Our Awesome '90s Throwback Outfits - and How We'd Wear Them Now
Sharon Clott Kanter, Deputy Style Director: My mom tells me that I only wore tutus as a kid, and this is the photographic proof (I think this is late 80s, early 90s). I have very little recollection of this, but apparently, I had one in every color and I wore them everywhere — to the grocery store, to go shopping, to school, to the toddler gym (as shown here). There was no where I'd go that my tutu didn't go with me. She says that people gave her looks, like look at that mom who has the kid in the tutu again. But she said she didn't care because I was ALL ABOUT IT.
Gotta say, I'm not sure I ever grew out of this look. Rather, it has just evolved from a juvenile tutu into the grown-up, adult version — the bodysuit. And I own so many of them! My collection continues to grow – I have off-the-shoulder, long-sleeve, sleeveless, open back, black options, gray options, and more. I'm glad I'm continuing the obsession. Some things never change, even decades later.
Buy It! Ribbed Off-the-Shoulder Bodysuit in Blue, $16; boohoo.com
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: I would truly give money to know where my mom found the numerous matching floral bike short ensembles I rocked throughout much of fourth grade. I would give a similar amount of money for the blithe confidence I possessed at age 10 that allowed me to put on floral bike shorts and a 3-in. thick purple headband and give myself two thumbs up in the mirror.
TORY BURCH 'ELIZA' TOP
But the truly astounding thing about my throwback photo isn't the bike shorts: It's realizing I already have the 2016 version of that floral-collar tee hanging in my closet. You can take the girl outta New Eagle Elementary School …
Buy It! Tory Burch “Eliza” off-the-shoulder top, $295; bloomingdales.com
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: This photo was taken in 1998. I was 11 and about to be a big sister for the second time. I also wore this dress three times a week. It was my first foray into tween dressing, and I remember being obsessed with the cool front zipper — very Clarissa meets DJ Tanner. (I was also obsessed with my LA Gear sneakers and had bangs up until eighth grade.) As for my little sister, not sure why she's stuck in the '80s. (Seriously, Jenny.)
FOREVER 21 DENIM DRESS
Even though I'm officially an aging millennial (sigh), I'm proud to say that I'm all about the '90s fashion resurgence. This denim dress is the 2016 version of my 1998 look. It has a tiny slit at the bottom and cool front tie belt, making it the perfect updated version for my 29-year-old self.
Buy It! Zipper-Front Denim Shirt Dress, $20.99; forever21.com
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: If I were to look back at this photo two years ago, I would have been in disbelief that my mom would ever allow me to show up to my last day of 5th grade dressed in a matching top/shorts/shoes ensemble, carrying a Trader Joe's bag. Now, however, I look at it and think, “I was so on-trend,” and wish I had still every part of that outfit, including my Olsen-twin-inspired sunglasses. Oh, and that dog tag chain necklace? It says N*Sync.
Ok, so maybe I wouldn't still wear those sunglasses — but considering my current obsession with athleisure and clothes with Adidas's logo, this graphic crop-top and shorts duo has my full attention. It's versatile enough for the gym or for a day of running errands, and will go perfectly with the Adidas slides that are currently in my shopping cart.
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: I know what you're thinking: That kid has it going on. Between the large glasses (with bifocals!), trendy graphic T-shirt and rustic straight-outta-Pinterest backdrop, I was the epitome of cool in 1994. OK maybe not — but I'll admit not everything about this insanely dated photo has changed over the years. I still have terrible vision, always have a spare hair tie on my wrist (although I've graduated from scrunchies) and love a good pom-pom accessory.
BODEN POM-POM SANDALS
Anyone who's scrolled through Instagram lately knows that pom-adorned sandals are huge this summer, and I'm here for it. So until I find my giant multicolor pom-pom hair tie, wearing the fun trend on my feet will have to do.
Buy it! Boden sandals, $86; bodenusa.com
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: I don't remember when this photo was taken or how old I was here (I'm guessing five or six), but I can tell how much I loved this outfit. From the front-tie top (which I could do all by myself, thank you very much) to the asymmetrical floral-print skirt, I thought I was just the coolest each time I wore it. But maybe that's because I actually was cool? As if.
