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90’s Fashion Trends and How to Nail Them Now

You might have noticed a theme on your fashion feeds recently, with 90's inspired style for both men and women becoming a big trend on and off the catwalk. Not only in fashion, but hair styles, music, makeup and almost every aspect of the 21st century is being influenced by the decade. Back when TLC and Fugees reigned supreme in the charts and The Fresh Prince was on TV, 90's stars were the fashion influencers of today. It was the era of the midriff, where pedal pushers and chokers were the perfect pairing and if you didn't own some combats what were you even wearing? From 90's grunge to crop tops, the decade was home to iconic trends that we're still adopting almost 20 years later. Check out our top picks of those 90's fashion trends for now!


#1 Chunky Sneakers

One of the most marmite trends of the 90's was the chunky sneaker. The biggest advocates of platform and performance style trainers were the Spice Girls who were often seen in Buffalo sneakers or chunky statement technical trainers. Fast forward to the last few years and you'll struggle to find any fashion enthusiast who doesn't own a pair. With the likes of Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton contributing to the revival and a whole host of luxury labels teaming their runway looks with chunky sneakers it's a trend that has most certainly come full circle.


#2 Puffa/Down Jackets

Puffa jackets are another trend that has withstood the test of time. Not only for the functionality but the sports luxe style makes puffa jackets a real winner for styling options and an autumn winter necessity. The lightweight jacket makes layering easy, demonstrated here by both Cindy Crawford and Val Kilmer.  In 2019 the long down jacket is making a real comeback with labels including Ganni and Todd Snyder both showcasing their puffa's on the runway.


#3 Slip Dresses

One of the most prominent womenswear trends of the 90's was the slip dress and it was seen on almost every major actress or musician throughout the decade. Slip dresses came in differing lengths, from mini dresses to longer boho style slip dresses and usually in a satin fabric. The figure hugging slip with cami style straps is the minimalistic dress of dreams, and perhaps this is why it's such a hit almost 20 years on!


#4 Checks

Checked flannel shirts were a big trend for both men and women. Mostly led by the 90's grunge fashion influence of Kurt Cobain, oversized shirts were often worn over the top of band T-shirts and teamed with a pair of light wash denim jeans in an effortless and edgy style. The androgynous look is very much still a hit today among both men's and womenswear, with labels such as Folk and Isabel Marant Etoile featuring checked shirts in their collections.


#5 Retro Sports Luxe

With 90's hip hop artists like Tupac and TLC ruling the airwaves, sports luxe was a significant trend throughout the decade. Today we've seen a real revival of the style with cycle shorts and baggy T-shirts a staple look for the Summer months, illustrated here by Lady Diana. We're big fans of the relaxed and retro aesthetic of the trend.


#6 Bucket Hats

Bucket hats are back in the sartorial spotlight and bringing a quirky edge to your look. Big in 90's hip hop fashion as well as the Brit Pop scene, Missy Elliot was frequently spotted in a bucket hat, as well as Oasis brothers Liam and Noel who sported Kangol bucket hats on the regular.


#7 Mini Bags

The mini bag is definitely a 90's trend we can get on board with. We've recently seen designers such as Jacquemus, by FAR and Shrimps re imagining the style for the modern day, and it's a big hit with celebrities and influencers alike. We love how Kate Moss has matched her mini bag to her dress here.



Emma Bowkett
Emma Bowkett Writer and expert

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