How To Wear 90s Trends in A Right Way

When the whole 90s-revival thing picked up steam most recently, I didn’t think twice about whipping out my overalls and buying a new tattoo choker on Etsy. No shame there — I’m a 90s kid, after all. But I’ll admit that the return of these trends can look either amazing…or just really, really bad.

stylish bucket hat in summer

We’ve watched our favorite 90s stars’ and fashion icons’ styles evolve over the years, but there’s still something magical (and hilarious) about remembering the big hits of the decade — like the Rachel haircut or Cher Horowitz’s epic outfits in Clueless. Pieces like overalls and crop tops can certainly take more modern, streamlined forms nowadays, but still, mastering their return is all about styling. There’s a fine line between giving a chic nod to the 90s and looking like a character from Spice World.

To help you avoid going into full-on time-capsule mode, we put together outfits that tap into the 90s the right way. So go on, learn how to bring these signatures back to the future.

Talk about a throwback. Christina Aguilera’s choker is just the finishing touch on her quintessential 90s look. The super-low-rise pants, the baby tee with intentionally layered cami underneath, the micro-eyebrows, and a dose of attitude are giving us major flashbacks.

 Aside from tattoo chokers, black bands with a single charm were everywhere (mine had a yin-yang charm, obviously). Oh, and if you didn’t feel like spending money on one, you could always cut off a ring of fabric from a pair of black tights and just wear that around your neck. Let’s not relive that look.

Think of your choker as a sleek accessory to tie together an office-appropriate look in a fresh way, rather than a front-and-center piece. Forgo a pendant for a minimal metal version, and layer it with your simple, wear-every-day chain necklaces for added interest. Wear it with a flowy top, a bold pair of tailored trousers, and a bit of a heel, and you’re honing in on the trend without going full-on 90s pop star.

You don’t have to convince us to love a crop top — at this point, they’ve become a staple in our wardrobes. But there’s always a chance of looking a little too 90s, especially if you fall into wearing one with boyfriend jeans and a flannel tied around your waist. Instead, opt for a ladylike, knee-length skirt and a studded shoe with a bit of a heel. The classic black bag makes the outfit look all grown up, while a whimsical statement ring keeps it playful.

We’ll just leave this here… In all seriousness, what would the decade have been without overalls? They were fun to wear as a kid, no doubt, and made an appearance in just about every Mary-Kate and Ashley movie, so obviously they were a must-have — especially when paired with a straight-up soccer-mom haircut. Sure, they were probably the least flattering garment ever to exist, but did that matter in the 90s? Nope.

These days, though, your typical 90s overalls might not be such a good look. The key to making these onesies feel grown up is to find a well-fitted, more streamlined silhouette, as opposed to just breaking out your vintage pair. This chic variation embraces the trend, but without the overly baggy elements from your childhood. When paired with a classic bow blouse and a statement clutch, overalls feel intentional rather than nostalgic. Tighter, more structured ones have been popular lately among both celebrities and street-style stars, and when styled the right way, they feel anything but kiddish.

The Comeback of Bucket Hats

Headwear might not be the first thing you search for when summer rolls around – swim shorts, Cuban collars and sunglasses probably all come first. But, as an alternative form of sun protection – and a potentially stylish wardrobe addition – a summer hat is a fine investment for the right head.

I’m always on the hunt for new cap, so it not difficult for me to come across the latest trends whether I like it or not. However, wandering through the on line shop the other day, I came across this: a bucket hat styled with a chic red lip and a striped top. The message was clear; it intended to lure me into the illusion that this is a trend I won’t regret.

But the bucket hat goes too far back for me, and is a trend I already regret.

From my middle school love of butterfly clips, faux hair and quirky dELiA*s catalogs, the style is just something I associate with my awkward youth and embarrassed blushes when looking through old photos. I’ve been watching in slow motion as 90’s styles have come back in vogue and it’s been a weird and wonderful thing. I’m pretty nostalgic about the music from that time, but whenever I see the Matrix glasses on Bella Hadid, I am just not feeling it. (I do like that movie, so for that, it works).

However, bucket hat brings up just too many things. From the Wheatus video for Teenage Dirtbagto N*Sync’s Justin Timberlake, and the album cover of the one-hit-wonder band New Radicals (with the N reversed, of course!), I associate a lot of the look with music. I also have a vivid memory of a bucket hat Jon would wear on vacations when we first started dating. It was often paired with high socks and sneakers at the beach, and it’s an image that will forever be associated with those kinds of hats.

Speak to me again in five months, and see if I’ve cracked. I doubt it though…

Would you wear a bucket hat? Share with me in the comments below! And to see more hats that are a better fit for a timeless style.

As you’re dreaming of hot, sunny beach days ahead, there’s no better way to get your summer wardrobe ready than by shopping a chic new sunhat. From bucket hats to classic Panamas, dramatic wide-brim beach hats, and the return of visors, there are plenty of hat trends to top off your look with this season. Shop the hottest hats of Summer 2018—before the fashion set scoops them all up.

 

 

Summer Fashion, the Bucket Hat

If you’re not high on the snapback, the humble bucket hat may be a good choice for you.

The bucket hat – also named fisherman’s hat – was introduced about 1900,originally being crafted from wool or tweed and worn by Irish farmers for protection while they are ploughing the fields,thus , giving them a  nickname ‘Irish walking hats’.


And then, during the Vietnam War, US soldiers wore cotton versions of the bucket hat and – much like contemporary staples such as chinos and the bomber jacket – the style was appropriated for civilian use following the conflict as they became popular among the peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and later, the dance music movement of the 1990s.

 

Fast-forward to 2015 and they are trending again, after making a controversial return to fashion’s collective consciousness last spring or summer. Like the snap-back, they combine well with street-wear pieces such as printed vests and skater-fit tees, as well as casual warm-weather staples such as short-sleeved shirts and board shorts.

However, the bucket hat is summer-specific, so remember to pack this one away once the sun starts to fade come September.“No one wants to see a bucket hat in winter,”says Adam Walker, Managing Editor of The Male Stylist. “It looks a tad tragic.”

Because of the wide range of designs and sizes in the current market, snap-backs work with most face shapes, although those with short or round faces should be careful due to its wide front brim, which can make it appear smaller or wider than it is. Our advice would be to take some time to try on and experiment with a number of styles before purchasing.

A good quality cotton or wool hat in a color you like will be a safe investment. While many snap-backs now include contrast stitch panels, default to your own personal taste when browsing. If in doubt, go for subtle details and muted shades rather than punchy prints or bold hues.

“Don’t buy a style not just because it’s current trend. In fact, you should try a few on and look for versatile designs, which will work with your existing wardrobe,” says Adam Walker.

On the other hand, the bucket hat is perfectly suited for a long and round face shape,  providing a shortening and balancing effect thanks to the angled downward facing brim.

When it comes to the warmer months, you cannot beat a hat made from cotton or straw. A straw hat is incredibly breathable, but also provides enough shade to protect you from sunlight. In a tongue-in-cheek way, you could say that a straw hat is an air conditioner for your head. Cotton hats also keep you cool, as cotton, just like a breath beret hat, is wonderfully breathable. Stay one step ahead of the weather with the right hat for every season. Especially on sunny days in summer, you should not underestimate the need for protection from UV rays: They can cause sunburn and lead to overheating. That is why you should select a beautiful sun hat and enjoy every single day in the sun to the fullest.