How to Style 90’s Trends

The 90’s are back! Well…. Really 90’s trends never completely go away, but now they are back in the limelight! So, dig up your walkman (!) and put on some Spice Girls because we’re about to take it back to the decade of the Macarena, Lisa Frank, and the popularization of the world wide web (AKA the internet)…



The comeback began on Tumblr as more and more Nirvana and grunge fashion lovers began sharing their stylistic get-ups. With so many people posting their pro styles, people really began to fall in love with the 90’s all over again. As this continued, 90’s grunge instagram style icon, Luanna90, stole the show with her epic aesthetic and brought the trend into the consciousness of the rest of the fashion industry as sites like Refinery29 began to feature her style.

Simultaneously, over the past year or so, we have seen choker necklaces and platform shoes become some of the most popular street trends. Now the rest of the 90’s grunge is following. 90’s grunge is no longer a Tumblr subculture, but an everyday street style. Still, it is important to note, the 90’s comeback is a stylized and modernized 90’s look, it’s not literal, so read this post to help guide you through 90’s styles for 2015 and lead you to your perfect modern 90’s outfit.

What 90’s Trends Are Back?

The 90’s saw a lot of trends, and just because some are back, does not mean ALL are back (butterfly clips are not coming back.. unfortunately…) So before you go diving into the 90’s, the first thing you should do is review what is actually back. Here is the short list and click here for the items:

Chokers, Destroyed High-Waisted Denim, Baby Tees, Sneakers, Slip Dresses, Fanny Packs, and Overalls.

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Get Into It

‘Soft grunge is a fashion trend and a design style that originated on blogging website Tumblr and is a form of 1990s appropriation. Soft grunge is a modernization of early 1990s grunge culture, that also incorporates elements of hipster and gothic subculture.’

– Wikipedia

To be honest, part of soft grunge is the inability of anyone to be able to define soft grunge. Ultimately, it consists of things like upside down crosses, doc martens, creepers (the shoes), colored hair, 90’s bands paraphernalia, and heavy makeup… and anything that Luanna90 wears. Seriously, this girl is the epitome of soft grunge and she is almost ALWAYS wearing a choker and docs/creepers (pictured below). Click here for her outfits dissected. If you like the 90’s and think this is a trend you would like to wear everyday, soft grunge is a great style for you.

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Go Street Style

If you like the vibe of the 90’s trend, you can go for the look without using the literal trends. Try pastels, distressed anything, metallics, reflective sunglasses, slides, longline hems and sneakers (Click here for options).

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Subset Style: Pastel Goth

This is for those who are very much so ready for a serious style commitment. Pastel grunge is not a ‘go in your closet and pull it together’ look. No, pastel grunge is a lifestyle… That may seem aggressive to say, but since this style is such a specific look, it really does require a very narrow selection. The items in your wardrobe will be very limited to colors and theme, but if this looks like the trend for you, then roll with it on the 90’s comeback wave. For options on pastel goth clothing, click here.

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Ultimately the 90’s is about grunge. You want to look punky, sassy, moody, angsty, casual and DGAF. If none of these styles work for you, you can always just incorporate the elements into your style. The hottest trend du jour is the choker necklace, you cannot go wrong with that. Personally, the choker is my favorite, and there are so many versatile options, so go all out dressed up or down!



Cassandra Cadwell



By Cassandra Cadwell

Cassandra Cadwell is a California native living in Los Angeles with a love for all things fashion. With StyleSpotter as her main tool of discovery, she loves to find the top items for the best styles and trends. Her favorite brands are For Love and Lemons and Free People. She lives by the quote 'I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.'

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