Smells like retro spirit


photo by Kacy Lach

As seniors Sarah Halverson and Julia Dansereau flaunt their flannel shirts and chokers, some teachers have noticed that more and more students are wearing these trends and are forced to consider the possibility that maybe the ’90s never left at all.

Victoria Tomeo, Lifestyles Editor

From crop tops to chokers to graphic tees, you would be surprised what you can find in a thrift store these days. It may seem like frosted tips and CDs are far in the past, but according to recent trends, the ‘90s are making a comeback. Since this year’s seniors are the last of the ‘90s babies, they reminisce some of their favorite trends while teachers beg for certain ones not to make a return.

“I absolutely love [The Fresh Prince of Bel Air], so I’m glad it’s still playing on TV and people are wearing certain styles from the show,” senior Tatum Annan said.

Annan, like many others, dresses, listens and watches many trends that were best known in the ‘90s. She recalls her favorite bands and styles and compares them to trends people are interested in now and claims that they are “very similar.”

Shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Friends acted as a catalyst for many of the popular trends that circulated throughout the decade and some of those are circulating back into style, including fashion and famous sayings.

“I didn’t particularly like the ‘Rachel cut’ when it was in style, but it looks good on some people, so I’m not completely against it making a comeback,” English teacher Samantha Richardson said.

Richardson, as one of the many people who lived through the ‘90s, doesn’t dress along with the trends anymore but claims to remember and love memories from her time in the decade. She also said that frosted tips, which were popular among men, were way worse in person than in pictures.

The recent shows of New York Fashion Week showcased styles like the famous “Rachel cut,” based off the hairstyle of the Friends character Rachel Green played by Jennifer Aniston, metallic lipstick and overalls that put fashion critics back in time. Stores like Forever 21 and H&M have also hopped aboard the bandwagon and stocked their shelves with tie-dye patterns, platform shoes, high wasted jeans, leather jackets, flannels, chokers and more that drove magazines and fashion editors to display their excitement for the returning decade’s trends.

Men’s fashion, which included everything from frosted tips to mohawks to sagging jeans, is also coming back into style.

Science teacher Marc Pooler, another survivor of the period, recalls many trends that he participated in during the ‘90s, especially the sayings, and specified that men are probably more excited for the returning trends because of the lack of fashion and showering among guys back then.

“The thing about the ‘90s is, it was just an excuse for guys to dress as lazy as possible and get away with it because that was ‘the style,’” Pooler said.

While some styles from the ‘80s rolled over to the ‘90s, one in particular changed the decade the most: music. The rise of the “Grunge Era” featured bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam that changed the sound of music and the way society, mainly the younger generation, celebrated it. Concerts around the world mirrored those of concerts from the ‘80s but with less hair and madness. Grunge music, as Richardson describes it, was the first emergence of gothic trends, which brought on new trends that mixed with previous ones to create things like combat boots with T-shirt dresses. The music made in the ‘90s made a smooth transition into the 2000s, which had very, if not the same sounds, as the ‘90s.

Music and fashion seem like the more prominent characteristics of the decade, but movies were also influential on how society fluctuated with its trends. Movies brought on not only fashion statements and culture, but also language. Sayings like “as if” from the 1995 movie Clueless and “show me the money” from the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire spread through the period and some are still said today.

Despite the fact that some trends of the ‘90s are, according to Richardson, “unspeakable,” many have been brought back and the world has adapted to create newer trends from the older ones. Perhaps one day the next generation will be talking about this generation’s Justin Bieber and the breakup of “Brangelina.”

“If there is one thing this generation should take from the ‘90s, it’s that fun and originality are of absolute importance,” Richardson said. “Enjoy the times of being a kid while you can.”