Courtney Cox from the series "Friends" 1990
<center>Karnen Mulder modeling Christian Dior 1995</center>
1990 chanel – Model Claudia Schiffer
Prince Diana 1993
Angelina Jolie on one of her "dress down" days 1997
Cristina Applegate (left) from "married With Children"
Claudia Schiffer in Chanel 1992
Jennifer Aniston with her 90s hairstyle
Justin Timberlake with his 1997 hairstyle
Before looking at 90s fashion, let’s think approximately this. Way back in the sizzling 70′s you had Grease, Happy Days, cutoff pants & American Graffiti. Most of this was styled from fashion & trends of the 1950’s.
Then came the impressive 80′s, bringing with it the Wonder Years, Field of Dreams & a Beach Boys resurgence, among other things, all reflecting fondly on the 1960′s.
Also see – Hip Hop 90s Fashion
Is 90s Fashion A 20 Year Retro Cycle?
When the 1990’s arrived, the next generation wanted to distance it’s self from the eighties. Everything approximately the eighties, its fashion & trends were to be avoided, mocked or ridiculed. In fashion circles you would never be caught wearing anything related to the 80’s.
The 70’s rejected the styles of the 60’s yet embraced the trends of the 50’s. In the 1980’s, we distanced ourselves from the memory of the 70’s by adopting many of the styles of the 60’s. 90s fashion brought back into style many of the 70’s trends & in the 2000’s we had an 80’s revival.
Those that grow up in a certain era or decade tend to think of it as l it their own. In an attempt to define “their” decade as “special” they dislike the one that came before & in time, the one immediately after it. So growing up in the 90′s involved distancing ourselves from the 80′s & claiming 90s fashion & trends as new & different. At the same time we were rediscovering or redesigning all the things the 80’s discarded & belittled, which, of course was the 70’s. People of the 90′s complained approximately the music & fashion of the 2000′s just as the 80′s did approximately the 90′s.
When you start to criticize the times you live in, your time is over. – Karl Lagerfeld
Yes, 90s Fashion Is Back
When it comes to Hypercolor T-shirts, denim, Keds, & the Doc Martin wearing era of the 1990s, I am relieved by the fact that so many of these 90s fashion trends are laid to rest. But, as we all know, many fashion styles we look back on & laugh at today, inevitably return as hot new fashions sometime in the future.
So, looking back on the 1990’s, was it all that bad? Let’s take a look at many of the 90s fashion trends & decide for ourselves.
Early 90s Fashion Trends
Early 90s fashion started slowly with a continuation of the 80s style. Common women’s fashion consisted of tight-fitting trousers or drainpipe jeans, denim button down shirts, oversized sweaters & baby doll dresses.
Cowboy boots, court shoes & Penny Loafers were unquestionably the in footwear of the time. It moreover seemed to be a trend for mothers to match styles with daughters by wearing leggings with slouch socks, oversized shirt s & Keds sneakers. Looking back, it seems comical yet catsuits moreover had a brief moment of popularity at this time.
For men, flannel became popular as did khaki slacks & canvas. Levi 501’s made an impression along with Converse All Stars, acid wash denim jackets, polo shirts & white Adidas trainers.
The late tremendous Freddy Mercury moreover added to the early 90s fashion by popularizing the Aviator sunglasses. The sunglasses moreover made their way into 90s fashion because of the well known late 80′s movie, “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise.
The Mid 90s Fashion Trends
With the mid 90s came a 70s revival with the introduction of floral dresses(hippie style), lace blouses & chunky wedge heeled shoes. As a sign of stature & wealth, Italian or French designer labels (such as Gucci, Lacoste, Yves Saint-Laurent & Armani) became popular & were worn proudly. During this period it was quite usual to see women wearing a baby doll dress with black opaque tights, white Keds sneakers with matching white slouch socks.
In America, the mid 90s for men is when the hip-hop 90s fashion became commercial. This is when the super baggy jeans were rad along with oversized letterman jackets, gold jewellery, bomber jackets and tracksuits.
90s Fashion, Grunge And Courtney Love
Ahh, Courtney Love, one of the original ladies of grunge. 90s fashion just wouldn’t be the same without Courtney’s pixie-goth fashion style.
