Today’s fashionistas are calling fashion trends from the 90s “vintage,” and unfortunately for those of us who lived through this decade, they aren’t exactly wrong. Patricia Dillon, who serves as the Divisional Leader of Design and Applied Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, has confirmed the requirements for something to be classified as vintage: “[it must have] sufficient quality of design and creative execution for it to stand the test of time and be relevant and desirable to future discerning generations,” according to Glamour Magazine. “The 90s are now officially classified as Vintage because we are two decades on and a new generation is starting to discover and enjoy the creative fruits of musicians, designers, artists and film makers who delivered their ideas 20 years ago,” Dillon continues. It’s been over 25 years since the start of the 90s and we’re beginning to see a comeback of things like choker necklaces and patterned vests. While these pieces allow newer generations to feel like they’re tapping into history, the rest of us feel like we’re experiencing a bad case of déjà vu. So, if you see a young fellow walking down the street with a vest sans undershirt anytime soon, you’ll know why. It’s “in” once again.Remember when it was a thing to have the brand name showing on every item of clothing? Here’s Destiny’s Child with Scarlett Johansson, all sporting Tommy Hilfiger.
Nothing like a nice cool breeze as crazed fans run towards you.
Time to button up your one button. I used to do this to my cardigans after seeing it on TV and my classmates would do this with their flannel shirts.
The faux tattoo choker necklaces were all the rage. Here’s a plain one worn by Jared Leto. These necklaces used to be associated with goths and other misfits. Today, you can’t go anywhere without seeing them, proving that mainstream crowds always find ways to “borrow” from the misfits.
Oh, the 90s… when your mother did double the laundry so you could wear your clothes like this.
This genie in a bottle wore her mesh top with some wild pants. Can’t get any louder than this.
Move over, Christina. I think the shiny trim details on this guy’s mesh shirt might have just put you in second place.
Seems like today’s stars are taking fashion advice from 90s Mary Kate and Ashley.
Don’t tell me you never did this. There was something about this that made me feel so free.
Stone wash floral print tops and pants were available everywhere. Who didn’t love this soft feminine look? It was like spring year round.
These butterflies found their way into school portraits, star shots, and glamour shots (or whatever photo studio you had at your local mall).
Sometimes, you just wanted to wear your clothes loud and proud. It isn’t a 90s post without Clarissa Explains It All.
This was a year round uniform for boys and girls. We enjoy the sense of equality this outfit provides.
These are at the “front lines of fashion.” They’re “pure rock and roll.” Look at it, just look.
Here’s Britney fulfilling every teenage boy’s fantasy with a baby pink crop top.
Everything about this photo screams 90s but what we want you to focus on are the shoes, taking each Spice Girl to new heights. Those of us on a budget begged our mothers to get us some Soda platforms.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas sports a Yin Yang Necklace. Did anyone split one with their best friend?
The fast way to fabulous. It was all fun and games until all the stars were gone.
In between flares and skinny jeans, you could have had one of these in any color or print you wanted. The ones that stretched at the waist were the best.
Who wore it first? Steve Jobs or *NSYNC? Don’t forget the shimmery oversized jackets to really complete the outfit.