I want you to flashback for me, just for a moment. I want you to remember a time of roller blades, the Bop It, and chatting with your friends on AOL Instant Messenger. Where drinking Surge, while listening to the newest grunge track, was the cool thing to do. There were no cell phones and no real technological distractions. And your favorite fashions were logo T-shirts, platform shoes, and futuristic-inspired makeup and clothing.
For many of us, the '90s don't seem like very long ago. In fact, it seems like only yesterday when we were inspired by a multitude of styles. Today, a whole new generation has taken that signature '90s style and modified it for a whole new decade. Ready to reminisce? Here are 15 '90s styles that are making a serious comeback!
15 Jelly sandals
"I don't think you're ready for this jelly..." I know Destiny's Child had another type of 'jelly' in mind when they sang that lyric, but for me, I instantly think of jelly sandals.
In 1991, Jellybeans started a generation of funky feet. And by funky I mean, they looked great, but man did they make our feet sweat and stink! It didn't take more than a few wearings in the middle of summer to remind you why sneakers were amazing. But we continued wearing the jelly sandal throughout the decade, modifying the style, the size, and the colors to match our next trend. Today, jelly sandals are back and can be purchased through Jellybeans for only $34.95, in 28 different colors. Come on, you know you wanna check it out!
I think I owned twenty different chokers in the '90s. Seriously, I had a choker for just about every occasion and day of the week. I even had a choker that I wore during gym class. You know, so I didn't have to worry about it getting tangled in my hair.
I can't think of a celebrity today that hasn't added a choker to their outfit. It literally goes with everything! And before you go and think that this trend has nothing to do with you, take a look at some of these amazing new choker styles by Forever 21. And if you're looking for something even more unique, check out these chokers on Etsy. I dare you to not feel tempted with this style.
13 Dark lipstick
I'm aware that many teenagers today credit Kylie Jenner with starting the dark lipstick craze but sorry, we had this style down long ago! In the '90s, berry lipsticks were all the rave. Our favorite celebrities wore this look down the red carpet and in our favorite magazines. And we even tried it out for ourselves down the school hallways. Unfortunately, I remember the boys not liking this trend very much and I don't blame them.
This '90s trend is back with a vengeance! Yes, it looks pretty damn awesome, but it's time-consuming and hard to manage throughout the day. If you want it to look good, just long enough to last for your next Instagram selfie, go for it! But it's a little too much for someone like me to keep it looking perfect all day. Next!
A few years ago, I disappointed many of my friends when I purchased a new pair of overalls. They couldn't understand why in the world I wanted to wear such a horrible fashion trend, which they believed was unflattering and nothing special. And I answered them in one phrase: because they're comfy as hell!
I love overalls! In my opinion, I can't think of anyone who doesn't look great wearing them. They're comfy, they're cute, and they're perfect year-round. Also, you can carry all of your stuff in the pockets. Who doesn't love that?!
I'm not surprised that overalls are back for a whole new generation to enjoy. Today, you can buy some amazing styles by ASOS and Nordstrom. And for all the men out there who don't want to be left out, check out Urban Outfitters for some amazing summer styles.
11 Crop tops
In the '90s, almost every girl's closet consisted of many, many different crop tops. Hell, I still love them today, but wouldn't be caught dead wearing one. Well, not until I lose that freshman fifteen that I've been fighting off for the last ten years now.
Luckily for me and for all of you, many of the crop top styles out today are made in a variety of sizes that look great on everyone. So, what makes a crop top so amazing? They are absolutely perfect to wear with high-waisted jeans and skirts. They also add dimension when paired with a jacket or cardigan. And can be worn for just about any occasion, during every season! Don't believe me? Check out these amazing crop tops at Forever 21 and ASOS and find out for yourself.
Scrunchies are back! Seriously, I'm not even kidding about this one. I never, in a million years, thought that I would see today's generation rocking the scrunchy, but I was wrong. I was SO wrong!
In the '90s, girls not only wore scrunchies in their hair, but they also wore them wrapped around their bodies like a bracelet or an arm band. I knew many girls who even rocked scrunchies around their ankles, on top of their socks. Trust me, it was the 'cool' thing to do. Today, a whole new generation has fallen in love with the scrunchy and are rocking it down the red carpet, at sporting events, or just for fun. Forever 21 has an amazing collection of scrunchies, in a variety of colors and styles. And if that doesn't tickle your fancy, learn how to make your own.
9 Metallic makeup
In the '90s, a generation of females fell in love with metallic makeup. I credit this to the generation's obsession with futuristic looks and styles. Many girls in the '90s wore this trend on their eyelids, sporting the coolest metallic eyeshadow made at the time. And many took it one step further by sporting it on their lips! Yes, metallic lipstick was also a huge thing. Silver was the most popular and also my personal favorite.
Today, you can't look at a fashion advertisement, commercial, or runway without seeing a string of women wearing metallic eyeshadows in silver, gold, and a variety of other colors. I predict that soon we will see the popular berry lipstick moving out and silver lipstick moving back in. I'm not going to lie—I can't wait! If you're not sure how to rock this look today, check out Makeup.com's ultimate guide to metallic makeup.
