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Subject: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Ryan112390 on 06/07/12 at 7:49 am

What do you remember being staples of men's and women's fashion in the early '90s? I ask because I was watching a clip of the midnight release of Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion albums in 1991 and many of the guys there had on either denim or leather jackets and all had mullets or fully long hair. It seemed VERY alien from the later Grunge fashion and as fashion interests me, I was wondering about the early '90s, an overlooked period in history.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: ilovethe90s1 on 06/07/12 at 8:59 pm

What you described was late 80's fashion still worn in the early 90's (mullet's, denim jackets, flufffy long hair).

Here are some classic examples of fashion from
Early 90's  (1990-1992)

http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj639/christopher2929/90s1.jpg

Mid 90's  (1993-1995)

http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj639/christopher2929/90s2.jpg

http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj639/christopher2929/90s3.jpg

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Goodogbadog on 06/09/12 at 12:21 pm


What do you remember being staples of men's and women's fashion in the early '90s? I ask because I was watching a clip of the midnight release of Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion albums in 1991 and many of the guys there had on either denim or leather jackets and all had mullets or fully long hair. It seemed VERY alien from the later Grunge fashion and as fashion interests me, I was wondering about the early '90s, an overlooked period in history.

I'm aware that while in any era there are famous and prominent styles that everyone associates with that period, there were always people who just kept wearing the same old thing. Not everyone was bold and wore the latest. or had the money to buy new stuff all the time. They might have been interested in Church or school or work and ignored fashion. Grunge would be an example of a style some young people didn't adopt at all. A lot of people just went to the store and bought versions of the current extreme style that look as much like the previous style as possible, so they wouldn't feel weird or as if they stood out. As a woman, I would be concerned about skirt length, out-of-style prints, shoe styles, like kinds and heights of heels and shape of toes. Pant widths, too. You didn't want to wear pants that were way wide or way skinny, if that was out of style.  That sort of thing is subtle and not so noticeable if you are observing the more extreme fashion trends.  So, take a jean jacket. Doesn't it seem that some people just wear these, decade in and decade out?  I agree that it's interesting to look at movies and shows that are supposedly from a certain decade, and observe whether they've "gotten it right" or not!

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 06/09/12 at 12:31 pm

It was all about the acid-washed jeans back then:

http://www.denimblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Acidwash.jpg

And while we're on that subject, I absolutely HATE women's jeans today. They have those stupid small pockets that are really close together and they totally break up the outline of their asses. >:(

Women's asses looked so much better back in the 80's and 90's.  8)

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Howard on 06/09/12 at 7:22 pm

Women's asses looked so much better back in the 80's and 90's.

Oh yes you got that right.  ;)

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: tnf on 06/09/12 at 9:48 pm

Search for Saved by the bell episodes. ;)

Often posted, but still suitable in this topic:
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1990.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1991.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1992.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1993.jpg

Some additions to it:
http://i.imgur.com/5mHLp.png (1990)
http://i.imgur.com/2kLry.jpg (1990)
http://i.imgur.com/JlGIA.jpg (summer 1990)
http://i.imgur.com/VhNCx.jpg (summer 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/7uLgy.jpg (summer 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/zkRfk.jpg (fall 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/nZrKE.jpg (spring 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/ABXmE.jpg (summer 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/NRcW0.jpg (fall 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/IYXlX.jpg (fall 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/pJuvh.jpg (winter 1992/1993)
http://i.imgur.com/xRoFA.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/LtOwW.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/RmuPJ.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/rZPpx.jpg (summer 1993)

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: meesa on 06/09/12 at 9:57 pm

What I remember about the early 90s is that I completely dove head first into the flannel shirts, jeans and Doc Martens. The most comfortable, although not the most fashionable time of my life!  ;D ;D It just suited me, loved it.

I can also remember my friends railing about 'posers' -'Look at that poser, you KNOW she just bought those docs yesterday', 'Look at that poser, tucking in their flannel?' -I guess no matter the style or decade, there are always going to be people griping about the 'posers'.  ::)

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 06/09/12 at 10:30 pm


What I remember about the early 90s is that I completely dove head first into the flannel shirts, jeans and Doc Martens. The most comfortable, although not the most fashionable time of my life!  ;D ;D It just suited me, loved it.

