I am always one for nostalgia….and I loved the 90’s! Chunky heels and brown lipstick were my absolute favourite times in fashion. I worked retail when I went to University, and worked for a department store in Winnipeg Manitoba called Brettons that was like a little mini-Holt Renfrew. I felt so stylish in my chunky heels and blazers. Unfortunately I don’t have a tonne of photos from that time (we didn’t take as many back then without digitals images and iPhones), but it was a time for fashion.
Chunky Heels – Square-bottomed chunky heels felt so edgy because they were a throwback to the 70’s. So there was something so cool and retro about wearing them. You kinda felt like a punk, but with a fashion edge. Paired with a square-shouldered blazer, it was such a stylish look at the time. I still love those shoes – and they were comfortable!
Overalls – Who wasn’t rocking the overalls in the 1990’s?! I remember wearing them with a crop top underneath which felt a little risqué and….saucy. I had short-overalls, denim and striped (I think they were Esprit when the brand was still a San Francisco, cool brand). I wore them all.of.the.time.
Brown Lipstick – I was in heaven when I first discovered MAC makeup around the mid-nineties. That was the first time I had ever seen such matte and cool colours in makeup – and the MAC counter in Winnipeg was right downstairs at the old Hudson’s Bay, right next to the Malt Shoppe.
I remember my absolute favourite MAC lipsticks at the time were Twig (which I actually have come back around to!) and Taupe. Worn with a Stone-coloured MAC Lipliner, and you would look like you were approaching a room, lips first.
More 1990’s Styles I am embarrassed to say that I loved:
Beverly Hills 90210 – Those sideburns on Luke Perry and Jason Priestly! Shocking yet so sexy.
The Spice Girls – I was a bit old for them but still loved the styles, makeup and bold looks.
Supermodels – My two roommates and I had every Cosmopolitan and Vogue magazine with the supermodels on them. We couldn’t wait for the next issues to come out.
Gwyneth and Brad Pitt – This was at the height of my obsession with a 30-something Brad Pitt. And Gwyneth was like the perfect, Esprit/Benetton girl….and then she cut her hair. I wanted to have that haircut!
What styles are you embarrassed to admit that you loved?