The 90’s Strikes Back!

Clueless had some of the best fashion for its generation.

My mother always told me when I was growing up, “Simone, don’t be in a rush to pick up the newest fashion trends or fads for the season, because they will always be back in style again.” At the time, I didn’t believe her and shrugged it off as if she didn’t know what she was talking about (Sorry, Mom!). However, she was right. One of the best (or worst) things about fashion is that what was once “in style” eventually come back years or even decades later.

For the past year and a half, 90’s fashion has been making a comeback. Remember those overalls, you hated wearing to school? Well, now they are back with a little bit of a more modern flare to it. Or those jelly sandals you begged your mother you had to have? Thanks to stores like Topshop and Nasty Gal, you can have them in your closet again. Or the skort? The list goes on. 

I’m not sure if its because of all the influx of 90’s movies making its way on Netflix (She’s All That, Clueless, The Rugrats Movie just to name a few); but I’m feeling a little nostalgic for the era in which I was born and grew up in. In my opinion, the 90’s had some of the most influential trends and I’m happy to see some of the styles creep into 2013. Let’s take a trip back to the past and see some of the biggest trends that are coming back into style. I mean a little nostalgia never really hurt anybody, right?

Overalls: I hope everyone has seen the movie She’s All That. If you did then, you will remember those overalls Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook) wore all the time when she was painting or the pair Will Smith wore on the hit sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If not, then just know that overalls were a big staple in the 90’s. Since making its return this year, the overall trend is now fashion forward coming in different styles, such as faux leather, leather and the classic denim. Instead of them being a baggy fit like back in the day, the overall 2.0 comes in tighter styles for women and in shorter styles.

Laney and her infamous overalls
A more modern take of the 90’s overall: Motorway Faux Leather Overalls by Threadsence

High Waisted Jeans: High waisted jeans were a big hit in the 90’s (think of Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell) and are becoming a bigger hit now in 2013. The formula for high waisted jeans are still the same except its not just jeans that are high waisted. There are now disco and riding pants that are very popular because of its higher waist. Thanks American Apparel!

Kelly Kapowski wearing one of her famous looks featuring the high waisted jean.
The Disco Pant by American Apparel

Crop Tops: I’ve mentioned this in my last post and like it’s friend the high waisted jean; it’s getting another mention. That just proves how awesome crop tops are. Many women in the 90’s were rocking these and now women of today are doing the same. This versatile piece can be worn by itself with jeans or a high waisted skirt or under your favorite pair of overalls.

Janet Jackson wearing her notorious crop top.
ASOS 90’s Crop Top

Jelly Sandals: You didn’t grow up in the 90’s if you didn’t own a pair of these. I’ve had about three pairs of jelly sandals growing up. They came in many different colors, some had glitter in them and some didn’t. Almost every young girl had these growing up, it was just one of those must have items in the 90’s. Even though I probably wouldn’t wear them now, it still hasn’t stopped some stores from trying to bring them back in style. However, there are some more modern and edgy variations of the sandal.

Nina2 Heel Jellie Sandals by Topshop
Flat Jelly Sandals by Zara

Grunge: This style was very popular in the 90’s especially when acts like Nirvana and Courtney Love popped up on the scene. Don’t put away your flannel shirt and combat boots just yet. You can still tie it around your waist and you will not look crazy. I promise! Grunge is back in style, especially amongst the hipsters. How you wear this style is totally up to you, but there are some modern updates to this look.

Grunge fashion circa the 90’s from Joey Lawrence and Mayim Bialik from the hit 90’s show Blossom.
Modern take on the grunge look. L-R: A look from 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S ’13 show and a look from the Dries Van Noten S/S ’13 show. Photo credit:

I hope you guys enjoyed this trip down memory lane, I know I did. And for those of you who wasn’t born during this era, I hope I gave you guys a little bit of 90’s inspiration to incorporate into your looks.

Simone Danielle