The late nineties/early noughties was a time that some would rather erase from their memories entirely due many unforgiving fashion moments. But in the age of #TBTs, there are fashion moments from this era that might be worth reconsidering. If it were possible to invent some kind of time contraption, these are the trends we’d bring back for SS17.
*warning: you might need sunglasses. It’s going to be bright.
Nudes (The Right Kind)
If ever there was a match made in wardrobe heaven, it’s nude tones and satin. It’s what the movies of the nineties and noughties were made of (think Cruel Intensions, Clueless, Mermaids) and it’s sexy, it’s luxurious, and it’s uber-feminine. Together with soft shades of taupe, sand and cream, it’s the ultimate complimentary pairing. These River Island striped sateen pants pictured below are a perfectly modern and sophisticated take on this timeless boudoir-style trend.
Pink stripe wide leg culottes, River Island, €50.00
Okay, I know the sun-kissed, genetically perfect goddesses below are simply beaming, but you don’t have to be seven-foot tall and dark-skinned to enjoy sunset palettes. Orange, golden hues and yellow tones are a perfect solution for light-coloured skin during summer, so instead of running off to the sun, simply splash some yellows and orange tones into your wardrobe mix instead. What’s more, these palettes will help to enhance your natural tan too so it’s a win-win. Orange rhinestone-covered chaps are optional.
Left-right: Michael Kors SS04, Missoni SS04, Robert Cavalli SS04
Left-right: Biba SS08, Etro SS09, Unique SS09
The classic two-piece suit is a recurring theme in fashion. Just a quick google will show you that it featured last year, 2015, 2014, 2013 – and so on. But what we haven’t seen in quite some time is a traditional shorts suit. But shorts have become so confidently dressy in recent years and with brands like &OtherStories, Ganni, Zara creating affordable and sophisticated looks for every budget it’s easier thane ver to achieve this fresh approach to a timeless classic.
Left-right: Luca Luca ss2005, Marni ss2005, Versace ss2008
The empire silhouette was a staple part of every nineties wardrobe. We briefly witnessed a slight revival during the Autumn/Winter 2016 collections but the trend hasn’t yet full reemerged. It’s purpose was to draw attention to the bosom rather than the waist, which, back then, translated as sexy. But for women trying to lift or enhance their breasts today, empire silhouettes could offer an alternative to padded or lifted bras. With some reinvention and a 2017 appeal, we imagine empire lines could make a quick comeback.
Empire lines and tattoo chokers: teenage Olsen twins were the epitome of nineties empire silhouette
Finally: The Hair Trends We Want To Erase Forever
Left-right: Christian Dior ss2007, Vivienne Westwood ss2008, Tommy Hilfiger ss2004
We would never want to put a damper on anyone’s creative spirit, but we’re not quite sure what designers Westwood, Dior, and Hilfiger were thinking with these ‘do’s. We’re not quite ready to take on the bowl look just yet (or hopefully ever). Keep your hair natural and airy this summer for perfectly on-trend tresses.