90s Fashion Trends | Top 10 – 90s Fashion Inspiration

90s fashion trend

The 90s fashion! What a decade. Any millennial will tell you that the 1990s were THE BEST decade to grow up in. When our movies celebrate milestone anniversaries, they are re-released and sold out.

Most of our TV shows are still in the network, not having gone off the air ever. Thank God, It’s Friday still holds a special corner of the heart of every kid of the 90s.

Fashion was no less, you were lucky enough to be a 90s teen then you knew how important it was to be rocking the latest fashions. Flared jeans, crop tops, overalls, denim jackets, we had them all.

Fashion style in 90s

Fashion in the early 1990s was mostly loose fitting, hanging t-shirt and colorful. Unless you were going for the grunge look then color was the enemy.

Black leggings with an oversized sweater and low heel shoes were the look of every boy or girl next door (pretty much relatable with the vibrant characters of all the movies of that era?). the connection between Music and fashion is not new, it prevailed back then as well when fans copied the unique styles of their musical idols.

Long before the skinny jeans took over the era, everyone’s go-to denim style flared and wide leg designs ruled.

When it came to accessories in the 90s, chokers and hoop earrings were the style statement (hello 21st century, did you just copy the accessories of 90s?).

The collar-like necklaces sat tightly around the neck and added an edgy element to the outfit.

Fashion is incomplete without a mention about the hairstyle. 90s hairstyles were anything but boring. The young vibrant hair in the 90s gave us icons to cherish forever.

Rachel hair style like 90s

Any F.R.I.E.N.D.S. fan? imagine the entire town being “ Rachel”, as she had the most popular haircut of the decade, women used to take photos of Jennifer Aniston’s Friends character to their salons and asked for a similar hairstyle.

The half-up-half-down look was both simple to do and in trend, and the schoolgirl look was all about pigtails and mini buns.

Adding more fun to 90s hairstyle was an array of hair accessories. Scrunchies, butterfly clips, bandanas and colored hair streaks were found in the drawer of every 90s girl.

Who are the 90s Fashion Inspiration?                         

Here are some of the best 90s fashion inspiration.


Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer who did her part in the acting and modeling industry as well.

She first gained recognition at the age of ten! From oversized sportswear to sexy and sophisticated looks, she had rocked it all. This street thing made oversized clothes look sassy.

The double cami look, dog tag necklace paired with oversized joggers with a strap was her style statement.

Kate Moss

Katherine Ann Moss is an English model and businesswoman, founder of Storm Model Management, at JFK Airport in New York City. She graced the cover of The Fashion magazine in 1990.

Those early days gave us a glimpse at an evolving personal style that would turn her into an enduring style icon, from her predilection for all-black outfits to a passion for simple satin slip dresses.

Princess Diana

Beyond her love of taking fashion risks, Diana understood the power of clothes more than almost anyone else at the time.

She was a pro when it came to casual looks. From an ugly sweater moment to a sporty side of her fashion, nobody did it better than her.

While the glitzy, camera-facing Diana lives on in the images of her wearing her glamorous dresses, it’s the laissez-faire way she dressed when she was off-duty that had the limelight.

Who are the top 90s Fashion Icons ?

I certainly was not a fashionista in the 90s, but I definitely tried my best to channel various looks.

When I look back at photos from my teenage, I almost always spot an article of clothing I know I’ll need to dig up again when I travel to the house I grew up in.

Here is a list of the fashion icons of the 90s whom we all tried to copy at some point or other as they are the most influencing 90s fashion Inspiration.

7. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopes in 90s

If the 90s had a bold fashion icon, it was JLo who wore risqué outfits like it was NBD even back then.

We have a list of very low necklines, body-fitted gowns all registered in her name that got everyone talking about her style.

And OH! THOSE HALTER NECKS, she was a walking symbol of sexy. Her music became the heartbeat of millions and her style increased her fan base even more.

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6. Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

She is always ahead of the trends, and that had held true back when she was fronting the band No Doubt in the 1990s.

Gwen’s looks are a little wild today, but her love for funky patterns, bizarre hairstyles and loud accessories were shocking and show-stopping.

