Come on, admit it. You felt it, too. It was that pang of jealousy when you first saw the ultra-chic Alicia Silverstone—aka Cher in Clueless—open her closet to reveal a treasure trove of stylish slip dresses, plaid skirts and butterfly clips. It was that same awe we felt for every boldly different outfit the Spice Girls wore. Like me, you’ll be happy to know that 90s fashion finally seems to be cool again. Let’s cheer for the decade of grunge, berry lips, flannel shirts tied around your waist and Brenda & Kelly wearing the same dress to Prom. (But probably no mom jeans for you—unless you don’t care about labels and you’re smart enough to wear them like this.)
All set to welcome the 90s into this decade? Here are the top five 90s fashion trends you can look cool in, without being too old school.
SPRING FASHION: 5 90s TRENDS MAKING A COMEBACK
The Choker Gone are the days when we wore black velvet ribbons tied around our necks or the even worse tattoo-inspired stretchy neck accessory. The new take on the choker is sure to become a classic piece in your jewellery box. It’s more chic, but less cheap—with rich gold bars, spikes and pearls replacing the charms and beads we once held so dear. Annelise Michelson Carnivore Choker, $790,available at www.polyvore.com
The Plum Lip With Pantone having recently announced that the colour of the year is Marsala, this 90s trend couldn’t come at a better time. It’s just what you need to add splash to a relatively monotone outfit, or even give yourself a more sexy sultry look with smoky eyes. This spring, try combining this bold lip colour to an all-white outfit for a very fresh WOW factor. NARS Satin Lipstick in Afghan Red, $26, available at Holt Renfrew
The High-Waisted Fitted Skirt Tons of stars were rocking the glam slim skirt with a super high slit at this year’s Golden Globes. This is a great piece to wear if you’d like to try out the crop top trend without having to show so much skin that you risk feeling like an overgrown teen. (While you’re at it, you’ll want to avoid these too-young looking Fashion Don’ts!). Take this sexy look from day to night with some strappy sandals or tall boots. High waisted elastic stripe midi pencil skirt, $60, available at Express
The Sheer Anything Sheer is huge for spring this year, and we can literally see why. From blouses and dresses to skirts and even pants, this barely there fabric is here is to stay this season. Play it safe by wearing a dress with subtle sheer accents or go a little more daring with a sheer blouse under a blazer you may take off. Wild Cat Printed Shirt, $29 available at www.canada.frenchconnection.com
The Grunge Look Don’t worry, you don’t need to replicate Courtney Love circa 1993 to enjoy this trend. Grunge chic has been revived into a super cool modern look with updated leather jackets and Doc Martens, logo tees and edgy jewellery. Want to keep it minimal? Pair your classic outfit with some spiked earrings for a subtle peek-a-boo grunge effect.
Vanessa Lamb Leather Jacket, $399 available at Danier; Sun Spike Earrings, $80, available at www.speciesbythethousands.com