If you haven’t watched the iconic scene from Clueless, when Cher and Dionne roll up to school clad in all plaid blazers and matching mini skirts layered over sweater sets, you’re in need of a major 90s fashion fix. The sophisticated blazer mixed with a flirtatious skirt was the epitome of valley girl swag and too cool for school. And don’t even get me started on Dionne’s hat.
90s plaid is back in a big way, just check out Versace’s 2018 fall collection for proof. Considering I always had a girl crush on Dionne, I was quick to snag this plaid schoolgirl skirt when I saw it in Zara. The pleats and colorblocked plaid patterns called to me. It was like the 90s flashed before my eyes. Think I would miss out on this trend? As if!
I didn’t want the staff at London’s school to mistake me for a transfer student so I styled the mini a sophisticated way that I’m thinking grown up Dionne would totally approve of. I paired the patterned navy skirt with an oversized chunky cream sweater (similar). Opaque black tights were necessary for the cold winter day, but I opted for Golden Goose sneakers to keep the outfit from being too Sunday School. The bright pop of red brings out the pattern in the skirt and gives it a sporty element. Plus, you can easily sprint to homeroom if the bell happens to ring while you’re still jamming to Nelly in your jeep. Hypothetically speaking…
Finally, I threw a quilted leather crossbody Chanel bag over my shoulder to carry my daily essentials. Where you used to find a flip phone you’ll now find an iPhone. And who would I be if I didn’t add a quirky accessory? These clear frame glasses go with the schoolgirl theme and make me feel like I can crush all my midterms…wait I mean morning meetings.
Once it warms up, you can also style this plaid skirt with bare legs, white booties, and a graphic tee. Or if you’re really feeling bold, get your Dionne on with a plaid blazer and wild top hat. If the haters try to cut you down, just play it like Alicia Silverstone. Exhale loudly, roll your eyes, and tell them, “As if!”
Photography by George Elder