The New Nostalgia: How to Wear ’90s Trends in a Modern Way

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Do you hear that? It’s the ’90s calling. The 1990s was an interesting decade, but one thing is for sure, we are definitely living in a completely different time. However, we do have something in common with the ’90s: Our fashion sense. That’s right, the ’90s are totally in. 

Currently, the style of the ’90s is back in an incredibly chic and modern way. Whether you love vintage clothing and you have kept a collection of styles that were hot in the ’90s, or you’re looking to dabble in the decade and want to pull it off right with your fall outfits, this style guide is for you! So, let’s dive into the trends and see how you can start incorporating these “rad trends” today. 

Mom Jeans

Skinny jeans were so 1980s and by the time the ’90s rolled around, mom jeans were having a moment. This denim style is similar to the boyfriend jean because it has a little bit of a looser fit and it’s high-waisted. The term “mom jeans” originated in the ’70s, but the trend was worn through the ’90s. 

In the late ’90s, most teens were wearing tight, low-rise jeans, and moms usually wore more high-waist, baggy denim. You can give this trend a refreshing look by pairing it with crop tops and heels. Another modern touch on mom jeans today is distress and destruction. The trendiest mom jeans today come with rips, tears and unfinished hems. So, if you love an edgy take on denim, don’t be afraid to take chances with this style.

Chunky Sneakers

You know the white sneakers that your dad has in his closet? Yes, the ones you swore looked like they were so outdated and ugly. I bet if you took a look at those sneakers today, you might actually consider wearing them. Chunky athletic sneakers are on everyone’s must-have list. If you’re not comfortable with this trend, any white pair of sneakers—like Vans, Keds or Air Force Ones—will make you feel like you’re taking part in the trend. If you feel comfortable with these sneakers and you are looking to elevate your ’90s look, pair them with mom jeans and a crop top. 

Cropped Sweater Tie Tops 

If you’re on TikTok, you may have seen these dainty blouses on your favorite TikTokers, or you might still have one hanging out in the back of your closet. These lightweight tie-front sweater blouses might be this year’s hottest trend. For an ultra-feminine look, pair these blouses with a high-waisted mini skirt or your favorite pair of mom jeans. And if you’re really a fan of the ’90s, add a chunky sandal or sneaker to top off the look. 

Wedge Sandals

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Need to add a couple of inches to your favorite looks? If so, you will love wedge sandals. These chunky sandals are extremely versatile, which means they can go with any kind of look you have planned. While this is a huge ’90s trend, it’s more of a subtle statement. So, if you’d like to dabble in the ’90s trend but don’t want to fully commit, this might be the style for you.

’90s Baby

The baby doll silhouette—from baggy sweaters to flowy dresses—was a huge hit in the ’90s. This decade was all about comfort, and while the early 2000s was all about tight clothing, the ’90s prioritized comfort. Plus size babydoll dresses are chic, fun and they work for every occasion. If you’re not a fan of dresses and would rather rock some jeans or a skirt, top off your look with plus size babydoll tops for a chic ’90s look. 

Tie-dye

While you could argue that tie-dye was more of a ’70s thing, tie-dye also made a statement in the ’90s. Thanks to our newly adopted quarantine lifestyle, everyone and their mother embarked on a tie-dye DIY project over the summer—and we’re not mad at it! If you want to hop on the tie-dye trend, but want to take a unique approach, a plus size tie-dye dress is a great way to stand out and put your own spin on the trend.

Faded Florals 

If you are a floral print gal, this trend is right up your alley. Florals were commonly worn in the ’90s, but in a really sophisticated way. Instead of bold, contrasting floral prints, the ’90s saw a little bit more of a toned-down approach. To get a ’90s look, embrace faded floral prints or outfits that prioritize tiny floral accents.

Aviators 

By including aviator sunglasses on this list, we’re not saying that this style ever went out of style, but it’s definitely back and better. If you want a cool girl vibe, top off your outfit with a pair of black aviator sunglasses. This accessory will instantly give your outfit an edge, and you’ll feel radiant all day.

Bell Bottoms

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Similar to tie-dye, you could also argue that bell bottoms were another decade’s hottest trend. However, flare and bell bottom jeans were also really popular. Unlike mom jeans, bell bottoms are fitted at the top until they get down to the ankle where they flare out. This might be a bold style to try, but if you want to feel like you’re back in the ’90s, this is the quickest way to do it! Wear bell bottom jeans with a cute crop top or an oversized sweater tucked in at the waist for the cooler days of summer. 

Don’t be afraid to jump into the ’90s with these trends. The best thing about all of these styles is that they are very customizable so that you can put your own spin on any look. 

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