The 90s were iconic times for the fashion and music and fashion industry. These were the times of MTV, boy bands, Lisa Frank notebooks, Jlo, Monika, Rachel, and, most importantly, the 90s hairstyles.
The 90s were all about hairstyles. You would find people with a messy bun, wide section bangs, and middle parting with butterfly clips. Gorgeous ladies like Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Anniston, and Kortney Kox were serving some of the most recognized hairstyles of all time. These ladies are famous for carrying the 90s hairstyles most gracefully that people still remember them as some of the most iconic looks.
These ladies are the reason why many 90s hairstyles are a foundation for most of the hairstyles we see now. You can find these iconic hairstyles in vogue magazine right now.
There are some 90s hairstyles that we wear in a very subtle way. In this article, we will tell you about some of those hairstyles.
You must know cornrows as black fashion, but something that you may not know about it is that cornrows were a huge fashion statement in the late 90s. Honestly, to me, it feels like the 90s fashion is making a mega comeback.
In the 90s, you could see models wearing cornrows at famous fashion week shows, which was a huge deal back in the day. However, records broke when Caucasian celebrities started wearing these hairstyles at red carpets events. Some wore it quasi style, and some went all out with it. And currently, you can find many celebrities wearing cornrows.
The Pixie Cut
You must know the sleek and fashion-forward pixie haircut, as it is a fashion-forward cut. You must think that it is the latest fashion trend. However, that is not the case. The super short, subtle, laid-back cut was most famous in the 90s.
The Pixie cut had its high fashion vibe back then. However, even now, when you see anyone wearing this hair, you will get that 90s vibe. Let me tell you that the pixie cut gained instant attention when Winona Ryder wore the cut in the late 90s. She rocked the cut with very subtle makeup, juicy red lips, a crystal necklace, and a beautiful black dress. It was a serious show-stopper back in the day.
The Micro Braids
The micro braids also got a lot of attention when Brandy Norwood wore it on her TV show, “Moesha.” The hairstyle was iconic and fresh. Surprisingly, it was her real-life hairstyle as well, and she rocked it for the longest time. However, now it seems like the hairstyle is making a comeback in the most glorious ways possible.
You might remember why Kim Kardashian also wore the hairstyle for some time, and it broke the internet. Some people criticized her wearing a black hairstyle, but some praised her for looking like a queen in every hairstyle. Kim is indeed a queen of rocking all kinds of bold fashion statements.
Currently, the bob cut is in fashion news all over the world. People are getting the hang of this iconic short haircut. However, back in the 90s, ladies were more into the soft, bumped, and bouncy bobs. They were more into adding classic soft curls into their iconic classic bob. This would add a nice texture and an element to that hairstyle. The 90s bob had more body than the current bob.
In the 90s, Angelina Jolie made the bob look soft and angelic. She got a bouncy blonde bob cut with soft curls. Jolie paired this look with tiny glittery earring studs, a glittery layered necklace, and a cozy white dress. She looked gorgeous in the outfit.
The Mall Bangs
You must remember the 90s with the mall bangs for sure. In the 90s, there was a time when you would see almost all TV characters wearing these sets of bangs. In the 90s, it was the ‘cool girl’ hairdo.
If you are still confused, mall bangs are the small, feathered bangs, which make your hair look extremely voluminous from the front.
Celebrities like Tiffani Thiessen, D.J. Tanner, and Kelly Bundy were among those who made the hairstyle even more famous. However, you could see many rock band members wearing the famous mall bangs too, like Rodger Tayler, Brian May, and many more.
The Claw Bangs
The claw bangs are making a comeback now. Celebrities like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Dakota Jhonson, Zandaya, and many more have brought the hairstyle back after many years. This hairstyle is most famous for shaping your face and making you look more toned.
In the 90s, ladies used to curl their bangs. However, hairstylists are enhancing this look by introducing techniques to make the bangs look in-sync and elegant. Currently, you will find ladies wearing the bangs with straight hair, making it look sleek. You will also find ladies wearing it with curly hair. But these ladies are more into perfectly textured hair, which makes the hairstyle look perfectly done and put-together.
Double Dutch Pigtails
After the release of “hit me, baby, one more time,” Britney Spears made the double dutch pigtails look sexy, which made it popular. You would find several celebrities and commoners wearing the hairstyle.
However, the hairstyle got more attention when she wore the hairstyle to red carpets and award shows. She used to divide her short hair into two parts and make two super messy plats that she would tie down individually. Her peaking hair would make her look sexy and playful at the same time.
In 2015, the hairstyle made a comeback in the shape of space buns. It is still pretty famous, but since the hairstyle is difficult, you don’t find many people wearing it.
The flip is one hairstyle, which is a literal time capsule of the 90s. The hairstyle is iconic, and celebrities like Drew Barrymore rock this style like no one else. In the 90s, you would find girls pairing the flip with pretty butterfly clips, enamel hair clips, glittery clips, neon hair clips, and whatnot.
The haircut is now making a comeback since the 90s fashion is taking off again. Back in the day, ladies used to rock the hairstyle with nice dark lips, thin pencil eyebrows, and simple eyeliner.
Oh, the Bandana trend! Let me tell you, bandanas were a huge fashion statement, back in the day. You would find celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani wearing them in their paparazzi photos. You could also find a few movie stars wearing them as well. However, when the bandana got more popular, Jlo wore a bedazzled bandana to a red carpet in the early 2000s. This is proof that the early 2000s fashion had a lot of 90s influence on it.
Currently, you can find several famous TikTok stars wearing bandanas in their pictures to depict that 90s look. However, they try to make them look more subtle.
