5 Key ’90s Trends Making A Comeback

Find out how to wear it like it's 1999


Words by Nicole Thomsen
January 26th, 2016

The ’90s presented us with many memorable fashion moments from grunge inspired celebrities and musicians thinking they were actors and the iconic birth of the original Supermodels, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. And it seems what goes around does indeed come back around as SS16 is mimicking the 1990s in perfect symmetry, with our modern day counterparts including Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner embracing the era with the enthusiasm of someone who has not been there or seen that before. Below you’ll find the newest versions of those endearing ’90s trends for spring 2016 that have endured the test of time and still look great.

Choker Necklaces

Drew Barrymore

Then: You may recall your favourite ’90s icons such as Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore sporting the authentic choker necklaces. The fabric and corded charm variety was only rivalled by the stretchy plastic tattoo types that graced the necks of so many trendsetters.

Now: Recently touted as being one of the most popular comebacks for SS16 and already adorning the necks of today’s superstar singers like Rihanna, chokers now have a more sophisticated spin. This beautiful gold floral choker with Czech crystals from Lele Sadoughi is a shining example of a modern version.

Slip Dresses

Kate Moss
Jennifer Lawrence

Then: Thanks to her slim frame and overnight rise to stardom, Kate Moss undoubtedly put the slip dress on the map in the ’90s. Known for wearing the figure-hugging, barely there trend, she even opted for sheer versions of the style.

Now: Having graced the spring 2016 runways from designers like Alexander Wang and Céline, the slip dress is back and is being worn by everyone’s favourite girl crush Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried. As part of their roundup of the latest styles, Lyst recommends trying the pink contrast slip dress from Michelle Mason. It’s a gorgeous take on the trend that’s both sexy and fresh. Don’t know how to style the tricky trend? Then click here!

Crop Tops

Tyra Banks
Gigi Hadid

Then: If you thought you’d seen the last of these belly-baring blouses that were flaunted by popular ’90s stars like Tyra Banks and Kylie Minogue, you’d be mistaken. The tops were cropping up everywhere during this time thanks to the big names wearing these tiny tees.

Now: For the last year the belly sliver has become the new celebrity crop top with celebrities even opting to have peekaboo moments on the red carpet. Whether it’s a fitted pencil skirt or a pair of tapered trousers, these popular tops are being coupled with everything. Inspired by cool girl Gigi Hadid, opt for this beautiful beige lace crop top from Alice + Olivia.


Claire Danes in My So-Called Life
Kylie Jenner

Then: The backpack purse was a wardrobe staple in the ’90s. Made popular by movies like Clueless, the wealthy teen could be spotted sporting this strappy trend all over school grounds.

Now: Another runway staple made trendy again by the likes of Phillip Lim is the backpack. We called it as SS16’s ‘It’ bag and today, they are being seen toted by Kylie Jenner and Kate Bosworth alike. Stay on trend with the mini backpack from Meli Melo in Wisteria thanks to its beautiful colour, compact size, and big dose of style.

High Top Sneakers

Kate Moss
Olivia Palermo

Then: If you recall watching the beautiful people on shows like Saved by the Bell and 90210, you’ll probably remember the high top sneakers. Converse, Nike, and L.A. Gear were a few of the most popular brands and were usually paired with coordinating scrunched down socks.

Now: Sported by the famous once again, style mavens like Miranda Kerr and Olivia Palermo have an affinity for today’s high tops. Go for the black Tokyo leather high top sneakers from Jimmy Choo and you’ll definitely turn heads wherever you go.

Clearly, the ’90s are back with a vengeance, but in a really good way. Hone your wardrobe and take this opportunity to have fun with fashion and enjoy the welcome and stylish blast from the past.

Shop this season’s 90s comeback style kings below!

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