1990s Fashion for Women & Girls

1990s Womens Fashion

Women and girls fashion in the 1990s is very distinct. While not quite as loud as the eighties, the nineties took that attitude and tried to be a little smarter and a little classier. Sometimes designers succeeded, sometimes they didn’t.

Some common items of clothing from the 1990s: black leggings with oversized sweater, low heel shoes, flannel shirts, denim everything, t-shirts, sweatpants, skirts, Birkenstocks, solid colors, silk shirts, turtlenecks (under cardigans or sweaters), plain white Keds and army surplus clothing to name a few.

Like most decades, fashion changed somewhat drastically from the beginning of the nineties to the end. The early nineties started off exactly like 1989, but by 1993, the 1991 look was “so 80s.” Simply put, nearly everyone had completely revamped their style by 1994.

By the middle of the decade, many young women were wearing the same clothes their moms wore in high school. The seventies look was really hot, with teens wearing tie dye shirts, bell-bottom jeans and long, straight hair. Homemade jewelry and, to a lesser degree, self-designed clothing, was very popular.

By then, the eighties had become a bad thing. Hair spray was eighties. Too much makeup was eighties. Flashy clothing was eighties. Anything eighties was considered a bad thing. Most women didn’t want wild patterns and colors, they wanted simple and humble. Solid colors, preferably subdued was the way to go.

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As the decade progressed, fashion became more similar to what you saw throughout the 2000s. The grunge look faded away and sexy made a comeback. Tight clothing was worn again and glamour was ever slowly inching its way back into the fashion world. Which was great news for fashion designers, who had grown tired trying to make flannel look good.

We have a bunch of pictures from a 1993 catalog below. We will put up more in the near future so you can get a better idea of how the decade progressed, but hopefully you can enjoy these for now.

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1990s Women’s Fashion Pictures

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Last modified: Aug 23, 2015 | Written by Paul Phipps