8 Dr. Marten's
Many may not know this, but Dr. Marten shoes have been around since the early 19th century. The company, which began in England, didn't become a cultural icon until the 1960's. And in the 1990's, Dr. Marten's become the epitome of cool when a new generation made it a household name. They were so big in the '90s that Mary Jane's (their most popular female shoe) sold out an many locations across the US. Seriously, you were not cool in the '90s unless you owned a pair Dr. Marten's. They really were a part of the cultural movement that took over the decade.
Today, Dr. Marten shoes are gaining momentum once again. Their catalog of shoes are available for all ages and include many different colors, styles, and patterns. You have to check out their website. Trust me, you are going to want a new pair!
7 Floral skater dresses
Back then, floral prints were all the rage and there were many times that I paired this look with Dr. Marten boots and ankle socks. Clearly, a little fashionista back then.
The last time I was shopping in Forever 21, I was surprised to see rows and rows of floral skater dresses. A style that was huge in the mid '90s, during the grunge rock era. A period in time where teenagers were obsessed with skateboarding, Nirvana, flannel, and skater dresses. Today, I can't turn my head without seeing a teenager or young adult rocking the look I pulled off over 20 years ago. I predict that this trend will not be going anywhere for a long while.
6 Platform shoes
My entire closet in the '90s was full of platform shoes that made me anywhere from 2-6 inches taller than I really was. And I'll never forget the first time someone saw me without my platform shoes on while in high school. When I heard, "You're so short!" from a friend, it felt like a tiny dagger to the heart. The jig was up. I was exposed for the little shorty I really was.
Like many of you, I am definitely shocked and surprised that platform shoes are coming back. And I'm really wishing that I still had some of those shoes today. You know, since they're now considered vintage. Taylor Swift, Maisie Williams, and Katy Perry can be seen wearing some amazing ASOS platforms. And if you're looking for something a bit more unique and funky, Dolls Kill has some amazing platforms that we dare you find elsewhere!
Although the 1970's really should take credit for making flannel cool, it was the '90s kid's that took it from a little piece of fabric to a cultural phenomenon. You can't watch a mid '90s film or TV show without seeing flannel across your television screen. Do we credit Kurt Cobain for this, when Nirvana released "Smells Like Teen Spirit?" We could, but we really should be thanking the '90s grunge scene for helping make it our obsession ever since.
Flannel is still prevalent today, if not more now than ever. I could almost bet that every man and women, child and adult, has some sort of flannel apparel hanging inside their closet. It was huge back in the day. It's still huge today, and we don't see it going anywhere, anytime soon. I think it's safe to say that flannel is here to stay.
4 Denim jackets
In the late eighties and early nineties, denim jackets were all the rage. Girls even wore their denim jackets over their formal gowns and church clothes. It really was the look that transcended style. During this time, guys and gals also sported pins, buttons, and patches on their denim jackets. It was a way to personalize your jacket, to make it look different from everyone else's.
Flash forward to today: the year of denim. Denim jackets are trending high and making a huge comeback! Celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, and Jessica Alba are wearing denim jackets with every type of look and style. Looking for your very own denim jacket? Check out these awesome styles from Levi, Macy's, and Old Navy. And if you're really lucky, maybe you'll find the perfect denim jacket at your local vintage thrift shop!
3 Slip dresses
In the 1990's, celebrities like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Aniston, and Winona Ryder wore the slip dress to the top of the fashion world. You could not read a celebrity magazine or watch an award's show without seeing a famous actress or musician rocking a slip dress. It was sexy, sophisticated, comfortable, and completely affordable.
Today, Selena Gomez is just one of the many celebrities who have brought this classic nineties look to a whole new generation of women. And even though we're not seeing this trend on the streets yet, it's safe to say that soon we will all be dying for our very own slip dress.
2 Shirt tied around the waist
I honestly had no idea that this look was even back in style, mostly because I have been rocking it non-stop since the '90s. During the grunge period of the nineties, teenagers, and young adults notoriously took their wardrobe up a notch by tying shirts around their waists. Seems easy enough, right? Well, it's not.
You can't pair any kind of shirt around your waist. It has to look and fit a certain way. The shirt is also not really meant to be worn. It's meant to sit atop your hips, to give your outfit a certain look. Not sure what I mean? Look at Rita Ora, Rihanna, and Cara Delevingne. These girls know what they're doing and wear this trend with simple ease. Take note ladies, it's serious business.
1 JNCO Jeans
Many of you may not know that JNCO stands for 'Judge None Choose One.' And many of you may not know that JNCO Jeans took over the fashion world in the late '90s. Although the company started in LA in the mid 1980's, it wasn't until the late '90s when it found its true success. Everyone, including me, had at least one pair of JNCO Jeans in the nineties. And yes, we wore them with pride. In 1998, JNCO made over 186 million dollars! But in 2000, the main factory closed due to the quick decline of their brand.
In early 2016, JNCO came back for a whole new generation to enjoy. Today, they sell their famous line of wide-leg jeans, T-shirts, jackets, hoodies, and even headwear online. Ready for your very own pair of JNCO Jeans? Check out their website for the newest styles.