From grunge fashion to space chic, the 90s trend was a decade of many signature styles. At the same time, we also saw a lot of chainmail tops and Buffalo boots. So while the nineties are back, it’s easy to go wrong when there’s so much variation. Forget about style inspirations from the Spice Girls or Backstreet Boys. Think Kurt Cobain, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss instead. Here are a few tips on how to pull off the nineties fashion trends today:


Admit it. You’ve worn overalls at least once in your life. It was a huge trend in the nineties, and now it’s back with a bang. Instead of the oversized ones like what Marky Mark wore, opt for fitted yet relaxed variations. You have a range of materials and colors to choose. Whites and blue denim overalls are the most popular overall trends to try.

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Channeling this season by wearing an off-shoulder peasant top with your overalls or going for a tight-fit off-shoulder cropped top to complete this look. Get a casual vibe with classic white kicks, metallic brogues, or strappy stilettos or heeled mules, which are among the hottest spring and summer footwear trends.

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The slip dress

You can’t say “nineties fashion” without thinking of gorgeous models strutting about in slinky slip dresses. This signature look was first popularized by supermodels like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. This year, this minimalist party look is back by popular demand.

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There are endless possibilities to style the slip dress. Wear your satin slip dress with white sneakers and tie a denim shirt around your waist for a mix of grunge and classic. You can also layer the dress with a lightweight sweatshirt or sweater and comfortable mule shoes. For a night out in town, style your slip dress with a leather jacket for a stylish rocker chic look and complete it with minimal strappy stilettos.

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The leather jacket

Leather jackets haven’t really been out of fashion. In fact, not at all after many years. They’ve been adapted according to the latest trends in design and embellishments. This year, try to go for the classic grunge-style leather jacket once popularized by icons like Kurt Cobain. Wear this to give any outfit some edges. It will work great with a classy cocktail dress or a fifties-style midi skirt for a perfect blend of upper class and polished look.

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A leather jacket also looks great with a fitted maxi dress and white sneakers ensemble, so don’t be afraid to try out different styles. Wear the jacket over a plain white tee and a pair of denim jeans. Put on some white socks and patent leather oxfords. You have yourself an easy Michael Jackson.

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Distressed denim

The reign of the skinny jeans isn’t over just yet. But relaxed denim jeans are making waves in the fashion world for both men and women. Wear yours with a classic nautical striped top and a pair of white sneakers to create a casual look. You can also wear them with an off-shoulder peasant top and a pair of structured stilettos for a chic outfit.

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To dress up relaxed types of denim for work wear, put on a Victorian blouse with your favorite blazer. Complete the look with oxford flats or pointy-toe skimmers and you’ll have a professional yet laid-back vibe. You can also wear these timeless jeans for a grungy outfit. Think band tees, flannel shirts, and Doc Martens.

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Forget about the butterfly hairclips and the bindis. The best accessory trend from the nineties is the choker. Lucky for us all, it’s making a huge comeback. You can use it to style any outfit to give it an edgy look. Whether it’s a flowy boho dress or a basic tee and skirt ensemble, adding a choker can give you the perfect fashion forward look.

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Avoid going overboard with the nineties look when wearing a choker especially. Pairing it with a slip dress and sneakers may look great. But avoid getting the multiple buns in the style of Gwen Stefani when sporting this outfit. Instead, wear your hair loose in a slightly messy wave for a chic, “elegantly wasted” look.

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You might have worn any or all of these trends back in the nineties. You now have the chance to take a trip down the memory lane and revive them into your wardrobe. Which one was your favorite? Leave us a comment below and let us know.