The ’90s fashion trend is back and bigger than ever. Thanks in part to the rise of the VSCO girl, we’ve seen a slew of crop tops, scrunchies, fanny packs, slip dresses, wide-leg pants, Dr. Martens boots, oversized tees — the list goes on — show up in glossy editorials and on catwalks and social media.
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Biggest ‘90s Clothing, Accessories Trends
- Overalls: Wearing overalls wasn’t reserved for elementary school — in fact, many people would customize their overalls with patches, crisscrossed straps, wearing one strap down — the options were limitless.
- Bike Shorts: Basketball shorts were too thin to be worn alone — so players often paired them with bike shorts underneath. This ’90s fashion trend led to a whole new streetwear style that involved layering both types of shorts or wearing bike shorts alone.
- Patent Leather and Vinyl: Patent leather and vinyl were some of the most memorable fabrics of the ’90s — used for everything from jackets and pants to T-shirts and shorts.
- Crushed Velvet: Likewise, crushed velvet was a major player in the ‘90s. The soft fabric was typically used for T-shirts and slip dresses.
- Platform Shoes: We’re not sure why the platform shoe trend ever died out — it combined the height of a stiletto with the comfort of a sneaker and looked edgy and cool in the process.
- Butterfly Clips: Butterfly clips and other fun hair accessories were big in the ‘90s — and for good reason. The large clips made last-minute up-dos and controlling flyaway bangs both aesthetically pleasing and, well, fun.
- Graphic Tees: Sure, graphic tees have always been part of the cultural narrative — but the ‘90s were a special time for T-shirts. Graphics were typically large logos and band tees rather than quirky sayings or random designs.
Keep in mind that while ‘90s clothing was defined by a return to minimalist fashion — compared to the ‘80s, anyway — it was also the beginning of an era where individualism was embraced more than ever before. This meant baring more skin, showing off tattoos, and opting for items of clothing and accessories that showed your personality and interests. Throwing on a scrunchie and a crop top is great — but really emulating ‘90s fashion means leaning into the garments and accessories you truly love.
If you’re ready to smell the teen spirit and embrace nostalgia, we’ve rounded up five of the best places to shop for affordable and fun ‘90s-inspired clothing and accessories — and some of the coolest picks to shop now.
5 Best Stores for ’90s Fashion for Women
The British retailer is one of our favorites to shop for all things ’90s. They always have a great inventory of on-trend styles, affordable prices and frequent sales. Plus, their inclusive sizing is a huge plus in our book.
Cami Satin Mini Slip Dress
Satin slip dresses ruled the red carpet, the runway and beyond — and for good reason. The slip dress is quite flattering on all body types and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. We love the mini satin slip dress by ASOS DESIGN in particular for its striking versatility and lace-up back.
Price: $65 at ASOS
Satin Cowl Neck Cami Tank Top
Nothing says ‘90s fashion like a satin crop top, and this monochromatic number from River Island takes it to the next level. The spaghetti straps and cowl neck in the front were made to be worn with a pile of chokers and a pair of high-rise mom jeans.
Price: $36 at ASOS
Skinny Square Sunglasses
Looking for a more subtle nod to the ‘90s? Consider opting for one of the most beloved ‘90s accessories: super-skinny sunglasses. These skinny rectangular sunglasses from A.Kjaerbede look uncannily similar to something an off-duty Cindy Crawford or Naomi Campbell would have worn thanks to the basic black band and slightly tinted frames.
Price: $50 at ASOS
This surf, skate and streetwear store hit its stride in the mid-to-late ’90s, and it’s still one of our favorites for graphic tees, mini dresses and newer brands like Lottie Moss (started by the half-sister of ’90s — and forever — fashion icon Kate Moss).
Playboy By PacSun Cloud Nine Boyfriend Jeans
You don’t get much more ‘90s fashion than this: a completely Playboy-emblazoned pair of high-rise boyfriend jeans. Pair it with the matching Playboy denim jacket for a Britney and Justin-inspired denim-on-denim look.
