I know the joke on the internet is being a “true 90’s kid,” but the nineties’ trends and styles have a hold on the street fashion market in our current date and time. Take a moment to check out any of your preferred social media platforms, and you’ll likely find some sort of tutorial or post about a remerging nineties trend and how others are making it their own. This, I like to think, is due in part to all of the children of the era having finally grown up (at least physically) and taken control of the market. We decide what trends flourish and what trends flop. Soon, however, that will be taken away from us as a younger generation takes our spot. Most of us will become laggers, picking up trends when they are on their way out. Don’t listen to what others may say, though; there’s nothing wrong with not caring about trends, or not following them religiously. Self-expression is key.
The entire purpose of this blog is to show off edgy and interesting outfits that I see in my daily life, so it would only make sense that I give you a raw look at what I’m seeing. I love the people who have a very strong personal style, with an array of looks that can really display what kind of person they are. As a self-expression tool, fashion is something that many people don’t even consider when letting others know who they are. So the next time you get up in the morning and open your closet or dresser to pick out an outfit, look at what you own and consider what message you want to convey to the world that morning.
By just looking at this week’s fashionista, you can tell a lot about her personal style and what type of fashion she enjoys. This entire outfit screams nineties alternative and grunge revival with a bit of a twist. I think the army green crop top she’s rocking is something that is timeless, and will always be in style. One of the biggest articles of clothing that sticks out in people’s minds when you mention the nineties is the crop top. When it was originally introduced in the forties, crop tops were a reaction to the restrictions put upon fashion designers during the war. Resources were limited, so designers had to find ways to make wearable garments with little fabric; thus the crop top was born. These days, crop tops are worn as a way to look fashionable while beating the heat, and sometimes to make a political statement that you shouldn’t have to hide or be ashamed of the skin that you’re in. You can’t go wrong with that!
In my opinion, you can’t get any more nineties than a flannel button up. Attributed to the grunge movement, these were worn for the same reason that denim originally was worn for. It didn’t become a trendy piece until grunge was popularized and brought to the mainstream market. I do love to wear them though. As I’ve mentioned before you can’t go wrong with a button up, especially a flannel one. The one that this fashionista is wearing really compliments the outfit as a whole and ties everything together, giving you a strong, cohesive, and trendy outfit. In fall/winter, you can always wear one over whatever shirt you have on at the time, and during spring/summer you can wear one exactly how this fashionista has styled it.
Another 90’s staple is denim. Because of denim’s importance in nineties fashion, we got all denim outfits in the beginning of the twenty-first century (whenever I think of all denim outfits I can’t help but picture Britney and Justin at some awards show). Denim is rough around the edges and was something only really the working class wore because it was cheap and durable. Then fashion took its grasp and something called the trickle up effect happened. Denim became fashionable and many brands made denim a commodity, creating expensive pants and shorts that only those with money could afford. These shorts compliment the outfit as a whole and give it that needed edge.
This outfit would not be complete without a pair of Doc Martens. In the street fashion community, Doc’s are becoming a staple because of their edgy and rough look. These days more and more people are falling in love with these boots, cementing their place in fashion and as a trend piece. I love these boots because their sleek look is something that compliments a lot of things in my wardrobe. This fashionista made a smart choice of pairing these with the rest of her outfit because of their rough and edgy connotation. If you don’t already have a pair of Doc Martens, you should invest in a pair and see how fast you fall in love with them.
So, are you a fan of the rough and edgy look of the nineties? Did you grow up in the decade and sport any of these pieces or something similar? Let me know in the comments below!