Maybe you were there when it was first fashionable or perhaps you are too young to remember, in which case we are more jealous than you can imagine. The 1990s are back, not literally sadly, and the fashions of the day are being worn by all and sundry.
Celebrities are leading the way, as always, by stocking up on all the brands and styles that were an absolute hit in the 90s. The likes of Adidas, Kappa and Hilfiger are either churning out new originals that hark back to the bygone age or many of us are rooting around second-hand shops looking for a taste of the past.
This has left many of us looking to get into a fashion time machine, hoping to come out dressed to impress, maybe in a mod-inspired throwback, ably paired with a classy pair of blue light glasses for men, and the requisite attitude needed to pull off the look. All in the hopes of both acting as a walking homage to an era while also looking a million dollars.
Here are three common looks that many are attempting to replicate.
Flared Jeans Hippy Style
Clearly all fashion is essentially recycled and much like the 60s and early 70s were marked by flared jeans, it came around again (with a twist) in the 1990s. Oversized, loose pants were the order of the day.
These were most commonly paired with choker necklaces and a good fitting tank top, usually with a nice mini bag to complete the look.
Grunge It Out
Back in the 90s Grunge was in and frankly it’s a style that pretty much vanished soon after but is making a splash again. Of all the outfits this is perhaps the one where it appears you tried as little as possible but managed to still pull it off regardless.
The likes of Courtney Love and Gwen Stefani are perhaps best known for this look for the ladies. Fishnets and leather boots are essential and cargo pants or platforms are an alternative option to take.
Here it’s all about attitude and that may be the hardest thing to fake, so be ready to project an air of confidence and fierce temperament.
Big Long Dresses
In a throwback to the 1950s, the early 90s called for women to have at least one long dress in their wardrobe. Something of a conservative look, and one that was more popular with those who were 30 or above, when done right these can still make the right impact.
Look for a round neckline and a cut that’s longer than a midi-dress, though perhaps not all the way down to the ankle. The key element here is the choice of belt, go for a thick type with a color that breaks up the dress and a nice pair of flats.
90s Accessories Back In Vogue
There are many additional items that were common fashion statements in the 90s which are now very much making a comeback. Among these you’ll find oversized scrunchies, if you weren’t alive in the 90s just ask your mom for one of hers.
Massive hoop earrings are another trend that comes and goes and is well and truly back for another generation. There are of course many different styles and types in this niche but most are ideal accompaniments to a casual outfit.
Men, Get Your Denim!
If there’s one item likely to be resplendent in your wardrobe, for men, then it’s denim. Denim in all it’s possible iterations, denim all the time. Denim in varying styles and fashions. It’s all about the denim.
Denim on denim, with jacket or jeans complementing or reflecting each other, is still a look that you can pull off but it is also one that can be easily misused. Be careful with this one guys.
Windbreakers. As Colorful as Possible
Now this is an item you can certainly find in abundance at the thrift store. The rule here guys is go big or go home. Here you want as much color as possible and if you have the courage, try to go for designs that are as garish as possible.
Back in the 90s it was the go-to look for many men and was topped off best with a crisp clean pair of white sneakers. Accessorize with some bold jewelry choices, chunky rings and blingy necklaces will make you feel, and look, as if you just stepped in from 30 years ago.
Fashion Forwards or Fashion Backwards
The best thing, or worse thing (depending on who you talk to), about retro fashions is that they recall a defining era. Clearly some may see this as the polar opposite of a fashion forward decision, however if your look is nostalgic in tone you can always add a twist or variation that helps to reinvent a look while also saluting a previous generation’s fashion choices.