Price: $69 at PacSun
Looney Tunes ’90s Graphic T-shirt
Saturday morning cartoons were a ‘90s kid staple — and Looney Tunes led the pack. This retro ‘90s-inspired T-shirt will show the world just how much you loved those lazy weekend mornings perched up with a bowl of cereal in front of the TV.
Price: $28 at PacSun
Platform sneakers are well on their way back in style — and Palladium agrees! The Revolt Low Textile Sneakers offer a rugged lug platform sole that’ll give you a little extra height without the pain of wearing a typical heeled shoe.
Price: $100 at PacSun
3. Hot Topic
This counterculture clothing chain was huge in the ’90s and early 2000s and is still one of the best places to shop for graphic tees, pop-culture collaborations and much more.
Cherry Frog & Mushroom Hair Clip Set
It would simply not be a list of ‘90s-inspired fashion and accessories without a pack of classic character hair clips. This set comes with a myriad colors that will allow you to mix and match based on the color of your mood ring.
Price: $6.99 at Hot Topic
Care Bears Lavender Shortalls
Look, it might seem weird to pop on a pair of overalls at first, but they’re extremely practical when you really think about it. The one-piece outfit makes getting dressed in the morning quick and easy — and you don’t need to worry about putting on a belt. That’s a win in our books. Bonus points for the super adorable Care Bears print.
Price: $54.90 at Hot Topic
Red & Black Pleated Skirt With Grommet Belt
Capture the ’90s grunge schoolgirl combo look with this plaid pleated skirt. The red and black color combo matches anything, and the grommet belt gives it that extra, edgy oomph. Wear it with your favorite pair of combat boots and you’re good to go for the day.
Price: $29.90 at Hot Topic
You’re probably already familiar with Shein — it has recently become one of the most well-loved destinations for super affordable fashion and accessories. Shein has just about every decade and fashion trend somewhere on its expansive website, so you can expect to find even the most niche ‘90s trends, like the exact glossy pink slip dress from “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”
Rhinestone Butterfly Baby Tee
Loud prints and ‘90s fashion go hand-in-hand and this rhinestone butterfly baby tee is the perfect example. Pair it with a pair of high-rise mom jeans and you’ve got yourself a totally ‘90s-inspired summer look.
Price: $5 (reg. $6) at SHEIN
Brush Print Tie Backless Cami Top
Bandannas were huge in the ‘90s — as a hair accessory, a necklace, and even as a summertime alternative to a T-shirt or bandeau. This bandanna inspired cami top is the perfect (and much more secure) nod to the ‘90s bandanna scarf trend.
Price: $4.75 (reg. $7) at SHEIN
Minimalist Clear Flat Slides
Who doesn’t miss a good pair of jelly sandals? The summertime staple was well-loved by kids and adults alike for its super comfortable and versatile design. This hot pink number does a good job of emulating that classic shoe thanks to its jelly-lined (PVC) design and matching thick straps.
Price: $14 at SHEIN
Loud graphics and designer logos reigned supreme all throughout the ‘90s — with the coveted Gap sweater at the forefront. These days, the American retailer continues to offer select ‘90s-inspired clothing and accessories but it’s much more muted than it once was.
Gap Arch Logo Hoodie
Nothing says ‘90s fashion like a classic Gap logo hoodie. The basic cotton hoodie has remained popular over the decades for its comfortable and simple design — but it’ll always look like a nod to the ‘90s in our books.
Price: $44 (reg. $49.95) at Gap
Recycled Belt Bag (Fanny Pack)
They might be called belt bags today but don’t let the recent rebrand fool you — this is a fanny pack and it always will be. The ‘90s favorite might have gotten some slack over the years but the fashion world has recently reembraced the classic bag for its sheer convenience.
Price: $27 (reg. $34.95) at Gap
Although scrunchies were huge in the ‘90s, for one reason or another, they fell out of style up until recently — and we’re so glad they’re back. The colorful hair ties are playful and fun, sure, but they’re so much more comfortable than the minimal phone cord hair ties that reigned supreme just a couple years ago.
Price: $9.99 (reg. $16.95) at Gap
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