90s Fashion

The fashion trends of the 90ís

The nineties were probably the first decade when what you saw on the television and heard on the radio had a changing effect on what [you saw in the fashion boutique and what] you wore. 90ís fashion is so strongly interlinked with the media of that decade, and especially with the music of that era that one can almost clearly make out certain periods when certain bands were en vogue and correlate them to certain fashion trends, the same being true for movie stars and other celebrities. There was grunge at the beginning of the decade, then retro came into fashion for a while and lingered on till the end with the end of the decade seeing a seventies revival of sorts, and many more in between.

One of the characteristic trends of 90ís fashion was definitely grunge fashion. It permeated the beginning of the decade reaching its peak sometime around 1994. This trend was meant to set aside 90ís fashion from the consuming driven eighties. Grunge was in stark opposition to the clean cut, tailor made yuppie wear and brightly colored clothes of the eighties.

Grunge was an amorphous meshing of flannel and slashed and faded jeans. Everything that fitted was definitely something that belonged to the past and sloppiness was in. Grunge was most easy on the women of the nineties because it did away with the short hair styles and tight perms of the eighties and introduced the long, straight or wavy hair. Also tight jeans were out and ripped and loose jeans were in.

This trend of 90ís fashion got its name from the style of music that inspired it, or better said from the bands that inspired the fashion. Grunge was an alternative rock, being parts punk and parts heavy metal, and bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam were the flag bearers for the style.

Hair was supposed to be long for both men and women and not styled in any particular way and it was supposed to look unkempt but clean nonetheless. Some men even started wearing their hair in dreadlocks at this point in time.

Grunge shoes were usually thick soled and bulky usually consisting of work boots or sneakers. The shirts were big and baggy, and the fabrics of choice were denim or plaid. Jeans were supposed to be torn and in any color as long as they were somewhat faded. Dirty blue or indigo were the preferred colors and cargo pants saw a somewhat adhesion to this trend as well despite becoming more popular later in the decade.