The biggest ‘ugly’ ‘90s fashion trends were all about grunge. Footwear and accessories were chunkier, denim was slouchier, flannels were oversized, and hair was pulled back with a scrunchie.
And while you may have thought those trends were nestled comfortably in the past, you couldn’t be more wrong. From platform sneakers to oversize plaid, the ugliest ‘90s trends are back and ready for action, but with a more tailored, sophisticated twist. These reimagined controversial ‘90s trends a nod to the retro decade and a hint toward the future. In short? It’s time to re-think those childhood ‘90s trends and try them out for size once more.
One way to reimagine the most popular retro trends? Start with how you style them. Instead of wearing your JNCO-style jeans with a grungy oversized plaid shirt, consider styling the denim with a sleeker bodysuit. Into the oversize flannel top look? Pair it with bike shorts or a denim skirt for a chic contrast.
And throw on the accessories with abandon. Whether platform sneakers or grown-up jelly sandals, your shoes are an easy way to dip your toe into the ‘ugly’ trends of yore. And for a low-stakes take on ‘90s trends, throw a scrunchie in your hair, whether you’re wearing a t-shirt and denim, or a slinky slip dress.
Ahead, find the top five “ugly” trends from the ‘90s that you’re going to want to add to your wardrobe this year and beyond.