When I was in sixth grade, my best friend Megan and I were desperate to see the hottest new movie in theaters, called Clueless.
The radio ads and television commercials were promoting the film like crazy and as 11-year-olds, we were dizzy with excitement and anticipation from all the hype.
We begged our parents on a daily basis to let us go to the film. Our parents even met each other over dinner to discuss whether or not they should allow us to go.
The verdict: Absolutely not.
Apparently the movie talked about "sex" and showed "drug use" or some shit.
Meg & I were crushed. We listened in misery as our older friends, in eighth grade, bragged about seeing the film with their boyfriends.
But our parents' disapproval didn't stop Meg & I from buying the film as soon as it hit VHS a year later. It wasn't too late. The top television show at the time was Clueless, so the movie was still a pretty big deal.
For three years straight, I went to middle school dressed as Cher. Pleated skirts. Feather pens. Mini backpacks. Mary Janes. I was a girl obsessed. I even had a Clueless-themed 13th birthday party!
I watched that movie every single day after school and on weekends. I am not exaggerating when I say I've seen that film over 100 times and to this day (although I have not watched it in a decade) I can recite the entire film by heart, quote by quote.
"Do you know what time it is?" "A watch doesn't really go with this outfit, Daddy..."
"So, what did you do in school today?" "Well, I broke in my purple clogs!"
"What the hell is that?" "A dress!" "Says who?" "Calvin Klein."
"Do you prefer 'fashion victim' or 'ensembly challenged'?"
"I'd like to see you have a little direction." "I have direction!" "Yeah, towards the mall..."
It was a movie that changed my life. That movie helped me blossom from a little girl who liked to dress up to a teenager obsessed with fashion.
I mean, check out this video to see all of Cher's outfits in 60 seconds:
Unbelievable, right? I would kill to have her entire wardrobe even now, almost 20 years later.
And imagine how excited I was to learn that my childhood film is being turned into a Broadway Musical this year. Click here for more information.
How cool is that?!
My 13-year-old self is hyperventilating right now.
Are you a fan of Clueless? What movie influenced your fashion in high school?
PS. Check out this Golden Girls parody of Clueless from the 1995 MTV Movie Awards. Omfg.