This Is What Cool Girls Were Wearing in the Fall 20 Years Ago

It's hard to believe that 1998 was 20 years ago, but it was, and it happened to be a very stylish year. It was a year when the It girls at the time included Cameron Diaz, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Keri Russell, and the It trends at the time included square-toed shoes, animal print, and slip skirts. (Sounds very 2018, don't you think?)

Just as we recently did for summer '90s outfits, we've left no '90s-fall-outfit stone unturned, and our look back at what cool girls were wearing in late 1998 has proven to be very fruitful. (Most intriguing to us is that celebrities hardly ever wore sneakers out, but they loved all-black outfits.) So if you adore '90s style, these looks will have you craving fall weather so that you can get into all the sweater sets, straight-leg jeans, and leather your heart desires.

Scroll on for 19 fall outfits that celebs wore 20 years ago (just be sure you scroll all the way down to SJP…), and shop pieces inspired by their looks.

Julia Roberts, September 28, 1998
Julia Roberts '90s style

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Can we please have this entire 'fit, Julia?

Jennifer Aniston, November 2, 1998
Jennifer Aniston '90s red carpet style

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These boots are perfection.

Tyra Banks and Cameron Diaz, October 21, 1998
'90s dress trend

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Meghan Markle would approve of their sheath dresses.

Keri Russell, November 4, 1998
Keri Russell '90s style

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The flip-flops somehow just work.

Charlize Theron, September 10, 1998
Charlize Theron in the '90s

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The most polished matching set.

Kate Moss, September 17, 1998
Kate Moss '90s outfit

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This may have something to do with the return of the strapless trend.

Claudia Schiffer, October 29, 1998
'90s tiger-print trend

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And this might have something to do with the return of the tiger-print trend.

Gabrielle Union, September 15, 1998
Gabrielle Union '90s style

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A fitted sweater over a midi-length dress was a go-to look in 1998.

Chloë Sevigny, October 13, 1998
Chloë Sevigny '90s style

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In case you wanted any more proof that trench coats are a classic…

Naomi Campbell, November 2, 1998
Naomi Campbell '90s off-duty style

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Naomi Campbell's off-duty style has always been so chic.

Winona Ryder, December 3, 1998
Winona Ryder '90s style

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Can't say we wouldn't wear that coat.

Cindy Crawford, October 19, 1998
Cindy Crawford '90s airport goals

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'90s Cindy Crawford is such airport goals.

Jennifer Lopez, November 29, 1998
Jennifer Lopez '90s airport style

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If Jennifer Lopez still flew commercial, we wouldn't be surprised to see her wearing this.

Gwyneth Paltrow, September 15, 1998
Gwyneth Paltrow '90s style

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We've never met a '90s Gwyneth Paltrow look we didn't love.

Angelina Jolie, December 10, 1998
Angelina Jolie '90s style

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Angelina Jolie would 100% wear this minimalist look today.

Mariah Carey, November 17, 1998
Mariah Carey '90s style

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Yes, those are leather pedal pushers you see.

Nicole Kidman, November 17, 1998
'90s fall outfit

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Nicole Kidman wears the tailoring look well.

Sarah Jessica Parker, September 21, 1998
Sarah Jessica Parker '90s style

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Yep, this is what SJP was wearing circa season 1 of Sex and the City

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