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90s Female Fashion Icons That Will Never Die

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The 90s are often reviled for its music, fashion, and general style, but don’t be fooled by the naysayers – the 90s not only gave us some incredible fashion moments, but they also produced some of the world’s most well-known fashion icons.

Here are 15 of your faves, what they represented for the fashion world in the 90s, and what was their defining and most iconic fashion moment.

#1 Courtney Love

There is no 90s fashion without Courtney Love, so there’s no other person who can open this list. Whether you remember her from her heyday or you’ve come to appreciate her in later years, you can’t deny that Courtney is THE poster child for grungy fashion.

Counterpart to none other than Kurt Cobain, Courtney had her own claim to fame by fronting her all-female grunge band, Hole, and by heavily influencing fashion and pop culture, as a w(Hole) – ha! – through her grunge fashion.

If you’ve never heard of Courtney, have never seen her, or haven’t been influenced by her in some way, girl – where have you been? She is the ultimate grunge babe that made trashy look chic. In contrast to all the perfectly poised Hollywood celebrities, she came in as a (really, really) imperfect rock goddess.

Iconic fashion choices
lingerie-inspired dresses, satin slip dresses, red lipstick, combat boots, fur coats, grungy makeup, a disheveled glamour that’s still cool.

Checklist: All the Different Styles of 90s Dresses (And a Few Mistakes Along the Way)

#2 Winona Ryder

Other than her intense romance with Johnny Depp and the now infamous “Winona Forever” tattoo that has since been (sadly!) modified (“Wino Forever”, really, Johnny?), Winona was the darling of the 90s, the leading lady in cult classic films, and just generally a trend-setter.

The thing about Winona was that she was always so effortless. Nothing she ever wore felt like it was overly studied or perfected.

Sure, it helped that she was small and adorable (when does that not help?), but her “I just threw this on and I don’t care that much” tomboy-ish vibe was just the epitome of cool and had lots of us gals pinning up pictures of her on our mood boards.

If you’re too young to know what a mood board is, think of it as sort of like a real-life Pinterest board, only with magazines, scissors, and glue.

Iconic fashion choices
oversized leather jackets, light-wash denim, menswear-inspired shoes, black dresses, pixie cut, red lipstick, the oversized blazers she wears in “Heaters” – if you’ve never seen it, first of all, how dare you? And second, it’s basically the original “Mean Girls” – with a dark twist.

Read: What Was Life Really Like in the 90s?

#3 Alicia Silverstone

Ultimate teen icon, Alicia Silverstone’s claim to fame was most definitely her role as Cher in Clueless, which has transcended time and is one of those classics of world cinematography.

Wearing Clueless outfit for retro party
Cher in Clueless / Paramount Pictures

Yes, it’s not the most artistic film in the world, but it’s given us so much to be thankful for. These are our Absolute Favourite Clueless Outfits Details Decoded.

We have to talk about that one outfit – you KNOW the one – yellow blazer, with a matching yellow tartan skirt and knee socks. Nothing will ever be more 90s-preppy-teen-wannabe than that outfit, and it helped that whole plaid skirt revival thing that happened.

Of course, that was also aided by the punk movement, but – SPOILERS! – we’ll cover that in Gwen Stefani’s section.

Iconic fashion choices
crop tops, pink, plaid, slip dresses, that goddamn yellow outfit we’re all still lusting for, 25 years later – yes, it’s been 25 years, you can proceed to be horrified.

Read: Celebrity Edition: What to Wear to a 90s Party

#4 Madonna

I mean…do we even need to talk about how much of a freaking icon Madonna is? Rivaling Cher in number of “eras” and reinventing herself throughout the decades, Madonna is just always relevant. The 90s were no different.

After a decade of big hair and fishnets, the 90s came with a lot of black for Madonna. Oh, and cone bras. That’s right, 1990 marked the birth of that particular garment that is now iconic in pop culture, and it was a creation by Jean Paul Gaultier, specifically for her and her Blonde Ambition tour.

https://retroetic.tumblr.com/post/183362624492/madonna-wearing-jean-paul-gaultiers-famous-cone

A cone-breasted legend.

Iconic fashion choices
that incredible cone bra, lace bras

Black Lace Underwear Set

#5 Spice Girls

Okay, so we’re cheating a tiny little bit here, because this isn’t one icon, it’s five, but can you blame us?

The Spice Girls were I-C-O-N-I-C, and not just for the Brits.

