90s fashion – some decades should remain in the past

90s catwalk fashion

90s fashion returns

So word on the street and on the catwalks is that 90s fashion is making a return to our shops for the summer season.

Lets face it, the 90s was good for three things :  the rise of the original supermodel, movies like Goodfellas and Green Mile and the sensational Manchester brit pop music scene.  Fashion it was never ever going to be known for.

In my opinion some past decades of fashion should be left just there – in the past.  The fashion then was sloppy, neon, quilted and bleached.  The materials used ranged from itchy mohair to nylon grossness that would turn you into a human fireball if you walked past a naked flame.

The two key points to any returning trend :  remember you are not the same age as you were the first time round and be selective as to what part of the look you go for.

In 1995 I was about to go to University so I spent much of the early 90s is crop tops and palazzo pants worrying that my size 8 waist was gargantuan.  Walking in River Island now I am horrified at what I saw.  It looks like someone has vomited skittles over the entire stock and when I see women of my age gingerly fingering a  tube dress I want to wrestle her to the floor in the name of fashion and good taste. 

90s hypercolour t shirt

Global Hypercolour : Cool to sweat

With any fashion period there are good points that can be  pulled out and used.  The 80s, for example wasn’t all cropped sloppy t shirts and leggings, there were some structured shoulder/waspy waist looks that were uber flattering.  The 90s were no different.

Who does it well?  Warehouse has some gorgeous metallics which can look gorgeous when softened with some pastels.  The wedge heel is also back in force which is a more stable alternative to the stiletto.

Penny loafers, Converse and Levis are a strong crisp look which became huge at this time with a simple white T and check shirt.  My personal favourite is going for the baby doll /tea dress with black opaque tights underneath (hiding winter

pale, dry legs) with a leather or denim jacket over the top and DMs on the bottom.  Yes it’s 80s grunge but you can make it cute and sexy if done well.

One fashion item to avoid at all costs is the preppy school girl.  Everyone loved Clueless but no one wants to see a Kronenbird – she who looks 16 from the back but 64 at the front.


A thirty something, fifties inspired traveller with a love of home comforts and pretty things. Lives in Norwich, plays in London.

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