Nothing says Fourth of July or Americana like a touch of denim and bandanas. So, I’m starting this inaugural Summer Style Guide off with a trip back to where both of these items were prevalent – the 90s!
Growing up, my wardrobe was filled with overalls, funky prints, tons of logos and, of course, a few Lisa Frank stickers. Now it seems like every store is running back to this era and I can’t say I blame them. Here are the top 90s trends to look out for this summer plus how to get them for less!
Dainty Slip Dresses
Originally, slip dresses were meant to wear under your look, but now it’s time to bring them out! You’ve already seen Selena Gomez and a bunch of other celebrities rock this look. It’s easy enough to throw on and the light-weight fabric can be a good match with summer weather.
Not sure how to style one? Pair your favorite slip dress with a jean jacket and lace-up flats on cooler date nights or dress one up for a night with the girls using a bomber jacket (or wrap) and low heels. Here are a few examples:
TOPSHOP slip dress / Lipsy slip dress, $66 / Topshop slip dress, $43 / Lace-up sandals / BEA wide shoes / Sterling silver charm / Bonheur boho jewelry / House of Harlow 1960 gold jewelery / Gemelli beaded necklace / LULUS engraved ring / TOPSHOP stud earrings / Smith Optics mirror sunglasses
Hello necklines! Whether you’re wearing a deep V, high-neck or scoop neck top, a choker can be the perfect accessory. It leaves plenty of room for layering, accents in a spot that’s usually neglected and they come in a bunch of materials fit for any look. Here are a few to help jazz up your next casual or formal summer outfit!
Cybele choker necklace, $59 / Vanessa Mooney long necklace, $29 / Gold pendant, $13 / Forever 21 choker necklace, $5.90
I’m not a big fan of paying to be a walking advertisement, but logo tees are everywhere nowadays. Back in the nineties, you would see dozens of people at a time dressed in Tees, track pants and everything in between that had Calvin Klein, Fila or the Tommy Hilfiger name plastered on it.
We saw a similar trend pop up a few years ago with parody shirts that had similar logos to Chanel, Comme des Garçons and Celine. (I have a Celine-inspired shirt from H&M that uses the same font as the brand name but says “Celfie” on it.) Now we’re back to the original!
Monochrome Sportswear by stylisticreaction featuring Topshop
Adidas loose dress, $35 / Adidas sportswear, $100 / Topshop sports bra, $29 / Pierre Hardy blue shoes, $170
Want to style a look for yourself? Here are a few extra tops to help you get inspired.
Moschino white top, $79 / Calvin Klein Jeans white shirt / TOPSHOP hoody, $60 / Topshop sport shirt, $37 / NIKE padded sports bra, $53 / Tommy Hilfiger Logo T-Shirt – White | veryexclusive.co.uk, $60
For a modern take on this older style, look for refined version like this barcode logo by Alexander Wang or a brand like Moschino that remixes its logo into almost everything. Want something a little different? Choose logo-accented track pants, a scarf, belt, hat or chic earrings instead.
Light, Floral Bottoms
Flowers aren’t just all over your local park, their also on all the best patterns! We talked about this back in my spring trend guide. Choose bolder florals to get a statement look and pair them with neutral or solid accessories to make the design stand out even more. My favorite designs include roses, simply because their so unexpected! Smaller florals were bigger in the 1990s but they can look outdated. Here’s one way to pull it off:
River Island pink crop top / ASOS pants, $32 / River Island black shoes / BP tote purse / Quay sunglasses, $38 / River Island tech accessory, $13
Want a real 90s twist? Switch things up with a few sunflower patches on your favorite pair of jean shorts.
Fruit is not just on your picnic table today. You can easily find an orange slice-inspired clutch, watermelon printed one-piece swimsuit or accented espadrilles throughout your favorite stores. Making them look their best, however, can be a little tricky. So, I have an entire post devoted to it! Catch all my favorite pieces plus how to wear them, here.
That’s it for now! Check back tomorrow and later this week for even more trends to play with this Summer.