It’s hard to say what about the 90s revival appeals to us so much – whether it be the nostalgia, the eclectic layering, or the fun colour and texture combinations. But one thing’s for sure: The 90s aren’t going anywhere this fall!
The key to mastering the 90s revival is to come up with outfits that have a 90s aesthetic with a modern update. Think streamlined fit, updated accessories, and mixing modern pieces with retro ones. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate 90s nostalgia into your wardrobe, here’s how to take three classic fall staples and wear them with a 90s twist.
The 90s were all about plaid everything; coats, shirts, pleated skirts, bags, and plaid detailing. Plaid was usually found in heavier, darker palettes and worn loose to allow for more layering options.
Plaid was everywhere on the fall/winter runways, mixing different prints and colours for a head-to-toe plaid look. If mixing plaid-on-plaid isn’t quite your thing, you can incorporate 90s plaid by completing your outfit with a plaid coat or sweater. For some edge, wear a plaid shirt with a wrap mini and some biker boots. If you find the look of plaid too masculine, you can also soften your look by choosing a plaid shirt in a softer palette, worn as a shirt or tied around your waist, and pairing it with some boyfriend jeans and fall booties.
Knits are an easy way to transition your outfits to fall. For a 90s-inspired look, go for heavier textured knits this season. Think chunky, oversized turtlenecks, or hand-woven, cable, ribbed or shaggy pieces. One look I really love is pairing an oversized knit sweater with a classic midi skirt for an elegant, feminine look. You can also offset the heaviness of an oversized knit sweater with a pair of leather pants, or by wearing a shorter skirt and showing some bare legs.
The 90s was all about big blocks of denim, from overalls to wearing double denim. For newbies to the double denim look, there are two basic rules: match contrasting shades and textures (try pairing a dark, heavy denim shirt with lighter denim jeans), and pair an oversized piece with a more fitted piece. For example, try an oversized, light-wash shirt with a pair of darker, slim-fit ripped jeans. That way you can easily distinguish two separate denim pieces and break up the heaviness of a double denim look. If the idea of pairing a denim shirt with jeans still makes you cringe, try pairing jeans with a denim jacket; that way you can still try the double denim trend, but have a third, non-denim item to complete the look.
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