STYLE STEALER: How To Dress Like Cher Horowitz From Clueless.


If you’re a child of the nineties you probably know what it feels like to want a fluffy pen so badly you’d be willing to sell your childhood Pound Puppy for one. I blame Cher Horowitz for most of my 90s fashion obsessions. Tiny back packs, claw hair clips, maribou everything. Remember her wardrobe? The god damn rotating wardrobe with the touch screen computer outfit organiser that Cher had BEFORE TOUCH SCREENS WERE EVEN PRESENT IN DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENTS. Cher was easily my first ever style icon and she clearly holds a firm place in the hearts of my funky Smaggle readers because she won the Style Stealer Survey by a landslide. So here’s my tribute to the gal who put the phrase ‘As if!‘ on the map.


Cher has a few different styles that you need to consider when trying to steal her look. Think layered separates for casual occasions: little singlets over fitted t-shirts, bike shorts, comfortable jeans and super neat ponytailed hair. Every Day Cher loves a tailored look. Think checks and stripes, fitted blazers, mini skirts, over-the-knee socks and hats. Every Day Cher loves to colour code her ensembles, so be sure to match your handbag to your shoes and your shoes to your fluffy pen. Party Cher has only one major style rule. Always wear a tiny party dress. Think spaghetti straps, thigh grazing, solid blocks of colour or monochrome and minimal accessories.

Casual Cher

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Party Cher

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Cher is fairly light on the jewellery front, so don’t go bigger than a simple chain necklace, stud earrings or a chunky faux crucifix at the most. She loves her handbags, shoes and hats though so make these items the focus of every outfit. If you’re popping on your little spaghetti strap evening frock you could do a bit of neck and hair bling too. 

Make Up

Simple and clean for day time with an added sweep of deep red lipstick at night. For Cher, beauty is all in the preparation so make sure you exfoliate your legs (they’re always on display) and keep your skin looking buttery smooth. The look is youthful and wholesome. Shiny hair, glowing complexion. Make it your goal to always look like you smell good. 


‘So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair (eww!) and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.’

‘It’s like that book I read in the 9th grade that said, ‘Tis a far, far better thing doing stuff for other people.”

‘When I get my licence, I fully intend to break for animals.’

‘I feel like such a heifer. I had two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M’s and like 3 pieces of licorice.’

‘Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.’


If you enjoyed this Style Stealer post make sure you check out the other ones in this series… and yes they’re all from Pretty Little Liars. STOP JUDGING ME!

How to Dress Like Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars. 

How to Dress Like Hanna Marin from Pretty Little Liars. 

How to Dress Like Emily Fields from Pretty Little Liars. 

How to Dress Like Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars. 

Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see in the Style Stealer series? Just let me know in the comments and I’ll jump right to it!

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Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Emma 3 years ago

    Hey Smags, I’d love to steal the style of Billie Proudman from Offspring – she’s more my (dress) style than Nina!

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      I might pass this onto my mate Nikki from Styling You! She’s a mad fan and does Nina outfits all the time!

  2. Dan 3 years ago

    Oh man Cher, she was so amazing! Would love a post from the Revenge series, particularly Victoria Grayson. Also have a bit of a lady crush on Claire from House of Cards at the moment too 🙂

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      I don’t watch Revenge!!! Should I??? House of Cards is next on my list so expect something soon!

      • Dan 3 years ago

        Season 1 is amazeballs. Season two is a bit ridiculous

  3. Veggie Mama 3 years ago

    I never maribou-ed, but damn did I tartan skirt and blazer with knee high socks and mary janes, oh yes I did. I would have white-collarless shirt from Fred Segal’s-ed too, but dammit, I could never get my hands on one. Probably why I didn’t get my licence for ages.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Totes. That would be why. You’d look totally incapable without it.

  4. Nessbow 3 years ago

    There are no words to describe how much I adore this post. I think that Cher single-handedly instilled the importance of matching accessories into my mind. It’s a habit that took years to break.

  5. May 3 years ago

    Clueless was one of my fave movies and this post was a perfect flashback for me. I remember Cher as someone who was so immaculately dressed. Nothing out of place, everything so neatly ironed. I wished I could be her when I was a teenager!

    Which is your fave party cher, casual cher? haha


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