Flashback Friday Fashion By: Jelani Rogers

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JuiceSaved By The BellFresh Prince of Bel – AirMartinFriends. All of which are favorites of all 90’s kids! The 90’s was a great time for music with huge artist in all genres of music! There were plenty of trends in the 90’s especially in fashion. The trends in fashion vary from wearing raiders hats, to wearing overalls with the straps down or neon windbreakers. It all just varies with the time over the 90’s.

Shoes for this era that were big came out of the wood works was definitely combat boot, and whether you can believe it or not striped sweaters! Striped sweaters such as ones from when Nightmare on Elm Street that Freddy Krueger wore! Another crazy trend that came out was the bleach blonde hair, and long hair.

Now why bleach blonde hair? I have no idea, you had the famous Cisqo and Justin Timberlake rocking these hairstyles that at the time were actually awesome to have, but for some odd reason has made its way to the 2000’s with Chris Brown debuting his blonde hair in 2011. All white kids grew their hair out during the time Headbangers Ball was out on MTV, and grew it out to rock out in the mosh pits! And those mosh pits are pretty insane with kids all jumping around and throwing punches going crazy, so I wonder if the long hair was actually a good idea.

Chris Brown with his blonde hair.
Chris Brown with his blonde hair.

As for when we wear blazers, we usually dress it up with either a nice blouse or button down underneath it but in the 90’s it was big baggy suits with a black or solid tee underneath the blazer. Fashion statement or not? I’d like to think it wasn’t but during this time it was a huge hit.

Tanks as well became a craze in the 90’s due to Saved By The Bell’s hottie A.C Slater, also known as Mario Lopez and showing off his nice guns in these nice muscle shirts.

A.C Slater wearing his tank top, showing off his nice guns.
A.C Slater wearing his tank top, showing off his nice guns.

This may seem out of the sorts but one of the big trends during this time were body piercings. Piercings such as belly buttons, and many other places you could poke a needle through people definitely tried. And another trend for the younger 90’s kids were lunchboxes. I had a little pink lunchbox that I was in love with even though I barely ate lunch from home, I tried that but it always failed because I was too lazy to make sandwiches, but I was never lazy for my fruit snacks.

One of my least favorite things to wear that were popular were turtlenecks. They were also so uncomfortable, and were so itchy. I could only take this pain for so long, I will never forget the day I wore a bright pink one with a star planted in the middle with all these sequins. Smh. By far one of my fashion disasters. However, a personal favorite of mine was wearing bucket hats who was made popular by LL Cool J and Jam Master Jay who were both legends way before my time and made them popular during the 80’s. The bucket hats came back because of artists Rakim, Ghostface Killah and Damon Dash.

Big fashion that rose was Coogi, and Tommy Hilfiger. Tommy Hilfiger for one was huge because of the late Aaliyah who rocked the two piece Hilfiger outfit, and also for all the guys they wanted to look like the late Grand Puba, or Puff Daddy also known after his seventh hundreth time of changing his name over the years Diddy. What topped it off though was the rise of Ralph Lauren with adding their Polo Bear collection and their Sports collection! To which the Polo bear collection is my favorite and is definitely a classic. The American Flag logo because just as recognized to what brand you were sporting just as the horse.

Notorious B.I.G rocking his Coogi sweater.
Notorious B.I.G rocking his Coogi sweater.

To top off this era the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) Michael Jordan. The man of the hour! The man who won 6 championships, and to this day is still one of best. Created his sneaker Air Jordans which are one of the most popular shoes and sell out every year with top selling numbers and to which are my favorite sneakers. Even though I may not have every pair, I could definitely name a good amount of his sneakers.

This era was an era of ups and downs with fashion and trends! However, it was huge mark just as any other era throughout the years and has had trends that still out to this day!

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