Urban Outfitters Tie Top
I love this silky satin wrap top – it's the modern-day version of the cutesy tie top seen in the adorable photo before. But what I especially love about the short-sleeve blouse is how I can easily adjust its fit (you know, before and after a big lunch) and that it pairs with everything from jeans to cutoffs to a floral skirt.
Buy It! Silence and Noise Surplice Tie-Side Shirt, $24.99; urbanoutfitters.com
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: This photo was taken in 1989 on visiting day at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp. I'm wearing my gymnastics uniform which was pretty much all I wore back then because I thought I was going to be the next Mary Lou Retton (she won the gold back in 1984) so I spent hours training in the gym every day. I never made it to the Olympics, but I did become the Junior Wayne County Beam Champion that summer, so, like, same. My mom is decked out in her late '80s best, featuring what appears to be an airbrushed T-shirt and a charm necklace.
Jennifer Meyer Star Earrings
I'll leave the patriotic-themed attire to those who rock it best (the U.S. women's gymnastics team and Katy Perry) and instead go with something that celebrates my love of stars in a more understated way. I recently received these adorable studs as a gift and I wear them every day. And after looking at my TBT photo, I should probably pick up a pair for my mom as well because, wow those are some serious earrings she has there.
Buy It! Jennifer Meyer 18-karat Gold Star Earrings, $275; net-a-porter.com
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: As you can tell by the Disney Store presents behind me and by the fact that I'm wearing my best party dress, this was my 4th birthday party and I was pretty pumped. While I don't have any memory picking out the look, you can clearly see who dressed me. My mom is practically pioneering the whole mommy-and-me matching movement in our floral prints and bobby socks.
FOREVER 21 DRESS
So seeing as my birthday is coming up soon, I decided it's time to recycle the 20-year-old style – minus the bowl cut this time. And this Forever 21 piece has the delicate floral print from the first, but with the all-important trendy sternum cutout my pre-school version was missing.
Buy It! Forever 21 Midi Dress, $27.90; forever21.com
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: I was full-on addicted to the 1992 classic Klutz book, Braids and Bows, and among all the amazing hairstyles I made my mom learn, the double inside-out french braid was my fave. I wore those braids as often as I could, frequently paired with floral bell-sleeve blouses and jean shorts. Little did I know this look would become a Coachella mainstay.
FREE PEOPLE TUNIC
This blousy top fully fits the boho vibe I unintentionally channeled as an 8-year-old. But seriously, the number of tops that exist like this is staggering. It's really happening! I can even wear it in the ways I used to as a kid: Either tucked into jeans or free-flowing like a dress over leggings.
Buy It! Free People “Changing Times” tunic, $118; freepeople.com
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Intern: This 1998 snapshot of me at four years old in Ocean City, Maryland hints at the start of my sunglasses obsession. I always got a kick out of the reactions I got when I threw these sunnies on in front of my parents. They told me I was a spitting image of John Lennon, and I danced around in glee without a care in the world of who the musical legend even was.
These silvery-blue are as close as you can get to my late-’90s favorites. The retro and Lennon-inspired style is the perfect complement to a Coachella, festival vibe outfit for summer. My four-year-old self would certainly approve.
Buy It! Perverse “John” Sunglasses, $45, perversesunglasses.com
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: As a toddler, I pretty much lived in Osh Kosh B'Gosh striped overalls in pastel pink or blue, typically with a matching bow tied in my hair. If you can't tell, my mother was a little obsessed with dressing me in precious, coordinated outfits. Even then I knew the best accessory a girl can have is a giant dog that does your bidding and lets you wrestle with him.
Thankfully, overalls are back in style, and just in time for summer when my dressing M.O. in the morning tends to center around how I can construct an outfit wearing as few pieces that actually touch my body as possible. This pair gets a modern update thanks to a floral print and tapered pant leg. Plus, I can still throw it over a t-shirt and if anyone questions my choice I can just give them the side eye and whisper, “It's fashion.”
Buy It! Roseanna Peach Floral Overalls, $204; ssense.com