It hasn’t escaped my attention that the 90’s are now back in a big way. Chokers, all black everything, tees under slips and ankle boots. This is one fashion trend that I can most definitely get on board with!
Somewhat depressingly I was around the first time this trend was in, though back then I had very little money and no sense of personal style. If you’ve watched Stranger Things, then think of Barb. That was me. I even had my hair short for a time after seeing a really lovely cut in a magazine, the only problem was that my mum wouldn’t let me use any styling products in my hair so I ended up looking like an early Justin Bieber. I suppose you could say I was ahead of the times fashionably speaking. (No actually you really couldn’t!)
The 90’s Do-Over
Anyway now that the 90’s are back in I decided it was time for a do-over, so when I spotted a little pinafore dress on the summer sale rack at Miss Selfridge for under a tenner I snapped it up. It’s perfect for this time of year as it can be easily transformed by layering things under it. I’ve worn it under a crisp white shirt at work for a preppy look paying homage to Rachel in Friends, but decided to amp up the grunge when I recently attended the Scarlett London Bloggers Festival in London.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise
Usually I’d keep my jewellery minimal but for this look I decided that more is more and that clashing was fine! My skull necklace had come very close to getting chucked out as I never wear it anymore, but I layered it with a choker kindly lent to me by Pippa and teamed it with my chunkiest black ring and a bit of sparkle in the form of a diamante heart bracelet that my mum had given me. (Despite the whole Barb hair debacle we’ve remained close!)
Make up wise I kept with the 90’s and went for a nude lip. My favourite is still Nars Audacious in Vanessa.
Making a boob of it
I was a bit nervous to wear it as I’m usually such a girly girl when it comes to my clothes and don’t tend to try and make any kind of statement, but I got a few compliments on the day which made me feel a bit braver! Unfortunately my necklace kept catching on the material of my dress and one boob of it is all bobbled so I’m not sure if I can salvage it. However now that I know that I can wear them I’ll be more confident about trying on similarly styled dresses.
Other than my bargain dress, everything that I wore was something I already owned. Sometimes it’s worth experimenting with what’s already in your wardrobe – layering pieces over or under others until you find a winning combination. It can totally transform individual pieces and give them a while new lease of life, and it might surprise you what ends up working well together. Try long and short sleeved tops under dresses as the season cools.
Black Pinafore Dress |Miss Selfridge (no longer for sale) | Similar style here
Striped tee shirt | Old | Similar style here or this cute slip with built in tee would also work!
Black Sateen Bomber Jacket | New Look | Shop it here
Ankle Boots* | George (first featured here) | Shop it here
Choker | Borrowed from Pippa who made it! | Similar style here
Heart Shaped Diamante Clasp Bracelet | Make unknown | Similar style here
Leopard Spot Round Sunglasses | Oliver Bonas | Shop it here
Thanks go to Pippa for once again being my outfit photographer – what a babe!
Do you experiment with fashion or stick to a signature style? What do you think of the 90’s trend?