I can also remember my friends railing about 'posers' -'Look at that poser, you KNOW she just bought those docs yesterday', 'Look at that poser, tucking in their flannel?' -I guess no matter the style or decade, there are always going to be people griping about the 'posers'.  ::)


I would do somersaults if they brought back the fashions of flannel shirts and doc martens...I still have a few pair! ;)

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Howard on 06/10/12 at 6:44 am


Search for Saved by the bell episodes. ;)

Often posted, but still suitable in this topic:
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1990.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1991.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1992.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1993.jpg

Some additions to it:
http://i.imgur.com/5mHLp.png (1990)
http://i.imgur.com/2kLry.jpg (1990)
http://i.imgur.com/JlGIA.jpg (summer 1990)
http://i.imgur.com/VhNCx.jpg (summer 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/7uLgy.jpg (summer 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/zkRfk.jpg (fall 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/nZrKE.jpg (spring 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/ABXmE.jpg (summer 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/NRcW0.jpg (fall 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/IYXlX.jpg (fall 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/pJuvh.jpg (winter 1992/1993)
http://i.imgur.com/xRoFA.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/LtOwW.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/RmuPJ.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/rZPpx.jpg (summer 1993)


Wow people dressed so differently 20 years ago.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 06/10/12 at 12:06 pm

The downside to the acid-washed denim era was that prior to the grunge revolution which shifted everything over to flannel and Doc Martens, the Canadian Tuxedo reigned supreme.  :P

http://winniecooper.net/sam/2011/12/img/CTux.jpg

(And yes, I was guilty of it myself.  :-[)

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Howard on 06/10/12 at 12:15 pm


The downside to the acid-washed denim era was that prior to the grunge revolution which shifted everything over to flannel and Doc Martens, the Canadian Tuxedo reigned supreme.  :P

http://winniecooper.net/sam/2011/12/img/CTux.jpg

(And yes, I was guilty of it myself.  :-[)


That's a pretty nice look.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Shiv on 06/11/12 at 11:48 pm


Search for Saved by the bell episodes. ;)

Often posted, but still suitable in this topic:
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1990.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1991.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1992.jpg
http://www.wwzapper.com/fashion-in-1993.jpg

Some additions to it:
http://i.imgur.com/5mHLp.png (1990)
http://i.imgur.com/2kLry.jpg (1990)
http://i.imgur.com/JlGIA.jpg (summer 1990)
http://i.imgur.com/VhNCx.jpg (summer 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/7uLgy.jpg (summer 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/zkRfk.jpg (fall 1991)
http://i.imgur.com/nZrKE.jpg (spring 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/ABXmE.jpg (summer 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/NRcW0.jpg (fall 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/IYXlX.jpg (fall 1992)
http://i.imgur.com/pJuvh.jpg (winter 1992/1993)
http://i.imgur.com/xRoFA.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/LtOwW.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/RmuPJ.jpg (spring 1993)
http://i.imgur.com/rZPpx.jpg (summer 1993)


Wow, still very 80s.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Todd Pettingzoo on 06/12/12 at 3:03 am

Yeah, a lot of the early 90's fashion was like an up to date 80's thing. Not all of it, but a lot of it. By 1994/1995, it started really fading away.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: tnf on 06/12/12 at 6:33 am

Fall 1993 already, with the introduction of eco and grunge fashion.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: ilove90s1 on 06/13/12 at 2:45 pm

Some examples of early 90's fashion are floral print dresses, denim pants (like in Beverly Hills 90210 or Saved
By the Bell), polka dots, Neon stuff (left over from the 80's), Ray Bans, all popular before grunge/baby doll fashion in 1993.  Some late 80's stuff was still around like big hair and acid wash jeans.   

