We’ve been watching the 90s creep their way back in to our sartorial vernacular for months now, and it would seem that certain accessories and beauty trends have finally decided to follow suit. While there are some things from the 90s that are now firmly on the 2016 no-fly list: brown and taupe lipstick, bindis, super-skinny eyebrows, fuzzy crop-tops, and “The Rachel” haircut to name a few, there are equally a few 90s trends that are definitely worth a second look.
Here, I’ve created a neat and tidy list of 90s-inspired trends that are back in stores right now, so if you simply cannot find that old velvet choker or tube of Matte Viva Glam lipstick, fear not, you will probably be able to find another at a store near you.
I’ve always loved a well-appointed ankle bracelet. This time around, there is really no trick to it, other than to make sure that you find one that not only fits (that means when you’re moving as well as when you are just standing there, trying it on), but flatters as well. Keep things balanced by pairing a thicker ankle bracelet with chunkier shoes or sneakers, and a thinner, more dainty ankle bracelet with feminine, scrappy sandals, flats, or stilettos.
Remember the deep reddish-black shine of Chanel’s “Vamp” lipstick and nail polish? What about the Matte velvety tones of MAC’s “Viva Glam?” Those intense colours seem like child’s play compared to the deep, inky shades that are starting to come out this season. Deep, glossy burgundies are still popular, but they have now been joined by jet black lipsticks, deep blood-stained berry shades, and even inky navy blues!
The ear cuff is an accessory that has never really gone away, but rather has surged in popularity once again. Choose a simple banded version if you want to channel your 1990s self, or select from any of the modern embellished versions: cascading rhinestones, chains, ear climbers…there’s something for everyone out there!
This is by far the most obvious 90 trend that has been eeking-out a comeback, but its still worth a mention; to put-together a list of 90s-inspired trends and not include the choker would just be negligent. Celebrities have already been spotted wearing them, and I fully admit that I have a soft spot for them as well. Nothing looks quite as striking as a choker when worn up against that other 90s staple, the weathered denim jacket.
Accent braids were the dressed-up version of that other quintessentially 90s hair statement, the unkempt bedhead. Add a few in your hair for texture or to create a soft, bohemian undo. If you hair is frizzy or textured, add a little gel or styling cream to keep everything in place.
Who didn’t have at least a few pairs of jelly shoes in their wardrobes back in the 90s? Well, they’re back, and the good news is, the modern offerings are not only more variable in style and color, but are infinitely more comfortable as well. What’s more, they make for a perfect beach shoe!
Look out Sex and the City fans, the accessory that Carrie Bradshaw once declared the most unhip accessory to ever walk the planet is enjoying a second coming! Scrunchies, that quintessential fabric-covered ponytail holder not only functions as a hair accessory, but also protects against broken hair strands, a necessary tool for your nightly face-washing routine, and as a quick-fix airplane hair styling tool.
Calvin Klein Underwear
In the 90s, our Calvin Kleins were as much outerwear and accessories as they were underwear, and the brand’s exquisitely-comfortable underpinnings appear to be enjoying another round of popularity. Pair them with a pair of overalls (as above), or wear them as they were intended; this is one 90s trend that has endured the test of time for a reason.
This one is not for everyone, but apparently, mini buns are back on the fashion radar. Charlize Theron recently wore her hair in a series of mini buns at an awards show (in a configuration very similar to what you see above), and the internet talked about it for days (for better or worse.) They key to getting this look right is making sure that you separate the hair into neat sections and comb it through thoroughly first.