Their appeal was huge, because there wasn’t just one of them, there were five, so every girl (or young gay boy) could find someone to identify with – I guess kids would call them “spirit animals” now? IDK.

Posh Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice, Scary Spice and Sporty Spice, one for each taste, all had their own individual styles, according to their oh-so-cutesy nicknames, but they also had stuff in common that was so quintessentially 90s.

Their shtick was girl power, and the 90s were definitely all about it, including fashion choices. It was less about the male gaze, and more about the fashion, a fact which is made obvious by the sheer existence of platform shoes and the now immortal lyrics of their hit, Wannabe: “If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends/Make it last forever, friendship never ends”. You heard it here first, lads.

Iconic fashion choices
platform shoes, puffer jackets, crop tops, sequins, spaghetti straps, slip dresses, pigtails, leopard print, union jacks, pink, ALLL the body glitter, GIRL POWER

#6 Naomi Campbell

You didn’t think we’d leave some of the incredible 90s supermodels off this list, did you?

Naomi Campbell is about more than just clothes and style, she’s got a presence and a magnetism about her that are striking. Not to mention that the woman still looks exactly like she did 30 years ago, there’s some Dorian Gray shiz happening there.

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Naomi Campbell on the catwalk / Giphy

She is the quintessential effortless supermodel, as she looked like a bombshell in anything she wore (and still does): jeans and a t-shirt, fur coats, tight dresses, leather pants, plaid, printed leggings, sunglasses perfectly perched on her head – she did them all, and she did them flawlessly. Your fave could never.

Iconic fashion choices
plaid, blazers, printed leggings, tight dresses, bandeau tops, sunglasses, jeans & t-shirts

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#7 Sarah Jessica Parker

Name a more fashionable 90s icon than SJP – I’ll wait. No, but seriously, Sarah Jessica Parker was THE icon to look up to, when it came to the latest and boldest fashion. No one made more daring choices on the red carpet. Well, aside from Bjork and that swan dress.

Of course, A LOT of SJP’s fashion notoriety comes via her character in Sex And The City, Carrie Bradshaw, our most beloved fictional fashionista. But SJP herself rocked some excellent frocks, not to mention her natural curls.

Stop whatever you’re doing and go watch SATC to get some inspo on how to wear a tutu as a grown woman and make it look high fashion, too. None of that Toddlers And Tiaras stuff.

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SJP’s tutu combo / Giphy

Caution: It is known to produce a furious need to shop and may severely impact your purse strings.

Iconic fashion choices
tutus, flouff-y dresses, the “naked” dress, tube tops, Manolo Blahniks

#8 Jennifer Aniston

Is there anyone in the world who is not familiar with “The Rachel”? Sure, it looks a tad ridiculous now, among chic French bobs and balayage, but back then, her haircut was THE one to get.

“The Rachel”

With no Instagram to reference at the hairdresser’s, you either took a magazine cut-out or just said the code-word: The Rachel. Worked every time.

But that wasn’t the only thing enticing about Miss Aniston – her wardrobe was an object (or I guess several objects) of envy as well. Specifically, her Friends wardrobe.

Is it the most 90s thing you’ve ever seen? Yeah. But in the best way possible.

Jennifer Aniston manages to still look cute, rich, and polished in those choices, while looking at some of our photos from the same era just evoke cringe and the obvious fact that we did NOT pull off some of these trends.

Iconic fashion choices
crop tops, mini skirts, pinafores, and even dungarees – she made all of them look so effortlessly cool

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#9 Elizabeth Hurley

Liz Hurley is known for two things: her romance with Hugh Grant, and being able to wear a tight dress like no other. Every appearance with Elizabeth Hurley meant a new mini dress to parade around, always flawless, always stylish, and always the reason of envy for all of us mere mortals.

We’re not saying we took magazine cut-outs of her dresses to seamstresses trying to recreate her style…but wouldn’t you? White was her color – and a super popular color, in general, in the 90s, along with pastels – light pink, light blue, lavender, they were essential to any stylish wardrobe.

Unfortunately, that also included frosty eyeshadow in those exact colors. We sure remember THAT, and if we didn’t, there are plenty of photos to bare witness.

Iconic fashion choices
dresses, dresses, dresses – the boobier, the better

Read: 41 Looks for That Upcoming 90s Party (Time to Relive Your Youth!)

#10 Kate Moss

The ONLY 90s supermodel, according to some (not trying to throw shade at Naomi, I promise), Kate Moss is another one of those divas that is just timelessly, incredibly cool. Sure, having that face, that body, and that IT factor is a huge part of it, but her fashion sense is impeccable, too.