90's fashion is currently being brought back.  Flannel has been back for awhile since the 2000s.  Doc Martens also.  This summer, Platform Shoes, Chokers, and some Baby Doll dresses also came back into fashion.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: tnf on 06/14/12 at 12:43 am

And don't forget prints with tiny flowers or kitchy roses (very 'in' around 1990), brought back into fashion in 2010.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: ilove90s1 on 06/15/12 at 7:29 pm


And don't forget prints with tiny flowers or kitchy roses (very 'in' around 1990), brought back into fashion in 2010.


Yes I remember that too.  Sheer shirts had that print on them  ;)  It was a very kitsch style.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Jason R on 06/21/12 at 10:10 pm



Here are some classic examples of fashion from
Early 90's  (1990-1992)

http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj639/christopher2929/90s1.jpg



I noticed in that picture the girl is wearing her watch with the buckle side on the top of her wrist. I was a teen in the early 90's and lots of teens wore a watch that way, usually a Swatch.  I started wearing my Swatch watch that way when I was 16 and kept doing that into college.  I was a lifeguard at a water park and I always wore my Swatch that way and a few other teen lifeguards did too.  When older people asked me for the time and seen how I turned my wrist they always asked why I wear it like that, I just said no real reason, just looks cool that way.  My girlfriend started wearing hers like that for a while.  My cousin wears his watch like that now, he started wearing his watch that way when he was 10 because he spent a lot of time with me and seen I wear mine like that and wanted to be like me, he kept that habit going. 

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Jason R on 08/01/12 at 11:32 pm



I noticed in that picture the girl is wearing her watch with the buckle side on the top of her wrist. I was a teen in the early 90's and lots of teens wore a watch that way, usually a Swatch.  I started wearing my Swatch watch that way when I was 16 and kept doing that into college.  I was a lifeguard at a water park and I always wore my Swatch that way and a few other teen lifeguards did too.  When older people asked me for the time and seen how I turned my wrist they always asked why I wear it like that, I just said no real reason, just looks cool that way.  My girlfriend started wearing hers like that for a while.  My cousin wears his watch like that now, he started wearing his watch that way when he was 10 because he spent a lot of time with me and seen I wear mine like that and wanted to be like me, he kept that habit going.


Me and my wife (who was my high school girlfriend) were talking about those high school trends like wearing a watch with the buckle part on the top of the wrist.  She remembered that only the rich preppy jocks would wear their watch that way.  I was a rich preppy jock so I guess that's why I wore my Swatch that way.  She said I was responsible for turning that trend un-cool at my school because I always befriended the "outcasts" and I told them to turn their watch that way then half the school did, then the preps couldn't call that their trend anymore.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: belmont22 on 08/02/12 at 3:42 am

I think 1990 looks squarely late 80s, though not quite as ridiculous as 1987. 1991-93 is transitional, what we think of as being typical 90s fashion I'd say lasted from about 1994 to 2000. Modern fashion began in 2001, though it didn't come to resemble today's completely until about 2007-08 when skinny jeans and 'Bieber hair' got big.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: amjikloviet on 08/02/12 at 11:07 am

I remember these flats from the early '90s

http://s3.thisnext.com/media/largest_dimension/12920DE8.jpg


I use to have a pair in black with really large bows in the front. That was in 1991-1992.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: elr on 08/02/12 at 2:46 pm


I think 1990 looks squarely late 80s, though not quite as ridiculous as 1987. 1991-93 is transitional, what we think of as being typical 90s fashion I'd say lasted from about 1994 to 2000. Modern fashion began in 2001, though it didn't come to resemble today's completely until about 2007-08 when skinny jeans and 'Bieber hair' got big.


No, early 90's was already starting 90's fashion it's when the 80's had already died down and made way for 90's things.  Look at the difference between 87 and 90.  Tiffany and Debbie Gibson vs. Sinead O'Connor and Wilson Phillips.  87 was way more 80's than 1990.  Then take 91, when Nirvana became popular.  The 80's vibe was pretty much gone by then.  Of course the fashion of the 80's was still left by people who were not into current trends or were still holding on to the 80's look but by the early 90's the 80's was already seen as passe and uncool.  Modern fashion is really hard to pinpoint because there really is no definitive style of the 00's its a bunch of copying and updating, I guess it's kind of tacky and cheap looking in a way, but hardly different than the late 90s. 

