Recently I've been seeing a lot of outfit posts from some of my favorite bloggers that remind me of the 90s. Teresa wore a very 90s dress this week, Tanvi wore floral print skinny jeans that remind me of leggings I had long ago, Jessica has been sporting crop tops throughout the summer, Carrie can be seen in boyfriend jeans and chunky heels, and Sara is bringing back plaid. This trend is not just happening in the blogosphere, either. I have seen people wearing 90s inspired outfits everywhere- even if they don't know it.
Think about...when was the last time floral, hippie inspired dresses were popular? The 90s. The last time Keds were cool? The 90s. What about flare jeans and wide leg pants? You guessed it, the 90s. Even the ever so popular romper is nothing more than a reincarnation of shortalls (overall shorts). And of course, who didn't notice the reappearance of (cringe) Hammer pants?
But what about the 90s hair and makeup? Well, that's coming back to. This fall, it's time to put those straightening irons away. Hopefully none of us will start wearing poodle perms or "mall bangs" again, but softer looks with big, flowing curls are definitely making a comeback. Braids have also been seen all over, reminding me of the styles my mom used to create for me before I headed off to school. Not even the latest makeup trends can say they aren't inspired by the 90s. Deep wine colored lips, thick brows, and dark blue hues are all reminiscent of the trends that were popular when I first started getting into makeup.
So, how does one capture the 90s without falling prey to the not so hot trends of the time. Remember your history. Look back at photos of yourself from the time and see which styles are worth reviving and which should remain solely in history (this might not be useful if you were too young back then). Here's a look I put together reminiscent of the trends of the 90s (flares, dark lips, and soft, curly tendrils) without copying that era exactly.
|The last time I wore a Fred Durst/Chicago Bulls inspired color scheme? 1999.|
But, why now? It's 2011, right? Right. It's 2011. What does that mean? That means generation Y is entering its prime. Those of us that grew up in the 90s are now working, having families, and influencing society. Those of us in our late 20's and 30's shared glory days with A.C. Slater and the kids of 90210, so perhaps nostalgia is contributing to this trend. Plus, not to get too political, but the 90s were good to us. By the end of the decade the economy was thriving and Clinton had a budget in place that would have eliminated the national debt and created a surplus by the year 2010. The 90s went out with a bang rather than the wimper that ended the first decade of the new millenium. I can't be sure, but I would be surprised if a longing for the way things were wasn't contributing to the revival of the 90s.
So, do you love the 90s? Have you noticed this trend slowly building across the country? I'd love to hear your thoughts!