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Sub cultural musical streams and street fashions in the nineteen-nineties narrowed the gap between old and new. Beginning with Grunge in the USA and followed by Brit-pop.Brit pop with an almost quaint distinction in it’s regional individuality, had it’s heritage partly inspired partly from the Mod movement of the 60s.
An echo of the no care defiance through actual or assumed displacement, the clothing styles adopted by teens and twenty-somethings seemingly abandoned the stylized manners and fashions of the 70s and 80s.The capital idea of compartmentalization translated into mainstream fashion. Equally so called subculture rules and dress were assimilated into the mainstream.
Be inspired by fashion trends from the Nineties that are alive and well today, and pull them into your retro-modern look with reimagined takes on these throwback styles.
Some fashion trends never go out of style, and there is a revival of Nineties trends happening right now, so pull out your 1990s pieces from the back of your closet, or go shopping for modern takes on Nineties classics for a 21st century look.
Nineties Fashion Trends
Nineties fashion is having a moment right now, rocking the fashion runways and reimagined by fashion influencers and fashionistas from main streets to high streets everywhere. Here are just some of the Nineties trends rocking 21st century fashion:
• Animal prints: this trend is a classic and can be styled like a neutral. Dip your toes in this Nineties trend with just a hint of animal in shoes, belt or bag, or go full on jungle with a leopard print jumpsuit, a zebra print wrap dress or snake print pleather leggings.
• Checked suits: From heritage tartan prints in fall’s favourite colours of red, grey, burgundy, navy and black to window-pane checked mini skirt suits in bright yellow or mustard and black, the checked suits made famous in the movie “Clueless” are so back in style!
• Slip dressing: Another Nineties favourite that is timeless and works both Summer and Winter ways. In the warm weather, wear over a short-sleeved white T-shirt and finish with white trainers and a black choker for streetstyle cool. In the cooler months, layer over a turtleneck sweater and pair with Doc Martins for a soft look with edge.
• Cropped tops: Perfect for showing off your hard work at the gym, wear this Nineties style today with athleisure leggings, cargo pants or high-waisted “Mom” jeans for an ironic spin on throwback fashion.
• Combat pants: Get yourself some camo pants, cargo pants or army-style pants in olive green or khaki brown and you have the trend bang on. Pair with high-heeled boss booties and a cropped white top for evenings out, or with sneakers and a sweatshirt for daytime chic.
• Velvet: Buffy The Vampire Slayer was the Nineties icon for velvet outfits. Today, you see the fabric everywhere, including in its heritage variation of corduroy. From classic pant suits, dresses and skirts, to the sartorial elegance of a velvet vest or a corduroy denim jacket, this look never goes out of style.
• Tiny bags: Mini bags are back in style, just big enough to store your phone and maybe a favourite lippie. Rock this look with a slip dress for evenings out on the town.
• Printed leggings: In dark florals or vintage prints like houndstooth, plaid or checks, printed leggings are perfect under oversized chunky sweaters or paired with lace camis under boyfriend cut blazers.
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• Blush pink: Once a Nineties red carpet shade, this colour has had a resurgence in blouses, sweaters, dresses and skirts and is the perfect colour to bring the feminine vibe to life.
• Faux leather outerwear: Picture those long black leather coats from “Matrix” and you know the look that rocked the Nineties. Variations on this style included the shorter leather blazer and today, you can wear this piece for the 21st century in its timeless motorcycle jacket spin that pairs with everything.
• Grunge dressing: The style made cool by Kurt Cobain and other rebels of the Nineties is back with buffalo check flannel shirts layered over ripped jeans and finished with don’t-mess-with-me Doc Martins in classic black.
• Goth style: Black eyeliner, spiky punky black hair, loads of black chokers and silver chains over all-black outfits epitomized the Goth look. Bring the look alive today with artful touches like a black choker with a sterling silver pendant, or a black lace cami under a moto jacket.
• Baby doll dresses and tops: Baby Spice from The Spice Girls was this look in the Nineties. Lingerie-inspired and oh-so feminine, the look was edged up with chunky rugged boots. A baby doll top over your favourite flared jeans works as well today as back in the Nineties.
• Fanny packs: Back on the runways of the 21st century and now known as belt bags, the bum bags or fanny packs of the Nineties are so very convenient and practical, not to mention fashion-forward in mixed prints, patterns and fabrics to go with your outfit.
Now that you’ve had a taste of top Nineties fashion trends that pack serious style and nostalgia, lets see what other factors influenced fashion from the nineties.
Nineties Style Icons
Pillars of industry also influence style, so let’s continue on for inspiration from the cult Nineties fashion icons.
