My mom always told me to keep what I had in my closet because fashion is…well, cyclical, to say the least. Wait 10 or 15 years or even a season or two and watch your favorites from the past get recycled with a new twist. I don’t think designers are lazy or uncreative, we’ve just kind of done it all fashion-wise. Unless those Jetson looking space suits get into fashion, we’re stuck with what we know. I’m sure some of you have noticed the colored jeans, crocheted flats, jelly shoes, and even the Kelly Kapowski- style skimpy dresses. Yup. The 90′s are back in! But just because something is back in fashion, doesn’t mean it’s all cute. I look back a la 1995 with fondness at my jelly shoes, but that one shoulder overall look is cringe worthy! Don’t jump into a trend just because it’s in or nostalgic. Remember, some of that stuff was ugly back then, and it’s ugly now. Here are a few of my 90′s do’s and don’t do’s!
1. Do-Printed Leggings
Katie Holmes in floral leggings.
Last week I was looking through the tabloids, and I saw one of my best-dressed celebs, Katie Holmes, in floral leggings! This look is so fond to me and reminds me of that 90′s sitcom star, Blossom. The look is definitely more trendy then timeless, but it’s a fun and very inexpensive way to have something from this season without busting your budget since you can grab a cheap pair from any fashion store for around $20 or less. Katie does a wonderful job making this look casual chic with the heels and distressed denim shirt. It’s a comfy look that isn’t slobbish.
2. Do-Crochet Flats
Crochet flats were adorable back when I was in grade school, and they are adorable now! They are actually improved, though. Not sure if my mom just bought me a cheap pair, but every time I go shopping and I see these, the padding and support is much better than the ones I remember from back in the day. Also, like I mentioned earlier, the fashion industry always adds a twist. These 90′s knockoffs are better than ever with new colors and even new styles, like the espadrille hybrids. Cute, affordable, and very 90′s!
3. Do-The Kelly Kapowski Tank Dress
Tank Dress from Forever21
Not sure how Tiffany Amber Theissen’s character got away with these skimpy dresses with school dress codes in affect, but who cares? I’m a grown up now, and I’ll wear what I want to! These dresses are so great for music festival season, which happens as the snows melt away and people want to go out and listen to music, jam, and get some sun. Also, a great dress for the beach. It’s light, airy, and can serve as a swim coverup. If you don’t have the perfect figure (who, does?), you can mix this look with a loose cardigan, plain leggings, or a belt. If you were blessed with the Kapowski figure, go ahead and have fun in this sexy and revealing fun trend!
1. Don’t-Mid-drift Baring or Mid-drift Tie
Half shirts are only cool if you are in a 90′s parody video on youtube. Don’t go for this cheesy and trashy look. The worst thing you can do is wear a flannel and tie it at the waist. This look is soo my so-called over and should not come back. Remember how embarrassed you get looking back at the first time you followed this trend? Yea, we’re older now. Smarter. We don’t need to make the same, horrible mistake twice.
Kim K showing us why shoulder pads are ugly.
2. Don’t -Shoulder Pads
I recently saw one of my least favorite celebs, Kim Kardashian (surprise!) wearing this hideous trend. Kim looks like she was a rejected extra from a Star Wars movie, and you will, too, if you decide to wear this blast from the past. What is or was the purpose of this look? To make yourself look more like a boxy linebacker? Not sure what is the reason for big shoulder pads, but I know that this will be one look you will look back at in ten years and think, “What the hell? How did this ever get back in style. We banished it the first time!”
3. Don’t-Oversized Vests
Do I have to explain this one? Please, do not go out and buy an oversized vest. In fact, if you kept yours from the 90′s because you thought it would come back, just throw it out now before I find out. There was a lot about the 90′s that was so cool – the alternative rock movement, The Real World, Beverly Hills 90210, Saved by the Bell, the beginning of the real tech era, I can go on…but oversized vests were not one of them. This outdated and ugly look is a leave it, in my book. There are so many fun styles that are back, focus on those!
Whatever you chose in your flashback look, remember to have fun with it and wear it with sass! Some styles are ugly unless you bring your own unique blend to the look. Your personality makes your style, not the clothes! Enjoy the 90′s….again.