5. Britney Spears

Britney Spears

If you wore tube tops, body glitter and low rise jeans in the 90s, it was because you couldn’t stop obsessing over Britney’s style choices. Didn’t you obsess over her eyeliner, loved her pigtails and drooled over her nude bodysuit? Dare you say no!

4. Angela Chase (Claire Danes)

Angela Chase

This fictional character of the Tv show My so-called Life still is one of our favourite. Speaking of cool kids, who could even dare enough to wear a flannel dress or flannel shirt like Angela Chase? NOBODY! Pretty sure all that plaid was what really stole Jordan Catalano’s heart and our as well.

3. Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa John Hart

Her career began at the age of 4 with a commercial. Who remembers “Sabrina the teenage witch”, I do! As a 90s kids this was one of the shows which glued us to the television screen and made Melissa Joan Hart the coolest girl. We cannot stop doing awww at her 90s style. The baggy dress and chokers is what the focus was.

2. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Anniston 90s fashion icon

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t make an attempt at getting the Rachel haircut. From Jen’s knotted tops and overalls in everybody’s favourite Friends to her off-screen looks where She slayed mom jeans and slip dresses like nobody else.

1. Courtney Love

Courtney love

Courtney Michelle Love, the multitalented personality, who’s career has spanned for almost four decades now. She is one of the pioneers of the punk and grunge fashion styles. She is terrifyingly fashionable and taught us all how to wear a girly baby doll dress with ripped jeans

What is 90s Fashion Grunge ??

Any article or talk about 90s fashion is incomplete without the mention of the grunge look.

The grunge look is a style based around the grunge music scene – it’s both comfortable and dirty and even more challenging to the society. It emerged in mid-1980s in Seattle and had reached wide popularity by the early 1990s. Grunge didn’t reject fashion, it completely ignored it.

90s Fashion hip hop

Neil Young (who is known as the Godfather of grunge because of his unique style and the reason that he sowed the seed of Grunge), Smashing Pumpkins etc gained huge commercial success and their style was influencing fashion during the era.

It was the Generation X that sowed the seeds of grunge fashion and it is a reflection of their frustration with the side effects of the eighties economical upswing. This explains why grunge is mainly top in trend in first world countries.

90s Makeup and 90s Grunge Fashion

Generation X’s rebellious nature shows itself through grunge fashion. Messy hair, careless makeup, flannel shirts and vintage items when packed together give us the grunge wardrobe.

Floral dresses paired with combat boots was the uniform of Riot Grrrls. Torn or ripped jeans went amazingly well with shirts or t-shirts that had slogans or band images printed on them. Grunge fashion is all about going against the norms.

90s fashion Grunge

The 90s grunge lifestyle is about individuality. It is filled with people who want to be recognized for their words, thinking and work instead of sticking to the same old cultural belief.

Through their style, they express this philosophy. They avoid spending too much time on grooming and favor looks that break the norms of society.

Grunge is a word that encapsulated not just the sounds of bands like Nirvana, Mudhoney and Soundgarden, but also their look; moth eaten, unwashed and grungy.

Grunge didn’t reject fashion, it completely ignored it. People who dressed in grunge were the rebellious and outspoken from that generation.

Flannel throw on, band tees, mom jeans, fishnet stockings, flannel shirts tied around slip dresses, oversized denim jacket, ankle boots, are some of the highlights of grunge fashion (which are all making its way to the 21st century)

The 90s anti-fashion attitude culminated in grunge style. One of the most favoured looks of the decade, grunge gave fashion an edgy and attitude filled makeover.

When I was a teen in the 90s, I had no idea that grunge would ever be considered retro! But like many styles, grunge also didn’t die but found a new generation to appreciate and carry forward the culture along with the fashion with pride.

It has also spawned a new subculture known as soft grunge, which takes elements of grunge fashion and mixes them with cutesy items and pastel colors.

Recently grunge made a strong comeback that was profoundly seen on streets and the runaway. Ripped denims and oversized baggy t-shirts are again back in action with a bang!

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