How to Wear the 90s-Inspired Style Modernly

90’s style has continued to influence fashion in the last two decades, and it’s not hard to spot these trends all over today’s runways or in street style photos. If you’re a fan of 90s look, but don’t want to look outdated on your fashion style, keep on reading for our styling guidelines that both epitomize and modernize fashion from the decade.


gold choker necklace with all black outfit

statement choker with tube cocktail dress

A must-have accessory in the 90s, choker can still make your style modern by opting for fashion-forward and trendy designs of the neckpiece to incorporate with your outfit. Like Jessica Ricks, you may opt for a gold choker that can add some glamour to your all-black outfit as black serves as a great backdrop for your metallic piece to shine. Going for jeweled chokers, bib chokers, and pearl chokers can also be great adding some modern vibe to your looks without taking away the 90s style.

Slip Dress

cobalt blue slip dress with ankle strap sandals slip dress with cardigan and mules

The slip dress was a popular look of the 90’s and you may update the look by trading the dress for an equally sexy lace or silk camisole. Like Nicole Warne, you may go for the classic shades of cobalt blue or white that looks elegant to wear with your strappy sandals and mules. Just polish your looks with a dainty necklace that will add some classic touch to your 90s look.


button down shirt with denim overalls and coat sweater and scarf with denim overalls overalls with striped top overalls with button down shirt and coat denim overalls with striped top and scarf

Overalls are a 90’s classic while a version of cropped, slim legged pair modernizes the look. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may think of creating unexpected layers with your overalls to keep the style updated. Knitted sweater, striped top, button down shirt, feminine blouse, and such topped with a coat or neck scarf can be great. Just trade your sporty sneakers with a pair of chic ballet flats or classic pumps to make your style a bit chic.

Matching Set

cropped sweater and skirt matching set novelty print matching set matching set with statement heels

Keep your look playful and flirty with a matching set. But, to keep your 90’s look modern, go for a modern silhouette on your matching set like an architectural or asymmetrical style with modern prints. Crop tops, skirts, or trousers with embellishments, cut-outs, sequins, metallic trims, and other modern designs are great. Skip those retro floral and polka dots that scream 90s and go for novelty prints, quirky patterns, classic stripes, or abstract prints giving your style an updated look.

Crop Top

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A crop top works best with high-waist bottom to keep your outfit balanced. Just go for rich jewel tone shades on your crop tops like sapphire blue, amethyst purple, ruby red, or emerald green to make your style trendy. Asymmetrical, cut-out, one-shoulder, and off-shoulder crop top styles can also look feminine while keeping your style 90s inspired.

Plaid Skirt

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Matching your top with your plaid skirt is so 90’s. You may update the look by wearing the same pattern in different color palettes, and tie it all together with a neutral coat. Like fashion blogger Jessica Ricks, you may team your midi skirt in plaid pattern with an off shoulder top that’s just as feminine and delicate where the contrast of metallic gold pumps made the outfit look more current.

Biker Jacket

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The biker jacket was all the rage in the 90’s. So, make your casual street style 90s inspired by choosing biker jacket as the perfect weekend topper. Like Blair Eadie, go for modern styles of bikers like ones with color blocked panels, modern structure, architectural silhouette, and ones in feminine shade of pink.

Pinstripe Suit

pinstripe suit with architectural pants and loafers

Known to be the office must-have staple, pinstripe suit can now be worn to create a trendy street style statement. Like Blair Eadie, wear your suit with a trendy pair of architectural pants instead of a straight-leg one, which looks too corporate, and polish your outfit with a pair of brightly-colored loafers. This way, you’ll make your style 90s inspired while keeping it trendy and fashion-forward.

Gingham Outfit

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Capture the essence of the 90’s style like Blair Eadie does, by wearing your gingham print maxi skirt with a crisp white button-down shirt that looks so breezy and chic. You may also think of peplum blouses, dresses, midi skirts, button-down shirts, blazer, and even a pair of classic pumps with gingham print to create a cohesive and sleek 90s style modernly.

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