90s style in clothing: back to the future
It is not only history that develops in a spiral, but also everything that fits into this spacious word. Take fashion, for example. Trends are constantly changing, and every season designers turn to the fashions of days gone by. So a style of clothing that was popular 10, 20 or 30 years ago becomes popular again. The nineties style has been popular for a few years now and it looks like clothing in this style will be around for another year or two. One of the reasons for the style’s popularity is its wearability and versatility. I have made a selection of images that trace the characteristics of the 90s style and are happy to provide this selection for your judgement.
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The Hadid sisters are the most famous lovers of 90s style. So it won’t surprise you that there are a lot of photos featuring them. And the list of things that can be conditionally attributed to nineties style looks like this:
- Black leather jackets;
- Oversized jackets;
- Denim overalls;
- Denim skirts;
- Mom jeans;
- Cycling shorts;
- Bomber jackets;
- Clothes in lingerie style;
- Sports trousers;
- T-shirts with prints;
- Voluminous jumpers.
Black leather jacket
Do you remember those long leather jackets with voluminous shoulders? They were usually worn under jeans with a T-shirt or with long skirts and dresses. The black jacket was the favourite piece in the It-girls’ wardrobe and is definitely one of the iconic looks of the 90s.
And nowadays it’s no sin to try a look using a black jacket, but in its substitute fabrics. Luckily, we have plenty of options and they look just as good. However, you can also try your luck in second-hand shops and find vintage models. A 90s style look with a black jacket could look like this one:
The model Bella Hadid holds the record for the number of looks in the style of the 90s. She wears a black jacket with baggy trousers or jeans and a top.
For a clean look, choose a jacket without metal fittings and light-coloured details – you’ll get a versatile piece.
Oversized jackets in the style of the 90s
Long jackets with voluminous shoulders, double-breasted, often several sizes larger than necessary, were popular. And the most important thing: the jacket had to be colourful! Green, red, multicoloured – that’s the squeak of 90s fashion. Fashionistas loved to combine green jeans with a voluminous coral red jacket and it was chic… back then
…and today we can play a little with the oversized jacket and get a modern jacket, but with a slight hint of the 90s.
A denim overall is an item from the 90s
Denim clothing filled the wardrobes of almost everyone in the 90s! Someone had fashionable denim skirts, someone had jackets, someone had several pairs of jeans, someone bought all the denim items they could find! Overalls were a bit more difficult. Some people were braver and immediately understood how they could integrate denim overalls into their wardrobe, while others were sceptical and proudly declared that this was workwear in the West. “So what?”, replied the brave ones, and they were right! Normally they wore overalls with T-shirts, caps and trainers, and sometimes they could also put on a bomber jacket or a thick jumper. Nothing special, but back then… it was cool back then!
Today, not much has changed, except that dungarees are often worn with high-heeled shoes, classic jackets or blouses, see the photo:
The denim skirt made its debut in the 70s of the last century. It was made from old, worn jeans. The trend caught on – in the 80s it evolved into a denim pencil skirt and in the 90s it became part of high fashion. The Chanel fashion house liked to create collections in denim, and the skirts were the most important detail. Different styles were in fashion in the 90s: the most popular skirt was the one with a row of buttons down the front, but miniskirts and long skirts with a slit up the leg were also worn. Skirts were also worn over jeans!
Today denim skirts are combined with oversized sweatshirts (which are back in fashion, by the way), bombers, trainers or high-heeled shoes, T-shirts and shirts.
Today you wouldn’t surprise anyone with such a model… but back then… it was cool back then! Mom jeans are a high-waisted (or mid-rise) style with a long zip and baggy legs, but not like boyfriend jeans. There’s a whole story behind the name, but that’s not the point here. When this style first appeared, it was worn with loose jumpers and trainers – it was comfortable and practical. Mums in particular liked these jeans – they made it easy to go for walks and shopping with their children. Gradually, it-girls also started to look at the mom jeans and made the model a trend.
