18 Pins Your '90s Self Would've Loved

by Eliza Florendo

I'm going to make a pretty interesting comparison here: Pins to our clothing is like toppings on our pizza. They're fun, they're colorful, and they totally make the full picture. And what's better than '90s-themed pins to spice up your backpacks, jackets, hats, and more? They're basically the most fun accessory. Though they're small, they add a serious punch.

In the '90s, it was all about the patches: Cartoon characters, catch phrases, rainbows, unicorns—you name it, our denim jackets had it. Each and every time I wore my jeans through and ripped them up, I'd add a patch. What looked cooler than that? And, when my backpack that I had all throughout elementary school ripped, you guessed it, I added patch. Not only did they mend my broken items, but they also added a super cool look.

Pins were also all the rage back in the day, but they've come all the way back in 2016. Smaller, cuter, and more minimal, pins are totally on trend this year. While we're all about the quirks, the more simple, minimal accessories are making the rounds. Enter the mini pin: one tiny metal addition with one big, spunky personality. Whether it's a lipstick, a compact, a flag, emoji, or smiley face, they always add such a cute little statement.

It's all in the math: '90s-inspired accessory plus cute little pin equals one badass accessory. These mini pins will have your '90s nostalgia all the way up.

1. The Classic Smiley

Big Bud Press Smiley Pin, $15, Urban Outfitters

Is this a photo from the '90s?

2. '90s Rappers

Old School Hip Hop Buttons, $12, Etsy


3. Old Cell

Laser Kitten '90s Cell Phone Pin, $12, Nasty Gal

Looks like my very first cell!

4. Trolls!!!

Sparkles The Troll Pin, $10, Laser Kitten

All the feels.

5. Furry Dice

Fuzzy Dice Pin, $12, Pintrill

Hell yes.

6. Internet Love

Internet Pin, $2, Etsy

I'm obsessed with this one.

7. Rad

Valley Cruise Press RAD Pin, $12, Nasty Gal

So simple, but so good.

8. Alien Love

Alien Pin, $12, Pintrill

Look how happy!

9. Bite Me

Bite Me Pin, $5, Valley Cruise Press

I don't know how many times I've said this.

10. Lisa Simpson

Lisa Simpson Pin, $3, Etsy

The skepticism in her looks is amazing.

11. Juice

Fruit Punch Pouch Pin, $12, Laser Kitten

Oh man, Capri Sun was the jam back in the day.

12. Sorry!

Sorry Not Sorry Pin, $12, Pin Trill

I'm pretty sure this was the only game I played in this decade.

13. Jelly Shoes!

Jelly Shoe Enamel Pin, $12, Tees and Tank You

I need this!!

14. Cher & Dionne

Best Friends Whatever Pin Set, $18, Laser Kitten

Buying this ASAP.

15. Lava Lamp

Lava Lamp Enamel Pin, $7, Etsy

This may be my fave in the bunch.

16. Yin And Yang

Yin Yang Pin, $10, Valley Cruise

So cute!

17. Ahh, Real Monsters

Ahhh! Real Monsters, $11, Etsy

Peak '90s!

18. Clarissa

Clarissa Pin, $15, Laser Kitten

Her outfit is also on point.

Obsessed with all of these. And the best part? If you don't feel like wearing a certain one, you can easily switch it out! I've got quite the collection going on my denim jacket, and I can't wait to build it even more with these.