• Jennifer Aniston rocked “The Rachel” haircut in the Nineties on “Friends” and paired that iconic hairstyle with mom jeans or mini skirts, cropped tops and chokers.
In her off-duty persona, she was all about minimalistic style with black or white T-shirts paired with jeans and finished with her timeless black leather moto jacket.
Her TV persona evolved this minimalistic look through the seasons of “Friends” into sleek shift dressing in neutral colours, white button-down shirts tucked into fitted pencil skirts and knee-high black boots for a classic finish.
• The Spice Girls rocked animal prints in the Nineties in a big and bold way, from snake to zebra to the classic leopard print worn head to toe in jumpsuits, cropped tops with matching skirts or mini dresses.
Animal prints have never gone out of fashion and continue to be a stylish touch in the 21st century that elevate all your basics. Treat these prints as neutrals in bags, shoes and scarves and pair with everything in your closet for a style-savvy look.
• Jennifer Lopez made her mark with the Nineties movie, “Selena”. She rocked Latino style in mini skirts, tube tops and other over-the-top fashion in this personification.
Jenny from the block was all about streetwear done the athleisure way and club-gear style that rocks on today.
• Winona Ryder in “Beetlejuice”, “Edward Scissorhands” and other cultish movies from the Nineties was a twist on Goth and Grunge, done the Winona way. With her innocent face in juxtaposition to bad-ass boots, black moto jackets and punky black hair, she rocked the rebel look.
We also saw Winona in loose cosy sweaters over acid wash jeans or feminine slip dresses layered over white T-shirts.
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• Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina, the teenage witch, was another Nineties style icon. Melissa’s style was whimsical, fun, colourful and innocent. With chokers, barrettes, short skirts, baggy jeans, polka dots, florals and stripes, she was retro fashion reinvented for the Nineties.
• Liv Tyler was iconic in the Aerosmith video for their Nineties song, “Crazy”. Embodying the essence of good girl with a touch of naughty, she rocked short skirts with tights, cropped tops and school girl fashion with a grown-up vibe.
• Drew Barrymore grew up on our TV screens and in the Nineties, she was going through her bad-girl phase, rocking distressed denim, slip dresses and baggy pants with lots of edge.
• Gwen Stefani was fronting the band “No Doubt” in the Nineties and was ahead of her time, style-wise. She wore loud accessories, funky patterns, low-rise jeans and lots of bright colour, from her makeup to her pumps.
• Alicia Silverstone in “Clueless” defined timeless fashion. From her brightly coloured checked mini skirt suits, to her yuppie blouses with pleated skirts to her ultra-short denim cut-offs worn with cropped T-shirts, she was all about California cool-girl style.
• Julia Roberts rocked high-low fashion in “Pretty Woman”, from the up-market formal gowns of Rodeo Drive to the menswear-style oversized blazers with pants or skirts, to the street walker style of fishnets with sky-high boots, she rocked all the major trends of the Nineties.
Surely, these nineties fashion influencers have fired you up by now. So, are you ready for a 1990s fashion comeback?
Rocking Nineties Trends Today
1990s style is having a resurgence on the catwalks of today, where global fashion designers are reworking the grunge look, slip dressing, Doc Martins, plaids and checks and so many other Nineties themes.
• Cropped tops: You see all of today’s top supermodels rocking this Nineties look in their off-duty style, pairing cropped white tees with high-waisted Mom jeans for head-to-toe throwback style.
Wear the look in cotton for summer or long-sleeved knitted fabrications for a winter version.
• Scrunchies: Making a comeback and paired with a matching scarf, the scrunchie is back for a comfortable, loose and laidback pony tail look.
Look for modern variations in mixed prints, bright colours and silky fabrics to coordinate with your outfit.
• Overalls: Rock them in denim and corduroy layered over turtlenecks in the winter or T-shirts in the summer and wear them in flared, cropped or skinny styles – the choices are endless.
Another casual take on the overall is the jumper dress, layered over a sweater for cool months or a floral short-sleeved blouse in the summer.
• Bomber jackets: A retro-chic Nineties look that elevates all your daily basics, throw one over your favourite jeans and T-shirt or add some edge to a slip dress at night.
Or, instead of a bomber, pull out that timeless moto jacket and wear it in an unexpected colour, like a pretty pastel, for a fresh spin on this vintage look.
• Denim skirts: A timeless classic that comes back in every decade, wear them short and fitted today, with a tucked-in striped turtleneck, tights and booties for fab winter style, or with a classic white tee and white sneakers for summer cool.
Another way to rock this trend is to wear your denim skirt to mid-calf length in a pencil cut, and elevate your look for office wear with a dark wash fabrication and high-heeled pumps.
