90’s Nostalgia: Lingerie My Childhood Fashion Idols Would Wear Today
Posted on 18 May 2016
Oh how I miss the 90’s! Is anyone else with me here? Maybe it’s the nostalgia of being a kid and not having a care in the world but I miss everything about that decade from the movies and the toys to the music and the fashion. Give me a baby tee, velvet choker and some Doc Martens and I’m in heaven! And judging by the return of 90’s fashion on the catwalks and streets I’m not alone.
Some of my favorite fashion icons came to fame during this era: Gwen Stefani, Drew Barymore, Courtney Love…. The list goes on. But the awesome thing is that rather than just having their time in the style spotlight, some of these leading ladies are continuing to evolve their look and have taken it into the modern day to once more inspire their fans, both old and new.
I’ve found that kids out there still know who Gwen is and I’ve bonded with 12 year olds over the music of Salt N Pepa and Pearl Jam, which totally warms my heart! But will all these style icons who helped me shape my own personal style at such a young age still be relevant another 10 years from now? 20 years from now? Only time will tell…. For now I’ll keep reliving the past (through my fashions anyway) and fantasizing about the lingerie choices these characters would be making today. Here are a few of my musings:
Cher Horowitz from Clueless (1995)
Was there seriously a young girl in the 90’s who didn’t covet Cher’s killer style in Clueless? Or at least covet that amazing remote controlled closet she had. If Cher were around today I could totally see her in the Angel Baby babydoll with its pink poufs and sheer mesh. Add some girly argyle knee-highs, Mary Jane’s and pearls and no guy would be able to resist (maybe not even Christian this time)!
Nancy Downs from The Craft (1996)
So I may not have been the biggest Nancy Downs fan as a character but her wardrobe and that of her fellow members of The Craft stirred something inside me. The rebellious side of me was just begging to come out back then and what better way for me to express it than with spikes, metal and all black? I have a feeling Nancy would totally appreciate the Yorsa bodysuit today with its knit-in angel wings for a bit of irony. And how amazing would it look with the Kai thigh-highs, a leather choker and some deep black lipstick? Pretty intimidating…. In the best way possible.
Denise Huxtable from The Cosby Show (1984-1992)
Denise Huxtable was like the older sister I never had. Not only did she ignore the mainstream fashion trends of the times but her boho cool look always struck me as more bad-ass than hippie which I liked. This girl could pull of print and texture like no one’s business and would be totally at home in the Esperanza bralette. I could see her mixing it with the royal velour Biancospino brief, a pair of crochet boots and straw fedora.
Clarissa Darling from Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994)
Growing up, Clarissa’s wardrobe gave me life! It was through her I learned the joys of layering and print mixing. Clashing became my new favorite pastime as I coveted every piece of her wardrobe. Today I imagine she’d still be layering it up and the Red Hot lounge dress would make the perfect addition to her wardrobe. Thrown over the Bowery bralette and Cassia brief her über cool style would still look awesome today, topped off with a pair of classic Doc Martens, of course.
Romy and Michele from Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
I think so many BFF’s related with Romy and Michele’s fun friendship and wardrobe style back then and I have to admit, I’m still inspired by their quirky pairings. I could totally see these color-loving girls gravitating towards metallic like our Heavy Metal bodysuit and pairing it with a flirty petticoat and accessories. Such a fun outfit for hanging out, going out or just folding scarves!
Who inspired your style growing up? Do you have any fashion icons?