The Return of the 90s Fashion Trends

by Glazed Glamor
13 minutes read

Hold onto your scrunchies and fire up your Discman, because the 90s are back in a big way! From fashion trends to pop culture references, the era of grunge, girl power, and technological innovation is having a major resurgence. But fear not, fear of butterfly clips: you don’t have to resurrect your mom jeans (although, if you love them, by all means, rock on!). This 90s revival is all about taking those iconic styles and giving them a fresh, 2024 update.

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So, what exactly can you expect to see dominating the fashion scene this year? Here’s a look at some of the coolest 90s classics making a comeback, along with tips on how to incorporate them into your modern wardrobe:

From Grunge to Chic: The Return of 90s Casual

The 90s were a time of rebellion and self-expression, reflected in the rise of grunge fashion. Flannel shirts, ripped jeans, and combat boots became staples, a uniform for those who marched to the beat of their own drum.

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This trend translates into 2024 with a touch more polish. Think oversized flannel shackets layered over graphic tees and paired with straight-leg jeans or a midi skirt. Combat boots are still a must-have, but look for sleeker silhouettes and unexpected pops of color.

Don’t be afraid to add a feminine touch with a delicate necklace or a statement earring – grunge doesn’t have to be all darkness and angst.

Slip Dresses: Effortless Elegance with a 90s Twist

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The 90s introduced us to the slip dress, a garment that blurred the lines between lingerie and outerwear. Kate Moss made it iconic, and now it’s back for a new generation.

The key to rocking the slip dress in 2024 is to layer it. Throw a chunky knit cardigan over it for a cozy vibe, or add a blazer for a more polished look.

You can even wear it over a turtleneck or a graphic tee for a playful twist. For a touch of the 90s, consider a floral or animal print slip dress, or embrace the minimalist aesthetic with a silky black or white number.

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The 90s introduced us to the slip dress, a garment that blurred the lines between lingerie and outerwear. Kate Moss made it iconic, and now it’s back for a new generation.

The key to rocking the slip dress in 2024 is to layer it. Throw a chunky knit cardigan over it for a cozy vibe, or add a blazer for a more polished look.

You can even wear it over a turtleneck or a graphic tee for a playful twist. For a touch of the 90s, consider a floral or animal print slip dress, or embrace the minimalist aesthetic with a silky black or white number.

Double Denim: A Canadian Tuxedo Gets a Modern Makeover

The Canadian tuxedo, the all-denim ensemble that dominated the 90s, is back for a new rodeo. But this time around, it’s all about playing with proportions and textures. Pair a dark denim jacket with lighter wash jeans, or go for a monochromatic look with denim on denim in the same shade.

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Experiment with different denim washes, like black denim or acid wash, to create a more unique look. And don’t be afraid to break up the denim with pops of color or unexpected textures like leather or lace.

Chokers: The 90s Neckline Makes a Statement

Remember those black velvet chokers you sported in elementary school? Well, they’re back, and this time around, they come in a variety of styles to suit any taste. 

From delicate chain chokers to chunky chokers with colorful beads, there’s a choker out there for everyone.

Chokers: The 90s Neckline Makes a Statement

Remember those black velvet chokers you sported in elementary school? Well, they’re back, and this time around, they come in a variety of styles to suit any taste. 

From delicate chain chokers to chunky chokers with colorful beads, there’s a choker out there for everyone.

Channel your inner 90s icon with a black choker paired with a band tee and ripped jeans, or go for a more modern look with a delicate choker layered over a flowy dress.

Platform Shoes: Taking You to New Heights (Literally)

Platforms were all the rage in the 90s, and they’re making a triumphant return in 2024. This time around, however, comfort is key. Look for chunky platform sandals with thick soles that you can wear all day long. Platform boots are also making a comeback, perfect for adding a touch of edge to your look. Platforms pair perfectly with relaxed-fit jeans or wide-leg trousers for a look that’s both on-trend and effortless.

Platform boots are also making a comeback, perfect for adding a touch of edge to your look. Platforms pair perfectly with relaxed-fit jeans or wide-leg trousers for a look that’s both on-trend and effortless.

Beyond the Clothes: 90s Accessories Make a Splash

The 90s weren’t just about grunge fashion and bold prints. Accessories played a huge role in defining the era. From scrunchies to bucket hats, these nostalgic pieces are back in a big way.

Scrunchies are the perfect way to add a playful touch to your hairstyle, whether you’re rocking a ponytail, a braid, or even a messy bun. Bucket hats, once a symbol of streetwear culture, are now a chic accessory that can elevate any outfit.

Fanny packs are no longer relegated to tourists; they’re a stylish and hands-free way to carry your essentials.  And don’t forget the butterfly clips! These colorful hair clips add a touch of whimsy to any hairstyle and are a guaranteed conversation starter.

The 90s revival is more than just a return of fashion trends; it’s a celebration of a decade that was full of creativity, self-expression, and a healthy dose of nostalgia. So, embrace the return of your favorite 90s pieces, but don’t be afraid to put your own spin on them. Mix and match these classic styles with more modern pieces to create a look that’s unique to you.  After all, fashion is all about having fun and expressing yourself, and the 90s were all about that.

Here are some additional tips for rocking the 90s revival in 2024:

  • Embrace Thrifting: The 90s were all about vintage finds. Hit up your local thrift stores and flea markets to score unique pieces that channel the era.
  • DIY It: The 90s were a time of grunge and self-expression. Don’t be afraid to customize your clothes with patches, pins, or bleach.
  • Sustainability is Key: While the 90s may have been the age of disposable fashion, 2024 is all about sustainability. Look for vintage pieces or shop from brands that use recycled materials.

So, channel your inner Spice Girl, dust off your slap bracelets, and get ready to rock the coolest trends of the 90s with a 2024 twist!

Image credit: Photo by Megan Ruth on UnsplashPhoto by Armen Aydinyan on UnsplashPhoto by Brian Lundquist on UnsplashPhoto by Katsiaryna Endruszkiewicz on Unsplash;  Photo by Jason Leung on UnsplashPhoto by Andrei J Castanha on UnsplashPhoto by Jakayla Toney on UnsplashPhoto by freestocks on Unsplash

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