Meet The 13 '90s Trends We're Ready To Bring Back

Ah, the '90s. Whether you were taking style tips from Kurt Cobain, trying to perfect Baby Spice’s pigtails, or investing in multiple pairs of Adidas poppers, you probably have a fond – or downright cringeworthy – memory from the decade.
And, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that '90s fashion is back with a vengeance, although thankfully, the same can’t be said for Daphne and Celeste. So, if you're into the nostalgia but concerned you’ll end up looking like an extra from Blossom, we’ve got you. Ahead, a guide to the best of '90 redux — we're sorting the wheat (slip dresses, stompy boots, and vampy lipstick) from the chaff (bucket hats, backwards jeans, scrunchies). Radical doesn't even begin to cover it.

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The mules
Tricky trend alert: the mule. This half-shoe, half-sandal phenomenon may be a little scary at first, but once you’ve slipped your feet into this elegantly pointed pair by Mr Wang, you won’t look back. Team them with a pair of boyfriend jeans, crisp buttoned-up Oxford shirt, and a tailored jacket. Just remember, practice makes perfect.

Alexander Wang Dina Nubuck Mules, £530, available at Net-A-Porter.
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The denim mini
Your nineties redux wardrobe needs a denim mini, preferably a little higher on the waist and in the perfect shade of indigo blue. We’ve found the perfect match over at American Apparel, which looks all that with a jersey body and plimsolls.

American Apparel High-Waist Denim Mini Skirt, £48, available at American Apparel.
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The fuzzy cardigan
Thank Hedi Slimane for reinstating the wonderfully cosy fuzzy cardigan as sartorial staple. At Saint Laurent, the fashion golden boy sent models out in chunky, oversized knits, floral dresses, and spotted, semi-sheer tights. Get the look via ASOS, with this violet-hued beauty.

ASOS Edge To Edge Cardigan In Fluffy Yarn, £45, available at ASOS.
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The Best Friend Jewellery
The true definition of friendship is matching nineties bling. Oh yes. We’re loving Baublebar’s modern take on the classic best friend necklace. Wear one stud and give the other to your BFFF (Best Fashion Friend Forever).

Baublebar Best Friend Studs, £19.90, available at Baublebar.
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The riot grrrl boots
No ‘90s fashion round-up would be complete without a pair of seriously stompy DMs. Make like Kathleen Hanna and team yours with a babydoll dress. Pink guitar and zine optional.

Dr. Martens 1460 Boots, £100, available at Dr. Martens.
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The plaid shirt
A perennial favourite the checked shirt is the easiest way to tap into nineties style. This semi-sheer style from Elizabeth and James is a chic take on Kurt Cobain plaid. Layer with leather skinnies and an oversized knit.

Elizabeth and James Boyfriend Plaid Silk Shirt, £265, available at Matches Fashion.
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The backpack
Proving that you can please style mavens, nineties nostalgics, and ergonomic enthusiasts alike, we present the fruits of a seriously cool collaboration between Raf Simons and Eastpak. This silky backpack is sold out pretty much everywhere, but we’ve tracked a few down. On your marks!

Raf Simons x Eastpak Backpack, £145, available at Eastpak.

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The glitter polish
1995 was mostly spent sitting on inflatable furniture, waiting for our crush to call, (on the home phone naturally) and painting our nails with glitter. 2013 is looking disturbingly similar, as we opt for a sparkly manicure once again. Paint Nails Inc’s Sloane Square polish on one finger for a subtle take.

Nails Inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish in Sloane Square, £11, available at Feel Unique.
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The spaghetti strap tank
If we had to pick one must-have item from the ‘90s, it would have to be the humble spaghetti strap tank. Pick one in powder pink for a new season take and go tonal with dove-grey skinny jeans, a putty-coloured moto jacket, and ballet flats.

River Island Light Pink Cami Top, £7, available at River Island.
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The skirt suit
Cher Horowitz, eat your heart out. A skirt suit is like, so totally on trend. What to wear it with? Chunky platforms and a marabou-tipped pencil, duh.

Topshop Fluffy Skirt, £35, and Jacket, £65, available at Topshop.
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The vampy lipstick
It’s time to dig out your nineties beauty favourite - a wine-hued lippie. Wear this vampy shade by YSL with pared-back makeup and centre-parted hair.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in #01, £24, available at House of Fraser.

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The slip dress
Nothing says nineties redux quite like wearing your lingerie as outerwear during the day. A slip dress with lace detailing is right on the money, especially when worn with a pair of heavy-duty boots and an oversize cardigan. Courtney Love would most definitely approve.

Zara Printed Dress with Lace Trim, £45.99, available at Zara.
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The ying yang t-shirt
The Ying Yang symbol - both a ‘90s jewellery box staple and unfortunate tattoo trend. If you have said tattoo, miss this one out (one ying yang is enough on anyone’s person). If not, go ahead and invest in these playful tee by slogan queen Zoe Karssen and make it part of your favourite weekend get-up.

Zoe Karssen Black Ying Yang T-Shirt, £57, available at My-Wardrobe.