The 90s have left many permanent pieces from those times to these times in terms of fashion. All of them consist of clothes, shoes, and accessories that are still very popular and frequently preferred today. The 90’s helped us a lot in daily life or other words street fashion, and it still does. What about parties? What to wear to a 90s party?
Themed parties are just one of the popular concepts today. In addition, the first thing that comes to mind when talking about a “themed party” is the 90’s fashion themed party, which can be just one of the proofs of this success. Themed parties are for exaggeration. So, we can exaggerate as much as we want. We should use any piece that reminds us of 90’s clothing, even grunge-inspired pieces. Or you can look at parties and special events in the 90s and adapt the outfits that celebrities wore at that time.So let’s dive into 90’s world to find out your party outfit!
What to Wear to a 90s Party as a Top
I wanted to present some of the tops you can wear to your 90s party under separate headings. These outfits include many kinds of options such as tank tops, crop tops, shirts, and jackets.
Spaghetti Strap Tank Tops
Spaghetti strap tops are one of the best-known pieces of ’90s fashion. Also, I would call it a true classic. Although these tank tops resemble undershirts used as underwear, they are very different types. Because, unlike underwear athletes, it is more like t-shirts, it may have patterns, lace varieties, and colorful alternatives.
Crop tops can be briefly described as short t-shirts. These short t-shirts were very popular in the ’90s. Since there are many different alternative models, I think it will be a suitable outfit for both street fashion and parties.
So, what do you think happened? Crop tops are fast back in today’s fashion! I can even say that there is no one who does not wear a crop top nowadays.
Plaid Flannel Shirts
The next topic of the article is shirts! I think the most important feature of the shirts is that they complete the outfit. A shirt outfit is worn over a t-shirt with denim or shorts definitely makes it look more awesome. In addition, the plaid flannel shirt will be very harmonious in the outfits that can be made for the 90s party.
You can also use shirts by tying them around your waist as well as wearing them with t-shirts. The shirt you tie around your waist as you can see in the photos will definitely be a great idea.
White t-shirts may be my favorite outfit in life. Whatever you wear with white t-shirts, they are always the pieces that complete the combination and look stylish. The white t-shirt model that I especially like is the one without a pattern. Because you can be ready for a 90’s party with a necklace and skirt or jeans.
Also, patterned white t-shirts can be a great idea. What I can especially recommend here is that you can wear a t-shirt with a text suitable for the special theme of the 90s party.
What to Wear to a 90s Party as a Jacket
Our next topic is jackets! Jackets have always been in our lives as you know. The most popular jacket models in the 90s were denim jackets and leather jackets. Therefore, in this section, I will talk about those two different types of jackets.
The 90s was a time when jean fashion was on fire. I can say that there was no one who did not wear denim jackets in those years. Nowadays, denim jackets are one of the most popular pieces of outfits, isn’t it? Denim jackets are a must for us, especially during seasonal transitions, autumn and spring months. In the 90s, denim jackets were generally preferred oversize. Nowadays, denim jackets are frequently worn in every size range.
In the 90s, leather jackets were the first condition of being cool. It was one of the most important fashion trends where many people could reflect their style. Also, black leather jackets were especially preferred. As I just mentioned, leather jackets that complemented the combination with shirts, t-shirts, plaid flannel shirts, denim shirts, and army boots were among the best representatives of both sporty and stylish style in these years when denim jacket fashion was also popular. Today, outfits made with leather jackets are still loved and preferred.
What to Wear to a 90s Party as Jeans, Pants, and Shorts
I can say that in this section, which consists of trousers, skirts, and shorts, I will only examine the bottom clothing. The most important thing I can say about trousers is that they usually have a loose fit. Skirts were generally in mini and basic models. Last of all, in shorts, of course, denim was very popular. Let’s examine it together!
Capri pants were just one of the popular trousers of the time. If you get a chance to examine the 90s and early 2000s, you can definitely see it. That’s why I think capri pants could be a nice option for attending a 90s party.
90’s people met with loose and comfortable mom jeans models since the first years of the 90s! Although mom jeans were forgotten in the early 2000s, it can be said that they have returned in recent years. As this is the case, it has become quite easy to find nice and stylish mom jeans. You can make a stylish intro to the 90’s theme party by finding the mom jeans you’re looking for after a little research!
Cargo pants were also a must in the 90s! Also, this model’s jeans can be suitable for hip hop outfits. You should try it! If you want to adopt a bit more hip-hop style at a 90s themed party, loose fitting cargo pants will be suitable for you because I think cargo pants have a look of 90s hip hop style.
Bike shorts are among another 90’s outfit. These biker shorts are usually preferred with loose and long t-shirts or oversized sweatshirts. However, for a 90’s themed party, you can think of something different. For example, the bustier and biker short outfit, similar to the one in the first photo, will be more eye-catching!
