Thought we’d left 90s fashion behind? Thing again because it is making a comeback on the catwalk. Why are people so eager for 90s fashion nostalgia? How can you add a 21st-century update from trends that we last saw 20 years ago?
What is 90s Fashion?
The 90s are back in fashion although the fact that our leather jacket and easy-to-wear denim dungarees went out of fashion is news to some of us.
But recent collections paraded on catwalks across the globe have all contained more than a hint of 90s fashion nostalgia.
But, as always, there are 21st-century twists, additions and omissions, perfect for bringing it all up to date. Take a wander down memory lane with these fashion trends for the coming year…
1. Leather jackets
A high-quality, decent leather, well-styled leather jacket, although expensive we admit, will last decades with a little care and attention.
They were a bit must-have piece from the 90s and it seems that have fallen back into favour now too.
2. The accessories
As well as fashion items to wear, accessories have a 90s flavour about them too. The backpack – the slightly more tailored, smaller, leather version – is ideal for many our compact ladies umbrellas.
For jewellery, as well as personal items, the choker necklace is top of the list too. Many of you may remember the single line plastic chockers that were worn hidden under school uniform and you can be forgiven for indulging in your misspent youth.
Or vamp it up a little, adding a little glitz to your 90s wardrobe.
Long or short, the dungaree, originally designed as an item of workwear, is back on the shopping list as a must-have for the 2018 season.
There are long-legged dungarees and sassy shorts too, but we have also seen dungaree dresses sliding into fashion – anything that Bella Hadid wears us uber-stylish right?!
4. The Mom Jean
If you hated the jegging and drainpipe jean phase you will be uber-relieved to know that this is now OUT, and the relaxed but slightly tailored approach of the Mom-cut jean is back.
Hallelujah! We hear you cry. Fitting beautifully at the waist with an outward tapering leg from the thigh, the result was not a tight knee and bootleg but a loose, slightly flappy but cool and airy jean.
5. The round spectacle
The smaller, round sunglasses of the 90s died a death that was not to be revived – until now. In fact, sunglasses and glasses got bigger and bolder after the 90s, with heavier frames. We have come full circle – no pun intended! – and now the small pair of radial sunglasses are back.
What made your nerdy is now a fashion and trend statement.
6. The denim skirt
Denim is so easy to wear whether it is as an A-line skirt, a mini or midi skirt or a full-ankle-length wrap around number.
It was hot in the 90s and whilst it was out of favour at old century passed the baton to the new one, some two decades later the denim skirt is back in the shopping basket.
No matter what your personality or your style, there is a denim skirt out that has perfection written on it.
7. The denim jacket and/or shirt
The capsule wardrobe is the collection that forms the backbone of any fashionistas outfits for the coming season and no one thought that the denim jacket and/or shirt would ever be back part of it.
But they are.
Are here is the beauty of it: you DO NOT have to pick one of the other. Double denim is in! Triple denim is in! ALL denim is in!
Choose a softly tailored approach to the denim jacket and keep the denim mid-blue or even a black dyed heavier cotton if you are not keen on the darker blue.
8. A flannel checked shirt
Admittedly, check shirts have been around for a time now and we are still very much in love with the pleasant, geometric pattern of checks.
Back in the 90s, of course, the relaxed checked shirt was essential, with everyone having at least one that they wore till it frayed – an essential feature – along with a few holes here and there.
It is back and equally as casual. Wear it over a plain vest when the summer heatwave burns the shoulders. Go full on nostalgic and tie it in a knot at the waist too.
9. Doc Martens
A sensible shoe if ever there was one. For someone who is on their feet from morning to night, the Doc Marten shoe or boot was one sensible shoe that A. looked after your feet and B. looked stylish.
From plain block colours to limited editions patterns and florals, the Doc Marten brand has not been dented at all over the decades. But the 21st-century comeback for the combat Doc Marten boot won’t harm the company any.
But, we grant you, wearing a combat heavy boot with a delicate slip dress will take time to get used to. Give it a chance, like your ancestors of the 90s, and you will soon understand the heady mix of style and comfort.
10. The overly-big shirt
There are days when we feel we need to ‘hide’. Just throw something on, have a casual but fashionable look. Like a sloppy jumper in the winter, the overly big summer shirt is heaven sent, something many of us never left in the 90s because we understood its importance and timelessness.
But if you need an excuse to wear an overly large shirt with loose boyfriend cut pants or jeans, this is it.
Other 90s must-haves…
- High-waisted jeans – thank goodness the low cut trend is gone!
- Crop tops – yup, they are susceptible to the whims of fashion too but these cute, cut off tops are back.
- Sweatpants – although they are now called ‘athleisure’, your loose, heavy cotton pants are no longer just loungewear…
- Brown lipstick – it was the Goth look in the 90s that was considered inappropriate, but the Kardashian sisters have brought it back to our attention thus, it is the must-have lip colour.
Which of these will you be indulging in?