As a child of the '90s, I'll admit that there are many trends of that decade that I'd rather leave behind (pencil-thin eyebrows and towering Spice Girls–esque platform sneakers among them). And while I did dabble in some of the era's more questionable looks—including butterfly clips and plastic chokers—I'm convinced the decade is far chicer than we give it credit for.
You only have to look as far as celebrity throwbacks featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell or Jennifer Aniston to see that the most standout looks from the '90s were often the simplest. From knit dresses to chic silk slips, the outfits that can be categorised as easy and effortless are also the most prominent looks that have stood the test of time.
With this in mind, I delved into the archive and found a treasure trove of easy '90s looks that I'd happily wear today, including a particularly lockdown-friendly Jennifer Lopez outfit and throwback Julia Roberts look that has been re-created by many an influencer. Keep scrolling to see the simple '90s outfits I'd still wear today.
1. The Slip Dress
Style Notes: It's hard to talk about '90s fashion without referencing Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress was a '90s It girl, as evidenced by her penchant for sleek, minimalist looks like the silk maxi dress above.
2. Cardigan and Silk Trousers
Style Notes: This look may be from almost three decades ago, but it feels more relevant than ever in 2022. A simple cardi and silk trousers that could pass as pyjamas? Talk about a perfect WFH outfit. Thank you, J.Lo!
3. Logo Tee and Jeans
Style Notes: This understated look, courtesy of Naomi Campbell, just might be the most classic outfit formula of all time. Jeans and a white tee are a timeless combination no matter the era.
4. Knit Dress and Statement Bag
Style Notes: Keeping it relatively simple, our favourite friend Jennifer Aniston opted for a timeless knit dress and paired it alongside a statement leopard bag. This is a combination we still happily wear today.
5. Leather Blazer Over a T-Shirt and Jeans
Style Notes: Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm willing to bet I've seen several influencers in this exact outfit. A boxy leather blazer and vintage-wash jeans will certainly stand the test of time.
7. Denim Jacket and Leggings
Style Notes: While travelling isn't on the cards for everyone, that doesn't mean we can't still appreciate a chic airport look. Here, Tyra Banks opts for a denim jacket, a Calvin Klein tee and leggings.
8. Floral Dress and Cardigan
Style Notes: Gabrielle Union is one of my favourite women to follow on Instagram, as she is constantly offering up outfit inspiration. Turns out she's always had an affinity for fashion, as seen here in a floral dress and cropped cardigan.