Life Lessons From Clueless

July 14, 2015

It's been two decades since Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash shared the screen as fashion-conscious besties Cher and Dionne and influenced an entire generation to use phrases like "As if!" and "ensembly challenged." And you wouldn't think that a film titled Clueless would offer anything more than entertainment and style inspiration, but the cult classic actually holds valuable and beneficial lessons that we should all remember and try to adhere to, no matter how old we are. 

1. Go after what you want.
Cher may have gone about things the wrong way when it came to her pursuit of the elusive Christian (sending herself flowers and trying to make him jealous--wrong answer), but her persistence in going after what she wanted has to be admired. And even though things didn't work out as planned, she ended up with a great friend and had not a single regret. 

2. Don't be afraid to take a risk--fashion or otherwise--once in awhile. 
You don't have to wear a Dr. Seuss-inspired hat like Dionne (and you shouldn't!), but taking a fashion risk, or any kind of risk, can be exhilarating. The key is to do it with confidence.

3. Be kind.
It's simple really--instead of being a jerk, choose to be nice to people. Cher and Dionne were popular and could have taken the mean girl route with newcomer Tai, but instead they took her under their wings and tried to help her feel more at home. 

4. Never stop learning. 
Cher was really on to something when she told ditzy Tai to learn a new word and try to use it in a sentence. It's always cool to learn new things, whether it's a word to add to our vocabulary or an interesting factoid to share at a dinner party. 

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