It is no secret that nostalgia sells well. And there is no better time than the present to indulge in a little nostalgia. Indeed, iconic pieces from the 1990s trends, such as loose-fitting jeans and minimalist jewellery given the XXL treatment, are set to return to the limelight. ‘90s fashion trends are all about practicality, with a few frills tossed in for added effect. When the present is grim and uncertain, we tend to seek solace in previous decades, focusing on the one that made us the happiest or is linked with happiness in our memories. There is nothing like a little nostalgia to lift your spirits. While the ‘90s trends have a terrible record when it comes to fashion, the pieces linked with them are still some of the most fun and unique in a woman’s closet. They are also the most comfortable, which is something that cannot be overlooked in 2021.
Here are 10 fashion trends from the ‘90s that are making a comeback and we are loving every bit of it!
1. Baggy Jeans
Slim and skinny jeans are no longer fashionable, as they are just too restricting for our new way of life and work. In 2021, the loose-fitting cut will be the denim star. Its ultra-wide legs provide maximum comfort without sacrificing style. Many individuals have moved on from the skinny jeans trend of the 2000s and are now opting for relaxed, more comfortable styles. Straight leg jeans, flared jeans, skater jeans, and mom jeans are just a few examples. For a more retro aesthetic, two-tone and acid-wash jeans are also making a comeback.
2. Slip Dress
Slip dresses are a fashion trend that has stuck around for a long time. These can be sported at the beach, on a romantic date, or to a house party, and are made of cotton, satin, and polyester. Layers are commonly used to style them, such as a tight long-sleeved turtleneck or a short sleeve underneath. When accessorised correctly, they can be worn for any occasion. Given the level of interest displayed in them by Gen Z, it’s safe to conclude that this fashion trend will be around for a long time.
3. Biker Shorts
Biker shorts aren’t just returning to the trend cycle after a two-decade absence; they’re a solid wardrobe essential for just about any woman, whether she goes to the gym or not. Biker shorts and a XXL graphic T-shirt have become the go-to look for Gen Z and Millennials running errands. Many people adore this adaptable design trend because of its comfort and adaptability. You might want to get them in a variety of colours so you can style them uniquely.
During the pandemic, this DIY movement has resurfaced in a big way. Nothing says “I’ve been sneezed on by a unicorn” like a tie-dye print, and with so many people stuck in the house this year, DIY tie-dyeing has continued to flourish. You may either go berserk with multiple colours on a white T-shirt at home or order them online, as you’ll see that every company from basic to luxury makes them in various styles. Some fashion magazines are relieved that the professionals have replaced the amateurs by adding the tie-dye trend to their current curations.
5. Bucket Hats
Even though views on whether or not to bring it back are mixed, several celebrities have been seen wearing it. Bucket hats are entirely subjective; you either like them or you don’t, but they do go well with beach clothes. Modern bucket hats, influenced by the 1990s, are unisex, reflecting the social acceptance of gender fluidity and androgynous design patterns. With their broad, downward-sloping brims and heavy-duty natural fabrics, these hats are becoming a summer staple in a striking laid-back style.
6. Graphic Tees
Because graphic tees are currently “trendy,” an increasing number of clothing brands have begun to sell them. Layering them with long sleeve shirts underneath or a stylish jacket on top is common. Wearing graphic tees gives you that old 90s vibe that a lot of people are seeking these days. We’ve seen a rebirth in recent months, headed by a couple of our favourite style icons. They’re sometimes funny and entertaining, sometimes they have significant meaning, and sometimes they’re just one spontaneous retro pick that may or may not mean anything.
The scrunchies are back in style. In the middle of the recent hair accessory renaissance, the trend has been upgraded, contending with its headband and hair clip counterparts for the greatest comeback of 2021. These new-fangled scrunchies come in a wide range of styles, including sophisticated flowers, exquisite silks, trendy animal patterns, and luxurious fabrics, all of which are a long cry from their 1990s cousins. It is not hard to find one to complement your clothes while shopping. Put them on with a pair of boot cut jeans and you’ve got yourself the look of every quirky girl gang from the 1990s.
8. Claw Clips
Claws clips, like scrunchies, are a 90s hair accessory that is making a comeback. This trend has spread rapidly via social media sites such as TikTok and Instagram, and more females are donning them as fashion accessories. It’s just putting a bunch of hair in a half-up, clipping it, and leaving your front tresses or fringes out. The half-up with some bits over the front frames your face in a gorgeous way. It’s charming, simple, and incredibly flattering. The look instantly brightens any bad hair day and adds a touch of elegance to any outfit.
9. Minimalist Jewellery
Who can forget rappers’ massive chains from the 1990s and 2000s? They’re coming back into fashion, but this time in a rather less blinged-out style. What better way to accessorise your most minimalist ensembles, home wear, or sporty trends than with oversized minimalist jewellery? In any case, it’s what the majority of designers and major companies are counting on this year to add a splash of boldness to your outfit. Forget about rhinestones, sequins, and all sorts of embellishments, and instead go for simple models like bracelets, chains, ear studs, or hoops in a XXL size, in gold or silver, depending on your preferences.
10. Sweater Vests
Sweater vests are once again popular, just like they were in the 1990s. Some people are wearing oversized sweater vests with tennis skirts, while others are wearing fitted sweater vests with jeans. These sweater vests are typically layered over long-sleeve turtlenecks, collared shirts, or short-sleeve tees. This sleeveless sweater has evolved over the years in terms of design since its basic geeky style, and now has a position as a gender-fluid garment. So, whether you put it over a shirt or a dress, the sweater vest is going to be a great option for easy layering.