Fashion trends have made an undeniable comeback, and I’m 100% here for it. There’s something special about oversized jeans, vibrant patterns, hair scrunchies and chunky sneakers – staple pieces of the 90s. And quite frankly, staple pieces of 2020 too.

A few weeks ago, I was looking through some of my parent’s old photos from the 90s. I realized that I wouldn’t hesitate to wear most of the outfits they were rocking back then. In the last decade, we’ve seen the resurgence of some classic 90s looks. Let’s take a trip down memory and evaluate the possibility of our 90s fashion faves sticking around.

1. Biker shorts

[Image description: Woman wearing a white t-shirt and black biker shorts.] via Unsplash
[Image description: woman wearing a white t-shirt and black biker shorts.] via Unsplash
It’s impossible to attribute the return of biker shorts to one specific person, but I have to acknowledge the likes of Jordan Woods, Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian for making them mainstream again. Kim K has been wearing them for several years as part of her monochrome Yeezy outfits, and I have to admit she’s the first person who made me want to own a pair of biker shorts. If you ask me, biker shorts are here to stay. They’re way too comfortable to suddenly stop wearing. Perhaps they’ll become less fashionable, but there will always be room for biker shorts in the realm of athleisure.

2. High-waisted mom jeans

[Image description: Woman kneeling down wearing jeans, white sneakers and a white top.] via Unsplash
[Image description: woman kneeling down wearing jeans, white sneakers and a white top.] via Unsplash
I don’t know where I would be without mom jeans making the most necessary comeback of the decade. Throughout the early 2010s, I had no idea that jeans could be so comfortable. I recall struggling to slip into my skinny jeans and longing for the end of the day, so I could take them off again. On the other hand, mom jeans provide comfort, mobility and effortlessly stylish outfits. High-waisted mom jeans are also super flattering. I foresee them being an essential fashion item for at least another decade.

3. Plaid skirts

[Image description: Woman wearing a red plaid skirt, white shirt and denim jacket.] via Unsplash
[Image description: woman wearing a red plaid skirt, white shirt and denim jacket.] via Unsplash
Paying homage to the movie Clueless (1995) by wearing plaid skirts feels like an honor. I’ve seen plenty of cute plaid sets being sold by major fashion outlets, and I can’t complain. However, there’s only so much that can be done with a plaid skirt. The lack of versatility makes it pretty certain that this trend will fade in due course. Although, I won’t be surprised if makes comeback after another 10 years or so.

4. Chunky “Dad Shoe” sneakers

[Image description: person tying the shoelaces of black and white sneakers.] via Pexels
[Image description: person tying the shoelaces of black and white sneakers.] via Pexels
Bulky Sketchers and New Balances were the go-to sneakers of the 90s. Without a doubt, the appreciation for these unnecessarily bulky shoes has made it’s way to 2020. If the sneakers aren’t sturdy and chunky, then I don’t want them. In fact, I can barely remember a time when sneakers didn’t look like boulders on our feet, especially since the Balenciaga Triple S took the world by storm in 2017. It’s difficult to predict the longevity of shoe trends as I personally think they’re the most volatile. However, fashion is driven by casualness and comfort these days, and I don’t think there’s a shoe on the planet more comfortable than a chunky “Dad Shoe”.

5. Tracksuits

[Image description: Woman wearing a white tracksuit and a yellow beanie.] via asos.com
[Image description: woman wearing a white tracksuit and a pale yellow beanie.] via asos.com
In the 90s, you couldn’t go wrong with a funky, colorful tracksuit. All you had to do was throw on the jacket and matching bottoms. Tracksuits never really went out of style. There’s simply been new variations that stole the spotlight each year. Interestingly, you can get away with wearing a color-blocking tracksuit from the 90s in 2020 and still look amazing while doing it. I do think this trend is here to stay because it’s so easy to merge with our own street style.

6. Slip dresses

[Image description: woman posing in a black slip dress.] via Unsplash
[Image description: woman posing in a black slip dress.] via Unsplash
Slip dresses were destined to make a comeback. Supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss popularized the slip dress in the 90s and they still maintain their fashion icon status. At times, the slip dress can look like a boujee bedtime night dress. But if worn with heels and a few accessories, it’s a very glamourous look. Just like mom jeans, I foresee the slip dress being relevant for at least another decade. It’s such a timeless piece.

7. Crop tops

[Image description: Woman wearing a red, blue and white crop top with no sleeves.] via Unsplash
[Image description: Woman wearing a red, blue and white crop top with no sleeves.] via Unsplash
The return of crop tops and high-waisted pants go hand-in-hand. Crop tops made their comeback well before 2020 and there’s no signs of this trend slowing down. Some people argue that the only time crop tops weren’t trendy was is in the late 2000s, and I have to agree. I They’re flattering and fun to wear for all genders and body types. May the crop top trend never die!

8. Alice bands, hair scrunchies, hair clips and other 90s accessories

[Image description: A woman with a hair scrunchie in her long brown ponytail.] via Unsplash
[Image description: A woman with a hair scrunchie in her long brown ponytail.] via Unsplash
At first, I was a little bit skeptical about the return of 90s accessories. Sometimes I feel like an oversized toddler if I’m wearing hair scrunchies and clips. However, I’ve warmed up to them as I think they’re a great way to put more effort into your hairstyle without dedicating hours to the process.

9. Dungarees

[Image description: Women seated on the floor wearing brown dungarees.] via Pexels
[Image description: Women seated on the floor wearing brown dungarees.] via Pexels
You might feel a little ridiculous wearing a pair of dungarees, and that’s perfectly fine. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that denim dungarees were quintessential in the 90s. I’m more than happy to see them making a comeback. There’s so much room for activities when you’re wearing a comfy cotton t-shirt and some playful dungarees.

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Luale Monze

By Luale Monze

Editorial Fellow