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Decoding the ‘90s Style

Here’s what we’re missing from yesteryear.
Decoding the ‘90s Style
Here’s what we’re missing from yesteryear.

There’s so much to be thankful for from the ‘90s. For one, we were blessed by the “Supers” or the models that pioneered the It girl status. From Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford to Christy Turlington and Kate Moss, we had so many style inspirations to look up to. Include cool girl Winona Ryder as well who made grunge look so chic! The decade also gifted us with music icons like the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, Oasis, and Madonna. Even the silver screen brought us big Hollywood names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Drew Barrymore; it also produced our favorite films like Clueless, The Matrix, Titanic, American Beauty and Pulp Fiction. And let's not forget how the ‘90s ushered in the era of TV shows like Baywatch, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sex and the City, and, of course, Friends.

All things considered, what we’re most thankful for are the fashion trends that the grunge decade brought in. We’re getting so much inspiration from the yesteryear, updating them to make them more current and relevant now. Check out our fave trends below:


Perhaps this is what the edgy ‘90s were most known for. But don’t get stuck in the decade that has been! Switch your black chokers in metallic or adorn them with jewels. You can even play with the thickness or pile them on.


IMAGE Bershka, Stradivarius

Stradivarius, Set of 4 metallic chokers, P695, SM Aura; Bershka Black crochet choker set, P495, Greenbelt


Nothing loved denim better than the ‘90s. From jackets, overalls, button-up skirts, mom jeans to vests, it was this decade that popularized them all. Give out some denim love once again by updating your favorite pieces with some patchwork, embroidery, and fabric mixing.


Zara Culotte jeans, P2295, SM Makati; Zara Slim denim dungarees with rips, P2995, Glorietta

Birkenstocks and Doc Martens

These two became widely popular in the ‘90s. Laid-back style produced Birks, a glimpse of the early normcore, while Doc Martens were preferred by the edgy crowd.


IMAGE Topshop, Stradivarius

Topshop Autumn hiker boots, Shangri-La Plaza; Stradivarius Metallised flatforms, P2290, SM Aura


Slow but steady, flannels are making a comeback into contemporary fashion. Whether tied around the waist or loosely worn with jeans, flannels are the perfect off-duty staple piece.

IMAGE Pull and Bear, H&M

Pull and Bear Check shirt with pocket, P1395, SM Megamall; H&M Flannel shirt, P1190, SM Makati

Slip Dress

Lingerie has never looked this fashionable and tasteful. Revamp this supermodel closet staple by layering them over mesh tops or simple tees.

IMAGE Topshop, Miss Selfridge

Topshop Hybrid mix print dress by Boutique, Robinsons Magnolia; Miss Selfridge 2 in 1 lace slip dress, Shangri-La Plaza


Crop top

We can never thank Cher Horowitz (aside from reminding us of the importance of Alaia and a revolving closet) enough for making crop tops happen. These belly-baring shrunken tops made way for showing a little skin and more opportunities for layering.

IMAGE Forever 21, Mango

Mango crop top, P995, SM Megamall; Forever 21 Button-front ribbed crop top, SM North Edsa