Enough! Why some 1990s fashion trends were enough the first time around
Freya Drohan investigates why the decade that good taste forgot still continues to influence our modern wardrobe, and remembers the trends that should definitely be left behind.
Scanning your eyes around the high street, you would be forgiven for thinking you had entered a time warp.
From jelly shoes to velvet slip dresses, dungarees to Doc Martens, mainstream fast fashion has become a throwback to the Nineties.
Similarly, jewelled bindis and plastic choker necklaces, tie dye crop tops, sports jackets and cut off levis have become the festival outfit du jour, as if the cast of Saved by the Bell have become the modern ideal.
A scroll through an Instagram or Pinterest feed confirms the prevalence of these retro reference points- from Clueless-inspired two piece suits to Spice Girl’s worthy flatform shoes.
The decade, where the influences of the grunge and hip hop music scenes amalgamated, culminated in an era of outrageous fashion faux pas- evidence of which will forever embarrass us thanks to countless family photo albums.
Don’t get me wrong- I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t romanced by the nostalgia of boyfriend jeans or the simplicity of a minimal sandal, and I do believe that fashion is cyclical, but there are some things that should remain left behind.
The following items helped defined by childhood, and doubtlessly hold a place in my heart- but not my grownup wardrobe.
Butterfly hair clips
Trips to the rainbow-coloured mecca of Claire’s Accessories as a youth were the be all and end all.
Most of us didn’t have the same blond bobs as our hair-idols Kirsten Dunst, Britney and Buffy- but God we tried to make it work.
Because knowing your own feelings was just too much effort when you had a jam-packed TV schedule of Nickelodeon.
While mine were confined to my head, I dreamt of the day where I could pull it off as an item of clothing á la the queen of Destinys Child.
Part weapon, part accessory- hours of entertainment guaranteed, slapping everything from your friends’ wrists to the family dog’s tail.
Crinkled locks were de rigeur for the quintessential 90s girl- until she made the rite of passage to the Carmen Girl’s pink Angel wand that is.
Baby G watch
In saccharine shades of bubblegum pink, baby blue or lilac, naturally.
As long as you didn't try pin on your Boyzone fan-badges, you were good to go.