The Groundbreaking ‘90s Fashion Moments That Shape Our Style Today

Regardless of what decade you were born in, it seems everyone has a soft spot for the ‘90s, and rightfully so. Not only do its grunge influences continue to inspire runway collections, but the TV shows and music were also downright awesome. As such, we rounded up 11 fashionable moments from this signature decade that shape our style today. Scroll down to see our list, and don’t forget to share your favorite memories in the comments!    

Kurt Cobain


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It’s virtually impossible to bring up the grunge trend without referencing Cobain.  

The Rachel Haircut


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Friends debuted 20 years ago, and people still know what The Rachel haircut is. Enough said.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


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Now this is a story all about neon color-blocking, dope accessorizing, and The Carlton dance.

Spice Girls


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The Union Jack never looked so chic as it did on Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, and Posh.



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Thanks to Pamela Anderson, a one-piece is synonymous with sex appeal.

...Baby One More Time

Closing out the decade with a bang, Spears paved the way for solo pop sensations like Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore. She also made thigh-high socks cool.

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's Wedding Dress

At a time when excess was en vogue, Kennedy stepped into the spotlight in a minimal Narciso Rodriguez wedding gown, establishing herself as a minimalist maven.

My So-Called Life


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If you haven't had the opportunity to fall in love with Angela Chase yet, might we suggest a marathon for the long weekend?


If you don’t already know why this film is an important part of our ‘90s fashion culture, see here

Perry Ellis' Grunge

We’ll never forget Marc Jacobs' milestone grunge collection for Perry Ellis. Though his career there didn’t last long, the memory of flannel shirts and thermals lives on. 

Beverly Hills 90210


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Of all the amazing things about Beverly Hills 90210 (we literally don't have enough time in the day to list them out), we'd have to go with mom jeans as the most adored fashion statement on the show.



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This season's normcore trend fully justifies Seinfeld's inclusion on our list.

Did we miss YOUR favorite moment of the '90s? Share it in the comments below!