Even thou torn tights with biker boots, a pink lace dress & leather jacket is not quite as shocking now, as it was then, this style is unquestionably having a revival. Add a loose fitting blouse, a lace skirt with a pair of ankle boots & you have the new pixie-goth look of the 10’s.
As a side note, it’s absorbing to note that today’s new Grunge look is sometimes being advertised as “Grunge without Courtney Love”.
Whether you liked her or hated her, she did add something to the fashion scene & we are sorry to hear of her passing.
The Late 90s Fashion
The late 90s had women wearing flared trousers, miniskirts & crop tops revealing the belly button. There were moreover Capri pants, low-waist jeans inspired by Alexander McQueen & thong underwear.
During this period it became increasingly popular for men to leave their shirt untucked. From a trend started by Bill Gates from Microsoft, suits fell out of favor as men started to dress smart-casual & business casual. Other things to become popular at this time where Reebok & Nike running shoes, bootcut jeans & hoodies. 90s fashion was satisfactory for global commercialization of as high priced sports shoes became must-have fashion accessories.
Slap Wristbands Were Definitely A Part Of The Nineties
Slap wristbands or Slap bracelets were the perfect accessory for the bored or hyperactive. For those not familiar with this popular 90s fashion accessory, here is how it works. Wearers would slap these flexible strips across the back of their wrist or any place they wanted the band to fit. The impact of the slap would, like magic, cause the band to curl around, making the perfect fit. To the annoyance of many teachers, this 90s fashion craze had almost everyone slapping their wrists, arms, legs & anything else silly like hyperactive kids. Aside from being addictively interactive, these slap bands came in a wide range of colors & patterns to match any personality of fashion statement.
Hypercolor T-shirts & pants were around in the late 80s, becoming exceedingly popular as an early 90s fashion. The shirts were usually a solid color that, when heated would alter to another color. This was the “wow” factor with the clothing because, simply by touching or hugging another person, you could bring out the new color resembling your heat pattern. For example, placing your hand on the shirt would leave a different colored hand print.
The downside of this is if you were nervous or sweating, it would become VERY obvious. Also, if the clothing, in particular pants, was worn over a naturally warm area of your body… well, you obtain the picture.
Kelly had the classic “saved by the bell” charm in how she dressed.
This style was the “sweet girl next door” fashion of cropped shirts & overalls. This fashion moreover lead to the exposed midriff & the navel ring.
It’s effortless to see why her flirty crop tops & zippered skirts have caught the attention of fashion icons, Blake Lively & Rihanna.
Super Baggy Pants A Definite Fashion Failure
Come on girls, an honest answer – Does any woman really think it’s, in any way, sexy when a guy’s pants are hanging half way down his backside? The answer I hope I received was a resounding “NO!” If that is the case, then why did young males of the nineties, so readily adopt this fashion trend & see it as being ultra-cool? This was unquestionably 90s fashion gone wrong (just our opinion). Also see – Hip Hop 90s Fashion
In the words of Cher (played by Alicia Silverstone) from the movie “Clueless” -
“So, OK. I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation & all, yet I don’t obtain how guys dress today. I mean, c’mon, it looks like they just fell out of bed & put on some baggy pants, & take their greasy hair, Ew! And cover it up with a backwards cap & like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so!” – Clueless
90s Fashion From Youtube
Cher Horowitz – Preppy 90s Fashion
The mid nineties brought us the “preppy schoolgirl” look as seen in the 90’s movie, “Clueless”, to mention only one. Tartan miniskirts, Mary-Jane strappy’s & the classic knee-high socks of this Valley Girl uniform is again attracting the attention of fashion designers today if the latest lookbooks are any indication.
To experiment, lower the hem of a plaid skirt & add a pair of brown Oxford shoes & see what you think.
The Seinfeld character, Elaine Benes displayed many of the eras fashion trends during this 90’s sitcom. Even thou I’m still not that crazy approximately some of the fashion statements she made, I must say her “little house on the prairie” meets the huge city look is, yet again, becoming popular as street wear & moreover in magazines. Remove the sleeves on an ankle dress & add some trendy socks & you have the new style for summer. A new twist on a 90s fashion statement.
Also see – Hip Hop 90s Fashion
Other Links Of Interest
- In The 90s – Movies Of The 90′s & a general flashback to that era.
- Wikipedia – Nineties fashion Wikipedia style.
- Life.com – Nineties fashion trends done the way only Life Mag can do.