'90s Fashion: Everything You Bought, Adored, Wore to Death and Then Forgot About
Nineties fashion is a funny old world. While on the one hand, it's brought us back incredible outfits thanks to the resurgence of slip dresses and kitten heels, there's also a raft of trends we'd like to keep in the past. After reaching out to the rest of the Who What Wear team, we reminisced about all the pieces we used to be so proud to own but can't imagine ever wearing again (we think). From the more embarrassing looks to downright odd ensembles, there are plenty of strange and hilarious pieces we'll try avoiding in the future. That is unless Vetements suddenly makes them cool again…
Keep scrolling for our guide to the '90s fashion items we wore to death and then forgot about (until now).
Style Notes: This item's popularity probably has a lot to do with the fact that The Matrix was such a huge hit—everyone wanted to wear Neo's long leather coat. But because that maxi silhouette isn't exactly practical (and is more associated with goth kids), it evolved into this shorter form instead, as seen on Winona Ryder and on Kate Moss. Today, you'll rarely find a cool girl in a leather blazer—it's all about the classic biker.
Style Notes: As modeled here by Victoria Beckham, pedal pushers weren't shorts or trousers, and they definitely weren't cropped kick flares. They sat somewhere in a tasteless no-man's-land that accentuated your thighs and made your legs look short by cutting them off in the middle. Very popular at Tammy Girl. File under "never to wear again."
Rounded oversized sunnies
Style Notes: Kurt Cobain was a style icon for many reasons. His oversized cardigans and love for the general grunge look inspired a whole generation of fashion. But we still love these oversized red sunnies he wore on the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards in 1993. While they've just started to come back into fashion, we'd forgotten about them for so long.
Baggy jumpers and beanies
Style Notes: Thanks to The Craft, there wasn't a group of friends in the '90s who didn't try the "light as a feather, stiff as a board" game (if you know, you know). But trying out spells isn't the only thing the goth movie inspired—it also impacted our wardrobes. Cue lots of layered necklaces and black.
Style Notes: Blossom, played by The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik, was probably single-handedly responsible for our obsession with ridiculous quirky hats. While we're much more for a cute beret these days, back then it was all about the bigger, the better.
Sassy Black Dresses