The ‘hideous’ fashion buys you wore in the 90s that are now BACK on trend in 2020 – so which one is your favourite?
- The 90s played host to a string of bizarre and largely unflattering fashion trends
- Many styles have made comebacks after being worn by well known celebrities
- Tricky to wear styles like low-rise jeans and three-quarter length shorts are back
- Bucket hats, blue eyeshadow and matching velour tracksuits are also ‘in vogue’
The Nineties saw a string of bizarre and largely unflattering trends fall in and out of fashion, but many have made comebacks after being worn by some of the world’s best-known celebrities.
Tricky to wear styles like low-rise jeans which expose every inch of the midriff and three-quarter length shorts which cut the leg at an unflattering angle have been seen in shops ever since they were resurrected by supermodels like Bella and Gigi Hadid.
Retro accessories like bucket hats and Von Dutch caps are all the rage, while striking makeup looks including bright blue eyeshadow are being requested at cosmetics counters around the world for the first time in years.
Matching velvet tracksuits, which became an iconic symbol of the late Nineties and early Noughties thanks to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, are gracing the Instagram feeds of influencers and fashionistas once again.
Two decades apart: The Nineties saw a string of bizarre and largely unflattering trends fall in and out of fashion, but many of them – including stomach-baring two-piece sets – are back ‘in vogue’ (left, Christina Aguilera wears the trend in 2000 and right, Emily Rajtakowski in 2020)
The biggest stars of the late Nineties including Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Christina Aguilera wore thick, powder blue eyeshadow to press calls and red carpets, often with a layer of frosty silver shimmer dabbed on top.
The look fell out of favour for its tendency to make skin look sickly and washed out, but it’s been making a steady comeback ever since Kim Kardashian West included a cobalt shade in her 2018 cosmetics collection with makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic.
For the launch of the line, Kim even issued an explicit instruction that guests must wear blue eyeshadow.
Since then, dark inky blues have been seen on the eyes of singer Dua Lipa, actress Lupita Nyong’o and even Beyoncé Knowles.
MATCHING VELVET TRACKSUITS
Velvet tracksuits were the must-have ensemble of the late Nineties, with stars like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez making sexy, fitted sets from Juicy Couture the most iconic casual outfit of the decade.
The look lost momentum and was regarded as tacky and cheap by the mid Noughties, but slowly crept back into ‘vogue’ after velvet two-pieces reappeared in Calvin Klein, Adidas and Off-White collections in recent years.
Matching leisurewear has been seen on the entire Kardashian Jenner clan, supermodel Gigi Hadid and Australian fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow who wore a neon orange two-piece in an Instagram photo in late 2019.
Stars like Britney Spears (left in 2003) made sexy, fitted tracksuits from Juicy Couture the most iconic casual look of the Nineties. The look has reappeared on celebrities like fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow (right in an Instagram photo in late 2019)
LOW RISE JEANS AND STOMACH BARING DRESSES
One of the world’s hottest trends in the late Nineties and early Noughties, low-rise denim had been firmly confined to the stuff of nightmares until models and influencers resurrected it in 2019.
The almost universally unflattering style is notoriously difficult to wear, widely feared for its unique ability to highlight love handles, excess stomach fat and the tricky-to-tone expanse of the lower torso.
As seen on catwalk megastars Gigi and Bella Hadid, the 2020 take on low-rise jeans is more relaxed than its Nineties predecessor, inviting women to experiment with baggy cardigans on top and looser fits on the bottom.
Famous names like Kendall Jenner and Slick Woods, the model who made headlines by walking the runway for Fenty whilst in labour with her first child, dress low-rise denim down with shirts and sneakers in a way that’s understated and chic.
The red carpet version of the low rise trend involves sets of crop tops and maxi skirts, which also reveal the entirety of the stomach.
First made famous by Nineties icons like Christina Aguilera, the look has been revived by model turned fashion designer Emily Rajtakowski who wore a cream two-piece to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February 2020.
Then and now: Low-rise denim (left, on actress Keira Knightley in 2003) fell out of fashion for its unique ability to highlight love handles and the tricky-to-tone expanse of the lower torso – but almost two decades later, it’s back with a bang (right, modelled by Bella Hadid in late 2017)
Paris Hilton arguably started the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend when she shocked the world by posing with a frilled lilac G-string poking out of her jeans backstage at a fashion show in 2001.
Since then, fashionistas have drawn inspiration from the look by wearing lacy bustiers as tops, bras under blazers and high-waisted Lycra shorts under sheer dresses, all of which remain in fashion in 2020.
Paris’ longtime friend Kim Kardashian paid tribute to the original version by exposing a vintage Gucci G-string over the top of her skirt in an Instagram photo in October 2018.
Paris Hilton shocked the world by posing with her lilac G-string poking out of her jeans at a fashion show in 2001 (left); her longtime friend Kim Kardashian paid tribute to the look by exposing a vintage Gucci G-string over the top of her skirt in an Instagram photo in 2018 (right)
Once reserved for grungy British boy bands and stars hoping to add edge to their red carpet ensembles, bucket hats have re-emerged as a fashion must-have over the past year.
Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri sent models sashaying down the runway in tulle dresses, tartan trousers and colourful bucket hats to showcase her 2019 autumn/winter collection, with celebrities wearing the accessory ever since.
The headwear has become part of the ‘off-duty model’ look popularised by Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber and the Hadids.
Once reserved for grungy British boy bands and stars hoping to add edge to their red carpet ensembles, bucket hats have re-emerged as a fashion must-have over the past year (left, on Paris Hilton in a white bucket hat in 2001 and right, Gigi Hadid in a denim version in 2019)
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