It Was Acceptable in the 90s

March 27, 2012 · 0 comments

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Being born in 1982 I grew up in the 90s listening to bands like Soul Asylum, Live, Guns n Roses, The Spin Doctors and Nirvana. God I remember locking myself in my room and refusing to leave when Kurt Cobain died … made all the more (melo-)dramatic because I was on holiday with my family in Cyprus. And I was 11.

Kurt Cobain February 20,1967 – April 5, 1994 – R.I.P 

I lusted after Johnny Depp in Benny & Joon and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Luke Perry in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the film, not the series), River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves in My Own Private Idaho and Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites. I had posters of them all on my wall as well as oddly enough, Vernon Kay (him who is now married to Tess Daly) who back then was just ‘Vernon’ and regularly featured in the 8 page pull-out gigantic artily shot black & white posters in Just Seventeen. I know!

Johnny Depp & Mary Stuart Masterson in Benny & Joon

A nubile Leonardo DiCaprio, drool-worthy Johnny Depp & personal hero of mine, Juliette Lewis in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape  

River Phoenix & Keanu Reeves (double lust!) in My Own Private Idaho

I watched shows like Blossom, 90210, Saved by The Bell and My So Called Life and oh how I loved their style – Blossom’s pairing of floral dresses/crazy hats/DMs, Shannon Doherty’s faded denim and gorgeous crushed velvet bodysuits, Screech’s phenomenal knitwear and Angela’s grunge chic (played by Claire Danes). In fact I begged my Mum to let me wear a floppy velvet hat like Blossom’s so much that she eventually gave in (for the peace and quiet I’m sure of it) and I wore it with everything. Every single day.

Blossom and ‘that hat’

However despite thinking nostalgically and with fondness of 90s fashion it does make me feel a bit odd seeing it having a resurgence. I think this happens to everyone at some stage in their life, and now, being almost thirty (in two months and counting *gulps*) its happened to me. What I once wore when I was first finding my fashion feet is now being worn on the feet of hot young things a good ten years younger than me. And I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it.

If I wore my go-to outfit of 1996 today – DMs (which I saved for months for – I had steel toe-caps and EVERYTHING!), strappy floral print dress worn with T-shirt underneath and my aztec-print backpack (bought on holiday to the envy of all my friends and served as my school bag which you NEVER wore on both shoulders. Only one. God forbid!) – I’m quite sure I wouldn’t look out of place today. On second thoughts, maybe not to work mind ……

Don’t get me wrong I’m all for cyclical fashion and the blending of different eras, I am no vintage purist no sir-ree that’s not me. I’m often heard quoting my mantra, “the rules are … there are no rules”! Its just that maybe I don’t ever remember, we-eeell, looking THAT good as the kids of today and this may be exactly the reason why it makes me shudder slightly when walking through the rails of shops like Forever 21 and New Look or seeing the latest shoot in ASOS. Basically I was NEVER that cool in the 90s!

So. As much as I love the brothel creepers, the oversized plaid shirts and DEFINITELY the crop tops (not entirely sure I got away with these 1st time around) I will with a heavy heart be handing the fashion baton to the younger generation, don’t think I can pull these off 2nd time around with such nonchalance.

Right I’m off to watch re-runs of My-So-Called Life … Jared Leto – HELL-LO!

Claire Danes & hot-as-hell Jared Leto is cult TV series My So Called Life

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