A few months ago, while scrolling through Instagram, I discovered what would become one of my favourite accounts on this platform. I’m talking about @90sanxiety. Although it has now removed most of its feed pictures, I’m sure that at least one of its pictures has popped up on your feed or IG stories. Or even some of its posts are in your “saved” section, I know mine is full of them.
At first, there’s something that immediately catches your eye and it keeps you scrolling down its feed: NOSTALGIA. There is a feeling of simpler times and a sense of elegance and sophistication (as the bio’s IG account itself states) that surround the decade. You don’t even need to have lived that era to know it.
Some of my favourite pictures from those years are airport pictures, photographs of young Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts, snapshots of 90s movies and series and red carpet looks delivered by your favourite 90s celebrities.
Being myself a person who loves fashion, the next thing that comes to my mind when seeing these posts is the golden decade that the 90s were in fashion. To start with, it was the years of Tom Ford as creative director of Gucci, we were blessed with Princess Diana’s style, the world got to know the 90s supermodels (I’m talking about Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Tyra Banks), some of the most known names in fashion were Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, and finally, some of the red carpet looks still today remain iconic.
All this leads us to think: “OK. I really like 90s fashion, but how can I get the style?”. Well, that’s exactly what this post is about. Below you’ll find five trends from the 1990s and some ideas on how to style them. I may have not been alive during that time, but believe me when I said I have researched my fair share about the history of fashion (I even wrote a post about the fashion evolution back in 2017 and I recently got a bunch of books about it which I’m planning to read and learn as much as I can from them). So here it goes, five ways to make you look straight out of the 90s.
1. DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT: We all know how chokers, scrunchies and hoop earrings were big in the 90s but even bucket hats were a thing. Everything comes back and luckily for you so did these trends.
2. LEATHER: One fabric that was everywhere from street style to red carpets was leather. You could find it in the form of trousers, mini dress, but most importantly and what people wore the most was a leather jacket/blazer.
3. WHEN IT COMES TO DRESSES… and if you want to achieve that red-carpet-look stars wore back then, what you need is a simple LBD (little black dress) or a slip dress. Whatever you like the best, it will make you feel like you are in a 90s red carpet.
4. THE OUTFIT COMBINATIONS YOU WANT TO COPY ARE: Plaid blazer + skirt (just like Cher Horowitz from Clueless). As well as, crop top + overall and plain T-shirt + blazer. Nothing extravagant, more like something you can find in your closet.
5. POLKA DOTS & ANIMAL PRINT: Two of the most worn patterns of that decade were polka dots and animal print. Them being quite bold prints, it can be hard to wear a full outfit with those patterns. But again, details can be the way to go.