History tends to repeat itself – and that saying definitely holds true in the fashion and beauty world. From crop tops and slip dresses to slouchy overalls, labels have been showcasing an eclectic ode to 90s style.
To help you avoid looking like a Spice Girls reject, we put together trends that tap into the decade the right way and bring signature 90s trends back to the future.
The denim jacket
What would the nineties be without the denim trend? Fast forward twenty years and the denim jacket (a major feature of Zainab Chottani’s cobalt blue collection) is here to stay, proving there’s no need to mess with a good thing. Use your jacket to dress down an uber feminine dress or break up an all black ensemble. The possibilities are endless.
From Cate Blanchett to Alia Bhatt, our favourite style stars are tapping into their inner child by stepping out in a pair of dungarees. The secret is to pick a pair that is slim on the leg, and is in serious washes like deep indigo or crisp white. Finish of the look with a frilly blouse and ballet pumps to add elegance.
Is there any piece of jewelry that has caused a bigger sensation this season than the choker? Give the accessory a modern makeover by picking a piece that’s on the wider side with elegant embellishments (such as the breathtaking Amber Sami Chand choker on Mahira Khan). For daytime, ditch the pendant for a minimal metal version, and layer it with simple chain necklaces for added appeal.
Velvet Tom Ford at Gucci was the ultimate 90s fashion moment, while Gwyneth Paltrow’s red velvet suit at the 1996 MTV Awards still looks painfully cool. Faraz Manan and ShehlaChatoor made beautiful use of the fabric in a myriad of forms including dhoti shalwars, capes and skirts.There’s no doubt that a velvet dress makes for a high-impact evening look, but we’re also championing the trend for daytime. Floral-embroidered velvet trousers would add zest to the most basic white shirt, while a velvet blazer goes perfectly with all your wardrobe staples.
While androgyny wasn’t anything new by the 90s, Kurt Cobain’s nonchalant cross-dressing brought it to the masses. Relaxed fit trousers and over sized shirts dominated at Gulabo, with shoes and jewelry being a dead giveaway to the true gender. Meanwhile, W Anderson subverted womens wear for men by putting male models in bustiers and tiaras. Tailored items like blazers are the easiest way to make this trend work for women.