The Key Pieces You Need to Embrace Nineties Fashion

The first thing to know: there are ten style pillars your wardrobe needs. And they're all right here.

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The little black dress, Manolo Blahnik stilettos, leather jackets, and ankle boots are a few elements of fashion that never really go out of style. They're key pieces that you can count on season after season, and they usually prove to be well worth the investment.

Kate Moss arriving at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. Photograph courtesy of Jim Smeal/WireImage
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We have the '90s to thank for all of them. The era of Kate Moss (she pretty much made the slip dress famous), Calvin Klein Jeans, crushed velvet, Clueless, No Doubt, and Nirvana, is still predominant in the collections of major labels from Alexander Wang to Saint Laurent. And the fascination shows no sign of cooling.

Nail '90s style in no time with these pieces.

The Slip Dress

A primer on '90s style without a slip dress is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the peanut butter. While most of us will forgo wearing a barely there one à la Kate Moss, there are several options that can be worn over a turtleneck in the winter or with simple slides in the summer. We have our eye on the checkered one from Tibi (below).

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The Washed Denim Jacket

A faded denim jacket is definitely not exclusive to the '90s, but we can't help but picture how good one would look thrown over a slip dress or worn with a pair of high-waisted mom jeans (see below) for the ultimate Canadian tuxedo. '90s or not, double denim is always Sweet-approved.

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The Plaid Shirt

When taking a page out of the grunge chapter of the '90s style book, a plaid button-down shirt is essential. Girls and guys alike can refer to Kurt Cobain or Travis Birkenstock from Clueless as inspiration—tie an oversize option around your waist as a perfect ode to the decade.

The Choker

The choker is as much a 2016 trend as it is a 1996 trend. It works best when the rest of your look is simple: think a white crew neck T-shirt and jeans or a black dress. Extra props if you go for one in a colored crushed velvet, like the Dannijo number below. You'll hit multiple '90s style touchstones in one shot.

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Old School (and Now New School) Adidas

Let's face it, Adidas sneakers have always been cool. Whether you fancy the Samba, the Superstar, or the Gazelle, it doesn't really matter because they all go well with pretty much everything. Right now we're loving the just-relaunched Gazelle paired with track pants and a hoodie.

The Crushed Velvet Statement Piece

Crushed velvet and the '90s go together like Mary-Kate and Ashley. You're often unlikely to find one without the other. While it may be difficult to pull off a baby-doll dress in the soft texture, go for a statement piece that will stand out from the rest of your look. The embroidered blouse below is high on our wish list.

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The High-Waisted Mom Jean

Whether you like it or not, the high-waisted mom jean is the denim silhouette made famous in the '90s and it's even more covetable among fashion influencers of today. Every major denim label offers their take on the vintage style that we think goes best with an oversize shirt and boots.

The Band T-Shirt

From The Clash to the Grateful Dead, it doesn't really matter what band you promote on your shirt. What does matter, however, is that the shirt looks as though it has already been worn by several generations of concertgoers. Pair one with a floor-grazing printed skirt and you'll be ready to rock.

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens have been the shoe of choice for '90s style icons including Gwen Stefani, Winona Ryder, and Claire Danes's character in My So Called Life, Angela Chase. These days they've been modernized by models-off-duty who incorporate the lug-soled boots into looks that often include ripped jeans and leather jackets. We are fans.

Old School Calvin Klein

The '90s were the original heyday of Calvin Klein Jeans, complete with logo sweatshirts, crop tops, and sports bras showcased in the omnipresent advertisements you still see on billboards today. Great news: thanks to a relaunch and special collaborations, the same styles can still be found and flaunted now.

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