in the Band Tee realm. I personally can say that I had Baby Tees proclaiming the names of each of my favorite teenaged bands: NOFX, Less Than Jake, The Planet Smashers, the list goes on.

Popularity of the Baby Tee began to wane in the early 2000’s as low-rise jeans became the norm. T-shirt hemlines began to creep downward to meet the waist of lower rise styles. Current popular hemlines hitting at or below the hip have nudged the Baby Tee out of the spotlight in favor of a slightly more modest look.

Will the Baby Tee return to our closets once more? Britney Spears likes to think so. And maybe that answers our question.