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How to Rock the 90s Fashion Trend in 2016

 

The saying “what goes around comes around” may be intended to describe karma but it also works perfectly to explain the cycle of fashion. Trends and styles that were once considered modern and daring become old and ugly, only to be reborn and re-worn decades later. And that cycle seems to be turning quicker than ever. Less than 20 years later, fashion that was considered cool in the ’90s is cool once again. Whether it’s on the catwalk, on the street or in the stores, ’90s trends are appearing everywhere. So, embrace those crop tops, chokers and Doc Martens, and we’ll show you the modern way to rock them. Here is our guide to ’90s fashion and how to wear it today.

 

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Fashion in the 1990s

Fashion in the 1990s brought forth a youth movement and offered carefree styles which dabbled in rebellion. Grunge and minimalism were the main trends of the decade with hip-hop and “sexy school girl” styles also trending. Designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen pioneered grunge and took inspiration from the gritty streets. Supermodels were traded in for a new breed of waif models with Kate Moss, and her “heroin chic” look, leading the pack. Everyone wanted to emulate Moss’s “too cool to care” style, and fashion featured this attitude. Music and fashion also went together as fans copied the unique styles of their musical idols.

 

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90s Outfits

Flared Jeans

Long before skinny jeans were everyone’s go-to denim style, flared and wide-leg designs reigned supreme. Thanks to a preference for oversized and loose silhouettes, these pants were highly favoured during the ’90s. Their casual aesthetic made them perfect for daywear, but these must-have pants were also on show at night with crop tops. To rock flared jeans today, consider selecting a cropped style to give this look a modern update.

 

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Chokers

When it came to accessories in the ’90s, chokers were “it”. These collar-like necklaces sat tightly around the neck and added an edgy element to outfits. While many were made of stretchy plastic and designed to resemble a tattoo, others boasted a fabric construction and featured charms and jewels. In 2017, chokers are well and truly back in fashion and can provide a range of outfits with a chic ’90s touch.

 

90s Chokers

 

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Hoop Earrings

Chokers weren’t the only item of jewellery to reach peak popularity in the ’90s. Hoop earrings also had a major moment during the decade. Worn by women everywhere, these ring-shaped earrings added attitude to plenty of outfits. The only rule while wearing this sassy jewellery item was to make them as big as possible. After all, what’s the point in wearing jewellery, if it doesn’t make a statement?

 

Hoop Earrings

 

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Crop Tops

To wear the ’90s look in 2017, a crop top is a must-have. These midriff-baring tops were an essential fashion item for ladies living in the ’90s and are on-trend once again. Today, you can relive the best fashion from the decade by pairing a crop top with a pair of mom jeans. This chic combination is a favourite of celebrities and street style stars alike. To make the look modern, just swap cropped camisoles for short t-shirts, sweaters and tank tops.

 

90s Crop Tops

 

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Overalls

If you lived through the ’90s, the chances are that you wore overalls. These sleeveless denim jumpsuits were an essential fashion item for the decade and worn by both ladies and gents everywhere. No longer just for farmers, the ’90s made overalls a casual and comfortable wardrobe staple. To rock this look in pure ’90s style, try partnering a pair of classic blue overalls with a crop top and sneakers.

 

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Scrunchies

If you were getting dressed in the ’90s, your outfit didn’t end with your clothes. It ended with your hair. Far from boring, ’90s hair featured accessories and, of course, scrunchies. Scrunchies were a favourite fashion item of the decade and completed many outfits. From simple satin styles to glamorous velvet designs, scrunchies were available in a range of options and could be worn with a ponytail, bun or pigtails.

 

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90s Shoes

Like the clothing, the shoes of the ’90s fell into the same trend categories. The grunge movement created an army of men and women alike wearing heavy-duty, combat boots. They were tough, gritty and paired with everything from slip dresses and florals to flannel shirts and frayed jeans. The minimalist trend also had its staple shoe in the way of Birkenstocks. Simplistic and comfortable, Birkenstocks came in a variety of styles and colours but still had that uniform feel. Platforms were popularised by the pop music scene, in particular, the Spice Girls. Converse’s Chuck Taylors, Manolo Blahnik’s Mary Jane style shoes, and classic pool slides were also on high rotation.

 

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90s Hip Hop Fashion

If you weren’t rocking a grunge or minimalistic style in the ’90s, you were probably sporting a hip-hop outfit. Popular in urban areas, hip-hop fashion was represented by overside, loose silhouettes, casual fabrics, and sports details. Like grunge, the style corresponded with the music genre of the same name. As such, hip-hop stars were icons of this style and provided the best outfit inspiration.

 

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90s Grunge Fashion

The ’90s anti-fashion attitude culminated in grunge style. One of the most favoured looks of the decade, grunge gave fashion an edgy and attitude-filled makeover. In recent seasons, the return of grunge style to popularity has been evident on the streets and the runway. From ripped denim and baggy tees to plaid shirts and layered slip dresses, essential grunge items are on-trend once again.

 

90s Grunge Fashion

 

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90s Celebrity Fashion

Celebrities were the style icons of the ’90s. Musicians, actors and the odd model inspired the sartorial choices of a generation. Outfits were copied and styles recreated, all while never failing to celebrate individuality. Everyone wanted to look like their favourite musician, be it Britney Spears, Madonna, Gwen Stefani or one of the Spice Girls. Britney offered the schoolgirl look while Gwen Stefani promoted grunge, and Madonna had her unforgettable Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra.  The Spice Girls celebrated originality with each boasting a different persona. And every ’90s girl knew which Spice Girl she was, whether it was Posh, Baby, Scary, Sporty or Ginger. Kate Moss was the ultimate style queen while Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder were just as stylish off the screen as they were on.

 

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90s Hairstyles

’90s hairstyles were anything but boring. Youthful and playful, hair in the ’90s gave birth to several iconic styles. “The Rachel” was the most popular haircut of the decade with women everywhere taking photos of Jennifer Aniston’s Friends character to their salons. Choppy layered and framing the face, “The Rachel” epitomises ’90s hair. For those who didn’t do the chop in the ’90s, up-dos were standard.  The half-up-half-down look was modern and simplistic while the schoolgirl look gave us pigtails which morphed into two mini buns. Adding more fun to ’90s hairstyles was an array of hair accessories. Scrunchies, butterfly clips, bandanas and coloured hair streaks were all worn with pride. And how could we ever forget about crimping?

 

90s Hairstyles

 

90s Fashion Trend

To wear the ’90s fashion trend today you need to rework styles so that they are relevant in today’s culture. Instead of copying looks exactly as they were in the ’90s, recreate them in a modern and updated way. The trick is to capture that “too cool to care” attitude of the ’90s while looking fresh and on-trend. To do so, blend classic ’90s pieces like crop tops or chokers into your everyday wardrobe with skinny jeans and heeled boots. Alternatively, pair your favourite new dress with a ’90s half-up hairstyle or add layers by wearing a t-shirt underneath. Either way, have fun with your style and embrace the carefree, youthful feel of the ’90s.

 

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