It was the 90s that inspired my outfit in today’s post.
So, I was a 90s kid. The 90s was such an amazing decade for music and squeaky clean, family oriented TV sitcoms. Full House, Saved By The Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air…….they just don’t make classic and light hearted family oriented shows like these anymore.
Musically, 90s grunge, dance, R&B and pop all shared its moments equally. This was a time when major superstars like Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson dominated the charts. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were still young and naive. My musical playlist ranged from TLC, EnVogue, Ace of Base, Oasis, Savage Garden, Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys. I would listen to the radio and wait for my favourite song to play so that I can record it on my cassette. Funnily enough, I still listen to these artists today, their music is timeless and does not lose its flavour. (Arguably, Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys would be an exception, being manufactured bubblegum pop bands – but hey, I was twelve!)
Back then, there wasn’t any social media or Iphones. (Thank God!) You were cool in school if you owned a Sony Walkman…..and even cooler if you had a Discman!
I’m wearing a 90s inspired oxblood slipdress from Organic by John Patrick and a matching faux fur coat from ASOS. A slipdress is a quintessential 90s fashion staple. Madonna wore one for her controversial “Like A Prayer’ video which started the underwear as outerwear trend.
The combination of the slip dress and faux fur coat was an iconic look made popular by Kate Moss, which she has paired with thigh high boots. I’ve paired my outfit with my Schutz Official loafers that I got on sale from The OutNet, though this look would look stunning with grey knee high boots for those freezing winter days.
The oxblood colour adds a modern and contemporary edge to this 90s look. Oxblood, officially known as Marsala has been named as Pantone’s colour of the year for 2015. It is such a flattering and sultry hue that can be described as a reddish brown resembling the colour of wine. Oxblood has been a trending colour this year, not just in fashion but in weddings and interior design colour schemes.
I love the simplicity and comfort of this slipdress, and its minimalist style makes it the perfect layering piece. For winter, I would style it with my oversized ASOS faux fur coat for an old Hollywood glamour vibe and for the warmer fall months, I would layer it with a sleeveless trench coat of a similar colour palette. Regardless of how the slipdress has been styled, it is always best to accessorise it with a necklace to avoid looking like you are wearing a nightie. (Thanks Mum!) Apparently, the black tattoo chokers that I used to wear in middle school are now back in fashion, so you can add that as an added homage to the 90s theme of this outfit.
Beauty wise, there’s been a resurgence of the 90s trend of wearing dark burgundy brown lipstick thanks to the infamous Kylie Jenner lip trend that’s been all over the Internet. I’ve achieved my 90s lip through layering 2 lipsticks – MAC Rebel first, followed by NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick for that perfect shade of plum and burgundy. They are my go-to fall and winter lipsticks when red lipstick doesn’t quite cut it.
So…….there you have my style homage to the 90s and coincidentally I must admit that I’ve been eagerly awaiting for a Spice Girls reunion world tour for many years now, and they’ve just announced that they will be doing a world tour with the Backstreet Boys! I feel like I am twelve all over again! What was your favourite memory from the 90s? xoxo
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