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Been Caught Stealing


This wasn’t a great look on 1997, not sure I see a need for the re-visit.


I am a product of the 90s. Most of my formative years were spent listening to grunge rock (minus Nirvana, but that’s a story for another day) that I downloaded via Napster, crafting the perfect ‘away’ message on AIM (after spending 15 minutes connecting to the internet), wearing too wide legged jeans, and fabrics that have never been found in nature (there is a particularly terrible incident with a pair of white pants that I can never scrub from me memory). I also wanted everyone to know that I was (and still am) Team Pacey and, of course, understanding the true profoundness of chanting, “Donna Martin graduates!”
There were a lot of great things about the 90s — OK fine; entertainment — music, TV, movies — in the 90s was great. Fashion, however, left little to be desired.
So imagine my surprise at walking through stores recently and having some serious 90s flashbacks.
The first thing I noticed were the spaghetti strap dresses with the baby doll tees underneath. Seriously, this look wasn’t cute the first time around, and it’s no better now. Especially considering they seem to be connected now? It’s weird people.
Speaking of dresses, big florals with combat boots seems to be resurging now too. Again, this wasn’t a fantastic look to begin with and I’m not sure why it is reappearing.
Chokers, frosted pastel makeup, scrunchies and flannel are everywhere also. Super weird, people.
But the one that really gets me? Above and beyond any other? The shoes. With the exception of Doc Martens (which will always be cool), the shoes were the worst part of 90’s fashion. They were awkward and clunky and often made of sweat producing plastic. You can call them ‘jelly’ all you want — they were funk-causing plastic. Why in the world do we want to revisit this?
In case none of this is enough for you, let’s take a look at what other 90’s trends are currently getting a second look.
Round sunglasses, animal prints, high-waisted (read: mom) jeans, off-the-shoulder tops, denim-on-denim, overalls (right down to only hooking one shoulder), vamp lipstick and tiny backpacks. Lisa Frank is even set to release a set of makeup brushes!
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that this is what fashion does. I’m just not sure about the necessity of re-visiting this particular decade. Especially considering that a good portion of 90’s fashion was stolen from 70’s fashion.
Wide-leg/bell bottom jeans, plaid and platform shoes were all straight rip-offs from the 1970s.
I guess the old saying is true, “Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”
Since there is clearly no stopping the circle of fashion, can we all agree to leave a few of the worst of the 90’s trends in history where they belong?
I’m not sure I can handle Looney Tunes t-shirts, middle part bowl cuts, Jnco jeans or those weird Baja hoodies that only Dylan McKay could ever pull off.