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I Love the ’90s: 5 Throwback Trends That Are Making a Comeback

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If you know all the lyrics to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (West Philadelphia, born and raised!), if all of your school supplies were Lisa Frank, and if you remember the original NOW CD, then chances are you’re a ’90s girl. While some of the fashion decisions we made growing up might have been questionable – I’m looking at you, excessive body glitter and MC Hammer pants – I’m happy to report that many ’90s trends are making a comeback.

In this article, we’ll be throwing it back to the 1990’s by highlighting five trends that are back in style this season. Whether you’re a ’90s kid or not, you can still incorporate the iconic decade into your everyday look.

(If you’re looking for more ways to bring back some 1990’s grunge, check out this College Fashion throwback article from 2010. It looks like ’90s style is here to stay!)

1. Crop Tops

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The crop top is back with a vengeance! Although crops tops have been trendy for some time now, they don’t seem to be going away any time soon.Which is fine by me – I can’t get enough of them!

From fancy to casual, long sleeve to short sleeve, and patterned to solid, there’s a crop top out there for everyone. The versatility of this style is what has made crop tops so popular once again. You can dress one down with a loose-fitting cropped graphic tee, shorts, and a floral kimono or go out on the town with your ladies in a form-fitting lacy crop top and maxi skirt. The possibilities are endless.

2. Birkenstocks

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I admit, this is one of the ’90s trends that I was originally the most skeptical about. I’m all for wearing pieces that are comfy and stylish, but just thinking about these shoes gave me flashbacks to my childhood fashion faux pas. Thankfully, the classic Birkenstock has been given a more sleek and modern makeover that is the epitome of casual cool.

Rock your Birks (or your less expensive Birk look-alikes) with neutral colors and a clean silhouette that’s free of excessive decorations or accessories. Pair them with a pretty pedicure, and you’ll stroll in style and comfort.

3. Snapback Hats

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A snapback hat is similar to a regular fitted cap, but with a row of adjustable snaps on the back that make it wearable by just about anyone. Popularized by hip hop artists, like Tupac, in the ’90s, the snapback is definitely making a comeback.

You can find them in infinite colors and sporting various logos or cheeky phrases at your local vintage store or the mall. Endlessly versatile, snapbacks can be worn frontwards, backwards, or even sideways if you’re feeling extra sassy. Pair one with a feminine dress to create a cool contrast or wear a snapback with a graphic tee and cut-offs for a grungy vibe.

4. Overalls

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Overalls were probably the one fashion trend you never thought you’d see come back, but like most trends, they’ve cycled back into style. If you’re feeling brave, overalls can look super cute and will probably be one of the most comfortable things you’ll wear this summer.

The key to not looking like a cast member in a ’90s sitcom is to stay away from baggy styles. Instead, opt for tighter-fitting or cut-off overalls. For an extra edgy look, you could even try pairing some with a crop top, which allows for a little skin to peek out on the sides – it’s the epitome of ’90s style!

5. Plaid

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Last, but certainly not least, we have the most iconic print of the ’90s: classic plaid. Although this print is something that never quite goes out of style, plaid really is everywhere this season.

While I do suggest you refrain from wearing a plaid blazer and pleated skirt combo like our beloved Cher from Clueless, you can style this pattern in so many other ways. Go casual by wearing a plaid button-down over a tank and distressed denim shorts or tie it around your waist with a pretty dress or skater skirt to balance out a feminine look.

Your thoughts?

Do you think ’90s fashion is here to stay? Are there any trends you wish would come back or think should stay in the past? Have you worn any of these ’90s trends? If so, how did you wear them? Bonus points if you can style more than one in the same outfit!

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15 Responses to “I Love the ’90s: 5 Throwback Trends That Are Making a Comeback”

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    May 11th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I love this :) I was born in 92 so most of the fashion I remember is technically early 2000s that I won’t mind never seeing again (mini denim skirts and flip flops anyone?) but I definitely channel 90’s fashion. I am always a flannel wearer, but it’s nice that it’s in style now haha.

  2. 2
    May 11th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    So glad that you enjoyed it Emma! I have to say I was guilty of wearing one too many denim skirts with flips flops ;)

  3. 3
    May 11th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure that I can’t stand numbers 1-4. I really like plaid, and crop tops are okay on other people (not me), but I really, really don’t the rest of them… I like 50s and 60s fashion a lot more than 90s

  4. 4
    May 11th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Plaid! plaaaaaaid.

    Don’t care for much of the others but I do want to see if I can pull off a crop top (the ones I have are more flowy and swingy than the bustier-types).

  5. 5
    May 12th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Crop tops and plaid I like, but everything else I can do without!

  6. 6
    May 12th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I LOVE that my childhood is coming back in style. Seriously, gives me a proper justification to bring out all the clothes I’ve been saving from them. Can’t deny, never expected Overall’s to make a comeback, but after seeing all the ways people have been wearing them, I’m excited to give them a second chance!

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    May 12th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Emily: I’d love to hear more about you incorporate 50’s and 60’s fashion into your wardrobe! I won’t deny that 90’s fashion isn’t for everyone, it just has a fond place in my heart :)

    Rachel: I say go for it! Crop tops are so versatile and I really think that they can look great on all body types when styled correctly.

    Joules: Then rock those crops tops and plaid to your heart’s content :)

    Hayley Kaye: I never thought I’d see the day either, but they can look so cute when worn in an updated way. So glad to hear you’re giving them a second chance!

  8. 8
    May 12th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I think that the reason that 90s fashion is coming back is because the people that loved those clothes when they were kids are becoming old enough to influence the fashion world. I love all these, although I probably wouldn’t wear all of them! You did forget printed sunglasses though! I had a pair of floral sunglasses when I was a littlie, and I just bought a pair of daisy printed sunnies the other day. I think it’s GREAT! I’m particularly glad about the dungarees (overalls) because I think they last forever. When I was little my older brother would wear them until he grew and then my mum would cut them off into shorts. When he grew again they would go to me (I was so small that the ‘short’ version of my brother’s dungarees were full length on me!)

  9. 9
    May 12th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Absolutely Alys! All the 90’s babies are taking over the fashion world one crop top at a time :) And that’s such a cute story about your brother’s dungarees!

  10. 10
    May 13th, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Crop tops + low rise pants = nooooooo. I saw a girl working at Plato’s closet and dressed like this and she just looked like she forgot to get dressed completely. Faillll

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    May 18th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Waaait… You mean that overalls went out of fashion at some point in the last 15 years? D: of course I knew that since in the mid 2000’s it was impossible to find a pair at any retail store.

    Anyway, I was born in 1990. Loved overalls when I was 6, loved them at 13, still love them at 23. Recently bought a pair of tight fitting ones and I wear them as much as I can.

    I like cropped tops, but I only wear them with high waisted skirts or pants. I feel too exposed if there’s too much midriff showing. I don’t really care about the other trends.

  12. 12
    May 18th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Alice: Yes girl! You rock those overalls. I’m all for wearing what you love, regardless of whether it’s trendy or not. And those are great ways to style crop tops! I feel the same way.

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    May 29th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I LOVE plaid pieces. I’m really into 90’s inspired fashion at the moment, particularly 90’s grunge. Overalls are cute but I’m not a fan of those Birkenstocks and hats. The caps remind me too much of Will’s style in Fresh Prince. But I watched some episodes recently when Ashley was a teen and I really love her style at that point.

  14. 14
    June 11th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    You forgot chokers! chokers are totally coming back

  15. 15
    June 30th, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I didn’t grow up in the 90’s but I love it I hope I comes back from the leather skirts to crop tops also hair

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