When it comes to flashback/throwback fashion, iconic 80s and 90s pop culture gets all the glory. The era featured dramatic denim trends that everyone was rocking, and cool kid street styles that definitely deserve a comeback. How much has changed about fashion since our childhoods, and how awesome is it for some of those fun styles to return? Though there are styles we’d rather forget (for good), these ten classics will come in handy next time you browse through old photos looking for a perfect on-point throwback.
Coordinates can be surprisingly chic if styled the right way. A modest matching set of a top and shorts gives off a 90s working-girl vibe in a good way. This textured edition makes for a sleek upgrade from the average matching sets, offering a season-appropriate look for casual brunch dates.
The shirt-tied-at-the-waist look reminds me of the 90s grunge days, when we were all part of a rock-and-roll fantasy. Back then, everyone had a button-down tied around the waist, usually in chambray or plaid. I still love this look for dressed-down days – it’s an effortless way to add casual flair to a pulled-together look.
The all-time favorite high-waist styles have come a long way since the 90s. Today’s reinterpreted versions feature a more flattering fit, like this versatile skinny pair. Team this with a crop top for a fuss-free summer look that reveals just the right amount of skin.
No doubt crop tops are back and bigger than ever. Madonna and the Spice Girls give the impression that the shrunken style was worth wearing every day, and now it’s become a sexy way to show a little skin. Combining a neutral palette and a relaxed fit, this mini knit top provides a fuss-free way to pull off the timeless crop top trend.
Be they long or short, overalls are in. This utilitarian onesie that I’ve chosen is perfect for running errands. To prevent your overalls from looking too old-fashioned, outfit them with a totally modern approach, such as a loose-fit white tee and cap-toe flats (heels would be stunning, but I’m practical) for a polished look.
Very popular in the 90s, harem pants are perfect for those long walks on the beach. I’m not referring to the ridiculously puffy kind of harem pants, but the sleeker yet still irresistibly comfy kind like this loosely tailored pair. These harem pants might seem a tough silhouette to tame, but adding a crop top makes it quite effortless.
I began my search for the perfect fluffy tulle skirt long ago, when Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City rocked the style in Times Square and made it one of the most iconic looks in television history. The midi length of this bow-embellished style gives it a more elegant appeal, which is great for dressy occasions.
I have always loved fringe. If full-fringe outfits from the 70s are too much for you, opt for this sleek carrier instead to get that hippie vibe going. It’s a great accessory to break up a polished ensemble and create a more laid-back feel.
This list cannot be complete without the choker – a popular accessory during the 90s. A favorite style among grunge kids, this teenage staple is now unexpectedly welcomed by grown-ups. This beaded edition adds glamor and a dose of edge to a basic shirtdress.
Another classic that gained huge popularity among grunge kids back in the 90s, high-top style is hipster, retro and stylish rolled into one. Wearing these high-tops with a flowing babydoll dress or a fitted mini skirt makes the sporty design look even cooler.