I thought as the 1990’s was years ago and I of course grew up in this era, I have noticed it is coming back in- vogue as they say.
The girl power generation due to the formation of the ‘Spice Girls’ who dominated the charts throughout that time, showed that it was fashionable to express and embrace individuality. Each one of the girls sporting their own fashion and images. Mel C a.k.a Sporty Spice made sports gear and crop tops cool. The crop top has now entered back into the fashion world. Britney Spears, in the late 90’s new how to accessorise with her crop tops, by styling up her stomach with eye catching belly button rings.
The 1990’s was also great for co-ord sets. Many 1990’s style icons like girl groups ‘Destiny’s Child’ and ‘TLC’ , wore matching co-ord sets, and they had paved the way for R’n’B girl groups of the 90’s.
Britney Spears’s revealing crop top and stylish belly button rings have made a return to the fashion and pop scene. Britney is seen wearing a revealing white crop top flaunting her belly button and stomach on the front of her comeback single, ‘Make Me.’
For me, Britney Spears has always been a retro fashion icon to me, she has always expressed and appreciated fashion. In an early commercial she did for Pepsi, she wears a range of outfits from the 1950’s – Millenium; showing that fashion constantly changes but always has the same journey, going round in circles, but the individual remains the same in personal identity.
However, if you are looking for co-ords check out a site called prettylittlething.com and they have some matching sets, produced from well made materials with flamboyant and extravagant design patterns, in a wide range of colours. You can also buy co-ords from many well known popular high street stores, for example, River Island and Miss Selfridge.
Other sites for crop tops in an extensive collection of colours and styles are Boohoo.com and Missguided.com. Again prettylittlething.com and Ebay also have some great affordable retro clothing.
For 90’s accessories, especially elaborate belly button rings, check out Blue Banana and Claire’s Accessories. Not only do Claire’s Accessories do flamboyant and 90’s trend setting bellybutton charms, but have a lot of extravagant and low cost varieties of different styles of chokers. They have velcro, plain and patterned, colourful chokers. A very popular 90’s accessory, nowadays brought back into fashion by style icons, i.e. Rihanna and Taylor Swift. My fashion advice and personal opinion is, don’t wear too many necklaces and extensive and vibrant patterned necklaces whilst wearing a choker; as it can cover up the neck, causing too much distraction from the rest of the out fit ensemble. Any retailer on the high street, pretty much do a wide variety of chokers.
In this topic of bellybutton jewellery, I discovered an Australian based site called bellylicious.com that have really affordable and unique compilations of belly button rings and charms.
Back in the days of the era that gave us Girl Power, also contributed ‘Brit pop’ and ‘Madchester’, creating of the grunge look. The grunge look of female ‘Blur’ and ‘Oasis’ concert goers often consisted of oversized baggy t-shirts tucked into a pair of denim shorts or jeans, with maybe a branded sun hat. The brands of Ellesse, Adidas and Nike were of few assortment brands often worn around that era.
Dungarees and denims were also popular around that time. I always wear my dungarees for casual wear, you can wear them with most things and they look trendy with a pair of converse style shoes. I find dungarees really comfortable, I can wear almost any style of casual, coloured or logan top/ t-shirt with them.
I find that denim skirts are also coming back into fashion. I find with denim skirts, sandals or wedged heels combine really well, sparkly or brightly coloured wedged heels can easily work well with denim skirts, accentuating the legs and adding more colour to the outfit.
Speaking of shoes, the 1990’s was also a time when jelly shoes were in fashion. I think jelly shoes are perfect with denims, but I personally think jelly shoes are more suited to the early adolescent. You can purchase jelly shoes from any foot wear retailer.
The 90’s generation also saw the growth of Cremefields and rave, providing popular dance acts like ‘The Prodigy’ and ‘Fatboy Slim.’ One of the main symbols for rave was the yellow smiley face. You can get yellow smiley face jewellery from almost any high street retailer.
Accessories wise, from amazon and Ebay you can buy almost any once 90’s famous Baby G style watches and blow up bubble backpacks.
In Claire’s Accessories you can also buy many jazzy style backpacks, they sell furry bags and also care bear cuddly backpacks.
For anyone that lives in the North or Midlands, for vintage or rare buys check out the Vintage Hideaway in Digbeth’s Custard Factory in Birmingham. For the Birmingham area, my friend Katie told me the other day about charity shops in Moseley and Kings Heath area for great retro buys.
There is also a time-honored shop in Manchester called Pop Boutique, located on Oldham Street, Manchester City Centre. Located on the same street, there is also Retro Rehab.
Also there is a 90’s grunge section on this amazon vintage site, with really good quality and cost effective clothes, shoes and accessories and that is http://www.beyondretro.com .
For style inspirations and ideas, I highly recommend the article ‘The 30 Most Memorable Fashion Moments Of The 90’s’ at http://www.marieclaire.com .
I also recommend these iconic 90’s chart films for fashion ideas.
- Baz Luhrman’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
- ‘The Craft.’
I also recommend the following TV shows for style inspirations from the 1990’s, where you can look them up on Youtube.
- My Mad Fat Diary.
- This is England 1990.
- Sister Sister.
- Clarissa Explains It All.
- The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
- Bay Watch
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
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