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Seven ‘90s Styles We Can’t Forget

Posted by Joann Marks on Friday, August 28th, 2015

1990sEvery decade has a signature style. What made the ’90s unique was the combination of super models and more casual style. There was also inspiration from the Spice Girls musical group (1994 – 2000), shows such as Friends (1994 – 2004) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003). Each decade steals a bit from previous ones; just as you see ‘90s styles sneaking in our fashion magazines today, the ’60s and ’70s influenced the styles of the ’90s. Here are seven styles that we will always remember.

Floral Prints

Whether a jumpsuit or a dress, floral prints were in during the ’90s. It was perfectly normal to see floral print jackets, floral print shoes, and even body suits with flowers on them. From year to year there were variations in how large the flowers were and the styles of the prints, but floral prints were everywhere.

16965781089_91e09b8c8d_zDenim Jackets
Probably the most important part of the ’90s floral print style was putting a denim jacket on top. For the more loud floral prints, the denim jacket was a neutral that made the look a little less severe.

Colored Denim
Speaking of denim, colored denim was in. While soft colored denim had a resurgence in the 2010s, ‘90s colored denim was full of primary colors. It was an exciting new approach to denim. And of course if you had a floral shirt that matched the colored denim it was a win!

Spaghetti Straps
For both casual or formalwear, spaghetti straps were extremely popular. Of course, spaghetti straps were perfect to wear underneath a denim jacket.

This style reached all the way back to the late 1800s for inspiration. There were a lot of fun variations of this necklace, including plastic ones made to look as if you had a neck tattoo. A popular material was either black ribbon or velvet.

And speaking of velvet, it was very easy to find a velvet outfit in the ’90s. Skirts, jackets, shirts …velvet was everywhere! If you wore velvet, of course you would wear it with a choker. Velvet dresses and tops tended to have an empire waistline, so it evoked a Renaissance fair vibe.

13965856978_9dd21d0ffc_mPlatform Shoes
If you were going casual you would wear Birkenstocks. But for everything else there was platform shoes. Boots, heels, and sandals all had some very serious platforms. This was yet another ’70s style that came back in the ’90s.

Photo Credits:
“Shoes for Saturdays” by Pabak Sarkar is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Floral Romper over a Denim Jacket” by Jamie is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Spice Girls – Wannabe” by .Martin. is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Friends” by William Warby is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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