If you see Kate Moss in a slip dress, you may be tempted to just give up, because no one’s ever worn one as well as she did.

Of course, we can say the exact same thing about mini skirts, and fur coats, and jeans with white t-shirts, and…and…and…you get the picture.

It turns out the waif look hasn’t quite fallen off-trend, so any choices she may have made 20 to 30 years ago (YIKES!) are still completely relevant today. Her impact is not to be messed with.

When she wasn’t gracing the world’s runways, looking perfect, she was busy looking perfect in her everyday life, along with her equally gorgeous boyfriends (I mean, have you seen her wearing matching oversized leather jackets with Johnny Depp? Yes, him again – Kate may have been the most glamorous rebound EVER).

Iconic fashion choices
slip dresses, mini skirts, fur coats, animal print, cigarettes (yes, they can be a fashion accessory, but they also give you cancer, so maybe don’t)

#11 Princess Diana

One of the few elegant and understated icons on this list, Princess Diana was an all-around class act and an example of incredible poise, and not just because she was a princess.

In fact, it wasn’t necessarily the “princess-y” fashion appearances that made people go wild (although there is something to say about that incredible wedding dress, that train, and those sleeves…girl), but her casual, everyday wardrobe that truly made her the (fashionable) princess of the people.

She basically perfected the art of smart casual including jeans + casual blazer combo, aka the preppy look, not to mention her fab button-down shirts her incredible colors choices. Pinks, reds, purples, and cobalt blues, oh my!

There was no blending in or fading into the background with Lady Di. She wore her fashion proudly and boldly, and that’s why she remains an indisputable icon, so many decades later.

Iconic fashion choices
high-waisted mom jeans, polo shirts, cropped pants, deux-pieces, blazers, button-down shirts, pixie hair cut, THAT wedding dress

Read: 24 Preppy Clothing Brands that Will Turn You Seriously Ivy League

#12 TLC

If there’s one thing we can say about the TLC girls, it’s that they don’t want no scrubs, a scrub is a guy who can’t get no love from them…and also that they had incredible style that was extremely influential, especially on the RnB scene.

Like Spice Girls, there isn’t one girl, there’s three of them, but together, they represent iconic fashion. Their complementary outfits with unique, individually personalized details were all the rage and you’ll surely remember this type of mix-and-match look from other girl groups as well – Destiny’s Child comes to mind.

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TLC / Giphy

Like other girl groups, a big part of the appeal is that each member had a distinct personality, so everyone could relate to someone, whether you were ALL about T-Boz’s bowl cut, or Left Eye’s pigtails.

Iconic fashion choices
no scrubs, apparently, but plenty of crop tops, baggy track pants, low rises, sneakers, bowl cuts, pigtails, dungarees, braids

#13 Drew Barrymore

A very young Drew was just getting her taste of fame back in the 90s, but her fashion was fierce AF.

Her long, flowing hair (or short and curly), dark lipstick, and a fresh face paired with a grungy, almost tomboy-ish wardrobe of high-waisted light-wash mom jeans, white t-shirts and leather jackets made her the coolest kid around.

There are also some incredible pics going around of her in floral shirts with a headband on and big hold hoops, which I’m sure you can agree is A Look. You know the trend of the button-down shirt tied at the waist? That was everything in the 90s and she did THAT and very well, might we add.

And we haven’t even gotten to the fancy red carpet looks and the slip dresses that Drew wore, paired with mary-janes, because comfort is always cooler than stilettos. We’ll pretend we can’t see the cigarette she’s sporting in all the pics, the 90s were a different time.

Iconic fashion choices
brown lipstick, slip dresses, leather jackets, high-waisted mom jeans, midi skirts and dresses, jean jackets, chokers, mary-janes

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#14 Gwen Stefani

If we’re talking about female representation of 90s punk, it doesn’t get better than Gwen Stefani.

Still a part of No Doubt at the time, you know her from timeless classics such as “Don’t Speak” and “Just A Girl”. In terms of style, we saw her range from polka-dot tea dresses to crop tops and fishnets with micro mini skirts, not to mention the neon colors.

Let’s just say her style was the kind that got you major side-eye from grandma, teachers, and more conservative parents. But the pink hair is not a phase, MOM! It’s who I am! Well, it was who Gwen was for a while there, when she wasn’t sporting her famous white-blonde bob with her dark lipstick.

