21 ’90s Fashion Trends Making a Comeback in 2023

21 ’90s Fashion Trends Making a Comeback in 2023

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Cardigans

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Fashion seems to have an on-again, off-again relationship with the cardigan. But in the ’90s, there was nothing like an easy cardi to throw over your shoulders in case your spaghetti straps or slip dress got a little chilly.

Fast forward to now, and celebs like Kendall Jenner are wearing ’em cropped or only partially buttoned to show a lil skin. Paired with some wide-leg jeans or a pair of low-rise pants (!), and you’re set.

Cardigans

Song of Style Juliet Cardigan

Song of Style Juliet Cardigan

Cardigans

Song of Style Juliet Cardigan

This creamy cardigan gives the illusion of a crop top—thanks to the peek-a-boo front—but provides more coverage on your sides and back for extra warmth.

Cardigans

Eloquii Ribbed Cardigan

Eloquii Ribbed Cardigan

Cardigans

Eloquii Ribbed Cardigan

Now 52% off

This everyday basic is a must-have to wear with allll your favorite pants and skirts.

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Sheer Dresses

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JP Yim

Remember Kate Moss’s iconic sheer dress from 1993? It’ll definitely go down in fashion history—but it’s not retiring anytime soon. Brandon Maxwell brought back the legendary look for his Fall 2020 during NYFW in February.

Get excited, because 2023’s take on the trend is just as epic, and offers both neutrals and bold hues. You’d be surprised at just how wearable sheer dresses really are!

Sheer Dresses

Farai London Mona Midi Dress

Farai London Mona Midi Dress

Sheer Dresses

Farai London Mona Midi Dress

A standout frock like this will get ya all the attention.

Sheer Dresses

Miaou Thais Dress

Miaou Thais Dress

Sheer Dresses

Miaou Thais Dress

A sheer dress doesn’t have to show a lot of skin! Take this gorge number from Miaou, for instance. She’s definitely ready for any formal occasion.

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Knee Socks

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Edward Berthelot

Those ’90s school-girl knee socks were another look made famous by Cher in Clueless. High-fashion brands like Prada create an updated version of the trend that is a whole ‘fit in itself.

We’re also seeing them come back in a big way, thanks to the prep-core style as seen in the reboot of Gossip Girls. After all, what wouldn’t look chic with designer loafers or luxe heels?

Knee Socks

Natori Crystal Sheer Knee High Socks

Natori Crystal Sheer Knee High Socks

Knee Socks

Natori Crystal Sheer Knee High Socks

Pop on a pair of sheer socks with your fave loafers for an av cool look.

Knee Socks

Torrid Cable Knit Knee-High Socks

Torrid Cable Knit Knee-High Socks

Knee Socks

Torrid Cable Knit Knee-High Socks

For added warmth, try this pair of chocolate brown knee socks paired with a tweed mini.

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4

Leather Chokers

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He was recruited

If you didn’t have the chance to explore your inner punk during the ’90s, get excited because chunky leather and chain chokers have made a triumphant return in recent years—take, for example, Christian Siriano’s Fall 2020 collection.

You can go bold or keep things simple and sleek with a choker. Either way, rest assured these babies add some edge to any ensemble.

Leather Chokers

Manokhi Ring Detailing Choker

Manokhi Ring Detailing Choker

Leather Chokers

Manokhi Ring Detailing Choker

*Listens to Green Day once.*

Leather Chokers

Vanessa Mooney The Alice Choker

Vanessa Mooney The Alice Choker

Leather Chokers

Vanessa Mooney The Alice Choker

Now 49% off

Dip your toes into this trend with a simple choker that’ll pair well with anything.

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5

Thick Headbands

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Hair accessories were HUGE in the’90s, and thick headbands were everything. Beanie Feldstein rocked a satin one at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, reviving the thick headband trend and sending us all into hair-sterics. (Sorry for that one.)

Whether you’re into bedazzled bbs or classic, chic looks that’ll go with a designer gown, you’ll find options for every mood in 2023.

Thick Headbands

Loeffler Randall Crystal-Embellished Braided Headband

Loeffler Randall Crystal-Embellished Braided Headband

Thick Headbands

Loeffler Randall Crystal-Embellished Braided Headband

This bejeweled option is the next best thing to an actual tiara.

Thick Headbands

Lele Sadoughi Cosmos Crystal Moon Alice Headband

Lele Sadoughi Cosmos Crystal Moon Alice Headband

Thick Headbands

Lele Sadoughi Cosmos Crystal Moon Alice Headband

Go for bold with this adorable moon and crystal headband.

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6

Adidas Slides

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In the ’90s, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn’t own a pair of these fresh slides—and now you’re probably wishing you didn’t get rid of yours. They’ve been spotted on models from Gigi Hadid to Suki Waterhouse (pictured here).

They’re so much more than a shoe you’d wear to meet up with friends at the pool, too. When it’s warm out, Adidas slides add a sporty flair to any lewk.

Adidas Slides

adidas Adilette Shower Slides

adidas Adilette Shower Slides

Adidas Slides

adidas Adilette Shower Slides

Now 30% off

If you wanna stick to le classics, this is definitely the pair for you.

Adidas Slides

adidas Adilette Lite Slides

adidas Adilette Lite Slides

Adidas Slides

adidas Adilette Lite Slides

Now 20% off

Alternatively, try a sleek all-white pair featuring the Adidas logo.

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Claw Clips

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ICYMI, hair clips are back in a big—nay, huge—way. And in the ’90s, these babies were the ultimate chic hair accessory. (Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel Greene, in Friends, was an avid fan.)

Once they were spotted in the wild at Alexander Wang’s Fall/Winter ’18 show, there was no stopping the resurgence. The trend just keeps getting bigger and bigger, with everything from minimalist designs to seriously quirky clips available.

Claw Clips

Kōv Essentials Daily Clip

Kōv Essentials Daily Clip

Claw Clips

Kōv Essentials Daily Clip

This huge claw clip will help keep your hair in place all day. Not to mention, it’s hella cute.

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Contributing Fashion Editor

Maggie Griswold (she/her) is a contributing fashion editor for Cosmopolitan and freelance writer and editor based in Los Angeles, covering everything from the latest wardrobe must-haves to interior design trends. along with Cosmopolitanyou can find her work on Oprah Daily, StyleCaster, Women’s Healthand HouseDigest, among others. She’s a big (read: ridiculously huge) fan of the ’90s sitcom Frasier, all things Shakespeare, and a good romance-filled YA novel. Follow her on Instagram.

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