July 29, 2016

A 90’s Style Denim Dress for Nostalgic Millennials

With a generation that so uniquely yearns for anything and everything that characterized the 90’s, it’s no surprise that an app like Pokemon Go would quickly sweep the nation.

Teens and 20-somethings have reminisced about jelly shoes, Saturday morning cartoons, and Surge since the turn of the century. This nostalgia has infiltrated the media and fashion industries, making chokers the accessory of the summer and Pokeballs the next best thing.

The grunge look that so many adopted in the 90’s is being seen on celebrities all over as they don their flannels and Adidas, bringing a modernity and a chicness to the style that didn’t always accompany the unwashed hair and angst that plagued those who originated it.

As this trend has grown with fast fashion stores and models, prices have grown too.

So how can you get the look affordably?

I’m here as your thrifting spirit guide to help you find your best (and easiest) 90’s look in no time!

With just three items, you can create your denim grunge look à la fashion leader Kylie Jenner.

Step 1:

Go to the men’s section.

If you look around, there is flannel and denim abounding! Find the largest denim shirt you can. You want to make sure it hits a little above the knee. Throw it in the washer/dryer, button the shirt all the way down, roll up the sleeves, and you’ve got yourself the denim shirt-dress of your dreams.

Step 2:

Find some sneakers.

In the 90s, bigger was better, and that certainly rang true for the bulky sneakers of the decade. The comeback of the Adidas Sambas and hi-tops popularize off-duty model and cool girl fashion, so go snag some chunky statement tennis shoes (white is the most popular, but any color will do with denim!) and you’re set! I found some white Reeboks in great condition and washed them in OxiClean, to whiten them just a little more.

Step 3:

The choker.

Chokers run rampant among festival-goers and street fashionistas this summer. The simple, normally black accessory can be found in the most unlikely of places. Go to the belt section, find a skinny, black belt, and you’re all set. All you have to do is set the choker to your appropriate neck size, poke a notch through it, and trim the remaining belt off! Voila! You now have the accessory of the summer!

I finished off my look with some personal accessories of borrowed aviator sunglasses and a black Kate Spade Pine Street Small Kori. For my makeup, I went light, using Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette for eyeshadow, Almay liquid eyeliner, Benefit Roller Lash mascara. I topped off the look with the signature brown-tinted 90s lip with Too Faced Melted Matte in “Sell Out”. For hair, I simply parted it in the middle and let it air dry to complete the carefree look.

Check out your local Goodwill to come up with your own version of this look! Instagram your pictures to @goodwill_sc and @haysprank!

Until next time,

Your Local 20-Something

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 Photos by Freddie Powers

2 Comments

  1. Loving this look. It’d be so cute with patterned tights in the fall/winter. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for overalls and coveralls so I usually browse the men section.

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