What You Need to Get Cara Delevingne's '90s Fly Girl Look

Before today’s rappers boasted about wearing Balenciaga, Maison Martin Margiela, and Tom Ford, performers like Aaliyah, Tupac, and TLC were rocking snapbacks, baggy jeans, and high-top sneakers in the ‘90s, revolutionizing the hip-hop fashion scene forever.

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    No one was cooler than Will Smith’s Fresh Prince, who brought neon and Nike Jordans to Bel-Air, or In Living Color’s Fly Girls troupe, who danced to Wreckx-n-Effect’s “Rump Shaker” in tribal prints and crop tops. The decade’s influence is undeniable, inspiring Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and Cara Delevingne to adopt this colorful, edgy style as their own recently. As such, we thought it was time to give your wardrobe a hit of fly appeal, so click through our slideshow to see how to look fresh all summer long.

     

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    DKNY S/S 13

    The early ‘90s were all about excess, including giant logos plastered on just about everything. This season, DKNY brought back their iconic branding via the Black Cotton Onesie With DKNY Logo ($95) beneath a Silver Leather Jacket ($895).

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    Miley Cyrus

    R&B singer Aaliyah helped popularize the sultry tomboy look in sports bras and slouchy pants. Cyrus nails it in a KTZ Poet Embroidered Short Bomber Jacket ($276), T By Alexander Wang Leather Bralette ($375) and Ashish pants (which are half-sweatpants, half-denim) from the S/S 13 collection.

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    Rita Ora

    Ora’s Katie Eary splashy Blue Seas Silk Shirt ($752) and matching skirt would have made Fly Girls like Jennifer Lopez and Carrie Ann Inaba proud.

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    PHOTO: Ashish

    Ashish S/S 13

    Ashish’s collection was playfully irreverent and oh-so-‘90s, particularly the Oversized Shirt Dress With Sequined Numbers ($467) paired with denim shorts and sneakers.

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    Rihanna

    Funky accessories give Rihanna’s outfit the TLC treatment, including her printed snapback, Elizabeth and James Limited Edition Valenti Sunglasses ($425, available in Shiny Black/Gold), Chanel lego bag, and Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers ($44) in Optical White.

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    PHOTO: FirstVIEW

    Balmain S/S 13

    Door-knocker earrings, much like Balmain’s oversized Metal Circle Earrings ($322), were a trademark of hip-hip trio Salt-n-Pepa.

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    Giulia Baggini of Giulia's Fashion Blog

    Baggini wears her Zara overalls (one strap down, of course) and Moschino Cheap & Chic tee dressed up with Spektre’s mirrored sunnies and Zara’s chunky pearl necklace.

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Streetstyle

    Street Style

    Chunky chain-link jewelry and denim jacket elevates this stylephile’s white top and jeans.

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    Aline Weber

    Pops of neon, a graphic tee, and lace-up boots? The model nods to a handful of the decade’s best trends in a Marc Jacobs jacket, Stella McCartney t-shirt, One Teaspoon jeans, and AllSaints boots.

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Streetstyle

    Street Style

    Aside from basketball shoes, rappers in the ‘90s favored lace-up boots. This street style muse gets it right in Dr. Martens paired with a vintage jersey and acid-wash jeans.

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    Cara Delevingne

    The British model shows her love for the ‘90s--literally!--in Minkpink’s 90’s Tunic Tank ($46), lace-up sneakers, and, of course, a backwards baseball cap.

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    Team Topshop’s Stripe Sleeve Sweatshirt ($45) in Green with a kicky skirt and Timberland boots.

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    The more chains the better right? Slip on Sara Designs’ Woven Chain Wrap Watch ($328) in Black/Gold for a watch and cuff bracelet all in one.

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    Your ensemble wouldn’t be complete without a pair of really cool black shades, such as Thierry Lasry’s Slutty Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($564) in Black/White.

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    Commit to the overall look by styling Vision Streetwear’s Graffiti Print Tee ($60) in Multi with slouchy leather trousers.

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    Luxe, over-the-top clothes had a place alongside urban streetwear in hip-hop too. Remember Biggie’s Versace shades in his “One More Chance” video? Versus’ Printed Pants ($395) in Black Background offer the perfect homage to the late rapper.

