Every Christmas wish-list in the 90s was packed with fad-like accessories to go with your platform sneakers and denim overalls. From scrunchies to Charlie perfume, a 90s kid was nothing without a cluster of accessories from head to toe.
Here are our favorite 90s accessories…
Scrunchies in all colors, patterns, and textures were a must-have. Kids wore them to school, grown-ups wore them to the gym, to the club, and on the grocery run. Scrunchies had a bad rap for a while there, but they’re back in action today. Kids are rocking velvet scrunchies with their chokers and Mom jeans…we are “retro” already?!
2. Brimmed hats
Hats with big, upturned brims in felt fabrics and jewel tones such as deep green or burgundy. Worn with spaghetti-strap dresses over plain tees.
3. Faux flowers
Faux flowers, most often sunflowers, were pinned to brimmed hats or tucked behind the ear (like Drew Barrymore’s fresh daisies).
4. Charm bracelets
The goal was to have as many charms as humanly possible! Charms were given to celebrate birthdays and milestones, or as holiday souvenirs.
5. Stick-on tattoos
The best stick-on tattoos came inside gum wrappers or from the dollar store. It was always so heartbreaking when they didn’t stick properly and turned out as a splotchy mess.
6. Yin and yang necklaces
Yin and yang signs were everywhere in the 90s. You may have had yin and yang school book cover, or a yin and yang charm on your leather choker, or even a yin and yang stick-on tattoo.
7. Peace sign charms
Peace signs were all the rage, especially in the form of choker pendants or as embroidered patches on our denim overalls. Peace sign silver rings were the jackpot.
8. Sun, stars, and moon jewelry, clothes, and bedspreads
I had sun, moon, and stars mobile hanging in my room, a prized possession. The original sun, moon, and stars print was navy blue with mustard-toned celestial motifs and was popular for bedspreads.
9. Fanny packs
Fanny packs in neon colors and adorned with iron-on patches were worn over denim rompers or Dad shorts with Hawaiian shirts. No family entered a theme park without a fanny pack in tow.
10. Small sunglasses with colored lenses
Round or oval sunglasses with metal rims and colored or deep lenses were, and still are, cool. Jennifer Aniston wore them, the Olsen twins wore them, Halle Berry wore them. Say no more.
11. Mood rings
Remember the movie ‘My Girl’? (Excuse me while I go and cry for an hour!). Anna Chlumsky’s character had a mood ring and naturally, we all wanted one too. Why did they go out of fashion?
Silver anklets, preferably with little bells and charms, were all the rage. You were extra cool if you had a toe ring on the same foot. This was part of the “hippie chic” styling of the 90s that ran into the ‘00s peasant-skirt boho phase.
13. Choker necklaces
Quite possibly one of the most recognized 90s accessories, and the most revived one today. Choker necklaces came in many styles from rugged leather to shiny satin with a crystal pendant. They were just as appropriate for the prom as they were for the grunge show.
14. Backward baseball caps
Backward baseball caps were rocked by Will Smith on the Fresh Prince, Tyra Banks, and Uncle Jesse to name a few. Schoolboys had their go-to hat they wouldn’t part with, wearing it backward from dusk till dawn.
Christina Aguilera, JLo, Dionne (from ‘Clueless’), and Aaliyah favored the bandana headband. Others wore it as a top, (Shakira and Mariah Carey, we see you). You would polish off the look with hoop earrings and dark lip liner.
16. Slap bracelets
Remember these? They were rigid until you literally whacked them onto your wrist so they would curl around to form a thick and rather uncomfortable bracelet. Glow-in-the-dark or sun, moon, and stars varieties were sought after.
17. Bucket hats
LL Cool J made the bucket hat cool in the 90s, with chunky chain necklaces and track suits (or no shirt at all, with baggy pants and exposed underwear). Britney Spears also adopted the bucket hat, but in a far more candy-coated, blonde-lock way.
18. G-shock watches
Casio G-Shock watches were the timepiece to own (along with Swatch watches after the 80s frenzy). Chunky and colorful, with gummy straps and digital faces. Baby-G watches were the daintier option.
19. Eyebrow, nose, and lip rings
Guys would try to be Travis Barker (Blink 182) and girls would try to be Fairuza Balk (from ‘The Craft’) with fake lip, nose, and eyebrow piercings. Add dark purple lipstick, or baggy tees and extra-low Dickies shorts.
20. Brown lipstick
A matte or frosted brown lipstick was a must-have beauty accessory for 90s women. It was worn with frosty, pale blue eyeshadow and gelled hair strands hanging over the face.
21. Rainbow socks
Striped rainbow socks had a huge moment in the late 90s and were worn with platforms and denim minis. They reached to the knee and were kept up by elastic garters your Mum sewed you.
22.Glow in the dark sun, moon, and star room stickers
Was your bedroom covered in posters of Leonardo DiCaprio and glow-in-the-dark sun, moon, and stars stickers? Mine, too. If you could see a skerrick of wall, you were doing it wrong.
23. Fairy nets above the bed
Another home accessory, the fairy net over the bed (also less glamorously known as the mosquito net) was a key component. The perfect haven in which to read your Babysitter’s Club books.
24. Crystal necklaces
Crystal pendant necklaces on waxed cotton strings were popular among the bohemian kids, worn with plaid shirts, chunky boots, and baggy khakis. The goal was to find your birthstone and to layer it up with a leather choker.
25. Charlie perfume
Charlie was one of the most iconic perfumes in the 90s (though it was released in the 70s). Check out this promo video featuring Cindy Crawford in a red Herve Leger bandage dress with big 90s hair and matte smoky makeup.
26. Ralph by Ralph Lauren
How reminiscent is that blue and clear bottle? This had a home on the dressing table of millions of girls in the 90s. That scent brings me right back to my first boy-girl parties, having Mom drop me off at the movies, and reading Top of the Pops magazine (real paper!).
27. Beaded hair wraps
Did you or a friend ever come home from a family holiday with a resort tee, tie-dye sarong, shell necklace, and beaded wraps in your hair? You could also get these at the mall on a Saturday morning after drinking Starbucks frappuccinos.