There are few things in life I enjoy more than a good theme, especially when it is accompanying a costume party. My best friend and I recently had a quick brainstorming session after she and her boyfriend were invited to a 90s party and had no idea what to wear. We concluded that there are roughly three routes one can take when styling a look reminiscent of our formative years. Inspired, I decided to publish my findings here, complete with visual aids to help you prep for your next soirée, est. 1994.
You are everyone’s favorite big sister. Your family thinks you sure are a peach. You try your hardest to stay on-trend to keep up with the popular girls at school, but at the end of the day, you’ll always be Daddy’s little angel, and when he says no wearing makeup, he means it. You have a pair of ruffled socks for every day of the week. Where’s my scrunchie?Marc Jacobs Mickey Mouse embellished pullover | Warehouse back zip stripe sweater | MARC by Marc Jacobs Nekos cat print tee | Kelly Wearstler Collector fanny pack | MICHAEL Michael Kors Hope sandal in red patent | MiuMiu tank top with tiered ruffle trim | Valentino floral-print faille bow belt bag | Stella McCartney stirrup cotton-blend pants | KedsChampion Seasonal Brights in teal canvas | MSGM floral hat |
As an independent, liberated, modern woman, you don’t have a whole lot of extra time to spend on making yourself look like Cindy Crawford stepped off the pages of Vogue. You cook, you clean, you just vacuumed stale Bugles out from the floors of the minivan, and it doesn’t matter how many times your daughter screams in protest, you know that the two of you look precious in your matching Bee’s Tees and neon leggings. Run to your nearest Eckerd and get that film developed, girl, you won’t look this good for the rest of your life!MoschinoCheap and Chic cotton-blend jacquard skirt | Kenzosafari dress | Erdem‘Sidney’ jaquard skinny pants | Ralph Lauren ‘Clarissa’ button down shirt | Dune ‘Linger’ low heel penny loafers | John Hardy classic chain two-toned door knocker drop earrings | John Hardy black sapphire door knocker drop earrings | Eileen Fisher hooded knit poncho | Chanel vintage beige leather quilted tote bag |
You are totally ahead of your time with this one. Sum up your fashion inspiration in four words? You’ve got way too much angst and not near enough time to reflect on that, but if it’s an order coming from The Man… “Flannel. Denim. Birekenstocks. Black.” Or, “personal hygiene is optional.” R.I.P. Kurt Cobain.Catherine Deane ‘Leigh’ maxi dress | Alexander Wang snakeskin lace cardigan | Missonipurple pale rose beanie | DrMartins eye boot | DrMartins Kensington | ‘Caryn’ cut out gingham shoes | Jeffrey Campbell Studded ‘Seattle Love’ boot | WoolrichWoolen Mills ‘Ripstop’ cotton lightweight gillet | Free People vintage plaid flannel | DrMartins ‘Spike’ all-stud eye boot in acid pink |
AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Youhavecalledyourlocalradiostationlikeazillion-trilliontimesyoucantbelieveyoufinallygotthroughOFCOURSEyouwouldliketorequestasong”ByeByeBye”byN*SYNCOHMYGOSHN*SYNCISONLYYOURFAVORITEBANDEVERyoutoldLanceBassatamallshowonetimethatyouwouldtotallyhavehisbabiesbutyourmomheardyouallthewayfromthesaleatAnnTaylorandgroundedyouforaweek.Charlotte Russe lace trim backpack | Jack Willis ‘Austen’ top | Wildfox| Couture Happy Smile baggy beach jumper | Dorothy Perkins pearl rhinestone bowl | Stuart Weitzman ‘Gemini’ flat sandal | ALLY B lace shoulder tie-front tank | Mulberry flower mini leather shoulder bag | Chloe denim shorts |