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    Heavy gold chains were a style staple (everyone from P. Diddy to the members of N.W.A. were rarely spotted without them). We like Tom Binns’ take in the form of his statement-making Uber Urban Respect Necklace ($787).

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    Anyone who’s ever caught an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air recalls Will Smith in an assortment of vibrant bomber jackets or windbreakers. We suggest snagging 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Embroidered Techno Jersey Bomber Jacket ($1395) in Multi-Blue for an equally punchy, fashion-forward look.

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    Nike’s Blazer Mid Mesh High Top Sneakers ($145) in Black are classics that go with everything.

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    Wear Bebe’s Chain & Stud Jewel Buckle Belt ($39) low on your waist over a ribbed tank top.

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    On the opposite spectrum of all the tomboy fashion in ‘90s hip-hop? Fly Girl style, which included sequined minis, leather bustiers, and body-conscious pieces, like Sparkle & Fade’s Mesh Block Bodysuit ($39).

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    We can’t get enough of the luxe quilting and gold accents (including a very appropriate chain strap!) on Lulu Guinness’ Small Patent Leather Clutch ($390).

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    Polish your outfit with Borsalino’s Baseball Quilted Faux Leather Hat ($137), worn backwards or titled to the side of course!

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    We love the Versace-inspired feel of Nasty Gal’s Lion Medallion Earrings ($20).  

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    Watch any of Snoop Dogg’s classic videos, from “Gin and Juice” to “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang”, and you’ll find him in baggy jeans. Avoid the sag but get just the right amount of slouch in the form of Current/Elliott’s The Boyfriend Jeans ($206) in Super Loved.

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    If you were a hip-hop act in the ‘90s--male or female--you flaunted brands like Nike and Adidas regularly. Display the latter’s famous three-stripe symbol with the Adilette Slides ($30) in Black/White.

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Oversized Shirt Dress With Sequined Numbers

Oversized Shirt Dress With Sequined Numbers

Ashish, $467
SHOP
Leather Bralette

Leather Bralette

T by Alexander Wang, $375
SHOP
Poet Embroidered Short Bomber Jacket

Poet Embroidered Short Bomber Jacket

KTZ, $276
SHOP
Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers

Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers

Converse, $44
SHOP
Limited Edition Valenti Sunglasses

Limited Edition Valenti Sunglasses

Elizabeth and James, $425
SHOP
Blue Seas Silk Shirt

Blue Seas Silk Shirt

Katie Eary, $752
SHOP
90’s Tunic Tank

90’s Tunic Tank

Minkpink, $46
SHOP
Mesh Block Bodysuit

Mesh Block Bodysuit

Sparkle & Fade, $39
SHOP
Blazer Mid Mesh High Top Sneakers

Blazer Mid Mesh High Top Sneakers

Nike, $145
SHOP
Stripe Sleeve Sweatshirt

Stripe Sleeve Sweatshirt

Topshop, $45
SHOP
Small Patent Leather Clutch

Small Patent Leather Clutch

Lulu Guinness, $390
SHOP
Embroidered Techno Jersey Bomber Jacket

Embroidered Techno Jersey Bomber Jacket

3.1 Phillip Lim, $1395
SHOP
Woven Chain Wrap Watch

Woven Chain Wrap Watch

Sara Designs, $328
SHOP
Uber Urban Respect Necklace

Uber Urban Respect Necklace

Tom Binns, $787
SHOP
Baseball Quilted Faux Leather Hat

Baseball Quilted Faux Leather Hat

Borsalino, $137
SHOP
Printed Pants

Printed Pants

Versus, $395
SHOP
Lion Medallion Earrings

Lion Medallion Earrings

Nasty Gal, $20
SHOP
Graffiti Print Tee

Graffiti Print Tee

Vision Streetwear, $60
SHOP
Chain & Stud Jewel Buckle Belt

Chain & Stud Jewel Buckle Belt

Bebe, $39
SHOP
Adilette Slides

Adilette Slides

Adidas, $30
SHOP
The Boyfriend Jeans

The Boyfriend Jeans

Current/Elliott, $206
SHOP
Slutty Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses

Slutty Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses

Thierry Lasry, $564
SHOP
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