People often dismiss the 90s as unoriginal and a decade style forgot but I disagree. This is the decade that gave us the ladette, unisex perfume, Daria, Cool Britannia, Clueless and (look, I've got to mention it, but only 'cos it was bloody seminal and even now I tear up when I hear “YO, I TELL YOU WHAT I WANT”) Girl Power. It did, however, have it's very, shall we say, casual moments, so I am not going to cover grunge or indie rock styles here. I don't care how much like a rat in a cage you feel. No one will know you've dressed up and you will have to stand in the corner with the smartarse guy who everybody KNOWS forgot to dress up but hopes he can get away with it by telling everyone he's Chandler from Friends. He's not getting away with it and neither are you.
Start with an easy one, the original ladettes were Zoe Ball and Sara Cox. Occasionally other female celebrities photographed drinking and having an opinion/regional accent (my understanding of the media is that these are interchangeable for women) were also labelled ladettes.
You will need-
- A bottle of whiskey
- Sunglasses, ideally pink or blue tinted. It is a new millennium gift that flattering shades are only now available. Fact.
- Straw cowboy hat. Wear askew.
- If it's a bit parky out you may wear a leather biker jacket in black or maroon.
- Tight boot cut jeans riding very low.
- Marlboro Reds.
Cher Horowitz was the Clueless character who gave us something to aspire to. A revolving wardrobe and a mobile phone. I have achieved one of these goals.
You will need-
- A pager and a mobile.
- Over the knee socks
- Short skirt
- Matching jacket
This is possibly my favourite. You can choose between normal Nancy and Nancy after too much Manon (NATMM). But I think it's best to go with NATMM because it's a little slutty and we all know this is the logic behind fancy dress post puberty.
You will need-
- dark purple lipstick
- Black kohl
- White face powder
- Hair gel
- Silver chunky crucifix jewellery, black dress, black corset, pointy boots, black lace glo... oh you all had a resident goth at your school you know the rest.
If for some reason none of these costumes appeal to you, don’t worry! The 90s are a veritable goldmine of easy dressing up. Here is an inspirational list, a mood board of words if you will, of 90s themed ideas to get you started.
Courtney Love covered in...is that eyeliner? Lipstick? Blood?
John Major. Ooh, political.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer- considering there's no way Buffy listened to Hole this look also requires the following, short skirt, a lot of eyeliner and...is that blood.
Skin from Skunkanansie. If you're feeling brave/bald.
Any of the Spice Girls but if you're going to be Sporty then that's not TRYING and if you're going to be Ginger in that Union Jack dress then you better be a man in drag.
Things to steer clear of at that 90s themed fresher's party
Diana, Princess of Wales. Too soon guys, too soon.