90s Fashion ‘Mistakes’ That Are Trending Now!

It’s been more than three decades since the 90s began, and the “fashion mistakes” of that era are making a comeback.

The styles you adored back then (or admire now while binge-watching old sitcoms) are officially back, more fashionable than ever. Think spaghetti straps, bucket hats, knee-high socks, and oval sunglasses. These fashion mistakes that were once considered trendsetters are now on trend, showing how the 90s transformed the fashion scene and still influences us today.

Just scroll through TikTok or Instagram and you’ll see your favorite celebrities and influencers rocking these retro looks. Clearly, 90s fashion trends are the epitome of cool right now.

We’ll see!

Although their origin dates back to the 80s, it was in the 90s that they transitioned from a practical item to fashion. Leg warmers are a versatile accessory that not only keeps your legs warm but also adds a unique touch to any outfit. Initially, they were popular among athletes and ballet dancers to keep muscles warm in cold conditions. However, leg warmers fell out of favor for a while until they made a triumphant return on the catwalks of New York and Paris Fashion Week. Since then, they have come back into fashion and have quickly become a fashion must-have once again.

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This style of pants from the 90s is almost always associated with MC Hammer’s multicoloured stretch parachute pants. However, today’s parachute pants are not quite the same – this trend has made a subtle comeback with hippie pants, although modern versions are much less flowy and exaggerated compared to the parachute pants of the past.

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One of the main reasons platform sandals were considered a “mistake” was how uncomfortable they were for the ankles and heels, but fashion can be painful sometimes, can’t it? Nowadays, with brands like Naked Wolfe, Coperni, and Chloe embracing platform sandals and heels, it’s inevitable that these super cool shoes have made a comeback (especially for daytime wear in the summer).

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Cool in the 90s? Still cool now. It’s true that these hats can be a hit or a miss, either you love them or you hate them. Trendsetters of the 90s like LL Cool J and Run DMC rocked them, while today bucket hats come in a variety of styles, from comfy, teddy-textured ones to sophisticated versions made from silk and other luxurious fabrics. Whether you’re going for a laid-back look or a sleek, chic vibe, there’s a bucket hat to match.

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Again, this is one of those divisive 90s (late 80s) trends that you either loved or just can’t get your head around. From Princess Diana in 1985 and Em Rata in the 2020s, we’re loving this comfy cool girl style.

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Out with the skinny jeans, in with the baggy ones! As time goes on, it seems like people are increasingly turning against the once beloved skinny jeans. 90s pants have been having a lasting moment for a while now and we’re happy that this is a style that’s here to stay.

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Looking back, many seem to regret their fanny pack era in the 90s as it can be quite reminiscent of Tourist dad on vacation But fanny packs come in so many different styles now that you may not have to worry about this anymore (for men: try wearing one). over his shoulder.) Today, these cool hands-free belt bags are back with a vengeance, spotted on everyone from influencers to Kendall Jenner.

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Sometimes, basics work! In the late 90s, Ugg boots experienced a resurgence and became a staple for young women and men alike. Fast forward to today and the Ugg Mini Platform For a moment, it became the new fashionable shoe, selling for double its original price.

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When did turtlenecks go out of style? And who said they were a fashion mistake? You’ll often see celebrities like Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and Drake sporting this classy and elegant style.

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Who could forget it? From Cher An unforgettable yellow plaid blazer and skirt combo from Clueless? Over the past few years, numerous brands have featured similar matching patterns on the runway. As younger generations embrace the classic film, this trend continues to reemerge. With 2024’s obsession with office wear, it’s the perfect look to experiment with this year.