A Look Into The Past:
The 90s Trends That are Trending Once Again
By Tori Carr '20
October 2018 Issue
If you have ever turned on turned on Nickelodeon late at night, you may have had the pleasure of watching reruns of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Full House, or Boy Meets World. A lot of those wicked trends are back and better than ever. Aight, let’s take a step back into the 90s, back when the Macarena and Tamagotchis were still relevant. We’ll talk about all that and a bag of chips.
Rachel Green: From Friends. NBC. Television
The entertainment industry is responsible for the rise and fall of most fashion crazes, and it also serves as evidence of the past and present. Rachel Green, the famous character from Friends, is practically the queen of 90s fashion. Besides the ‘Rachel’ haircut, her most iconic outfits include crop tops, wide legged pants, overalls, and plaid skirts.
Similarly, DJ and Stephanie from Full House show off this fashion style with their bulky belts, flannels, and combat boots which are seen in the later seasons. Sabrina the Teenage Witch is well known for the use of chokers, which can be seen around the necks of many of today’s teenagers with the typical tattoo choker.
Another popular sitcom, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has an entirely different style. The show is most well known for colorful windbreakers and oversized bomber jackets. The music video for Finesse, by Cardi B and Bruno Mars, is a based off In Living Color. In the video, Cardi is dressed in a Cross Colors jacket which is paired with a crop top, jean shorts, and big hoop earrings. To say the least, this is a good representation of the 90s. Sadly for men, oversized t-shirts and baggy jeans don’t seem like they’re coming back.
The Spice Girls represent how music industry influences fashion. Sporty Spice’s classic track pants with a stripe down the side, the adidas style, is extremely popular today.
From Clueless, Amy Heckerling. Perf. Alicia Silverstone. Paramount Pictures, 1995. Film.
The Spice Girls
Venturing into the the film industry, Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You are great examples of 90s trendsetters being revived by today’s teens. Clueless is the most well known for main character Cher’s button-up skirts, bodycon dresses, and plaid, while Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You is famous for her camo shirt and cargo pants. Still there’s more, and if you thought I wasn’t going to mention velvet, slip dresses with a t-shirt underneath, denim with patches, cat eye sunglasses, and high waisted mom jeans, as if!
There are some styles that existed prior to the 90s like scrunchies, Doc Martens, and Converse, but are spiking in popularity today for the first time since the grunge movement of the 90s. Today, bucket hats are being sold by expensive companies like Prada for $340, and Gucci is selling fanny packs for over $1,000.
Walking into Urban Outfitters or Forever 21 feels like a jump into the past - bright colors, Cross Color knockoffs, and Tommy Hilfiger everywhere. Thrift shopping and buying second-hand clothes is more popular than ever because people are looking to find unique and ‘vintage’ pieces. It seems like there are thousands of videos on YouTube about this topic: Emma Chamberlain is well known for it; she has over five million views on this video.
Not only is fashion looking back to the past, but so is technology. Huji, an app that makes photos look older, polaroids, and record players are examples of trends that seem pointless because there are higher quality options available; however these trends reign on. Whatever the reason is for why these trends are back, many high schoolers are embracing it; the juniors didn’t even seem out of place on decades day!