I Love the Nineties!

By Megan O’Brien

I love the nineties! And honestly who doesn’t? Bright colors, androgynous style and rocking tunes? Count me in! Brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, Gap and FUBU ruled this decade. Doc Martens? Bet you had ‘em. Overalls? You wore ‘em. Bright colors? They were all over your bod, from your sweet teni-runners to your oh so fashionable terrycloth sweatband around your head. I mentioned rocking tunes. Who were you rocking out to? Kurt Kobain? LL Cool J? Alanis Morisette, perhaps? Or maybe you were a boy bands only listener and jammed out to the voices of N*SYNC, Backstreet Boys, or even Boys II Men. Let’s not forget the Spice Girls, you know you bought that CD. Speaking of CDs, your outfit would not be complete without that Discman. Those headphones around your neck were just as crucial to your style as the music blaring out of them. So what was the style exactly?

      There were many different styles during this time but they all had one thing in common…no judgment.  According to Complex Magazine, Designers supported styles that could be worn by anyone. Calvin Klein introduced a unisex fragrance with an ad campaign which featured androgynous-looking models and interracial couples. Benetton also sported racy ads with same-sex couples as well as interracial couples supporting the idea that anyone could wear anything. Fashion was a pretty level playing field at this time because there was something for everyone.

   

   Not into getting fancy? Neither was anyone else, unless you count a short spandex dress or an ill-fitting suit with a t-shirt underneath as “fancy”. The 90s were pretty casual. Take the Grunge look for instance: ripped jeans, flannel shirts, long hair with a middle part, and combat boots paired together with an attitude that said “I view bathing as optional.” You can’t get more casual than that.  I actually thank Kurt Cobain for introducing this trend because it makes my everyday school look not look so bad. If Grunge wasn’t your style you had nothing to worry about there was plenty more out there for you to explore. My personal fave is Will Smith’s vibrant style. Brightly colored shorts, sweaters, shirts, shoes, hats, you name it, the Fresh Prince had it. He made everything look cool. Actually, EVERYTHING WAS COOL. Even cheesy things like mood rings and that necklace with a grain of rice sporting your name on it. There’s no wonder why some of these trends are starting to return.

The 90s represent a time of care-free fun and a better economic state. People are trying to bring these feel-good things back. Just look around. Flannels, man-tanks, brightly colored items and much more are inching their way back into our lives. Even nerd glasses are back in style. Shout out to Urkel (you know you watched that guy)! People are ready for fun again. Let’s just hope biker shorts and midriffs stay in the nineties. I’m not so sure my eyes could handle those trends again. But really, once is enough.

Can’t get enough 90s?  Then read on:

The 90 Greatest 90s Fashion Trends. (2011, September 22).  Complex Magazine. http://www.complex.com/style/2011/09/the-90-greatest-90s-fashion-trends#2

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September Issue Style: Teen Vogue’s Fall 2012 Trends

By Ann Simmons

If you’re a trendy dresser, you must be frustrated right now. One moment you’re stocking your closet with minimalist, clean-lined pieces…and the next, you’re scouring the stores for prints and patterns. You get through half a bottle of nude nail polish, only to go out and buy deep blues before you’ve finished your pale pinks. You see, right now in fashion, we’ve swung to the opposite side of the pendulum from where we were a couple of seasons ago.

Evidence: The September issue of Teen Vogue. In it, you’ll see pictures of models wearing gobs of pattern…together. Forget about a statement printed blouse paired with a simple skirt. High fashion houses are all about mixing interesting pattern to create the eclectic look. Take Jonathan Sanders and Prada, for example. Both marched their models down the runway in dizzying prints, purposefully clashing patterns to add interest.

Neck scarves are topping these eye-catching looks, says Victoria Lewis of Teen Vogue. Much like the crazy prints, neck scarves were prevalent on the runway, from Celine and Tommy Hilfiger to Prada and Saunders as well. Neck scarves work well with the popular equestrian look of the season, and they are just one more way to add pattern to your outfit. They can be tied in a variety of ways, depending on how prominent you desire the accessory to be. According to the runway, the higher up the neck they go, the more high fashion you are!

We mustn’t forget the details though, and beauty trends are just as fickle this season. Remember when the greyish nudes were hot? Now the more glittery, velvety, and jewel-toned your nails are, the better. Teen Vogue featured deep plums and purple polishes in their latest issue. Even the most sophisticated nudes are no match for the regality of this fall’s metallic manicures.

Can you turn your closet upside down in time to own these trends before they’re gone? Can you snag the of-the-moment geometric printed frock and patterned jeans from your favorite retailer, while convincing your mom to let your borrow her old neck scarves? What about your 8-year old sister? She doesn’t need that sparkle blue nail polish anyway. One thing is for sure, all of these trends can be worn together, so hit ‘em and quit ‘em while they last!

Read more to tap into your inner teen! 

Jonathan Saunders: Fall 2012 ready to wear. (2012, September). Retrieved from:  http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2012RTW-JSAUNDERS/

Keltner de Valle, J. (2012, September). Busy bodies. Teen Vogue, 12 (7), 110-111.

Lewis, V. (2012, September). The neck scarf. Teen Vogue, 12 (7), 138.

Prada: Fall 2012 ready to wear. (2012, September). Retrieved from:            http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2012RTW-PRADA/

Tommy Hilfiger: Fall 2012 ready to wear. (2012, September). Retrieved from: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2012RTW-THILFIGE

“10 Most Wanted”. (2012, September). Teen Vogue, 12 (7), 192.