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I feel a little strange doing a post about something that wasn’t very long ago at all, but I’m so close to being done with these decade recaps that I don’t want to quit now!
As always, the source I first turn to is Wikipedia. All text following is from Wikipedia, until it’s no longer in quotations:).
“Fashion in the 1990s and 2000s was characterized by minimalist styles, some of which were dubbed “anti-fashion”, a backlash against the “excessive” fashion of the 1980s. Subcultures such as Grunge, Goth, Emo, Nu Metal, Urban and Preppie defined and influenced the fashion of the era…. Most of the fashion trends of this decade are based around blue jeans and the T-shirt.
“Fluorescent or neon clothing, which became popular in the 1980s, remained popular until 1989. As of 1989 it was no longer popular, as it had been replaced by plaid.”
OK I admit, the only reason I put this clip in is because it’s HILARIOUS and because Carlton is wearing plaid. That counts, right? I’ll return to fashion after the break:). Brings back many memories of high school and college with my old roomies.
“Sports clothing enjoyed increased popularity as casual wear among teenagers in the early 1990s. Track suits with a loose nylon outer shell became popular, and replaced the older style of velour track suits.”
“Continuing from the 1980s leggings remained popular up until 1996. They were usually worn with oversized sweaters and sweatshirts in the cooler months and with oversized tee shirts in the warmers months.
“Mod-inspired styles became popular in 1995 among teenaged girls and young women. These included straight leg jeans, baby t-shirts, plaid miniskirts, and short jackets with oversized zippers.
“Around 1996, cords became popular, initially in brown, and later in colours such as black tan, and grey. Corduroy continued as a trend through 2001.
“After a dip in popularity in the mid-90s, sporty styles became increasingly popular later in the 90s. The late 90s sporty look was dominated by tearaway track pants with buttons on the side that could be “torn” open. Teenaged guys wore these tearaway pants with t-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts. Teenaged girls also wore these with baby t-shirts, spaghetti strap tank-tops, and cropped tank tops. Tearaway pants were also worn as part of track suits in the late 90s.
“In the late 90s, Hip-hop fashion developed into a style more distinct from other sporty styles. Baggy jeans, hooded sweatshirts, football jerseys, puffy jackets, and large gold chains became staples of the hip-hop look.
“Punk, goth, preppy, sporty and hip-hop styles continued to be popular at the close of the 1990s. Some of the more overt 70s influences waned in 1998, although other 70s influences continued to be felt at the close of the decade. In women’s fashion, baby t-shirts and spaghetti strap tank tops continued to be popular, and long wraparound skirts were popular from 1998. Dark rinse-wash denim became fashionable for both men and women, and the low rise jeans phenomenon began in women’s fashion.
“In 1999, Aloha shirts (Hawaiian shirts), became a major fad. Capri pants, a tapered pant that ends mid calf, and a version that ends just over the knee became popular with girls and women, and Khakis became popular in women’s as well as men’s fashion. Pink became the dominant women’s clothing color. Fishnet dresses became popular with their low cut on the back.”
The 90s should be easy to find lots and lots of inspiration for. There are so many shows from then that still get air time late at night on some stations, or there’s always YouTube or other internet sources.