It’s no surprise that the 90s have been heavily influencing recent trends. Mom-jeans continue to be sold on sites like Top Shop and Urban Outfitters and cycling shorts recently walked the runway for Chanel, Prada, and Fendi. Meanwhile, prints like tie-dye were featured on the catwalks at R13 and Prabal Gurung, but with a sophisticated twist. Even 90’s accessories have made a comeback, enabling consumers to try out the 90’s comeback trend without having to commit to an entire garment. Want to try it for yourself? Here are my top 5 picks of 90’s accessories that continue to or are just beginning to make a comeback:
No one quite rocks a beret like Cher from Clueless, but in 2017 when Rihanna, Bella Hadid, and Rita Ora tried out the look we were all for it. Then, when Chanel took the beret to the runway during the company’s nautical-themed cruise 2018-19 show in Paris, the hat was undoubtedly elevated to high fashion. The beret has become a notable trend this winter season, and with a few weeks of cold weather left you can try out the French-inspired look yourself.
Like the beret, the return of the scrunchie is not new. In 2016 and 2017, the scrunchie was taken to the streets by celebs like Lily-Rose Depp and Bella Hadid and even the red carpet by Hailey Bieber. Around the same time, the accessory made its 2017 New York Fashion Week debut for Mansur Gavriel. The hairstylist for the show, Laurent Philippon, urged a laid-back, loose styling of the scrunchie, telling Vogue “it’s better when it looks a little bit messy.” Fast-forward to 2019 and the scrunchie is far from gone. Instead, the hair tie now pervades men’s wear, as evidenced by Aquaman’s Jason Momoa’s blush, velvet scrunchie, which Jason wore on his wrist as he walked the 2019 Oscars Red Carpet.
After the micro bags of last year, it’s time to appreciate the rise of a more practical purse trend. This past month Bella Hadid slung a leopard-printed shoulder bag under her arm. She even accessorized the purse’s strap with a hair claw, giving an even more obvious nod to the ‘90s. This is not the first time Bella has stepped out with a shoulder bag, however. While in Soho in October 2018, she was spotted wearing an all-black Prada shoulder purse while holding hands with her boyfriend, The Weeknd. Because the look walked the runway for the spring/summer 2019 collection of Simon Porte Jacquemus—the man who made the micro bag trend a “thing” of 2018—we can expect this trend to stick.
The same day Bella Hadid wore the leopard-spotted shoulder bag, she accessorized her face with small, black, squared sunglasses. Also in late February, Kendall Jenner wore a similar pair–black, Linda Farrow rectangular sunglasses–with a colorful babushka and a white button-up with matching high-waisted pants. The two models are no strangers to sunglasses trends, with both wearing the tiny sunnies and small cat eye fashion glasses popular this past year.
The bucket hat is back, and this time trends are being combined. The velvet bucket hat that Bella Hadid wore for the Anna Sui Spring 2019 collection or the neon bucket hat available on Urban Outfitters are just two examples. You can even buy transparent bucket hats, so that from your head to your PVC-shoe-wearing feet, your accessories are see-through. If you’re still skeptical whether the hat has truly made a comeback, there’s proof of its appearance on several platforms. Every model wore a bucket hat with the Dior logo for the Christian Dior Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear show, Kendall Jenner was seen with the face-shielding hat in mid-February, and a groom had a custom-made Bode bucket hat for a Miami museum wedding in January.