From Clueless to Empire Records, the pleated mini skirt was seen across the big screen in the ’90s, and now women are reworking the school uniform staple in new ways. Whether you go grunge with Dr. Martens or make a nod towards tennis with trainers, the throwback skirt is bound to make an impact. Offset the leggy look with a chunky sweatshirt or a crop cardigan, à la Bella Hadid.
3. Bike Shorts
Diana may have been Princess of Wales, but there’s no denying she was queen of the bike shorts trend. The royal usually styled hers with an oversize sweatshirt and high socks and sneakers, coining an outfit formula that reads surprisingly chic on and off the court—and has managed to take over Instagram two decades later. Modern-day trendsetters pair the shorts with boxy blazers for a flexible look with visible boss vibes, the ideal outfit combo for a time when we really do do it all.
4. Oversize Blazers
Style icons like Whitney Houston, Julia Roberts, and Winona Ryder all dabbled in statement suiting in the ‘90s, and the oversize blazer has become an anchor for everyday outfits today. It instantly adds structure and grabs your attention without “doing too much,” and pairs well with slip dresses, athleisure, and vintage denim. Don’t be afraid to invest in a quality blazer—the piece isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and it’s a solid addition to your Zoom meeting apparel.
5. Claw Clips
There’s no doubt that the ‘90s were chock-full of questionable hairstyles. From Justin Timberlake’s signature “ramen noodle curls” to more butterfly clips than any one head of hair ever deserved, many are better left in the past—but claw clips are a pleasant resurgence that anyone can get behind. Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid have added the accessory to their low-key beauty routines, often accented with gold hoops and face-framing tendrils you likely wore to prom way back when. Check out designer styles that could last a lifetime if handled with care, or opt for an affordable option if you know you’re bound to misplace it eventually.
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