Fashion Review: 1990s

4 Jun

Flashback, Nostalgia, Revival.

I was a ’90s kid, I was born slap bang in the middle of 1990, hence the Twitter name, @Fashion_1990 #plug

I watched Saved by the Bell, Kenan and Kel, Rugrats, Sister Sister, Fresh Prince, Ren and Stimpy and Are you Afraid of the Dark? I listened to Boyzone, Spice Girls, Take That, Eternal and All Saints. I had Pogs, Trolls, a Tamagotchi, Beanie Babies, Water Snakes, Furbies, Flashing yo-yos and Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Megadrive. I ate Ring Pops and drank SodaStream drinks. I read Goosebumps, recorded the top 40 chart on tape, and was addicted to AOL chat rooms (but had to wait for mum to finish her phone call before I could get onto the internet). = My childhood in 99 words.
In terms of fashion. I did indeed wear pedal pushers, butterfly clips, skirts over trousers, slap bracelets, tattoo chokers and baby G watches. The 90s fashion was all about fun and not caring. The fashion was based on an anti-fashion, hence the grunge look. An ‘I can’t be bothered attitude’ that oozed sex appeal and gave uniqueness and originality to each woman’s style. It was all about not trying, not caring and being yourself.

Well….girls and boys, It seems the 90s are back.

kate cara

 Some major trends that were created in the 90s are making a grand entrance to fashion once again. Good or bad? You decide!

1). Flatforms, as well as other big, chunky shoes such as Jordans and Timberlands. Why not go sporty-grunge with a pair of Nike Air Max? These great inventions give you height without the heel hassle. Hallelujah.

2). Jelly Shoes. Not comfortable one bit, but my oh my did I cherish my sparkly numbers back in the day.


3). Crop Tops and Bustiers. Yep, belly conscious tops are back, go with a high-waisted bottom half rather than ones which fall on your hips.

4). Sweater around the waist – where practicality meets style, note the flannel fabric – that’s ‘in’ too.


5). SnapBacks. A sure-fire way to make any look become hip-hop, wearing it backwards is also ‘in’. Honestly. Beanie hats with motifs and bowler hats are also high on the trendometre.


6). Chokers. Wear necklaces high and layer them up. ‘Less is more’ has no place on the 90s grunge scene, so stack up necklaces, bangles and rings, and invest in some drop cross earrings.

7). High-waisted shorts/jeans. Wear your bottom half high but cut them short. Cutting your Levi shorts and making a rip in the knee of your acid-washed jeans will instantly make your wardrobe 90s ready.
American Apparel - Color Block Stretch Bull Denim High-Waist Cuff Short

8). Overalls. Ava liable in a range of colours and fabrics, this look is so easy to wear and looks great. Need an outfit for those Summer festivals? Go for overalls or ‘shorteralls’ and team with a printed top underneath and casual trainers.


9). Denim Jackets. A boyfriend style denim jacket adds instant cool to just about any outfit. Pair with a 90s floaty maxi dress for festival chic or simply just over your everyday summer style.
denim jacket

10). Bomber Coats. Now we’re not talking big, in-your-face winter bombers, we’re on about youthful little numbers with intricate prints on super-soft satin that give you an updated version of the 90s classic.

Image 1 of Glamorous Bomber Jacket In Oriental Print

11). Dark Lipsticks. Grunge glamour is back so make sure you’re well equipped with this beauty essential. Dark red and purple lipsticks make any outfit POP!

12). Disheveled hair. Easy to prepare and easy to wear. So happy this look is back. Scrunchies are also in, so you don’t even have to style your hair like it hasn’t been styled, just bung it up in a coloured scrunchie. Done.

Image 1 of ASOS Monochrome Scrunchie

A lot of the resurgence of these items has to do with a basic ‘fashion cycle’, (talking of cycle – cycling shorts are also squeezing into the fashion spectrum). Anyway, looks come round in certain patterns: Introduction, Rise, Peak, Decline, Rejection and then it happens all over again. (Or, it could be ’cause the 90s was just such a bloomin’ great fashion era that once we have a flashback of fashion, we want to indulge in our nostalgia and revive the life and times of the good ol’ 1990s..hmm..?)

For a 2013 spin on the 1990s, clash the late 20th century influences with vintage designs and the newer contemporary trends. Mix and match styles, eras and looks to create your own individual approach to fashion. It’s all about being yourself.

Stockists: 1). Urban Outfitters, £125/ 2). Topshop, £26/ 3). Tillys, £16.38/ 4). Misguided, £24.99/ 5). Karmaloop, £104.58/ 6). Forever 21, £4.45/ 7). American Apparel, £34/ 8). Urban Outfitters, £84.35/ 9). ASOS, £38/ 10). ASOS, £35/ 11).  Bobbi Brown Blackberry, £18/ 12). Your own hair, £0/ and ASOS, £5/

For other 90s trends head to:  Cosmopolitan UK



One Response to “Fashion Review: 1990s”

  1. LilyVampWolf November 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t feel old, I finally feel like I can relate to fashion, been there, done that, totally up for round two! I’m loading up on the flannels! Also I want a tattoo chocker, what happened to my glittery one? Also, does the comeback give way for my 15 year old glitter I never could let go of, and all the glitter I’ve accumulated over the years? XD

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