Clueless turned 20 in 2015, but you’d never know if from the film’s still-widespread cultural influence. While checking in with Cher and the gang on Dec. 26 to 27 (during Much’s Teen Movie Marathon), be sure to take note of these 13 things Clueless changed forever.
13 things that ‘Clueless’ changed forever
PlaidArriving in the immediate aftermath of peak grunge, Clueless confronted plaid fatigue—by sending tartan in a preppy new direction. According to some estimates, you'll find over 50 examples of plaid in the movie.Paramount
Jane AustenWhile it isn't officially acknowledged in the credits, writer-director Amy Heckerling drew much of the inspiration for Clueless from Jane Austen's Emma. Following this radical reinvention, the author underwent a major movie revival, which includes similarly loose adaptations like next year's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.bigissue.com
Teen speakYou know what's like totally buggin'? For a few years there, teenagers weren't talking like valley girls. Clueless changed that, inspiring a massive spike in the use of “as if" and “whatever" that's still being felt today.Paramount
Brittany MurphyIn a memorable case of an actress experiencing the same arc as her character, Brittany Murphy graduated from obscurity to hot property in the mid-'90s. While she died a tragic and mysterious death in 2009, she first enjoyed the most fruitful career of any Clueless alum.
SkaIf you were a teenager in the '90s, there's a good chance you loved and/or hated the ska revival. But before bands like Reel Big Fish and Sublime invaded the mainstream, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones set the stage with their appearance in Clueless.midwesternhousewives.com
SuperheroesIt's hard to say where Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone would have ended up without Clueless, but the movie put them both on paths to superherodom, playing Ant-Man and Batgirl respectively.Warner Bros.
Azzedine AlaïaCher might not know how to say “Haitians," but she had no problem talking about Azzedine Alaïa. After all, he's “like, a totally important designer." It's not clear whether this endorsement influenced the Alaïa-heavy fashions of Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, but we're guessing it did.couturestyle.net
KiltsThanks to Cher and company, kilts aren't just for hairy Scottish men anymore.Paramount
Taylor SwiftConsistently dressed in Cher-esque outfits, Taylor Swift has inspired many articles (including this one) that suggest she borrowed her fashion sense from Clueless.Paramount / Getty
Nose ringsAlready relatively widespread when Clueless arrived in 1995, facial piercings lost much of their edge when a ring found its way into Dionne Davenport's nose.Paramount
Knee highsSome particularly questionable fashions stubbornly resist trend status, no matter who's wearing them. This seemed to be the case with pop socks—until Cher helped make them a staple in the wardrobes of Katy Perry and countless others.Paramount
TVDuring its three seasons on the air, the Clueless TV show did little to revolutionize the airwaves, but the presence of several key members of the original cast (including Stacey Dash and Donald Faison) is a unique novelty in the history of movie-to-TV spin-offs.American Broadcasting Company
Alicia SilverstoneStill the high point of Alicia Silverstone's filmography, Clueless earned the actress two decades of opportunities in TV and movies. If not for this success, she might never have outgrown her original claim to fame: starring roles in four Aerosmith music videos.Geffen Records