The '90s Called...

I turned six at the beginning of the 1990s, and I was almost sixteen years old by the time that decade ended. That means I got to wear a variety of '90s fashions—from the teased bangs that are often associated with the '80s to the low-rise jeans that are often associated with the early '00s. You can see an example of my dope '90s style here.

When you're young and in the midst of fashion trends, you think they'll stay around forever—of course we'll always love scrunchies! Once trends have passed, you hope they'll stay buried forever. At least that's how I feel about many '90s trends. But, for some reason, many of these fashions are coming back in style.

Overalls Women's Overalls

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I loved overalls as a shapeless child, but as a pear-shaped adult they scare me. The silhouette itself is inherently pear-shaped, which can only exacerbate my proportional issues. No matter how many photos I see of women rocking overalls, I just don't think that I, or many other women, can successfully make them look grown-up and cool.

Mini Backpacks Mini Backpack

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Confession: I actually have a mini backpack that I like to use at fairs and amusement parks. However, I bought it years ago, and it's strictly utilitarian. I never thought it was fashionable.

So these things are back? And they're cool? Just use a purse. The model is even wearing it like a purse.

Slip Dresses with White Tees Underneath

Slip Dress

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This style, like overalls, really suited a shapeless child's body back in the '90s. Nowadays, there is no reason an adult needs to wear this. Want to wear a slip dress? Just wear one on its own. Want more modesty? Throw on a cardigan. Failing that, just find a dress with actual short sleeves.



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I actually don't hate a choker, but I feel this look has the potential to go south quickly. That heart choker feels very tacky and '90s to me—I'm not even sure if Cher from Clueless would touch it. And please, for the love of all that is good, don't let the dreaded tattoo choker come back.

I have heard that if you wore a trend the first time you shouldn't wear it the second time around. Perhaps that's that. I would certainly to be happy to leave some of these '90s trends to the youngsters who don't know any better.

The worst part of seeing these trends again is wondering what's next. Will we see butterfly clips again? Will body glitter come back full force? Will we be assaulted with pant rises so low as to prevent the wearer from bending even an inch?

Low-rise Pants

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Please, God, no.