Baggy Saggy Style
Skinny jeans, jeggings? No way. In the 90s, bigger was better. You and your posse sported dope, baggy denim from brands like Cross Colours and Karl Kani. If you were a small, you’d wear large. Then, add some true hip hop flava by sagging the waistline and showing off your Tommy Hilfiger underwear (or boxer) line. Dope.
Mood rings, black velvet-- looking like a witch or sorceress was definitely a thing in the 90s. One accessory that instantly turned you into a member of The Craft (Great 90s movie, by the way) was the skin-tight choker with dangling skull pendant.
Everything sucks. Angst-ridden teenagers everywhere rejoiced in grunge. Flannel, ripped denim, unwashed hair. If you looked like you rolled around a dirty field in Seattle while binge-listening to Nirvana, you were down with grunge.
Can’t Touch These Hammer Pants
Can’t touch this! MC Hammer took over our Sony cassette Walkmans in the 90s with classics like “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” but it’s his look that lives on forever. Loose, billowy “Hammer pants” made everyone’s legs look good. It’s no wonder that they still basically exist as harem pants.
Sometimes, the hat makes the girl. On Blossom, quirky Blossom Russo (played by Mayim Bialik) popularized a series of funky hats that made their way into teenage closets everywhere. The floppy hats were often accessorized with huge sunflowers and bows.
Are you going to a business meeting or to the Grammys? Well, rock a business suit (complete with shoulder pads) and no one’s the wiser. Stars like Janet Jackson added corporate flair to her look with a full-on pantsuit.
Plaid, Plaid Everywhere
The movie Clueless is chock full of retro style. One of our favorite trends rocked by Cher and Dee is plaid -- and not the flannel grunge plaid. Clueless plaid was the 90s version of dressing up, and plain-on-plaid was totally acceptable. As if!
Baby, Baby, Babydoll Chic
Baby, baby, baby. Babydoll chic was so bad, it was good. Mini dresses, midriff tops and yes, even sucking on pacifier necklaces were totally acceptable for women of all ages in the 90s.
Overalls may not be the most flattering clothing choice—and we have no clue why they’re back on trend—but we all did it in the 90s. Baggy overalls coupled with loose t-shirts, or for the more daring, midriff tops were all the rage like going to an oxygen bar or watching 90210 for the Dylan-Brenda-Kelly love triangle.