If you work in fashion you are probably a little sick of the 90s right now. Chokers are back on the high street and the catwalks are having a full 90s revival. Then there’s the 90s dominance of your Tumblr account and your Instagram. But there’s a reason this nostalgia is so prolific, 90s films were good, the fashion was fun, and the teens of that era had what teens of every decade have, freedom, fun and wild abandon. For those who grew up in the 90s with Aaliyah on the radio, Janet Jackson’s braids swinging on TV and Liv Tyler rocking a plaid skirt with attitude then this list is for you. Watch, reminisce and enjoy our 90s movies round up.
Empire Records (1995)
Early Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger give peak 90s in this movie about working in a music store (remember those?). From fluffy crop tops to Clueless style plaid skirts, the fashion is so 90s. It’s a story of loves, losses and friendship, and watching it is a rite of passage for any 90s kid.
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Back before Denzel Washington was the award winning actor from Training Day he cut his teeth in this romantic flick about falling in love with a girl from a different race, and the complications of being in an interracial relationship. We’re obsessed with actress Sarita Choudhury’s style in this movie and the amazing interior decor.
Reality Bites (1994)
Winona! Ethan! This classic rom-com made us fall for Ethan, but don’t sleep on the style in this flick.
Notting Hill (1999)
Hugh Grant at his most adorable bumbling self, he’s a simple book shop owner who falls for Julia Roberts (who plays an A-list out of his league Hollywood actress). The fashion is a little blah, but extra credit for Julia’s incognito looks and mostly it’s a chance to lust after the stunning exteriors of one of the most stunning, wealthy (and Insta-worthy) areas in London.
This flick homes in on the singles scene and what it’s really like (pre-Tinder). The Seattle grunge era aesthetic is perfect and extra credit for Eddie Vedder obvs.
Romeo & Juliet (1996)
Before Leonardo DiCaprio confirmed his spot in our hearts via Titanic, he was the loveable Romeo in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet with Homeland’s Claire Danes.
It was such a great drama it made you forget being forced to read it in English class. And the fashion? Perfect, Leo smoking in suits too big for him , with bold prints and classic armour. Then there was the soundtrack to fully capture our hearts.
Ok, this one’s a classic. You can’t talk about 90s fashion and not give props to Cher and Dionne. Fave quote: “Dionne and I were both named after famous singers of the past, who now do infomercials.”
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Lauren singing ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’, Whoopi talking about the Ice Capades, and a young Jennifer “Love” Hewitt, when she was still trying to make love happen. This movie is still everything- Whoopi pretends to be a nun at a school and helps inner city kids discover their voices and confidence in themselves. But fashion wise it’s that last scene when the school choir is about to go on stage and Whoop is all like ‘take off your robes and wear your own clothes’ that nails the full 90s attire of the time.
Best line to this day, “I am not, nor have I ever been, a Las Vegas showgirl. I am a headliner!”
Poetic Justice (1993)
Janet, Tupac, those braids, those oversized jeans (a la current day Vetements) and what other movie do you know that puts poetry front and centre?
Also the leading characters inspired blacks girl everywhere to embrace their beauty as leading ladies. So iconic.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
This coming of age tale in the hood covers pretty much every one of the daily issues for young Black American males. Laurence Fishburne is the dad we all wish we had, and Nia Long won our hearts. Also there was Cuba Gooding Jr’s fly shirts- who says men can’t wear yellow.
Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (1991)
Sometimes you wonder who comes up with these plotlines, this one was definitely out there, but it becomes a cool adventure unraveling bit by bit. Christina Applegate’s double life attire is peak 90s, complete with so many berets. The headwear game was so much stronger and consistent in the 90s (remember Sister, Sister and Blossom)
It inspire an entire Supreme capsule collection on the 20th anniversary of the film, nuff said.
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