A look at the most iconic fashion trends of the 90s> Women’s Fashion> Fashion
through Heidi hewlings. Posted Sat April 17 2021 12:00 PM, last updated: 04/18/21
The 90s were undoubtedly an exciting time for fashion.
We saw a clash of trends that made unforgettable statements, when some were so quietly cool that they are still a staple in our wardrobes today.
The ’80s ruffles and epaulettes were replaced with a more minimalist look, as slip-on dresses and dungarees signaled a low-maintenance walk-in closet. The decade is often described as “ a less glamorous style of the 80s ”, where practical clothing as well as street style became more important.
Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford were key names who dominated this era of dress, reigning on the catwalks and remaining fashion icons today.
While the 90s can be praised for providing us with the now favorable sportswear and kitten heels, there are some trends that can be held firmly in the past.
Here’s a look at some of the most memorable and iconic trends of the ’90s.
Halter Neck Tops
The halter neck top was the official top of the ’90s, often paired with boot-cut jeans.
Recently, they’ve made a comeback, with fast fashion sites jumping on the trend and dubbing them a summer staple.
Nothing screams’ 90s fashion more than a head-to-toe FILA tracksuit.
The trend was popular with both men and women, embracing casual sportswear as a staple of the decade.
Princess Diana was among those who embraced the trend, often pictured wearing biker shorts, sporty crewnecks and tubular socks paired with chunky sneakers.
The little black dress
A simple little black dress was a huge ’90s fashion trend, fashioned by Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Jennifer Aniston.
Introduced by Coco Chanel, the LBD is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.
Coveralls were massive in the 90s, mostly worn with a dangling strap.
A favorite with Will Smith and the members of NSYNC, who rocked this look with effortless confidence.
Plaid skirt suits
If you’ve watched the ’90s chick movie’ Clueless’, you were no doubt inspired to add a plaid skirt to your basket after Alicia Silverstone rocked the iconic look.
Plaid mini skirts paired with long socks and white shirts were also a recognizable style in the movie, becoming another popular outfit choice in the ’90s.
While the bucket hat is primarily used for fashion rather than function, the item was worn as a statement accessory to a range of outfits.
While this trend may have started with Liam Gallagher and the Manchester music scene, people like All Saints and Naomi Campbell have also been seen promoting this look.
Long before skinny skinny jeans became fashionable, wide-legged styles were the go-to for denim.
Often paired in the ’90s with baggy tees and chunky athletic sneakers, the preference for oversized, baggy silhouettes made this a perfect daytime piece.
Leather biker jackets were considered the model for an avant-garde style of the 90s.
Many men have rocked these trendy jackets, including those who had never been on a motorcycle before!