Wearing jeans is for posers, true revolutionaries wore these bad boys to signify just how cool they were. But believe it or not, everyone wanted to look cool, from preppy high schoolers to punk rockers; they all wore these bleached-out jeans. Nothing epitomizes the extreme contradictions of the ’90s quite like acid-washed jeans.
It was a fad that gained popularity due to the influence of rock stars like Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, and Metallica. While the trend eventually faded away, acid-washed jeans continue to have a place in fashion, with occasional comebacks and updates to keep them relevant.
Color Tinted Sunglasses
We first saw these in magazines, then we saw them featured in our favorite TV shows, and soon enough, they were everywhere. From Johnny Depp to the Spice Girls, shady-chic eyewear was all the rage of the late 90s. While we admire their attempts to capture the hopeful atmosphere of the early 90s, these color-tinted glasses only proved that the world didn't look better through them.
The popularity of colored glasses soon faded away, but it left a mark on the era's fashion scene. Nowadays, they might seem like a questionable trend, but they still make an occasional appearance on the runway or the streets.
Typically board shorts were worn by surfers, but that didn't stop teenagers and young adults from wearing them in the 90s. Brands like Billabong, Roxy, and O'Neill were everywhere but the ocean. At least they were practical, as the zippers were replaced with velcro, and the material didn't mind getting wet.
The bright and bold designs were eye-catching and helped define the era's beachy vibe. Even today, board shorts remain popular for anyone looking to embrace a fun and carefree summer style. Whether you're a surfer or just love the beachy aesthetic, board shorts are a must-have in any summer wardrobe.
The Puffy Jackets
Seen alongside big poofy hair, these jackets are quite the sight. We're not sure what to focus on, the guys' indecisively designed jackets that seem to present just about every pattern out there in one item of clothing or the horrendous pink and blue ones on the ladies that look like a disco party.
If ever there was a photo that epitomized the 80s, this might be it. There is definitely a lot going on in this picture that we might run out of time discussing the brightly colored patterns. Let's just skip it all. Next!
Sweater Over Your Shoulders
If you find yourself too warm to wear a sweater but too cold to go without it, this was a nice compromise. Plus, you'd look polished without really trying. This look was supposed to make a statement about casual breeziness — a tennis date, freedom from suit-and-tie events — yet nothing in male fashion had more distasteful baggage. There was once nothing worse than the guy who sported this look.
It was also known as the "preppy" look. It was often associated with wealthy college students who belonged to exclusive social clubs, and the look was meant to be effortless and casual. However, the trend was criticized for being elitist and pretentious and often mocked in popular culture.