The ’90s are back with a fervor. With trends first coming back onto the fashion scene a few seasons ago, we’ve truly hit our stride as we learn new and interesting ways to mix the retro trends into our more modern wardrobes. Without looking like we’re straight out of a Spice Girls music video or an Adidas advertisement from 1995, we’ve developed a huge crush on the style favorites that made the decade what it was. Our wardrobes are now rife with crop tops, track pants, and bomber jackets, and our after-hours looks consist of slip dresses, platform heels, and the occasional tube top. That’s right: We’ve reached peak ’90s nostalgia, but we’ve added a 2018 twist.
Taking a retro trend and running with it isn’t always easy, though, so we’re looking for inspiration from some of our favorite street style stars and fashion lovers alike. They’re styling bralettes under suiting, mixing crop tops with high-waisted midi skirts, and tapping into childhood nostalgia with vintage tees and cutoff jean shorts. And don’t even get us started on our collection of high-waisted jeans and chunky sneakers. Pure casual-cool. With these looks, though, nothing has ever been simpler to craft. Scroll through our favorite easy ’90s outfits below and you’ll be dressing as the better version of your childhood self in no time.
Add an extra layer to your favorite LBD by throwing on a graphic tee underneath. Top the whole look with a leather jacket and finish it off with your favorite pair of low-top sneakers.
Even your best pair of jeans is no match for that leopard-print cami. Make the look daring and tailored at the same time with the addition of a blazer.
Keep it simple with a graphic tee and straight-leg jeans. We simply can’t get enough of this casual off-duty look.
Throw together all your favorite ’90s trends with a sleeveless turtleneck, overalls, a plaid button-down, and combat boots. We’ve officially reached peak retro.
Turn your after-hours slip dress into a daytime-friendly look with a graphic tee underneath.
Instead of just any floral dress, consider the beloved retro patchwork in bright colors and tones.
There’s nothing better than an ultra-flirty ruffle, especially in a summery tone of yellow. Dress down the cocktail-ready look with a pair of low-top sneakers or casual sandals this summer.
A bomber jacket is an easy retro go-to when you’re looking for a way to make your all-black look a little more retro.
Make sure to have plenty of overalls on hand, but don’t think you have to wear them exactly like everyone else. Fashion a one-shoulder or folded-down look by playing with the straps in new and interesting ways.
Throw your most authentic baby tee underneath a pair of overalls to channel your most beloved childhood look in a more adult way.
With jeans and a T-shirt as your base, play with ’90s accessories and layers, like the addition of a bomber jacket or colorful sunglasses.
Consider a pair of overalls when you’re seeking a go-to casual look this summer. Layer a graphic tee underneath to complete your new seasonal uniform.
The boudoir trend is alive and well in the slip dress, but it’s made more daytime-friendly with the addition of sneakers. Throw on a leather jacket if you’re looking to cover up a little more while you’re on the go.
The ’90s were all about denim. As such, a trucker is a good topper to have on-hand whether you’re looking for a casual pairing for your silk dress or want to fashion a Canadian tuxedo.
If you ask us, you can never have too many sundresses on hand. We love a good floral whether it’s in a mini, midi, or maxi silhouette.
Keep it classic with a graphic tee and jeans. Elevate the off-duty look by tucking your tee into the waistband of your denim and slipping into shoes that are a little more dressed-up in feel.
Instead of just any jeans this summer, consider a pair that is head-turning all on its own. We love these painted-on jeans (that are so easy to DIY if you can’t find a pair you love!).
While we love a little black slip dress, it’s time to go full-on boudoir with a pastel look that includes some lace-inset designs.
We cropped everything in the ’90s and are back at it. The trend has become more refined this time around, however, as we’re currently loving pairing our skin-baring tops with more covered-up high-waisted silhouettes.
Of course, there’s always the denim skirt. Aka the go-anywhere wardrobe essential when it comes to ’90s nostalgia. Pair it with everything from a statement top to a simple white tee this summer.
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Missing the decade as much as we are? Jump back in your time machine with these retro outfit ideas this summer.