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womens 1990s vintage tops

October 2, 2015

The 1990s were a time of extremes – minimalism and bling, oversized t shirts and tiny crop tops. Your womens 1990s vintage tops will reflect that.

Varied Womens 1990s vintage tops

Womens 1990s vintage tops on the catwalk

90s girl groups like The Spice Girls and All Saints made the tiny crop tops popular. Crop tops came in many variations, including a long sleeve woolly polo neck. More usual was the shrunken t shirt version – in fact, lots of teenage girls simply wore children’s tees at first, as it was more usual to have big, baggy t shirts at the time. As it was also pretty cool to wear overly cutesy designs, children’s clothes, preferably with a print of a baby kitten or dinosaur fit the bill perfectly.


Cropped halter tops were also popular in womens 1990s vintage tops, or if you wanted to wear even less, just your bra would do. Wearing your jacket over nothing at all was also a thing – modelled very effectively by Madonna on the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk to the press’s delight when she threw off her pinstripes to reveal a kind of un-bra. Madonna was promoting her album Erotica as well as her book Sex at the time, both of which unsurprisingly went on to sell very well. Talking of the catwalk, even Lagerfeld had tiny string bikinis on the Chanel catwalk.


The 90s was also a time of grunge so you might want to wear a checked plaid shirt instead of suit jacket open over your bra. Add stompy boots and a mini kilt.


A flowing, square cut blouse in a silky material is another option with womens 1990s vintage tops. Try an over the top, Versace style loud print combining leopard spots, zebra stripes, printed chains, roses and animals climbing over it all in a riot of bright colours on a black background. If you’re lucky, you may find a pair of leggings to match.


In the 1990s, ravers were in full rave, and both huge tees and tiny sports crop tops were popular, because both were airy and you’d work up quite a sweat dancing all night. Tie dye or smily symbol tees are classic womens 1990s vintage tops.

womens 1990s vintage tops – supermodels

The colours of the 90s were flouro and monochrome along with baby pastels and metallics. It was the era of the supermodel. Nadja Auermann, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer, Yasmin le Bon, Christy Burlington, Kristen McMenamy, Linda Evangelista, Eva Herzigova and Stella Tennant were everywhere with, in some cases their less than conventional beauty. They caused excitement and outrage with their rumoured wages, glamorous parties and some of them had excessive, drug fuelled lifestyles to match.


Womens 1990s vintage Bustier tops also first came along in the 1990s. They came in bondage studs and leather and in lingerie style white, black and red lace, but also patchwork, cute florals and denim. For evening, if you didn’t fancy lace or studs, there was also sequins and beading. They came in strapless, halter neck or over the shoulder styles. Wear them with denim cutoffs and opaque tights for a casual look.