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Emman on 08/02/12 at 3:14 pm


No, early 90's was already starting 90's fashion it's when the 80's had already died down and made way for 90's things.  Look at the difference between 87 and 90.  Tiffany and Debbie Gibson vs. Sinead O'Connor and Wilson Phillips.  87 was way more 80's than 1990.  Then take 91, when Nirvana became popular.  The 80's vibe was pretty much gone by then.  Of course the fashion of the 80's was still left by people who were not into current trends or were still holding on to the 80's look but by the early 90's the 80's was already seen as passe and uncool.  Modern fashion is really hard to pinpoint because there really is no definitive style of the 00's its a bunch of copying and updating, I guess it's kind of tacky and cheap looking in a way, but hardly different than the late 90s.


You're so so wrong, I remember the early '90s pretty well and there was definitely late '80s holdovers as late as 1995! When I was in elementary school in the early '90s most of my females teachers still wore big, frizzy hair, heck, from some of the pictures I've seen(usually class pics), 1990 looks more '80s than 1984 does. The clothes I wore in '93 looked straight out of 1989, I had the high top fade to go along with it too. Most of the early '10s fashion is late '00s holdovers as well(skinny pants, scenester hairstyles, crocs, ect), this is pretty normal, we retroactively assign identities to decades, it just doesn't change over because it's January 1st 1990, 2000, or 2010, many elements of the '60s pretty much lasted into the entire '70s for instance.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: nintieskid999 on 08/02/12 at 3:56 pm


You're so so wrong, I remember the early '90s pretty well and there was definitely late '80s holdovers as late as 1995! When I was in elementary school in the early '90s most of my females teachers still wore big, frizzy hair, heck, from some of the pictures I've seen(usually class pics), 1990 looks more '80s than 1984 does. The clothes I wore in '93 looked straight out of 1989, I had the high top fade to go along with it too. Most of the early '10s fashion is late '00s holdovers as well(skinny pants, scenester hairstyles, crocs, ect), this is pretty normal, we retroactively assign identities to decades, it just doesn't change over because it's January 1st 1990, 2000, or 2010, many elements of the '60s pretty much lasted into the entire '70s for instance.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxpewVP3ZJw
1987 is classic 80s. Just because it is the beginning of the late 80s doesn't mean it has much in common with the early 90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1MxqnUFRXU
Compare it to 1991. 1991 is not classic 80s just like 1987. There is a lot of 80s influence in 1991 but it's far from the classic 80s vibe of 1982-1987.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: belmont22 on 08/02/12 at 4:14 pm


No, early 90's was already starting 90's fashion it's when the 80's had already died down and made way for 90's things.  Look at the difference between 87 and 90.  Tiffany and Debbie Gibson vs. Sinead O'Connor and Wilson Phillips.  87 was way more 80's than 1990.  Then take 91, when Nirvana became popular.  The 80's vibe was pretty much gone by then.  Of course the fashion of the 80's was still left by people who were not into current trends or were still holding on to the 80's look but by the early 90's the 80's was already seen as passe and uncool.  Modern fashion is really hard to pinpoint because there really is no definitive style of the 00's its a bunch of copying and updating, I guess it's kind of tacky and cheap looking in a way, but hardly different than the late 90s.


Sinead O Connor and Wilson Phillips sound pretty 80s to me. Not to mention Sinead was already fairly known in 1987 (and how different is 'Nothing Compares To U' from your garden variety 80s melodramatic pop?) . "Hold On" sounds just as 80s as "All This Time" by Tiffany or "Lost In Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson. The only thing 90s about it is it's a little bit feminist. True, 1987 was more over the top fashion wise and closer to the middle of the 80s so of course it's a bit 'more' 80s, but 1990 isn't like hugely different either. It has more in common with '87 than with '93 for sure. Mullets and perms were still extremely common in 1990, even if the average volume of hair declined a bit from 1987 to 90. By the second half of '91 the 90s style was fast coming in though.

