'90s Fashion Trends That Have Made A Comeback

'90s Fashion Trends That Have Made A Comeback

I welcome some of these revival looks back with open arms. Others...not so much.

They're back.

Whether we like it or not, fashion trends from the '90s are soaring back into the fashion world of today. Ranging from the teenage grunge look, to the "mom", to the floral princess, this experimental, colorful phase has made its impact around the world, visiting the wardrobes of movie actresses, singers, models and many more. As 2016 nears its end, it's time for some of these trends to be left behind, and some to be taken with us and introduced to the new year.

1. The Choker

No, it's not a dog collar, it's a choker. Mostly a part of the grunge look, but also able to convey sophistication, casual style, or a night out look, the choker is a tight necklace that has been seen on celebrities around the world. Coming back in style in mid-2016, the choker is one of my favorite looks, since it can go with so many things and looks good on basically anyone. You've got the caged choker, the denim choker, the cotton choker, and any other kind you can dream up. A choker can be made out of pretty much anything. You can never go wrong with it either, so this is definitely one that should tag along with us into 2017.

2. The "Mom" Jeans

The thing I remember from when I was younger is that all the moms had one huge similarity—their jeans. Mom jeans, sort of like loose-fitting, hipster high-waist jeans, have evolved over the years. Usually sported cuffed at the bottom with purposeful rips on the legs, these jeans are one to go. Sure, they looked good back then when they were actually in style, but now we're bringing them back and it's just too weird. They had their time as a fashion fad, but when we bring on the new year, they need to stay behind.

3. The Denim Skirt

Now this is a style you can work with. Both cute and flirty, the denim skirt works with many styles and comes in a variety of different cuts. Seen on many celebrities then and now, this bulky statement is here to stay. Brought back in the early months of 2016, I've seen the denim skirt worn in all seasons, on a wide variety of people. So, to whoever decided to bring this one back: thank you.

4. Floral Dresses

Though the floral pattern has always been some part of fashion, for a while the print was hidden from the style of most dresses. Now, you can find a peachy floral print on basically any dress in sight. I mean, did you really go to Forever 21 if you didn't see a floral dress? This one is iffy, since not many people, in my opinion, can work it well, and since it kind of looks like the couch my mom has had in the living room since before I was even born. Depending on the type of look you want, the floral dress can be made hipster, grunge, cute or fancy (within reason). The thing about floral print is that there can't be too much of it in one place. Newer floral prints are much more vibrant than the ones in the '90s, but I can't quite decide whether or not it should stay. Sure it's cute, but at the same time...its not. But whether it stays behind in 2016 or it follows us into the new year, the floral dress is a fashion statement that will never be forgotten.

5. The Platform Sneakers

No, no, and no. These should've been left in the year they were debuted. The Spice era is long gone, so please, for the love of God, put the platform sneakers in the back of your closet to get dusty for another 15 years until they somehow return again. For now, get some regular sneakers.

6. Jelly Sandals

Honestly, can someone even explain to me how these are even remotely comfortable? These colorful sandals, a major '90s trend, have now made their way back into the fashion world and are actually...selling. Who decided to bring these things back anyway? If you're trying to go for Cinderella's glass slipper look, I suggest you find an option besides clear jelly sandals. Mostly common on children these days, they just aren't working. Find your kid some comfortable shoes that are much better looking than these. Jelly Sandals, you will not be missed.

7. The Flannel Shirt

This look was one that should've stayed. Working perfectly for a grunge look both then and now, this ever so comfy shirt is one that needs to be taken with us into the years to come. Tie it around your waist, wear it as a cardigan, button it up, anything. It's always in style. There's really no need for an explanation; I mean, it's the flannel shirt.

8. The Fanny Pack

Last but certainly not least, my favorite. The fanny pack is awesome. Use it to go to the gym, use it as a substitute for a purse on vacation, use it when going to a concert, just use it! A trend that soared in the '90s has finally found its way back and it better be here to stay. Seen worn by many different celebrities over the past few months, this look is not only reasonably cheap, but also very handy. So get out there and buy yourself a fanny pack! Let's not let this one die on us again.

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Why Loving Clothes Shopping is Important

learn to love to shop!

Clothes shopping can be stressful, daunting, and uncomfortable. It is something that I dreaded for my whole life. It was always so full of promise when I first walked into a store but it always ended with sadness when nothing looked right on me. I would remember why I hated going shopping in the first place and would end up being depressed over it. The mirrors in the changing rooms only made it worse because it was just another reminder of why I hated clothes shopping. It took me until I turned 23 to love shopping again. I began being able to fit into clothes and became more adventurous with trying on things that I never would have in the past. I was losing weight in a healthy way and I finally began to shop in a better mood. I would walk into stores with my head held high and ready to find something to try on. I love trying on pretty tops and feeling so excited when I saw how amazing they looked on me. I love being able to walk out of a store with something that I really love and that I could not wait to wear. I wish that I could have found this feeling of happiness sooner. Some of the things that I do know when I shop now are as follows:

  1. Find one thing that really catches your eye: I search the store for something that really catches my attention. It could be a top, a bottom or a dress whatever it is, I make sure that there is something special about it.
  2. Take Multiple Sizes: Every stores sizing is different. Do not get discouraged when you find something in a size that would fit you somewhere else and it ends up not fitting here. I come to accept this one. I would rather feel comfortable in what I have on then be stuffed into it.
  3. Search the Clearance and Sale Racks: These are the best places to look for things because not only are they marked down but there are so many different options.
  4. Make sure it REALLY fits: Test it out, walk around, make sure that you can breathe and feel comfortable in what you have on. This one is really important because I now only buy what I feel good in.
  5. Have Fun: Shopping should not have to be dreadful, it should be something that you can do with ease.

If anything, make sure that you buy something that you really love and can see yourself wearing. Do not just buy something to buy it, you should really love it. It took me so long to love my clothes and even longer to love shopping for them. Loving this experience has really opened up my eyes to what is out there for me. I hope this helps you too!

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Because I am sick of hearing people talk about body image

I am so sick of everyone trying to categorize every body type. The media goes through phases. One second plus size is in, the next you have to be super skinny to the point that it is unhealthy, and then it switches to having an athletic body. It is a vicious cycle of what is the "in" body type, and if you aren't like the rest of them you are pushed to the side. We always talk about being body positive and embracing all body types, but in reality if you aren't the in type, you are just old news and shamed. Young woman and young girls are growing up in an age where the media rules, and honestly we are confused. One day I am told that I am beautiful, and the next I feel ashamed for my curves. It is time to break body conformity.

I want you all to know that you are beautiful inside and out. No matter what body type you are, forget about what the media says or the newest craze. It is all just a hoax to make a new headline. In reality, the opinions of the media mean nothing compared to what you think of yourself. That is the real opinion that matters. Listen to your own head and heart, not the nonsense that is thrown all over our TVs and magazines. Even those that are all over our magazines and TVs are sick of how they are portrayed.

Just be true to you, and that is all you need in life. Embrace your imperfections, love yourself for who you are, and only make a change if YOU want to. Don't doubt your worth. You are beautiful.

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