The 80's represented a time of outrageous fashions focused on neon colors and big hair.The 90s, however, began focus on the more toned back Grunge-inspired look and proceeded forward with flatter hair and a more subdued palette. 90's style and fashion was heavily influenced by Hollywood and the music industry. Fashion fads of the 1990's ranged from Baywatch inspired boob jobs and Brazilian waxes, to the Hip-Hop stylings of Will Smith and MC Hammer, to the Grunge look of Nirvana and Bill and Ted.
Interesting 90's Fads
Here is a quick look at some of the more intersting fashion trends of the 90's...
Denim overalls, Hammer pants, High-wasted jeans, Fanny packs, jeans jackets, Hawaiian shirts, Birkenstock sandals, Gangsta bandannas, Chain wallets, Starter jackets, Choker chains, Tommy Hilfiger (to the extreme), Umbro, Scrunchies, No Fear shirts
Did you prefer one strap up and one strap down on your denim overalls?
One word: Khaki. Yep, khaki was definitely the easiest fashion trend of the 90's. The Gap was one of the hottest places to shop. The preppy look focused more on a toned back, minimalist look. Unlike the 80's, more sedated tones often consisting of your most basic whites and blacks were in. While other 90's fashions revolved around baggier fits, the Preppy look was more fitting.
Grunge fashion consisted of plaid, flannel, browns, more plaid, and greens and indigos. The baggier the better as fitted was out and sloppy was in. Women's Grunge fashion trend saw the exit of short spunky hair styles and tight perms and the entrance of long, straggled straight or wavy hair. Tight jeans were no longer the fad but instead it was cool to have loose ripped and dirty jeans. Doc Martens, work boots, or any other thick soled shoe was the hot ticket for both men and women attempting to pull off the Grunge look.
Hip Hop Fashion
Hip Hop fashion in the 90's took on several different forms. Will Smith (The Fresh Prince) seen on the left, sported a more flamboyant look. Bright colorful track jackets, big jewelry, throwback jerseys, and baseball caps were a very popular trend in the 90's for hip hop artist and fans alike. 90's hip hop also stuck to the trend of baggy clothes. Baggy jeans and khakis were both very popular back then.
While artists such as Will Smith and Flavor Flav went for the more colorful look, rappers like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg started off the early 90's with more of a Grunge look with a gangster twist. Plaid or dark baggy shirts paired with baggy jeans or khakis was very much the style for many rappers. As the 90's progressed brands such as Tommy Hilfiger became increasingly popular and jewelry trends began to shift away from the 80's gold look and more towards platinum and silver.