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Dressing Like Cher Horowitz Is Cool Again

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Cher Horowitz from Clueless is a fashion icon. Even during the minimalism wave that swept fashion over the past few years, hyper-feminine Cher and her yellow plaid suit remained in the back of our minds. But now, because everything eventually comes back in style, rainbow plaids are having a moment. They’re most effective when they’re in the form of a matched set that matches your BFF’s matched set, but designers are playing with the vibrant trend in all sorts of ways — brick-sized flip phone not required.

If you’re not going for rainbow-bright, rest assured that there are more subtle approaches, like jewel-toned heels or a dress that you can just throw on and go. We’ve rounded up 16 iterations on the trend we love.

The ‘90s Lookalike

Pink Check Denim Co-Ord Set
$145 at Topshop

In pink, it’s just this side of a Clueless costume.
Available in sizes 0–14.

The Fall-Ready Dress

Eliza J Faux Wrap Shirtdress
$95 at Nordstrom

Colorful plaid doesn’t have to be outre. This dress is work-, date-, and apple-picking friendly.
Available in sizes 14–24.

The Skirt Suit

UO Checkered Double-Breasted Blazer
$99 at Urban Outfitters

This look is half Clueless, half Heathers. Pick your poison.
Available in sizes XS–XL.

UO Plaid Notch Pelmet Mini Skirt
$54 at Urban Outfitters

When You’re Not Ready to Commit

Duo Plaid Platform Heels
$129 at & Other Stories

Test the trend out with a pair of shoes. These have a swinging ’60s vibe and would look great with a pair of socks for the fall.
Available in sizes 6-10.5.

The Girly Option

Tie Neck Ruffled Hem Mini Dress in Power Plaid
$120 at Eloquii

If you like to dress in a traditionally feminine way, this dress has the ruffles and neck-tie to satisfy you.
Available in sizes 14–28.

The Neon School Skirt

Mixed Check Buckle Kilt Mini Skirt
$60 at Topshop

Pair with color — preferably something really bright.
Available in sizes 0–14.

The Classic Tartan Pant

The Savannah Pant in Navy
$79 at ModCloth

A trendy but work-appropriate plaid that’s not gray.

If You’re Feeling the ’80s Comeback

Blue Check Trousers
$80 at Topshop

Slouchy work pants are effortlessly cool. Make a statement in this blue, red, and yellow plaid.
Available in sizes 0-14.

The Versatile Dress

Chaus Banner Plaid Maxi Dress
$109 at Nordstrom

You know how good it feels to have a dress that you can throw on and wear pretty much anywhere? This dress falls squarely in that category.
Available in sizes S–XL.

The Best Wide-Leg Crop

Sea Pop Plaid Cuff Trousers
$425 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Two trends at once!
Available in sizes 0–10.

For Those Who Prefer Elle Woods As a Style Icon

UNIQUE21 hero plus longline double breasted blazer in pink check two-piece
$67 at ASOS

Elle Woods would totally wear this — with a matching outfit for Bruiser.
Size 14–24.

The Statement Piece

New Look Crop Pants In Mustard Check
$32 at Asos

Mustard plaid is a scene-stealer.
Available in 0–14.

The Best Midi Skirt

Lewit Plaid Silk Skirt
$269 at Nordstrom

This skirt has a bit more movement than traditional plaid pieces (they tend to be a bit thick).
Available in sizes 0–18.

The Designer Option

Milly Buffalo Check Mini Skirt
$295 at Saks Fifth Avenue

This isn’t your average plaid skirt. It’s a punk plaid skirt.
Available in sizes 0–12.

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Dressing Like Cher From Clueless Is Cool Again