90s fashion in 2021

Photography by: Alyssa Coyle, Model: Lilith Kocian,

From Rachel Green in Friends to Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City and Cher in Clueless, there were so many fashion icons that we pull fashion inspiration from today. Some of the top trending styles today are replicas of those from earlier decades, and the decade that is focused on now is the 90s.

Some of the most common fabrics, patterns, silhouettes and even accessories worn today come from inspiration from this iconic decade. It is no secret that trends are cyclical and almost always makes their way around again, so it truly is not a shock that these past styles are coming back into the light. You never know, you could probably go shopping in your parent’s closet and come out with a few looks that are perfectly on-trend!

Photography by: Alyssa Coyle,
Model: Lilith Kocian,

That being said, let’s reflect on some of the most popular 90s fashion trends that are making a comeback in 2021. 

Leather – Whether it’s a dress, boots, tight leather pants, or the classic oversized jacket, leather is making its way into stores everywhere! Patent leather is on the rise as well and is the perfect material to make a statement with your outfit. 

Tiny Sunglasses – Glasses are the perfect way to spice up any outfit and small frames have been the choice of many recently. The tiny rectangular glasses have been especially popular. Many have been sporting 90s inspired frames for all types of occasions. 

Overalls – In recent years the overall look has reemerged in the fashion scene. This one-piece look can be rocked in many different ways, depending on if you prefer shorts, pants, or even an overall dress; There are many ways you can approach this trend.

Hoop Earrings – A simple staple in everybody’s jewelry box that also pays homage to the 90s. As they pair well with almost any outfit, this 90s staple has come back into style with ease. The chunky hoop seems to be the earring of 2021, they are everywhere!

Platform Shoes – Although this trend did not originate in the 90s, it was then the platform shoe had resurged. From a chunky sneaker to a super-platform Doc Martin, pretty much every company has thrown their own spin on platform shoes.

Photography by: Alyssa Coyle,
Model: Lilith Kocian,

Crop Tops – The shortened hemline was extremely popular in the 90s and has pretty much been relevant ever since. This trend is very vast and will probably be around for the foreseeable future, seeing as it has hardly left since it came back into style approximately 29 years ago. 

Photography by: Alyssa Coyle,
Model: Lilith Kocian,

Choker Necklaces – This style is very universal and is coming back in many different ways. Two that are very popular currently are nameplate and pearl chokers. This style is so universal which makes it easy to incorporate this trend into any outfit. There are so many variations and different styles which makes it easy for everyone to find a choker that matches their own personal style!

Photography by: Alyssa Coyle,
Model: Lilith Kocian,

As time progresses it is likely we will continue to see trends from the past making their way back into modern-day fashion. Keep your eyes out for the next trend that is brought back into style!

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