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AMELIA LANGAS

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Back-to-School Fashion the Year You Were Born

Are you a ‘90s baby or a child of the ‘80s?

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Reminiscent of school uniforms, plaid was all the rage. Here, Demi Moore wore a plaid drop-waist dress.

1985

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For the 1986 school year, fringe was a major trend. Mia Sara put the look to work as Sloane Peterson wearing a fabulous fringed jacket in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

1986

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The bigger the better was the motto for 1987: big hair, big patterns, big clothes.

1987

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Heathers premiered in 1988, bringing with it the businesswoman style. High schoolers opted for blazers and a professional look.

1988

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As the 1980s came to a close, fashion went more casual and way more colorful. Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing is a great representation of the time.

1989

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Big hair and funky patterns reigned supreme. Think Saved by the Bell.

1990

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The dawn of the 1990s couldn’t let go of the colorful patterns of the 1980s just yet.

1991

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Come 1992, fashion went back to basics. Jennie Garth from Beverly Hills 90210 is seen here wearing a tight white top and black mini skirt.

1992

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The more minimal the better. You couldn’t go wrong with a solid colored shirt and denim bottoms, like Kirsten Dunst wears here.

1993

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What’s more 1994 than a tank dress over a white T-shirt? Maybe Lisa Kudrow in Friends.

1994

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Ugh, as if Clueless wouldn’t get a shoutout. The film was released in July 1995 just in time to inspire the-girl-next-door outfits for that school year.

1995

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Grunge strongly influenced 1996 fashion. Combat boots, baggy clothes and dark colors abounded, as seen in the movie The Craft.

1996

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Overalls were the vibe this year. Whether they were long, short or skirted, they were a must-have.

1997

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Logomania emerged in 1998 and still remains a trend. Peep the Dolce & Gabbana logo on Mariah Carey’s shirt.

1998

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Capri pants and a choker necklace made for the perfect back-to-school look. Or if you’re Laura Prepon, the perfect movie premiere outfit.

1999

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Oops, she did it again. Britney Spears rocked the low-rise pants trend, which has since made a comeback.

2000

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