The biggest ‘ugly’ fashion trends of the ’90s were all about grunge. The shoes and accessories were thicker, the denim was looser, the flannels were oversized, and the hair was pulled back with a scrunchie.
And while you might think these trends were comfortably tucked away in the past, you couldn’t go more wrong. From platform sneakers to oversized plaids, the ugliest trends of the ’90s are back, but with a more tailored and sophisticated touch. These reimagined trends from the 90s are a nod to the retro decade and a clue to the future. In short? It’s time to rethink the childhood trends of the 90s and try them again.
One way to reinvent the most popular retro trends? Start with the way you style them. Instead of wearing your JNCO style jeans with a grungy oversized plaid shirt, consider wearing the denim with a sleeker bodysuit. Fancy an oversized flannel top? Pair it with bike shorts or a denim skirt for a chic contrast.
And don the accessories with abandon. From platform sneakers to adult jelly sandals, your shoes are an easy way to dip your toes into the “ugly” trends of yesteryear. And for a low-stakes take on ’90s trends, throw a scrunchie in your hair, whether you’re wearing a tee and jeans, or a tight dress.
Coming up, find the top ten ‘ugly’ trends from the ’90s that you’ll want to add to your wardrobe this year and beyond.