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 🙂

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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 Sixties and Seventies

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1960’s Vintage fashion

The 1960’s are probably the most iconic time in the world of fashion due to the diverse number of trends emerging at the same time. The ’60s provided a break from tradition and allowed many influences in women’s fashion, including ‘flower-power’, mod and the miniskirts. This is my break down of the Sixties:

Conservative ’60s

At the beginning of the 60’s fashion didn’t differentiate a great deal from the 50’s. The most predominant colours were: navy blues, tweeds and dark browns and pinks. Two piece suits were very popular and they consisted of pencil skirts and short tailored jackets.

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The mini skirt revolution

As time went on, the conservative look and the defined waistline have started to shift towards a more relaxed trend with dropped-waistline skirts and dresses, like in the 20’s – only shorter…much shorter. 60s miniskirts

Mod

The mod look included miniskirts and cut-out low heeled shoes and androgynous jackets. Accessories included over-the-shoulder handbags and colourful jewellery. The Mod look was well-tailored with straight cuts and complemented by geometric accessories.

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I absolutely love the mod look!

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The late 1960s were the exact opposite – with psychedelic, tie-dye shirts, floral dresses and skirts, long hair and beads and turtle necks all in bright colours. Women often wore short skirts and men wore capes and tunics.  Parents all over the world were driven mad by their rebellious, free-spirited teenage girls.

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The Skinny Sixties

Towards the very end of the 60’s, the hippies ceased to shock society and women’s fashion adopted a mix of influences mostly characterised by the long, lean look which made women look tall and skinny.

1970’s Vintage fashion

Four things pop into my head when I think of the ’70s: Disco, ABBA, platforms, and that seventies show called…well, That Seventies Show!

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1970s fashion started with a continuation of the mini skirts, bell-bottoms and the androgynous hippie look from the late 1960s but it soon gained its own characteristics, such as:

Platform shoes (worn by both women and men!)

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High-rise flared jeans and trousers

High-rise skirts and trousers are already back in fashion, I wonder when flared jeans will return to our wardrobes.

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Tie-dye Shirts

These were also very popular in the Sixties!

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Mexican peasant blouses

Okay, these are not typical mexican peasant blouses but how cool are they (?)

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The midi and the maxi dress

I have never been able to pull off a maxi dress. I blame my stick-like arms.

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and my personal favourite: the pleated skirt

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Fashion in the 40s and 50s

1940’s vintage fashion

Following the gloomy depression era in the 30’s, fashion in the 40’s saw a time of hardship and lack of fabrics. Money was limited and women were encouraged to re-use items of clothing that they already owned.

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The 1940’s saw a lot of women getting creative and re-cycling many of their clothes, something I currently love to do – DIY vintage fashion and making my outfits even more unique with a bit of stitching and cutting.

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Colours in the 40’s were plain, characterised by deep maroons, gray and beige. Dresses and skirts became shorter and shoulder pads started to gain popularity as a way of enhancing the silhouette. Long hair and finger waves were the hairstyle of choice for many women.

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What I love about the 40’s is the boom of creativity and the skill shown by women in customising their clothes. It’s a great example of how being original doesn’t have to be costly.

1950’s vintage fashion

I am a big fan of the 50’s and on many occasions I have attempted to look as elegant and feminine as Audrey Hepburn.

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50s fashion consisted of a wide variety of styles. Small waists, pointed busts, below mid-calf dresses and skirts formed the most popular outfits.

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The tailored feminine look with gloves and pearls, fitted jackets and pencil skirts was another popular choice.

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But most iconic were dresses with full skirts and low cut necklines or Peter Pan collars.

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Little known fact about myself: I currently own a dozen shirts and jumpers with peter pan collars. I think they are a very cute addition to any top and can turn a plain outfit into a sweet, girly one.

Women in the ’50s were focused on wearing practical but attractive dresses and often the phrase ‘dressing for your man’ was used to encourage the wearing of feminine, figure flattering dresses. The Glamorous Housewife is great at helping you find your inner Fifties goddess.

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This is also the controversial era of ‘pin-up girls’ – posters depicting women wearing waist-fitting and pointed busts clothing.

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The sexiest pin-up girl, in my opinion – Betty Boop!

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Fashion also saw a rise in ethnic influences such as Hawaiian summer dresses. Not to be confused with Hawaiian dad shirts, those came much later – in the 90s!

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Iconic celebrities in the 50s include: Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.

1920’s and 1930’s fashion

How to dress like a 20’s or 30’s girl

If, like me, you often have trouble identifying what decade an outfit is from, this series of posts should help you know your fashion history, so next time you pick up a flapper dress you can proudly say to your friend: ‘Not for me, darling, I’m more of a 30’s kind of girl!’.

1920’s vintage fashion

20sflapper (1)The 20’s were a very important time in the history of women and fashion. Girls and women everywhere, encouraged by the end of the war and the right to vote, abandoned restricting corsets and started wearing trousers, shorts and generally much looser clothes.

The 20’s, just like the 60’s were a time of roaring change. Women in this era were described as ‘flappers’ because of the flapper dresses they used to wear – which were designed to flatten the bust line rather than accentuate it.

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The ‘boyish’ figure became popular and hips were also hidden under low rise skirts and dresses. Women started wearing short haircuts like the cropped bob. Cotton and wool became much more widespread but satin, velvet and silk were preferred amongst the wealthier women.

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Books and movies like The Great Gatsby and Chicago describe the 1920’s fashion and bohemian lifestyle in great detail.

Having had a bob for most of my life, I identify with part of this era and I love the idea of simple lines and breaking free from the norm. By wearing clothes that allowed free movement, women in the 20’s made a strong statement and, like them, girls wearing vintage nowadays are making a statement by wearing clothes that represent them – from whichever era they choose.

1930’s vintage fashion

Over the course of the 1930s, fashion began to considerably shift away from the roaring 20’s. The androgynous look worn by women in the 1920’s was eventually replaced by a more feminine style, with the re-introduction of the natural waist and longer skirts and dresses.

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Women wore elegant, slender, form-flattering dresses and long hair started to be worn swept up.

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Evening wear consisted of dresses with low or no backs.

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My favourite way of getting vintage inspiration for my outfits is by watching movies from or about different influential eras.

Also, find out more about vintage fashion from these decades: