If you consider yourself a fashion lover and love to know all the trends and outfits that have been worn since records have been kept, you can not miss the following article in which we will analyze in detail one of the most important decades in the history of fashion: the 90s.
The end of the twentieth century brought with it the emergence of more casual and informal fashions, as well as the consolidation of the figure of supermodels as the great promoters of fashion and its new trends.
A period that many undoubtedly remember with a mixture of nostalgia and uneasiness, because although it was becoming easier to dress like our favorite movie stars did, getting to fit the beauty stereotypes that were established during those years was almost mission impossible.
Be that as it may, the 90s left a great legacy in the history of fashion that is worth remembering. And that's just what we will do throughout this article, analyze the evolution of fashion in the late twentieth century and highlight the best outfits that left us a decade full of movie stars, supermodels and unforgettable trends.
Let's get started!
What was the 1990's fashion?
The decade of the 90s in terms of fashion was the definitive establishment of the grunge and casual trend that began to generate towards the end of the 80s. During the 80's, especially during the first five years, there were several fashion trends in which formal clothes were predominant and it became fashionable to wear suits and shirts, a trend that as the decade progressed faded and ended up becoming a mix of baggy clothes and ripped and worn high-waisted jeans.
And that is precisely the fashion that with the arrival of the 90s established itself as the main trend: a mix of casual clothes with touches of grunge and minimalist style.
The glamour that had characterized the decade of the 80s disappeared and a comfortable fashion began to become popular, in which jeans became a basic that you could not miss in your closet. No matter what you were going to combine them with, the high-waisted, wide-cut jeans were the ideal garment for any type of look.
Likewise, at the same time that Grunge fashion became fashionable, so did the second hand stores and flea markets in which this type of large garments with a "torn" look were predominant, such as flannel shirts, sweatpants from well-known brands like Adidas, oversized sweatshirts or leather boots.
This decade also saw the consecration of one of the most popular and controversial figures within the fashion industry: supermodels. At the end of the 20th century all young girls idolized the models that walked the best catwalks of the international scene, being Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell some of the most prominent of that time.
This group of women popularized the term "heroin chic" which was described as a type of slender, extremely thin woman with a refined and fragile appearance. They were the representation of feminine perfection, they were unrivaled. Their satin dresses and simple updos became a trend as soon as they appeared on the main magazine covers, and young women dreamed of becoming like them. Although this was not the healthiest thing to do, things as they are.
On the other hand, there were the movie stars and the rock and punk bands of the moment that gave an alternative style to the perfection and polish that the models showed. Famous actors such as the gorgeous Brad Pitt appeared on the red carpet dressed in loose and casual clothes instead of wearing a perfectly tailored suit, there were even those who dared to wear a blazer with jeans.
Can you imagine, wearing jeans on the red carpet! It was a revolution and the first step on a path that was later followed by many other celebrities. The message was this: "To be comfortable was also to be well-dressed, and if Brad Pitt looked good in baggy pants, we can all look good in baggy pants.
Finally, another of the most relevant trends of this decade was the appearance of the so-called "Sexy Schoolgirls" and its main proponent was the inimitable Britney Spears. The idea was to use the classic uniform of private schools, jacket and shirt with matching skirt and stockings, and transform it into something much more hooligan and feminine.
It was common to wear fishnet or colored stockings, knee-high socks that left the thigh exposed, to wear the uniform ties badly knotted and to leave two or three buttons of the shirt open. Add to that a bit of makeup and a ponytailed hairstyle and you have it: a rebellious girl dressed in the least rebellious garment of all.
Undoubtedly, it was a decade of change and daring, in which all kinds of trends emerged that are still being used and reinvented today: the oversized sweatshirts that we can all find in stores today, ripped jeans or sportswear with giant logos.
These were all trends that said goodbye to the conventions of the late 80s and kicked off a decade of discovery in every sense. The 90s marked the way towards a freer, more comfortable and unpretentious way of dressing.
Britney Spears, the Olsen sisters, Will Smith, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston, Julia Roberts, etc. They were all icons of a golden decade and they all showed us that fashion could be much more than beautiful, well-made clothes: it was the freedom to be who we wanted to be and we had the right to demand it.
What did punks wear in the 90s?
In the 90s Punk fashion had a resurgence through the new punk rock bands of the time, such as Green Day, Offspring or Sum 41, giving the young people of that new generation a new way to express their nonconformity with society and feel liberated from social ties.
It is important to remember that Punk fashion originated in the 70s, when this style of music and fashion had its greatest moment of popularity and managed to attract millions of people of all ages who even today, being already quite adult people, continue to preach with the aesthetic and moral ideals of this movement.
As for the way of dressing of the Punk men and women of the 90s, we find the basic elements that make up this style and that during the decade of the 70s and 80s were already trendy: leather jackets, short black skirts for girls, high black and metal-tipped boots, red and blue hair with very daring hairstyles, T-shirts with logos of the punk bands of the moment or with anti-system slogans, black tights or with red and black checks, metal-tipped collars (similar to those worn by dangerous dogs) etc.
In the 90s Punk fashion no longer had the same support as during its golden age of the 70s, as many people associated this way of dressing with violence and with a dangerous radical way of thinking, causing the Punks began to be a minority group and persecuted by those defenders of democracy and peaceful social dialogue.
Even so, and despite the social rejection that this group has today, today Punk still has thousands of followers who love their music and style of dress, making this fashion does not die and continues to be transmitted from some young people to others through the years.