High Waisted Jeans
Jeans were mostly high-waisted in this period, and oversized models were more preferred, as was the case with denim jackets. In jeans, the popular denim color of the 90s was light ice blue. Ripped jeans were also popular in the 90s. So, you can prefer a high waisted denim jeans with a color of light ice blue which is one of the bright colors and with a ripped detail for a 90s theme party.
Bands like Nirvana also love ripped jeans!
What to Wear to a 90s Party as Dresses, Skirts, and Overall
In this section, we will examine dresses, skirts, and overalls. So, what was fashionable in these categories in the 90s? Especially; pleated skirts, slip dresses, and black mini dresses were among the most preferred ones.
Skirts have always been part of fashion trends. However, when I did more detailed research, I realized that pleated skirts show themselves in a large part of this fashion. We could often see mannequins with pleated skirts, especially at fashion shows in the 90s. In the photos below, I wanted to show you some poses from fashion shows in the 90s. Are you ready to appear on the runway like a mannequin by combining skirts at your 90’s themed party?
Also, there is an outfit that no one thinks of when they think of the 90’s fashion trends. Overalls! Overalls may be the most comfortable clothes in the world. The reason is that they do not have anything that can be squeeze your waist. Moreover, the fact that overalls are generally loose-fitting may be another or second reason why I consider them the most comfortable clothing in the world. Also, since the overalls are one-piece, there is no need for many t-shirts, trousers and shorts crises! If you’re a last-minute person or just lazy, you can save your 90’s themed party with an overall to wear!
Have you ever heard of the TV series called The Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Overalls are used a lot in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air series.
Slip dresses are perfect pieces for me. Also, it is a nice dress model to wear to a 90’s themed party. When I examine the 90’s slip dresses on the internet, I can say two names with the most impressive style that caught my eye. Kate Moss and Jennifer Aniston! In the first two photos, you can examine two different slip dresses of Kate Moss. Both dresses look cool from each other. However, I especially love the dress with the back detail!
Jennifer Aniston is the second of the celebrities I mentioned. She looks great in a short black slip dress in the first photo. We can also code this little black dress as LBD for short. In the second photo, there is a long version of the same dress. It is useful to choose one of the short or long slip dresses according to the suitability of the 90’s themed party that you will attend!
What to Wear to a 90s Party as Shoes
90s shoes were perhaps the best of the time. In fact, they were so good that many of them made a comeback today. But this may be the subject of another article. First of all, we are waiting for those who want to learn more about 90’s shoes in our All About 90’s Shoes article! In this section, I would like to talk about a few shoe options that may be suitable for a 90’s themed party.
Sneakers can be ideal for many outfits. For example, under all the clothes I mentioned in the jeans, pants, and shorts section, sneakers would look great. Do you remember Monica from the series named Friends? I hope everyone remembers or somehow knows. The biggest detail that caught my eye about the character of Monica is the jeans she wears. It really reflects the 90’s fashion exactly. You can make such an outfit of jeans with a pair of Adidas Superstar sneakers.
Let’s take a look at Drew Barrymore’s 1990 outfit for the premiere of “The Freshman”. She made a comfortable and pleasant-looking outfit with a stylish red and white polka-dot blouse and jeans. So how did she complete this outfit? With Chuck Taylor Converse sneaker, of course! You can also try this outfit.
The next 90’s shoes are the platform shoes. Let’s continue with the series named Friends series here too. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the character of Rachel as well as the character of Monica. I chose Rachel’s red dress and these red platform shoes for you, which you can see in the photos below. Worth a try, what do you think?
How about a little more grunge style? Grunge style was also an important part of the 90s fashion. First of all, I would like to give a brief summary for those who do not know what grunge style is. Grunge style is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged in Seattle, Washington, USA, and is a musical movement, culture, and lifestyle that includes heavy metal and hard rock punk elements (For example, Pearl Jam music band). I wanted to suggest to you the pleated skirt and Dr. Martens shoes as a grunge inspired outfit you will see in the photos below. With an outfit like this, you can be the grunge girl of the 90’s themed party.
Flip flops are one of the popular shoe models of the 90s, like the other shoe models I mentioned. It is a very comfortable shoe because it does not have heels and is not like a sneaker. In this flip flop section, I want to continue with another character in the Friends series. Phoebe’s long skirt outfit you see in the photo below and the flip flops again you see in the photo below can be preferred for a ’90s themed party.
Well, how about examining celebrities’ slipper preferences? This examination is just one of them. Hilary Duff was a big fan of this flip flop slipper shoe trend. As you can see in the photo below, the pink platform transparent flip flops are so 90s!