Cycling shortsIncidentally, the hottest trend for spring/summer 2024, cycling shorts are no longer just a sporty item of clothing. Some people wear them with jackets, high-heeled shoes and even cocktail dresses with a slit.
In the 90s cycling shorts were usually combined with oversized jumpers or sweatshirts, T-shirts, trainers or rough boots. Black cycling shorts were used as a base, but coloured cycling shorts were also worn.
In the 90s, bright leggings were all the rage – turquoise, red, yellow, pink. They were worn with overlapping socks, oversized sweatshirts and tops. These looks were reminiscent of the 80s, but were completely new at the time. Black leggings were also chosen as a base, which were combined with jackets and oversized jumpers.
For a while, leggings were just sports or home wear, but trendsetters haven’t given them a chance to go unnoticed. In 2023, leggings have regained their popularity, which will continue in 2024. Here are some photos for inspiration:
A perfect example of how dungarees are firmly anchored in the wardrobes of fashionistas as part of a uniform. The bomber jacket, also known as the “flight jacket”, was developed for the US Air Force in the 1950s. The bomber jacket was very popular in the 80s and 90s. Celebrities often appeared in bomber jackets at social events and, of course, in films. A women’s look in the style of the 90s with a bomber jacket is, for example, white, loose-fitting jeans, a light top, trainers and accessories such as a choker or several necklaces and aviator glasses. Add a small bag with a short strap and a baseball cap that matches the jacket. It’s easy to create layered looks with a bomber jacket – here are a few examples in the photo:
Kleid im Stil der 90er Jahre – ein Kleid im Dessous-Stil
Lingerie-style dresses, often with lace trim, made of silk or chiffon, in pastel colours, were very popular in the 90s. The daring looks of Kate Moss or Courtney Love immediately spring to mind.
I like that the combination dress emphasises the figure without clinging, that it makes the silhouette look elegant, that it can be combined with both a leather jacket and a classic jacket, that it is a piece for the ages and that it can be jazzed up for any season. If you want to create a 90’s style outfit, you can go for a combination dress, add bracelets and necklaces (they are in fashion now), a trendy bag and statement shoes.
In the 90s the sporty style became popular not only in men’s wardrobes but also in women’s wardrobes. Girls wore oversized jogging trousers and combined them with short tops and trainers with wide soles. Jogging bottoms were worn everywhere: at the disco, on walks and during training. The most popular models were Adidas and the grey baggy trousers from No Name. Keep them in your wardrobe, but now combine them with mules or high-heeled sandals and tops with oversized shirts.
T-shirts with funny prints
Of course, these are the world-famous (not) Titanic T-shirts, T-shirts with photos of the most popular performers of the time – Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, T-shirts with some colourful, ridiculous drawings and inscriptions. Tie-dye models were also in fashion, a colouring technique that suddenly appeared a few years ago.
At first glance, such T-shirts look tasteless, to put it mildly… but! You can trump them and turn them into a modern look that suits your mood, see the photo:
To be honest, we don’t really like this look, but we’re showing it anyway:
Bulky jumpers in the style of the nineties
To be more precise, oversized jumpers that look like they were taken from your father or grandfather. The pattern is striped or chequered, various ornaments. And in the fashion of the 90s, bright angora jumpers were a hit. As practice shows, oversize is always stylish and appropriate. Combine an oversized jumper with mom jeans and retro sneakers or a lingerie-style skirt in satin and high-heeled shoes. For a pure experiment, look for this jumper from the 90s in the sewers, second-hand shops or in the bins of your wardrobe.
And what is a complete look without accessories and matching make-up? Accessories of the 90s are chokers, butterfly pins, voluminous plastic rings, hair dryers, watches in a transparent plastic case. 90s-style make-up includes lipstick a few shades darker than lipstick, black eyeliner and smoky ice, brown or cherry lipstick.
And which are your favourite items of the 90s style? Which looks do you like best in this review? Write in the comments, I am eager to know your opinion!