Nostalgic trends making fashion comeback


Bianca Martin

We have all prided ourselves on being “’90s babies” at some point in our lives. Whether we wore the obnoxious “Born in the ’90s” T-shirts or shared endless articles about the things from the ’90s that we all remember (or don’t remember, but will pretend to for the sake of our vanity), people born in the 1990s have a sense of pride.

In the past year, that decade’s nostalgia has become very visible in fashion. Once upon a time, ’90s fashion was just a theme for date parties. Now, the style has made its way into our everyday lives.

Topanga Lawrence’s skirts and denim vests and Kelly Kapowski’s cropped tops and florals are just some of many trends that have come back into the fashion cycle.

These trends came back into power in such subtle ways that many people may not have even noticed. It definitely took me a while.

One of the nostalgic trends that has come back is overalls and overall dresses. I won’t lie: I was not very excited when I first saw the return of these farmer outfits in stores. But over time, I have seen overalls styled in ways and made in different fabrics besides denim. They have definitely grown on me. One of my favorite spring outfits this year is my American Eagle overall-type dress with a cropped top underneath it.

Speaking of cropped tops, that is the returning trend that seems to have started this ’90s comeback. Whether they were worn with high-waist baggy jeans or body con skirts, cropped tops are a trend that were popular on ’90s teen sitcoms and pop stars like Britney Spears in her “… Baby, One More Time” days. Now, these bare midriff-showing shirts are a symbol of summer for many girls. Well, summer and Tumblr. Regardless, cropped tops are everywhere from the high-fashion runway to everyday Instagram. They can be styled in many different ways depending on how much skin you really want to show.

Another look that has come back is the grunge look. Flannel shirts are bigger than ever and definitely one of my favorite trends. I love seeing one tied around someone’s waist paired with denim shorts and a tank top. Another idea is to wear a plaid skirt with a denim vest for a more chic look. Grunge has been popular for a few years on the runway and is slowly making its way into everyone’s closets again. Although it is not one that I have tried yet, it is comfortable, fashionable and lasting.

So if you are one who still listens to old school ’N Sync and gets nostalgic while remembering the “Rugrats,” be a true ’90s child and bring its fashion into full form.

Think about it: How easy is it to find fashion inspiration from reruns of “Saved by the Bell”? Indulge in your ’90s pride by bringing it into your closet. Hey, maybe even bring back the “Rachel haircut.”