The only thing is that we were not all blessed with Gwen’s impressive physique, so the crop top + low-rise mini skirt combo rarely made the same impact as it did on her.

Iconic fashion choices
mini skirts, very cropped crop tops, mesh, fishnets, neons, puffer jackets

#15 Tyra Banks

Sworn enemy of Naomi Campbell and host of 406464875352 seasons of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks is yet another super fab supermodel that shot to stardom in the 1990s and she hasn’t come down ever since.

If you want to feel bad about yourself, look at Tyra Banks wearing…well, anything. She could pull off any garment, any hairstyle, and any makeup. Including that pink dress when she played a life-size Barbie doll.

Otherwise, Tyra could be seen rocking the model-off-duty uniform: jeans, white t-shirts, button-down shirts tied at the waist, and even backwards baseball hats. And they all looked amazing, damn it!

Iconic fashion choices: white t-shirts, mini dresses, lots of denim and chambray, button-down shirts, hats

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Of course, the 90s gave us more than just 15 style icons, but these are the most representative, most fab, most iconic gals that made our childhood, adolescence, and adulthood SO much more glam.

Now, over to you … let us know who you rate as the top female fashion icon of the 90s …

23 Styles of Earrings that were soooo … 90s

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The 90s wouldn’t be half as great without its accessory-packed fashion.

Earrings were a key item in any self-respecting 90s kid repertoire…

From chandelier earrings to double helixes, they could make or break a look. One of my favorite styles was beaded work, remember those friendship bracelets?

Well, that…but in earring version!

Check out my complete rundown of all the 90searrings styles that were available, and believe me when I tell you that there was plenty to choose from for everyone!

Beaded

The wonders of nineties beadwork. The colourful plastic gems that glinted and adorned your carefree earlobes, ahh!

Such beaded earrings were all the range and came in all different shapes and sizes. It even encouraged the average person to give it a go and try to make their own personalized versions at home.  

With nimble fingers and pure concentration some even tried to make their own beaded earrings. They had to feed those pesky coloured beads onto a thin plastic thread. And then, after a few botched attempts — it was time to string it all together. Wah-lah! The ultimate DIY project.

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Bamboo earrings

Bamboo earrings are typically from the end of the 80s era and early 90s. They were considered to be the epitome of sexy dangly earrings and were most popular among Black or Latinas girls. They added quite a glam edge to the baggy pants and crop top ensemble typical of the cityscape. 

They certainly added a lot of drama and looked quite sassy! Some celebrities hopped on the trend at that time, like Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and Thalia.

If you are not quite sure which hoops we are talking about, it’s those golden thick ones that instead of being a thin hoop resemble the texture of a bamboo branch. They came in many shapes, like circles, squares, triangles, and even heart shapes, and they usually were thinner around the point of entry in the ear and thickest on the lowest part of the hoop. 

These earrings are actually the latest revival trend that has been spotted making the rounds in street style everywhere!

Button

The nineties really involved a rearranging of sorts. I’m thinking gloves without fingertips, purposeful rips in stockings, and that big-big dog collar your mate would always wear.

Well, this was also the time when the simple button got overhauled and transformed into a cute and kooky earring. Something as minimal and practical as the humble button, was formed into a quirky ornamental statement.

Fun fact: Koumpounophobia is the fear of buttons. It is apparently a surprisingly common phobia. Sufferers report being repulsed by the sight of buttons, even on other people. Wear them next to your closest enemies!

Chunky

It was all about that glittering chunk in the trunk! Or just basically, weight and grandiose size to pull at those ear holes and grab the attention of any passerby.

The chunky earring was a definite statement of excess, extravagance and pure attitude. It took its cue from the hip-hop culture of the eighties and is what we might consider nowadays as ‘bling’.

Fun fact: The largest earrings in the world (that resemble mini chandeliers) are a whopping one kilogram in weight of gold!

Clip on

Okay, so it hurts to get your ears pierced. I’m not going to lie. And if that is really not your bag (pain, suffering and swelling for some) then it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fashion fun. The marvellous, multifaceted earring that is the clip-on was introduced in the 1930’s.

It came in many shapes and sizes, compressing the earlobes securely without getting too invasive. A beautiful revival of this earring happened in the 90s, allowing fashionistas to mix and match to their hearts delight.

Fun suggestion: Why not try magnet back earrings? Opposing magnets are set into the front and back of the earring to hold it onto the earlobe through magnetic force.

