Nineties fashion is being regurgitated by millennials. And guess what? I’m not mad. I have to say, some of it actually looks better this time around. I’ve worn all these things before as a teenager in the 1990s, so it is quite nostalgic.
This new iteration puts its own spin on things. The high-waisted jeans are more fitted at the waist, possibly due to Levi’s putting a little lycra in their denim these days. However it happened, it definitely is hotter than the boxy ones I determinedly belted myself into at 15.
The crop tops I wore in the 1990s were hideous neon colours; the crop tops of today come in artful shades of sage or oatmeal. I tried a few of the new cropped tees, to the dismay of my tween children, then I thought better of it and hid them in my daughter’s wardrobe.
Even bodysuits are back and are looking relevant again. I’m not going back there, though, no matter how good it looks, because, well, comfort.
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But there is one 90s trend I am super keen to relive. The slip dress was to the 90s what tracksuits were to 2020. Kate Moss in her invisible silver Calvin Klein slip dress; Drew Barrymore in Mad Love wearing a floral slip dress over her white T-shirt; and Winona Ryder and her major slip dress game.
Gwyneth Paltrow was wearing slip dresses in the 90s around the time she was dating Brad Pitt. Those photos still pop up on designers’ inspiration boards.
My first slip dress was from Glassons, and I thought it was perfect. Black, short, with spaghetti straps, and a tiny floral print. Then I became even more serious about slip dresses and bought a brown crushed velvet one to wear to my prom. I paired it with a cream lace T-shirt and a choker. I think the look still holds up today, though I’m less confident about my hair and make up choices.
Slip dresses are back in a big way. Models, actresses, influencers – pretty much everybody who has a knockout body they would like to showcase, wears them.
However, the slip dress is deceptive, because it works well on a variety of body shapes, though there are different ways to work it, and it all depends on how you wear it.
How to choose and style a 90s slip dress in 2021
Slip dresses look great over T-shirts for a casual vibe. If it’s date night, a turtle neck ups the ante and keeps it chic. Underpinnings are also very forgiving on later-in-life under arms.
Amplify the accessories
Pair a slip dress with your best belt or an obnoxious earring. The accessories have more power because you’re wearing them with fewer distractions. Let the accessory make the statement.
Take it to the tailor
This applies to most things, but especially a slip dress. Most of us don’t have off-the-rack bodies, so it pays to visit a tailor.
My shoulders are wider than my hips, so when I buy a dress I buy the size that fits my shoulder, then I ask my tailor to take it in at the hips. You will never regret tweaking a dress to sit well on your body.