5 classic punk outfits from the 90s
1. Green Day
One of the most representative punk looks of the 90s were the outfits worn by the singer of the famous British band Green Day. All his looks were an updated version of the classic punk outfits, keeping the colors but without having that sloppy or aggressive look that characterizes this movement.
As you can see in the photo, the vocalist wears a simple black shirt with black skinny jeans and a striking red tie. The addition of the metal studded belt is typical of Punk fashion and looks really good with two pieces of clothing so basic that could be part of any other outfit without the need to be Punk.
2.Punk plaid style
Another of the most striking elements of 90s Punk fashion was the increasingly common introduction of green and red plaid pants and skirts. This was known as the Tartan print that emulated the traditional plaid skirts we've all seen at one time or another.
Among punks of all generations it is common to wear ripped garments that let the skin show, being the fishnet t-shirts one of the most used among men in the 90s. It was a sexy and daring garment that made punk men look more accessible and less "aggressive".
4.Bold hairstyles and leather, lots of leather
It was common to see how punks, men and women, dyed their hair red and wore very daring hairstyles in the shape of a mohawk as a symbol of their rebelliousness. On the other hand, other colors also began to be introduced in the outfits that broke with the traditional black and red, as is the case of black and white leather jackets.
How to dress like 90s punk?
The truth is that if we want to start dressing like the punks of the 90s we don't need to do too much research, since the punk fashion of the 90s retains the basic elements of the punk fashion of the 70s and 80s and adds some novelties, but not too many.
However, we must not forget that we are in the year 2022 and that we can incorporate totally innovative elements to a traditional punk outfit if we want, because what it is about is to evolve and if we always dressed as we did 50 years ago, where would be the magic?
Here are five outfits ideas for girls and boys that can serve as inspiration. Don't be afraid and improvise, fashion has to be fun, so have fun and create a punk fashion according to your own point of view!
5 90s Punk Outfit Ideas for Male
1.Indians or Punks?
The crests in the Punk universe have always been common but nowadays they have been taken to the extreme, being common to see young punk guys with spectacular crests that emulate those worn by the chiefs of Indian tribes. Of course, in bright red to make it clear that he is a Punk lover.
Add to that the studded jacket or vest and the bullet belt and you have a very modern punk look that will captivate any woman who loves this type of extreme fashion.
2.Printed t-shirts are the classic that never fails
If you are a punk guy who has just started to dress following this fashion and you do not know what to wear for the next concert, do not think twice and try this simple outfit that we propose: basic nirvana t-shirt, black high-waist pants, cowboy jacket and high leather boots. The t-shirts of the most famous punk bands in history will never let you down!
3. Tight leather pants
Leather is a basic element in Punk fashion but it has almost always been reserved for jackets and boots, however we propose you to buy some tight black leather pants. You will look sexy, you will be comfortable and the best: you will be completely dressed in black! A real Punk!
4. Tartan shirt and sneakers
Some people think that wearing a pair of colored Nike sneakers is murdering Punk fashion, but nothing could be further from the truth. It's about transforming it and adapting it to everyone's tastes, so wearing a Tartan shirt, a Nirvana or Guns N Roses t-shirt and some colored sneakers is not to stop being punk. It's being a hip and trendy punk!
5. Black and white
Nowadays it is also common to see how Punk outfits are composed of other colors, leaving aside the traditional red and black and introducing other lighter tones. Wearing black and introducing white garments will make your punk look more fresh and youthful, and sexier too. White is a color that lets you see more than black, so if you are looking for attention, don't hesitate to combine both tones.
The black leather jacket, the basic black and white t-shirt, the ripped black jeans and the black boots are an infallible look that all punk men should try nowadays!
5 90s Punk Outfit Ideas for Female
1.Who said flowers can't be punk?
If you love punk fashion but you also love flowers and floral prints, we are in luck because we bring you a look that combines both elements and that will make you look spectacular in any circumstance. With that black cap and that hand embroidered jacket to match the skirt you will look modern and radiant!
2. Blue and black
Combining dark elements typical of punk fashion, such as the black wool cap, black nails, red hair and black leather biker jacket, along with light elements such as high white boots and light blue denim shirt, is now possible. Because wearing light tones will not make you less punk. Everything has its place.
3. Long live colors!
If you love to dress boldly and you are not afraid of the prying eyes of others, do not think about it and try the outfit that we propose in this photo. An classic white T-shirt, a short denim ripped skirt, fishnet tights, high metal boots and a leather jacket full of pins, slogans and pins of your favorite bands. It's a punk style full of energy that will make no one stop looking at you, we assure you!
4.Traditional punk with a chic twist
The Tartan printed skirt is perfect for punk girls who want to dress according to traditional canons but still look sexy. Add to that the high leather boots and the black crop top, and you have a modern and chic punk look that will allow you to seduce any man or woman!
5.Red and black everywhere
If you want to pay homage to the classic punk style in 2022, don't hesitate to try this outfit. The red and black striped lycra t-shirt, the high-waisted ripped pants and the tall black leather boots is the ideal outfit to do so. Simple but Punk to the veins!
In conclusion, both the fashion of the 90s and the punk fashion of yesterday and today, were and are two crucial moments in the history of fashion that anyone should know. Without a doubt, the 90s marked a before and after among young people and their idols, making the clothes of those who only had the opportunity to see in magazines or in the cinema more accessible, and marking much more liberal and inclusive trends in every way.
It was a decade of rebellion and the resurgence of Punk fashion is proof of this. Fashion has never served to say as many things as it did during those ten years, and thank goodness it was!
We hope you liked it and that our little walk through the past has inspired you a lot!