The reappearance of the 90’s in fashion is everything to me – I was born in 1990, and I hold the 90’s very, very close to my heart. If I had to compress 90’s fashion into one word, the word would doubtlessly encompass bohemian, grunge, “mom” wear, baggy, skinny, cropped… And I can go on and on and on. Basically, there was so much happening with fashion in the 90’s, and two of the biggest hitters – denim and flannel – have reappeared during NYFW, and I ain’t mad – I ain’t mad at all.
So, when I say that 90’s fashion has reappeared during NYFW, I don’t mean that the designers’ collections candidly offered the impression of 90’s fashion – I actually mean that the streetstyle during NYFW was yelling, “Look! 90’s! Denim! Flannel!” I saw lots and lots of cuffed and ripped denim, and I saw flannel tied around the waist. The difference between denim and flannel now and denim and flannel in the 90’s is how these staples – timeless staples – are falling into fashion in a way that allows them to surpass the bohemian and grunge stereotypes – I feel like denim and flannel are revisiting the 90’s in a really unforeseen and classy way. And I suppose that’s not really surprising, right? Here we are, 15 years later, and everything is so, totally different; naturally, clothing worn popularly in the 90’s will be worn differently now. But still, this fashion phenomenon boggles my mind.
Looking at the accompanying photos, you’ll see that typically grungy denim – cuffed, rolled, ripped, high-waisted – is being worn with boots and heels with current and progressive styles, and this arrangement of old and new is really what allows me to see that 90’s denim is happening now, but it’s neat and not messy, elegant and not seedy. It’s still grunge, y’all, but it’s much, much more than a footprint of the 90’s – it’s a way of mixing old fashion into new fashion, and it’s nodding to the effortlessness of a decade that was unforgettably cool. And tying flannel around the waist? Too cool. Especially over dresses and over lots and lots of layers, as seen in the accompanying photos.
For my friend’s birthday a few weeks ago, I wore black leggings, a black, cropped t-shirt, and black boots with a 6-inch wood heel. And I wore a red, yellow, green, blue, and black flannel, tied around my waist. I was nodding to 1994, but I was rooted in 2014. I didn’t look sloppy, and I didn’t feel sloppy. That nod to the 90’s was that little, surprising something I needed to pull my look together. And now, when you go out over the weekend with your girls (and boys), remember that a nod to the 90’s – especially through denim and flannel – is a winning (and current) accent.
Khafra, Trend Warrior.