These 10 Clueless Quotes Will Make You Feel Like It’s 1995 Again

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20 Years Ago, ‘Clueless’ Like Totally Changed ’90s Fashion And Vernacular.

It was exactly 20 years ago this weekend, on July 19 of 1995, that the world met Cher, Dionne and Tai—but, if you were going by TIME’s review of the movie back then, you might have been like, whatever. Though critic Richard Corliss praised Alicia Silverstone’s performance as a “giddy delight” and writer-director Amy Heckerling’s endearing touch with “loosey-goosey comedy,” his overall takeaway was that the plot-driven moments between jokes were dragging down the film: It’s a coming of age tale about a Beverly Hills teenager named Cher, who’s doing her best to manage her social life, excel at school, make her father proud, and of course, play matchmaker. “I don’t know why Dionne’s going out with a high school boy, they’re like dogs,” Cher famously laments. “You have to clean them and feed them and they’re just like these nervous creatures that jump and slobber all over you.” “As if!” — that unforgettable line from the film — is also the title of a new book by writer Jen Chaney.

She says Clueless has had a lasting influence on our culture. “It captured, I think, to some degree, the way that teenagers were speaking at the time,” Chaney tells NPR’s David Greene. “The whole mood of that movie is just infectious. And once you get in there, and you feel like you’re a part of that world, you naturally just want to talk like these people.” In fact, after the movie came out in 1995, the word “clueless” cropped up much more often in our daily speech. It introduced “Whatever!” and “As if!” to a generation but, more than that, Cher Horowitz and her pals taught us some long-lasting fashion lessons we still rely on today. The outlandish outfits that Cher and her friends wore — the bright yellow tartan mini-skirts with knee-high socks, for example — were a stark contrast to early ’90s grunge. “There was just something eye-popping and kind of, again, infectious, about that that I think people really responded to after a couple years of the flannel and always wearing overly baggy things,” says Chaney. It’s my most capable-looking outfit!” wails Alicia Silverstone’s Cher when she finds out her shirt is in the dry-cleaners on the day of her driving test.

Don’t be a Monet There’s always the odd morning where you rush out the door without ironing out creases on the back of your shirt or changing when you notice small stains on your clothes, but you’re being a Monet. “It’s like a painting, see? And, says Chaney, Clueless didn’t only set the stage for more dynamic female characters, it also encouraged the industry to focus on their teen audience. I had to find sanctuary in a place where I could gather my thoughts and regain my strength.” When it comes to dressing for dates, there are no rules Some people may tell you it’s legs or cleavage, lips or eyes, heels or don’t bother turning up, but Cher reckons she has the whole thing sussed. “Sometimes you need to show a little skin. Granted, when she finally gets the guy for real, she’s hanging out at home in a very modest t-shirt, but what we’re taking from this is, dress in what feels right. If you’ve an inkling your clothes are too revealing, or you dad simply won’t accept Calvin Klein’s definition of a dress, all you need is a sheer blouse to layer over your dress to disguise just how tiny your outfit might be.

And Taylor’s not the only one known for her matching coordinates either: Iggy Azalea copied Cher’s iconic yellow plaid combo in her Clueless-inspired Fancy video last year. Cher was lining her lips with a pencil a shade darker than her lipstick before Kylie Jenner was born, because according to her, “anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good”.

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