I’m Just a Fool For You, ’90s

Elle Magazine, August 2013
Elle Magazine, August 2013

I was at the mall a couple of weeks ago when BAM! An army of plaid hit me in the face. POW! Leather platform lace-up boots marched up and IN-YOUR-FACE torn-up denim jackets were on display in every window. I couldn’t help but smile at my long-lost love — the ’90s. Who would have thought a resurgence of pink hair, oversized plaid button-ups or Birkenstocks would feel like coming home? Me. I’m the type of girl where hair brushes are reserved for post-shower detangling only; a tool never to be used during my morning routine. (I favor 30 minutes of sleep over primping any day). I couldn’t be happier that this grungy, tomboy look is in again. In fact, I’m totally embracing it.

This couple.
This couple.

Many monumental things took place during this liberating era: The Internet was born, Drew Barrymore was America’s sweetheart, Johnny and Kate were a couple (!!!) and rap was actually worth listening to (sorry–but today’s aggravating hip hop just doesn’t do it for me). Although not exactly at the age to sport my Alanis Morissette angst, I spent school nights watching Doug Funnie and Chuckie Finster embarrass themselves, looked forward to Blockbuster trips on Fridays and laughed with — not at — Amanda Bynes. [Really, Amanda, what happened??] I had an unhealthy obsession with Leonardo DiCaprio when Titanic released, played limbo at roller skate night and willingly donned a black plastic choker. (That’s something I WILL NOT be doing this time around). I was a full-blown ’90s kid.

The movie that defined '90s style: Clueless
The movie that defined a decade of dressing

Things I’m looking forward to wearing this fall: wooly plaid, small hoop earrings, combat boots, crop tops, small backpacks, dainty jewelry, boyfriend jeans and dark lips. Oh, and stocking caps/beanies!

Here are some of my favorite tunes from growing up: this will surely get you on the ’90s bandwagon if you’re not already. Who doesn’t love some sex and candy, and can we really get a man on the moon?! Listen to the full playlist here.

1. “Mother We Just Can’t Get Enough” – New Radicals

2. “Linger” – The Cranberries

3. “Insane in the Brain” – Cypress Hill

4. “Poison” – Bell Biv DeVoe

5. “Groove is in the Heart” – Dee-Lite

6. “Follow You Down” – Gin Blossoms

7. “Don’t Speak” – No Doubt

8. “2 Become 1” – Spice Girls

9. “Run-Around” – Blues Traveler

10. “Sex and Candy” – Marcy Playground


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