The Jumbo Box Braids
Jumbo braids are making a huge comeback in the current times. You can find some celebrities wearing these amazing braids. These are other hairstyles that come from an African background. But many celebrities wore this hairstyle and made a fashion statement.
Celebrities like Janet Jackson became most famous for it. She once wore braids to a red carpet with a newsboy cap, juicy red lips, and stunning round/oval dark shades. People still consider it a legendary look. However, these days, you see this hairstyle becoming common again. You can see celebrities like Keke Palmer rocking the hairstyle as her casual look. You can also find some Instagram models swaying their box braids in beautiful Instagram shots.
You must remember those notorious butterfly clips. Many celebrities think that they are their biggest fashion regret. In the past, they were a huge thing. You would see celebrities like Gwen Stefani wearing them to red carpets. However, it seems like the butterfly clips are making a subtle comeback. You can find several Instagram models wearing them with their luscious hair. Nowadays, girls pair these clips with boohoo chick outfits. It makes them look subtle and cute, and they also keep their hair up for them.
Super Short Platinum Pixie
In the 90s, Jada Pinkett Smith was famous for introducing an interesting short hairstyle. In those days, people used to take inspiration from the ladies. She was famous for introducing short hairstyles. However, her barely-there pixie cut is most famous. When you first see it, it feels like the cut is a modern buzz cut. However, that is not the case.
These days, you can find many girls rocking this bold look. But, they switched the short bleached pixie cut with a buzz.
Wispy Tendrils with a Messy Bun
How can we miss out on the well-known messy bun? In the 90s, this hairstyle was super famous that you could find celebrities wearing it to red carpets. Back then, people thought that the messy bun looks super chic. You can find a picture of Paltrow proving it. The messy bun was a whole look in itself, but people used to pair it with wispy tendrils to frame the face to make it look more symmetrical and slim. Some people even used loose hanging curls on their faces.
The High Pony Tail
In the 90s, hair was all about more bouncy hairdos. For that reason, the sleek ponytail in the 90s was the same. Supermodel Tyra Banks was seen wearing a black sleek, bouncy ponytail on the red carpet with a black backless top. In those times, her ponytail has the perfect swoop, which is a 90s flair. The current sleek ponytail is the evil sister of the 90s ponytail. It is more sexy, out there, and fierce.
How did people get to know about the new fashion in the 90s?
If you are from Generation Z, you must be wondering how people got to know about fashion in the 90s when there was no internet. I must tell you there was no internet in the 90s, but in those times, we had television. People around the world got to know about new fashion through those sources.
In those times, we had television channels that would broadcast TV shows like F.R.I.E.N.D.S, The Office, Big Bang Theory, and many more. The ladies back then took inspiration from those TV shows. Moreover, people used to watch MTV, which was the major source of getting fashion inspo.
If not that, in the 90s, people were also pretty much into fashion magazines. In the 90s, Vogue was more like a fashion guru that you see on YouTube. If girls saw anything in the Vogue magazine, they would buy it with their eyes closed.
What were the fashion crimes in the 90s?
There is a simple answer to that. In the 90s, being basic was a fashion crime. Going overboard was a major fashion statement. In the 90s, if people found you wearing simple basic clothes, they would think that you cannot afford a high-fashion lifestyle. For that reason, you would see people dressing up more than they probably needed to. Remember when Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears went all out on denim? Britney wore a denim dress and Justin wore a denim three-piece suit with a hat. It was one of the most 90s pictures ever.
Who should I follow for no regret 90s fashion?
If you are currently getting into 90s fashion, I must tell you that Rachel Green is the mother of most of the iconic looks from the 90s. Rachel was the one who introduced the world to tiny sunglasses.
When the first episode of Friends was released, Rachel green stole our hearts instantly with her gorgeous eyes and luscious hair. From that moment, Rachel made hundreds of fans, and most of them love her for her sense of fashion.
Later, Rachel was seen wearing her hair in a big hair catcher with claw bangs. That shaped her face beautifully. From then on, many ladies started copying the look.
After that, you could see Rachel’s top hair caught in a big hair clip and the rest of her hair hanging. With this look, she shaped her face by keeping her hair above her ears.
In the next season, you could see her in a Brazilian blowout on short bob hair. It was also a nice subtle change, but many people did not follow it since it was high maintenance look.
Later, you can find her in sleek middle parting hair and many more iconic styles. She was a queen of subtle hairstyles, which still looked as beautiful as they did before.
How did the 90s Vogue look?
If you look at the Vogue magazine of the 90s, it was very different from how it looks now. Back in the 90s, Vogue was all about high fashion. But the fashion back then looked outdated to us. However, there are some Vogue covers that are still pretty iconic, and people use them as reference. For fashion, back in the day, the Vogue magazine was the primary source of inspiration.
The magazine successfully introduced iconic looks. Before Vogue, nobody knew that they could wear newspaper boy hats as a fashion article. In the 90s, Vogue features a model with no eyebrows on their cover page. Honestly, it is was a very big deal back in the day. Since Vogue promotes individuality, the cover got a lot of recognition, and people got an idea of diverse beauties.
The 90s was a good time. Back then, people did not care about their hair being perfect all the time. In those times, people were more concerned with following fashion. However, many celebrities were experimenting with fashion. Those experiments formed the backbone of the current fashion.
Many people say that the 90s was the time when most celebrities committed fashion crimes. Like shoulder pads, frizzy hair, crimped up bangs, mall bangs, and much more. However, there were also many fashion statements that we still remember and take inspiration from them. When you think about it, it happens in every decade. The fashion gods put us to the test, and we just go along with it. Recently, we got out of the phase, where people around the world were seen wearing dramatic contouring and extremely bushy eyebrows.