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Top Buys: 90s Fashion

The word on the street is that 90s fashion is making a serious comeback and if you take a quick look at the Spring 2010 runways, you’ll know that the rumors are true.


The word on the street is that 90s fashion is making a serious comeback and if you take a quick look at the Spring 2010 runways, you’ll know that the rumors are true.

It is definitely strange to think that the nineties are almost a decade gone and that 90s fashion is already preparing for its (first) revival. From the age of the supermodel to grunge to films like Clueless and groups like the Spice Girls, the decade definitely ran the gamut of fashion and style.

One of the most infamous trends to come out of the nineties was grunge. From plaid flannel shirts for him to baby doll dresses and Mary Janes for her, the idea was to look as unkempt as possible. Forever21’s Nirvana Cut-Off Tank ($18.90) is a modern ode to the grunge era.

Another fad of the nineties was the crop top/belly shirt. Most notably seen on stars like the Spice Girls, Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears, the Spring 2010 version shows only a hint of midriff and was seen on runways from Sonia Rykiel to Vena Cava.

With the 90s fashion revival taking place as we speak, there are a ton of inspired pieces in stores now. We managed to narrow down our Top Buys to these ten pieces. Enjoy!

Top Buys: 90s Fashion

1. Baby Word Necklace ($18) from Topshop // In 1998, Sex & The City aired for the first time and women around the world were enthralled with Carrie Bradshaw and her friends. Carrie’s name necklace became one of the most iconic accessories from the show, a tough feat for a show as famous for its fashion as its plotlines. While this little number doesn’t have the appeal of a personalized name necklace, symbolically, it has Carrie written all over it.

2. Dr. Martens 1B99 W ($113.20) // It would be negligent to write a piece on 90s fashion without taking into account the iconic Docs. Although the boots were first seen in the grunge era, they outlived the trend and were worn well into the late 90s. Wear your pair with a slip dress or a pair of skinny jeans.

3. byCORPUS Floral Circle Dress ($48) from Urban Outfitters // This cute floral circle dress is the perfect piece to transport you back into the early nineties. The floral print was huge in the early part of the decade and was seen everywhere, from leggings to boots to dresses. To truly embrace this floral dress, pair it with a chunky pair of Dr Martens boots.

4. Jaewon Platform Mary Janes ($89) by Nine West // Courtney Love’s style in the early nineties was usually defined as Kinderwhore, a mess of baby doll dresses, Mary Janes and heavy makeup. Sound like the Courtney we know and love? These shiny platform Mary Janes add a little class to any disheveled, grunge look and are perfect for a night out on the town.

5. Plaid Tie Tunic ($19.99) from Charlotte Russe // While the floral print perfectly sums up the feminine side of the 90s, the plaid print is the ideal way to recall the androgynous side of the 90s. A plaid, flannel shirt was worn by everyone, boy or girl, during the grunge era. The best way to score yourself one? Steal it from your boyfriend.

6. Silence & Noise Texture Tube Skirt ($48) from Urban Outfitters // Although the tube skirt first became popular in the mid-80s, they continued to be a huge trend into the early 90s, usually paired with a blazer. We love this fresh take on the tube skirt by Silence & Noise. While the black waistband is reminiscent of the 90s, the bright pink color is a huge trend for Fall 2009.

7. Baby-Doll Mini Dress ($413) by Opening Ceremony // During the 90s, the baby doll dress made two appearances. First popularized by Courtney Love, who wore baby doll dresses as part of her ‘Kinderwhore’ look, the dress was then seen in the 1995 film, Clueless. If you prefer Cher’s preppy style, pair your baby doll dress with a pair of knee-high tights. To try Courtney’s take on the dress, pair it with the Mary Janes at #4.

8. Cropped Slub Knit Top ($21.99) from Charlotte Russe // This crop top from Charlotte Russe is a spot-on mix of grunge-era shabbiness and Britney-era exhibitionism. Bring it into the 21st century by pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or a pair of high-waisted shorts. To wear the style through winter, layer a crop top over another top.

9. Daisy Dress ($100) by Erin Wasson X RVCA // When we think of the crushed velvet fad of the 90s, we are invariably taken back to the TV series Blossom. While we don’t recommend a crushed velvet hat with a big flower, we do recommend wearing a velvet dress. For a modern take on the velvet trend, this rich, blue dress by Erin Wasson is perfect for the coming fall months.

10. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Specialty X-Hi ($64) // If you weren’t stomping around in the nineties wearing a pair of Doc Martens, you were probably sporting a pair of Converse All Stars. Without a doubt, Kurt Cobain’s influence on grunge fashion was huge and his signature item was a pair of worn-in Converse sneakers. To try this look out, pair them with mini dresses, jeans or skirts – the sneakers at the forefront of 90s fashion are more than versatile.

10 Comments

  1. grace

    October 27, 2009 at 2:47 AM

    love this spread. want that velvet dress!

  2. grace

    October 26, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    love this spread. want that velvet dress!

  3. MAISON CHAPLIN

    October 27, 2009 at 6:01 AM

    The 90’s are back for those with bad taste. Come on, don’t take me wrong, but these clothes are horrible. Even Kurt Cobain could dress better on that time.

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  4. MAISON CHAPLIN

    October 27, 2009 at 2:01 AM

    The 90’s are back for those with bad taste. Come on, don’t take me wrong, but these clothes are horrible. Even Kurt Cobain could dress better on that time.

    Link me, follow me
    @ MaisonChaplin.blogspot.com

  5. Cherry Lou

    October 27, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    I actually love these outfits except the crushed velvet dress (Crushed velvet is like a nightmare for me!)
    I really think that 90’s style was kind of cool & the white dress is definitely cute.

  6. Cherry Lou

    October 27, 2009 at 5:45 AM

    I actually love these outfits except the crushed velvet dress (Crushed velvet is like a nightmare for me!)
    I really think that 90’s style was kind of cool & the white dress is definitely cute.

  7. anh

    October 27, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    its funny how fashion always comes back. i wish i had kept all my 90s clothes. but then would i even fit it still? anywho great post as usual!

  8. anh

    October 27, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    its funny how fashion always comes back. i wish i had kept all my 90s clothes. but then would i even fit it still? anywho great post as usual!

  9. Becs

    October 27, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Knew I should have kept all my baby-doll dresses from the 90’s! I love that 90’s fashion is making a comeback. Love the crushed velvet dress!

    xo, Becs

  10. Becs

    October 27, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Knew I should have kept all my baby-doll dresses from the 90’s! I love that 90’s fashion is making a comeback. Love the crushed velvet dress!

    xo, Becs

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