Today's fashion isn't different from late 90s? I have to disagree. The only similarity is that both are a little bit bland, and hip hop fans still sag. Do you ever see people with bowl cuts anymore, or frost tips? Flannel is outdated too though plaid has made a comeback. Tattoos were fairly common already in the late 90s but not universal like now, they still had an 'alterna' credit to them.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Todd Pettingzoo on 08/02/12 at 10:01 pm

Clothes in the early 90's were a mixture of 80's holdovers, flannel and this kind of  earth tone version of 80's clothes.

By 1994/1995, the totally 80's clothes were gone. By the late 90's, I think even the earth tone version of 80's clothes were gone.


Mullets were still pretty common. Up until maybe the late 90's. They were kind of rare by then.

Big, wild hair on women was still pretty common. Really dying down in the mid-90's. By the late 90's, it was pretty rare.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: apollonia1986 on 08/02/12 at 11:00 pm

I remember I dressed like a cross between Blossom and an In Living Color Fly Girl as a kid. It was the floral dresses and hats and babydoll dresses and biker shorts and combat boots. My cousins were into that kind of like TLC/tomboy look, but I was trying to be girlier--even thought I was like 6 at the time! LMAO!

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Howard on 08/03/12 at 5:35 am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxpewVP3ZJw
1987 is classic 80s. Just because it is the beginning of the late 80s doesn't mean it has much in common with the early 90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1MxqnUFRXU
Compare it to 1991. 1991 is not classic 80s just like 1987. There is a lot of 80s influence in 1991 but it's far from the classic 80s vibe of 1982-1987.


I remember when Los Lobos came out in the late 80's.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: amjikloviet on 08/03/12 at 6:44 pm

http://hellogiggles.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/scunchies-297x249-custom.jpg

Scunchies were a popular hair accessory for girls/young women in the early to mid '90s.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Jquar on 08/04/12 at 5:47 am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxpewVP3ZJw
1987 is classic 80s. Just because it is the beginning of the late 80s doesn't mean it has much in common with the early 90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1MxqnUFRXU
Compare it to 1991. 1991 is not classic 80s just like 1987. There is a lot of 80s influence in 1991 but it's far from the classic 80s vibe of 1982-1987.


Here's another big song from 1987

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7oQEPfe-O8

I would say elements of the 90s were clearly creeping in by 1987, maybe even 1986. 1987-1993 is one long transition period that could probably be its own mini decade, not really pure 80s and definitely not pure 90s. Ironically though this was the period when 80s things like big hair and hair metal peaked and 90s things like rap and grunge music reached their creative zenith.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: JaxRhapsody on 08/15/12 at 1:07 am


The downside to the acid-washed denim era was that prior to the grunge revolution which shifted everything over to flannel and Doc Martens, the Canadian Tuxedo reigned supreme.  :P

http://winniecooper.net/sam/2011/12/img/CTux.jpg

(And yes, I was guilty of it myself.  :-http://cdn103.iofferphoto.com/img/item/169/159/187/RkRAUHpYFkOsn1N.jpg LOL

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Tom on 08/16/12 at 6:54 pm


Me and my wife (who was my high school girlfriend) were talking about those high school trends like wearing a watch with the buckle part on the top of the wrist.  She remembered that only the rich preppy jocks would wear their watch that way.  I was a rich preppy jock so I guess that's why I wore my Swatch that way.  She said I was responsible for turning that trend un-cool at my school because I always befriended the "outcasts" and I told them to turn their watch that way then half the school did, then the preps couldn't call that their trend anymore.


Yep, wearing a watch like that was a preppy thing.  I wore mine like that when I was in high school (graduated in 93) and I was a prep.

Subject: Re: Fashion of the early 1990s (1990-1992/1993)

Written By: Jason R on 09/05/12 at 10:18 pm

I was just looking at my high school yearbook, the first page there was a picture of me and I was wearing a Swatch watch with the buckle side on the top of my wrist of course.  I wore the Swatch most of the time.  I noticed in the prom pictures I was wearing a watch with a leather band instead and I wore it with the buckle side on top too.  I noticed a few other kids with their watch that way in the pictures.

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