- 1990s in fashion
The 1990s in
popular cultureis typically referred to as the decade of "anti-fashion.Fact|date=July 2007 In reality, anti-fashion was only one of many trends in fashionin the 1990s. The fashion of the 1990s was characterized by minimalist styles, and many overlapping, often contradictory trends.Fact|date=July 2007
Early 1990s fashion
The most significant event was the rise of
grungefashion in 1992. [ [http://nymag.com/nymetro/shopping/fashion/12544/index2.html Marc Jacobs' Paradoxical Triumph - The Most Influential Fashion Designer in New York ] ] In the late 1990s there was a move away from grunge. Fact|date=July 2007 Retroclothing inspired by the 1960s and 1970s was popular for much of the 1990s.Fact|date=July 2007
Grunge fashion popularized Doc Martens boots, and high-top sneakers in red, indigo, forest green, and black (such as
Chuck Taylor All-Stars). It emphasized long hair, which most teen and young boys already had. From 1992 to 1997, fashion started to move away from many of the other plaid styles in 1994. Waffle-patterns became popular on sweatshirts and polo shirts with colors such as white, beige and red, and remained popular until 1995. Olive green t-shirts, sweatshirts and dress shirts were all the rage in 1994 and 1995. Olive green remained more or less popular through 1998. Grey also became popular, and Oatmeal and wheat started to become popular with girls and women. Bowlingshirts became popular, and remained more or less popular for the remainder of the 1990s. In the fall of 1994, bell-bottom jeans were replaced with wide-leg jeans. White denims became fashionable among guys as well as girls.
Wearing bright colours, such as neon colours proved popular. Also clothing with abstract, multi-coloured designs were also popular.
Navel piercingbecame a hit in 1991 among teenage girls and young women. This led to the introduction of belly shirts that left the belly uncovered to expose the belly button. Other types of body piercing became popular later in the decade, and lasted into the 2000s.
In the mid 1990s, huge, clunky platform shoes made a come-back for women and girls. Along with the shoes, flared jeans and trousers also appeared on the fashion scene. In Europe, slinky, floor-length dresses were the fashion for evening wear. A major influence on the British fashion scene was the all-girl pop group, The
Spice Girlsas well as Diana, Princess of Wales. The 1990s was also the decade of the supermodel, where fashion models such as Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbellbecame international celebrities and girls from all over the world emulated them.
In 1996, colors such as orange and yellow became popular, amidst what was characterized a 1970s revival. Fads of 1996 included the happy face, and peace sign necklaces. Hip hugger flare-leg jeans became popular among teenaged and pre-teen girls and boys. Corduroy fabric became popular for pants and overalls, sometimes abbreviated to "cords". Initially brown was the popular color for "Michael B". In 1997, cords also became popular in colors such as black, tan, and gray. Corduroy continued as a trend through 2001. The rise of "seventies revival" can be traced back to the cult classic Dazed and Confused, which gained its cult status during this period. Hair for girls was long, straight and worn with the central parting which had been fashionable in the late 1960s and 1970s, and obsolete in the 1980s. Also, most teenagers during this period were born in, and had some personal knowledge of the seventies, albeit brief.
Punk and alternative styles, spiky hair, black t-shirts, black work pants, wraparound sunglasses, and skater shoes. Many punk and alternative boys dyed their hair colors like blue, green, and fuchsia. In 1997, the 1980s Goth trend resurged among teenagers due to the popularity of bands such as
Nine Inch Nailsand Marilyn Manson. Black clothing and make-up (both females and males), long or back-combed black hair, studded bracelets, and black boots all made comebacks. The Punk and goth styles survived into the 2000s in modified forms.
Dockers and Cargo pants
In 1998, khaki pants were popular among teenaged boys, due to the popularity of golfer
Tiger WoodsFact|date=January 2008. For the first time, cargo pants became mainstream. Camo pants enjoyed a brief resurgence. Among girls, baby t-shirts and spaghetti strap tank tops were popular, and the low rise jeanphenomenon began in mens and womens fashion. In 1999, Aloha shirts (Hawaiian shirts), became a major fad. Capri pants, a tapered pantthat ends mid calf, became popular with girls and women as well as boys and men. Pink became the dominant women's clothing colour.
The early to mid nineties focused on natural looking make up, a move away from the bright heavily applied trends of the eighties. Beige, brown, and nude matte lipstick was popular for much of the decade. The late 1990s moved more towards deep reds, and berries. Glitter was hugely popular through much mid to late 90's.
Glitterwould commonly be applied near the eye, as well as on the arms or chest.
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