Every now and then I get a cold reminder of just how old I am. Its been 10 years since I graduated university and I remember watching movies on beta max as a kid.
But how have I lived long enough to see the clothes I wore in high school make a come back? I know no idea is original anymore, especially in world of fashion but how can there be such a shortage of innovation that I’m seeing clothes back that I only just threw out??
As of last summer, I’ve seen certain pieces slowly make a resurgence on runways and on the streets. Pieces I know I once owned and rock proudly in middle and high school.
1. Crop Tops:
Just when I thought I could take a break from sit ups and crunches, crop tops made a huge return last summer. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve bought, only to lament that I had piles of them in high school. If someone had just warned me, I’d have held on to them knowing that they’d be so popular now. No matter your chest size, there is a top out there that fits. Whether tight fitted, loose at the bottom, with sleeves or cap sleeved the variety has definitely improved this time around.
I can’t cosign this comeback. When I was younger and more hip-less, baggy overalls looked cute. Now in my thirties with a grown woman figure, this look will just appear sloppy. If you’re longer, lean and slender maybe the boyish/androgynous look can work because loose fitted clothing actually looks loose. But even the tighter fitted overalls don’t remotely look fashionable to me. This should’ve stayed in the ’90s.
I remember seeing a choker on Brenda in Beverly Hills 90210 for the first time. Then Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was inexpensive and often was Gothic inspired with black cloth or velvet. Now its more on the glamour side with plated gold, bronze and platinum. Until my bank account can sustain this come back, I’ll just fondly remember my fav shows and the characters that wore it.
4. Bucket hats
Now this is a trend I can get behind. From when LL Cool J stepped on the scene rocking a furry Kangol bucket hat, these head pieces have been part of the hip hop look. Perfect for the summer heat, these hats are now appearing on women too and ranging in colours, patterns and materials. I wish I still had my Ralph Lauren one to rock this summer.
When grunge music out of Seattle, Washington emerged on the scene in 1993, so did the flannel/grunge look. I remember going to Black Market Vintage on Queen St to buy oversized flannel shirts just to tie around my waist. And sure enough now I see young girls on Queen St and around the way rocking the same look.
Is there a ’90s trend you’ve seen that I didn’t mention? Are you proudly re-rocking any of these looks?