Top Five 90’s movies

It’s all about the tartan, and the daisy prints, and the jelly sandals, and…

I’ve been talking about 90s fashion for a while now but I can’t help mentioning it again, especially since 90s fashion is everywhere nowadays.

In my post about ‘80s movies for fashion inspiration‘ I listed all the best 80s, pick-me-up teen movies.

I have since had time to watch a few more movies, and since the 90s are pretty big now, I thought I’d list all the 90s movies that I love:

P.S. I’ve listed them in the order of best outfits.

1. Clueless (1995)

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A quirky gem loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel ‘Emma’. And when I say ‘loosely’ i mean a completely modern interpretation – which includes filler words such as: ‘like, totally and whatever’.  Needless to say, the girl is anything but ‘clueless’ when it comes to fashion.

2. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1990)

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One of the few early 90s teen movies, this is one of my favourites. I’d been kind of holding back on watching this one because I thought it was going to be a kids’ movie but it’s so much more than that. Being a fan of Christina Applegate I especially enjoyed seeing her act in her early 20s and playing the big sister who’s trying to figure life out. Bonus points for her being a total fashionista. However, this being early 90s, the outfits reflect late 80s’ influence – which I personally think it’s great.

3. Never Been Kissed (1999)

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Girl-next-door Josie Gellar is 25 and has never ‘really’ been kissed. I know what you’re thinking: ‘How is that even possible?’  I can’t comment but what I can say is that you will definitely enjoy this feel-good-movie.

4. 10 Things I hate about you (1999)

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Best 90s movie.

5. Rushmore (1998)

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This quirky comedy is loosely based on Wes Anderson’s highschool years. It’s about a nerdy entrepreneurial teenage boy who could talk his way into any project he wishes, and who ends up falling for the wrong girl.

Do you have any favourite 90s teen movies? Please recommend 🙂

Vintage vs. Retro

What is the difference between ‘vintage’ and ‘retro’?

For a long time I secretly didn’t know the difference between vintage and retro. I actually thought they were one and the same thing and I’m pretty sure I used them in a sentence at one point. Oops.

Now I am much much wiser; so wise that I feel I can teach you what the difference is.

What does vintage mean?

You may call ‘vintage’ anything that is older than 20 years (that includes me). So, if in 2014 you’ve found a really nice dress from 1995, it would be wrong to call it ‘vintage’. That dress, unfortunately, only qualifies as ‘old’. But keep it in your wardrobe for a year and you’re suddenly classy and sophisticated. But only if you wash it.

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What does retro mean?

Retro is something that imitates a style from the past. Like the recent flatforms, or the statement/slogan T-shirts imitating 90s and 80s fashion. Some people say vintage can be retro, but retro can never be vintage. But I think there’s an exception.

Imagine looking at an old picture of your grandma in the 40s and she’s wearing a low-hem skirt imitating 20s fashion. If you currently own that skirt, that means the skirt is vintage but it was also once retro. 

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Use them in a sentence

If you find the above confusing, here are a few examples of sentences you could use to show that you know the difference between vintage and retro:

1. ‘Vintage means older than 20 years old, retro just means something that imitates a style from the past’ – This sentence will really prove that you know the difference.

2. Let’s go to Topshop! I want to get that 70s retro dress.

3. I was really disappointed with that vintage market. Most things were from the Noughties.

Hope this helped you understand all you need to know about vintage and retro. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comment section.

Fashion in the Nineties

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Having been born in the late ‘80s but growing up in the ’90s, I see myself as both of an ‘80s and a ‘90s girl. Music-wise, I prefer the ‘80s just because the music was cheesier and it sounds great at karaoke. But who can deny the awesomeness of the 90s with icons such as Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Olsen Twins, and every boy band with a cute blonde guy?

The 90s weren’t vintage until 4 years ago if you think about it, and it makes me feel like I’ve lived a really long life when people refer to 90s clothes as ‘vintage fashion’. I swear I still have a pair of baggy jeans and a few pairs of tube socks in the back of my wardrobe.

Here is my top selection of trends from the Nineties:

  1. Baby tees and baggy jeans

What do Drew Barrymore, TLC and Gwen Stefani have in common? They NO DOUBT know how to wear baby tees and baggy jeans! (awful pun, sorry)

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2)      The Looney Tunes T-shirt

To qualify as one of the ‘cool kidz’ in the Nineties, you had to own a Looney Tunes baggy T-shirt with a cartoon character dressed in urban attire. Fact.

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3)      Bandanas

Bandanas became popular towards the end of the nineties and were worn usually with dungarees and a T-shirt but some people soon found that bandanas could easily replace underwear.

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4)     90s anti-fashion

The Nineties had their fair share of fashion rebels who refused to conform to ‘ridiculous’ fashion norms and came up with their own extreme trend. The only ‘extreme’ things about anti-fashion, however, were the ripped jeans and the double shirts – one long-sleeved unbuttoned shirt worn over another buttoned-up shirt. Also known as ‘grunge’.

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5)     Fanny packs

Still a mystery to me why they were popular in the first place, they are now showing signs of becoming cool again. Only the other day I found myself in Urban Outfitters where a whole shelf was filled with fanny packs. Apart from sounding rude, they have the ‘unique’ functionality of keeping your money safe and making you look like a kangaroo mother.

   

6)      Flower Pot skirts

I remember my mum bought my sister and I a pair each back in the day when no one else in school had them. We thought we were very cool initially but after being asked 100 times why we’re wearing skirts on top of trousers, we decided that flower pots weren’t for us.

7)      Overalls/ Dungarees

These are definitely cool again; especially short ones, in the summer – complete with ankle ruffle socks and a miniature back-pack.

   

8) Miniature back-packs

Like, regular back-packs but small.

And the list goes on and on… jelly shoes, backward caps, tube socks, knee-length socks, slap bracelets…

Say what you want about the Nineties, but people back then knew how to have fun with clothes.

What did you use to own in the Nineties?