Cross

The bold iconic cross that every goth girl owned. Definitely not for Sunday school, but generally to be worn when moping around town to show everyone just how blasphemous you could get.

Inspired by Madonna’s rebel days and infamous crucifix wearing/devotion, the cross offered a romantic graveyard view on the victorian-cum-90’s youthful angst stupor that reigned defiantly.

Fun Fact: Madonna’s religious themes are her trademark, with notable songs ‘Like a Virgin’, ‘Like a Prayer’, and ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor.’ She recently even got crucified to a larger than life, lighted cross during the performance of “Live to Tell”. Some religious hang-ups, eh?

Dangle

Dangle — to hang or swing loosely. The dangle earring did just that! Drooping and swaying from the ear, elongating the face and creating major shimmery effects to the left and right.

These earrings were always about movement, little whimsical wind-chimes that would want to create beautiful melodies, everywhere you did step.

Door Knocker

Knock Knock.. Who’s there? The infamous door knocker earring, that’s who!

A fine specimen of an earring, typically a hoop of gold or silver (circular, or at times square, triangular, even heart-shaped), the door-knocker’s most noticeable feature is its impressive size. It certainly packs a punch.

Fun fact: The American television series Sex And The City outfitted the show’s trendsetting Carrie Bradshaw character in a pair of nameplate “Carrie” door-knockers in 1998-2001, that made large earrings enter into the mainstream.

Double Helix

A helix piercing was the very cool and radical part of the 90’s. The more piercings adorning your body, the better! A double helix itself, involved two piercings on that upper part of the ear. Read more about how best to wear multiple earrings.

Yes, that’s the cartilage part — the part where it hurts much more and takes a lot longer to heal. As such, the helix piercing communicated to others: I have been through something and have lived to wear the tale.

Fun fact: A double Helix means two piercings, a triple Helix is for three piercings, a quadruple is for four and a quintuple is for… well, fashions mantra is “no pain, no gain.”

Enamel Lizard

The exotic lizard and its reptilian features beckons far away places where the sun does shine. Such earrings offered it’s wearers a sense that they were a worldly travellers and always open to discovery and adventure.

The lizards themselves look like they have been borrowed from aboriginal art cave paintings. In fact, native cultures in Australia saw the lizard, or the goanna (a larger lizard) as a special, totemic spirit. Maybe this is why it offers the wearer it’s bohemian world-trotting wisdom.

Figure 8 earrings

There were thousands of styles of figure 8 earrings during the 90s. They were among the most sold type of earrings, actually! 

Everyone had to have at least one, but among the most common were the studs with a smaller loop on the upper part, or the hoops that formed a figure 8 as you saw them from the front (but were actually a curved line). 

Of course, since the figure 8 is also an eternity symbol, it was quite the trendy gift for couples in any of its forms!

Glow in the Dark

Dim the lights and turn-up that rave music. The glow-in-the-dark earrings were an essential if you wanted to be taken serious at the party.

It was worn with glow paint, glowsticks and generally anything else that would glow-glow-glow. A UV sensation that involved science and disorientating colours. A fun staple!

Gold

Gold (if it’s the real deal) is certainly a great investment and something to keep onto. The gold earring is also a lot better for those who have sensitive ears and helps to alleviate any weird reactions from those non-gold wannabe earrings.

Gold comes in different colours and carats. A carat is a unit of weight referring to the percentage of pure gold, the more the carat (up to 24) the more moolah!

Grunge

I’m thinking a titanium-chained-partly-studded-pentagon-type number with plenty of irony and unbrushed hair to boot.

Grunge — the era of unwashed-chic, a haven for the misunderstood weed-smoking individual, who doused in acne and riddled with hormones, would wail into the night. Oh I miss you 90’s!

Grunge didn’t care for the mainstream and would hide from the world under oversized garments and a vacant stare.

Hoop

The hoop is a classic earring variety that ranges widely in size. The referential hoop, refers to the circular wedding ring.

A circle has no beginning or end and is therefore a symbol for infinity. Much like the hoop, it’s presence in the 90’s will be felt throughout each era, infinitely.

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Lucite

Lucite is a type of plastic made from acrylic resin developed in the 1930s. In the nineties it was used in abundance and found in a wide range of colours with little fascinating things trapped inside.

Do you remember those club kid chunky bubble rings with rainbows and glitter? Compliment your overall jewellery look by pairing your fingers with your ears on this one.

Neon

Delirious neon and its bounty of saturated color. Neon can either make your mouth water, or have you gagging.  Love it or hate it, its presence in the nineties was certainly felt.