What to Wear to a 90s Party as Accessories
Accessories are our biggest supporters to help us complete an outfit. Also, accessories are essential pieces that do not go out of style easily. Therefore, you should show the effort you put into making an outfit in the selection of accessories. In my opinion, accessories such as necklaces, belts, and hats can actually be the most important parts that increase the quality of the outfits.
When I examined the 90s hairstyles, I saw that scrunchie hairpins are often combined with jeans and T-shirts. So, let’s talk about these buckles first. I have seen that scrunchie buckles have started to take their place in street style by combining with other trends today. Neon colors and floral patterns can be an example of their combination with the today’s fashion. One of the advantages of these hairpins is that they keep your hair natural without squeezing it and you can use it by gathering your hair loosely without leaving a trace. Another advantage is of course that they look pretty cool! Sarah Jessica Parker, the fashion icon of both time and now, also uses these scrunchies frequently.
Fanny packs, which were popular in the 90s, re-entered our lives in 2017. They are everywhere now! Fanny packs are very practical to use and fit many outfits. It also provides comfort to the person. Also, as you know, the ’90s was one of the most popular times for oversized clothing. You can even use it instead of a belt by attaching the waist bag to an oversized shirt or oversized t-shirt. You can even use it instead of a belt by attaching the fanny pack to an oversized shirt or oversized t-shirt. For this reason, while you can fit in 90’s themed party with a piece from the ’90s, you can also do not need to think like “Where’s my bag?”.
Choker necklaces were a favorite accessory of many Hollywood celebrities in the 90s. The black band-shaped collar necklace you see in the photos below is called a choker necklace, and in the 90s, you can see that almost every celebrity had a photo like this. On the other hand, when I researched the history of the choker necklace, I came across an interesting piece of information. These choker necklaces became a political symbol during the French Revolution. Those protesting the guillotine expressed their political views with red collar necklaces representing blood. Also, you can guess that chockers are one of the pieces that reflect the grunge style. Therefore, it may make sense to use a choker necklace with a grunge outfit.
According to my research, Kangol is actually the name of a brand. On the Internet, Kangol is defined as: “Kangol is a legendary streetwear brand instantly recognizable for its kangaroo logo and iconic bucket hats. Bucket hats by Kangol, a British brand founded in the 1920s, have become an indispensable part of the look that comes from the hip-hop culture of the 80s and 90s. It is this originality that makes Kangol a fixture in the streetwear wardrobe for fans all over the world today.” That’s why I think it would be a very cool choice for a 90’s themed party.
What to Wear to a 90s Party? Celebrity Inspiration
In these times, sometimes it can be hard to remember a time when our social events were not all taken in real time for the world to see. There is no Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and others in the ’90s of course. So, how they were partying? If you want to learn, keep reading and following.
Here is Reese Witherspoon in the 1997 when she is partying. You can steal her style.
Another celebrities at a gala! Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington at the amFAR Gala in the 1992.
Tyra Banks in a New York club in 1992 when she was also at a party. It is a good example how a 90’s party can be a look like.
This photo is from the Kate: The Kate Moss Book party in 1995. In the photo, you can see Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, and Iggy Pop. I can’t help but mention that Kate Moss looked great and glamorous in those years. I mean in the ’90s.
What to Wear to a 90s Party Inspiration from Princess Diana
Also, you can see Princess Diana in the 90s at a party in the photos below. If you want to learn in more detail, Princess Diana at the Christie’s pre-auction party for the launch of The Auction of Dresses in London in 1997.
What to Wear to a 90s Party Inspiration from PARIS HILTON
These photos are from Paris Hilton’s 21st birthday party. Even though the photos are from 2002, I still wanted to share them with you since the photos are from the early 2000s. I love this gorgeous shiny dress with a cowl neckline.
What to Wear to a 90s Party Inspiration from MADONNA
This photo is from the year of 1994. In the photo, Raquel Welch, Gianni Versace, and Madonna are at a Tribeca dinner party in NYC. I wanted to show you Madonna’s outfit, but I can not find a photo to show the whole outfit. I am sorry.
What to Wear to a 90s Party Inspiration from BRAD PITT and GWYNETH PALTROW
The next and last celebrities are Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow at the Legends of the Fall UK Premiere after party at Kensington Roof Gardens on April 26, 1995, in London. Do you guys like Gwyneth Paltrow’s slip dress? I really liked it.
Last of all, there is a video I want to share with you. This video is about the Friends series I mentioned in the article. In the video, she combines the 90’s clothes inspired by the Friends series for us. There are exactly 37 outfits in this video. I think you should check it out. You are going to like it.
So, I hope you all enjoy, are inspired, and love to read this article. In addition, if you want a piece of more different information, check our 90’s Fashion Pinterest Board.
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