You may have noticed, we have a thing for nostalgia, especially when it comes to fashion throughout the decades. So, if the mere mention of flip phones, platform sandals, shoulder pads make you long for yesteryear, you've come to the right place.
And as our current obsession with the 90s can attest to, everything old is new again. So why the pressing need to step back in time and revisit the awkward and confusing times of our adolescence? Maybe it's for memories, maybe it's for a giggle or maybe it's the comfort of looking back at a time when life wasn't so hard - whatever the reason, that's a whole other article.
As any good social media scholar knows, curation is key. With that in mind, we've chronicled a few of our favourite Instagram accounts that celebrate style from eras gone by into a carefully crafted list for your scrolling pleasure. Whether you're a 90s kid, a vintage visionary or simply believe you were born in the wrong era, travel through time with these vintage Instagram accounts.
Polyester was the fabric of choice and just when you thought flares couldn't get any wider (looking at you bell bottoms) the flare was almost gone. Men and women alike were wearing extremely tight-fitting pants matched with platform shoes and statement (often faux) fur.
Velour was hot and velvet was even hotter. With trends spanning from ripped tights and leather to polished oversized blazers, and style icons ranging from Joan Jett to Joan Collins, the 80s was a decade of bold style, colours, and silhouettes - permed hair included.
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Denim, plaid and a combination of cotton, nylon and polyester (more commonly known as a windbreaker) ruled the material world of the 1990s. Mullets were stylish for a few years and every jumper had a turtleneck under it. But then grunge happened. Suddenly every shop in town couldn’t keep a flannel shirt in stock. Teens were digging through their dad’s old clothes to get their hands on some authentic hole-ridden jeans to wear over the top of their fishnet tights.
Jelly, synthetic fur and velour were all accompanied by belts that served no purpose. As the decade went on, 2000s fashion began to take cues from 1960s bohemian looks. Yoga pants, low-rise jeans, cowl-neck shirts, peasant tops, capri pants, cropped jackets, and dresses over jeans were popular outfit choices for women. All of which were often paired with accessories like disc belts, aviator sunglasses, jelly bracelets, ties worn around the neck or as belts, ballet flats, and platform boots.
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Main image by @90s.babe on Instagram