The colors — mostly neon yellow and green — play up the nostalgic feeling the most! These intense hues not only guarantee many cool “notice me” points, but also offer great safety benefits in the form of hi-vis neon jackets. Don’t forget to ride in safe style kids!

Read: How to Style Neon Pants – You Glow Girl!

Plastic

Plastic is a synthetic material that has been used for a wide range of products because of its malleability and affordability. Unfortunately, it doesn’t biodegrade easily resulting in harmful pollution.

We’re trying to avoid it as much as possible, aware of the negative impact it has on the environment, check out our friends over at Global Green Family for more how you can play your part.

That’s why upcycling the old vintage plastic earrings from the 90’s in all sorts of funky designs, is a great way to feel positive about plastic whilst keeping ethically on trend.

Smiley face

The smiley was a feel-good symbol of a nation. Acid house and the late-night-early-morning-mid-morning rave parties of the hedonist ushered in this iconic symbol. This beaming spirited face was emblazoned everywhere and was typical of the 90s.

Get quintessentially rave and dance around with these earrings. It will certainly put a smile on your face!

Shell

The shell earring has ‘sweet souvenir’ written all over it. Organic in form and full of the oceans history and power, these nostalgic numbers will echo the waves lapping up on the beaches shore.

Think fleeting holiday romance, the smell of sun lotion with ice cream and salted sea breeze on your serene face. The earrings will make you feel as powerful as a sea-goddess, free as a mermaid and seductive as a siren.

Spiky

The earring that misbehaves! This spiky number pokes itself in many directions.

Angular, bold and somewhat humorous – these earrings would shout out “alternative subculture!” and “danger!” to any person who dares walk into my path.

Statement

Everyone wants to be noticed for the right reasons, that’s why the statement earring is always such a necessary go-to accessory/essential!

Team it up with unlikely clothing garments such as the shell suit, the dog collar, the oversized tee. You’re making fashion happen! And others will follow.

Sticker

These adhesive stickers could be stuck all over the place.

Despite not looking so convincing as realistic earrings, they still sparkled with oriental wonder and could be adorned to other areas of the body, such as a makeshift bindi (this one is in ode to Gwen Stefani).

Stick on earrings

There was a time when pierced ears were not as common as today, and it was actually a big deal for girls to get their ears pierced (particularly in several places as was trendy during the 90s!). So, if you were part of the unpierced crew but you still wanted to wear earrings like your peers, stick-on or clip-on earrings were the way to go!

Stick-on earrings get attached to your ear by applying a little pressure from both sides of the earlobe through one mechanism or another. They don’t damage your ear in any way and are totally safe for kids. Some people can’t stand them though, because the pressure on the earlobe causes them headaches (super weird, but my friend actually went through this every time she tried to wear some!). 

Which styles could you find as stick-on earrings? Absolutely everything came in clip-on mode! Weren’t the 90s awesome?!

Triangle

The triangular shape shuns all the classic circular forms that often take jewellery by storm. There’s nothing organic about this shape. It stands proudly — constructed like the roof, a pyramid or freemasons badge of honour. It’s points upwards, always reaching towards the sky.

The triangle and it’s geometry nod to the 80’s and 90’s attempt to be futuristic, and makes for a chic ‘am I modern?’ look. Just don’t get too carried away with this one.

Troll

Wispy dry hair, a crooked-gargling face and a small doughy body. The loveable rogue that is the troll. An unforgettable feature of the 1990’s, these trolls could be collected en masse and congregate in one’s bedroom like a small army of miniature rainbow warriors.

When hooked on your earlobes, people will find it difficult to choose with whom to make eye contact — you, or your dearests hanging to the left and the right with their animated eyes.

90s men’s earrings

Of course, men were also earring savvy during the 90s! Depending on their style, most men wore at least one earring at one point or another… We are looking at you David Beckham, and your solitary silver or shiny diamond stud!

Rockers, however, preferred the silver tiny hoops. One hoop on one ear, a pair of hoops, or even a stair of hoops up the earlobe, all of these styles were pure fire! Johnny Depp was a huge fan of the one ear pirate-style hoop.

The dangly earring was not as common, more of a late 80s/early 90s kind of thing… Kind of like a Lost Boys’ style for quirky, romantic characters or vampires like Kiefer Sutherland. Still, they had a whole lot of sex appeal if you ask me!

What were your favourite 90s earrings? Let me know in the comments below!