I find the cycle of fashion so interesting – I love the idea of items being reborn, re-imagined and re-worn decades later. I was born in the 90s, so I haven’t seen my share of trends reemerging. Ask me again in another 10-20 year.

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For many of my readers who experienced the T-shirt worn under a slip dress in the 90s, you probably thought (Read: hoped) it died out with many other horrendous 90s trends – cargo pants, inexplicably wide-legged jeans, socks worn over tights/leggings and hyper-colour T-shirt.

Much like any era, there’s a resurgence and key pieces come back around. It’s just taken 20 years for people to re-think the 90s. You probably thought you were safe, right?

I find the cycle of fashion so interesting – I love the idea of items being reborn, re-imagined and re-worn decades later. I was born in the 90s, so I haven’t seen my share of trends reemerging. That was until I began to see more an more 90s pieces crop up on the runway – in your face logos, minimalist 90s inspired pieces, chokers and grunge influenced designs. I wore it, my sister’s wore it and I dare say you wore you fair share, where ever you are in the world!

 

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In essence, the 90s were a decade when people thought “I’m too cool to try“. Instead of making strong fashion statements like they would’ve decades before. Everyone moved on power shoulders and in your face neon and began to favor the “thrown together” look. Think slip dresses over baggy jeans, skirt over pants et al. A lot of the trends that were created in the 90s, have been re-imagined this year to make them relevant to today’s culture and style. I guess you could say everyone is wanting to emulate the carefree spirit, mixed with a hint of rebellion the 90s were known for.

Stay with me now.

If we can take anything from the 90s it’s they mixed femininity meets masculinity well (questionable?) – my favourite juxtaposition when it comes to styling.

I really love pieces that can be worn in so many different ways. The slip dress for me is the perfect piece for a tomboy dresser. You can wear it with sneakers easily, you can pair it with a t-shirt for an “off-duty” look daily. Off-duty from what? I don’t know, probably eating if I am referring to myself. I’m not a supermodel. There are so many ways you can wear it when you’re dressing up for a night too. You’re a savvy bunch, so I know you can picture this with heels, sans T-shirt.

Love it or hate it: My biggest tip when it comes to implementing the 90s into your wardrobe is to subtly blend classic 90s pieces in with your staple pieces and make sure they’re polished instead of heavily grunge inspired. Most importantly, be carefree.

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WEARING

In Search Of This Dress, Old Skool Vans, Meli Melo Backpack, Natalie Chapman Choker

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Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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