Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Return of the 90's: All Grown Up

The 90's have returned in a major way these past few seasons. Fashion nostalgia has a creepy cool way of returning on us, decades later, with a current twist. Love it or hate it, the decade of Pogs, Ice Ice Baby, Blossom and Slap Bracelets is tip toeing back into our culture, especially our closets.

Here are 7 ways that the 90's have invaded our modern day fashion.
First I ntroduced at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN and then shown again a year later at a shoe exposition in Chicago by Grendha Shoes, a buyer for a little store called Bloomingdale's saw the Jelly Shoes on display and promptly ordered 2,400 pairs in 9 different styles and the rest is history.

Mixing prints isn't a new thing, but the sophistication of the combination is a new bonus. Rather than just throwing on a bunch of patterned clothes to make the bright shock pop of the 90's, pair lady like prints with a uniting color to create a more polished look.

High waisted shorts and pants aren't new either, and given the decade of butt crackery we had just previously endured, these are also a visual respite to exposed prosteriors. Unlike the 90's version, we now like our high waisted shorts shorter and closer to the leg, as shown above.

I struggle with the Doc Martins trend. But whether or not I love it, the boots of goths and oddballs is now one of the biggest recycled trends from the 90's. Wearing these in a super fem color like hot pink really keeps even the toughest looks a little girlie.
Who DIDNT have a mood ring in the 90's? These mysterious rings supposedly told the mood of the wearer by changing colors. The modern mood ring is a little less gum all machine and way more luxe, but still are just as fun as when we were kids.
Crop tops may have never gone away but they have definitely seen a surge in popularity in the last few years. But instead of cutting off the bottom of your tanks, nab a more elegant cut and pair it with a high waisted skirt for a more polished put together outfit.
I used to love my overalls when I was a kid. Now, not so much. But whether you're on team Osh-Kosh or team Be-Gone, the overall trend is definitely here. Once again, as former 90's kids, we are looking for a more grown up way to wear them. Put on a skinny leg version with a pair of heels and a white tee in a mature texture and good to go.

What other 90's trends have you spotted recently?