The 90’s look is back: how to get the look

You know you’re getting old when the trends you grew up with come back to haunt you, and many twenty-somethings will be slightly appalled to discover that apparently, enough time has passed for the 90s to make a comeback. Approach with caution though, as no style returns as a carbon copy. Keep an eye on ways to subtly refine and update your look, or you run the risk of looking like a runaway from a B*Witched tribute act.

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When everyone from Alexa Chung to off-duty Victoria’s Secret models are spotted in dungarees, you know there’s no escaping the denim takeover. There are some places where everyone who isn’t paid to work the catwalks should probably draw the line, however, and for most of us that is the dreaded double denim. If you’re looking for the next best thing, you’ll find your solution in chambray shirts. Lighter both in texture and colour, this fabric is an easier foil for your jeans or shorts that still references the ’90s.


Crop-tops are everywhere this spring, and look set to stick around until the summer. Team with flattering, high-waisted trousers or skirts to avoid the flat stomach pre-requisite, or add a soft transparent t-shirt over the top for a more elegant layered look. You can even adapt these for a night out, by teaming yours with soft, knee-length harem pants and some statement heels for instant glamour.


We know we should’ve seen it coming after the brothel creepers, but this one still took us by surprise. Commonly worn by the Spice Girls back in the day, lace-up sneakers with serious ‘flatforms’ are making a definite 21st century comeback. Thankfully, they’re not quite as towering as Emma Bunton’s old favourites, with most heels measuring up at just a couple of inches. Gloriously nostalgic, these shoes are best worn with skinny jeans or a midi-pencil skirt to give them a grown-up edge.


Finally, you can start digging out all your old logo jumpers and printed shirts, with those familiar designs firmly back in shops. Look out for plenty of faded florals and plaid this season, both perfect for adding some grungy undertones to your look. To make sure you add that essential modern edge, team yours with softer, feminine pieces in white or lace fabrics to keep things fashion-forward.