• Mom jeans: Rock this favourite Nineties look in vintage pale blue denim or wear it modern in a dark wash with cropped frayed hem over white ankle booties.
Don’t forget to look for high-waisted jeans, which epitomized the Mom Jeans look. The higher the waist, the more flattering the look, especially paired with your Nineties style cropped top.
• Neon brights: From a hint of neon in strappy sandals or kitten heel pumps, to full-on bright in a neon turtleneck under a navy blazer, wear this trend in yellow, pink or blue for epic Nineties style.
Neon bright does not have to be scary or look like a costume. Pair with neutrals to tone down the look or combine with a classic animal print separate for extra style points.
• Platform sneakers: Elevate your look and your height by pairing platform sneakers with your cargo pants for streetstyle savvy.
Another twist on this trend is to wear your platform sneakers with knee-high socks and a mini skirt for any edgy look to schoolgirl style.
• Chokers: A universally flattering look for any age, the choker looks classic in black satin or velvet worn plain or embellished with a funky pendant. Wear this vintage Nineties accessory with everything in your closet!
Today’s modern way to wear the choker is layered, paired with short chain necklaces around the neck, or longer pendant chains in a complimentary colour and metal.
• Clogs: Wear them with flared jeans and bare feet for a laidback daytime look or pair with opaque tights and a short skirt for some serious retro-modern style.
• Corduroy: A heritage fabric that never goes out of fashion, wear your corduroy today in a vintage-style jacket, bootcut jeans or a mini front-button skirt. Pair with all your favourite sweaters for cosy chic in winter.
Corduroy pants are an annual classic that never go out of style. Wear them in vintage bootcut shape with flat booties and a fitted turtleneck or in skinny legs with a chunky long sweater, either look is timeless.
• Slip dresses: Wear this Nineties trend on its own with a choker and strappy sandals for a feminine look, or layer over a T-shirt or turtleneck and pair with sneakers or Doc Martins for a casual-chic spin.
Slip dressing is versatile and varied, so let your fashion persona take the lead and wear them layered under or over, with pants or as dresses – the style combinations are only limited by your imagination!
• Tiny sunglasses: See Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner rock the trend on city streets today and swap your cat eye sunnies for tiny sunglasses with reflective lenses for retro Nineties style.
• Fanny packs: Pair a belt bag with your daytime jeans and T-shirt look for utilitarian style, or go up-market with a Gucci version over your slip dress to elevate your evening wear.
Today’s belt bags come in prints, lots of different fabrics and a rainbow of colours, so you can go matchy-matchy with your outfit or full-on clashing contrast, whatever your fashion mood.
• Combat boots: The Nineties Doc Martins are back! Wear them today embellished in florals for a whimsical spin, or go old-school in solid black with lots of heavy metal touches.
Combat boots work with everything in your closet, from your feminine floral dresses to your skinny jeans. Wear them to add edge and style to your everyday look.
• Patches on denim: Another Nineties classic that rocks on today, show your personality by finding your favourite patches and adding loads of them to a vintage denim jacket or ripped jeans.
Don’t limit yourself to patches on denim. Add patches to a plain sweater to give it a Nineties spin, or pile them onto a fabric backpack for fun style.
• Tracksuits: No longer just for the sports field, tracksuits in modern fabrications take you from gym to street corner in casual style. Wear them as separates with your jeans and T-shirts or wear together for a head-to-toe hip-hop look.
• Bucket hats: As cute as when we saw them in the Nineties, bucket hats are back for everyday sun protection with style and fun.
• Velvet: From short-sleeved velvet shirts to slip dresses in velvet, to the classic look of velvet jeans, you can wear this Nineties trend in so many spins today.
• Flannel: A look that never goes out of style, wear your flannel as a classic oversized shirt with jeans, or in a cosy buffalo check print cropped jacket or as heritage print plaid pants with a chunky sweater.
• Cargo pants: Pair this Nineties streetwear look with a cropped top and stiletto booties for a modern spin on a vintage style. Wear them in camo print for added edge.
• Baggy clothes: From oversized shirts to chunky sweaters to baggy jeans, this look is all about comfortable laidback style that says you didn’t try that hard to look this cool.
• Graphic T-shirts: Get yourself a vintage Nineties graphic tee for one-of-a-kind throwback style, or wear a modern reinvention of this look with your favourite casual pants.
• Plaid suits: Inspired by the styles of the “Clueless” cult movie, plaid suits in bright colours are everywhere this season and look perfect with those Doc Martins.
Are you ready to rock Nineties style the 21st century way? Take your inspiration from all the ways that Nineties fashion is back with us today, and go mashup your current pieces with Nineties-inspired clothes and accessories for a fashion-forward look.
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