Hands up if you’ve ever hair-brush sang to a bit of En Vogue? Too right! The 90’s was a treasure trove of R&B divas from TLC to Mary J Blige and with the 90’s suddenly swinging back into style focus with crop tops and sportswear galore I thought I’d give you a little fashion flashback for inspiration!
The TLC girls were the queens of co-ordinated dressing, and they sure knew how to rock a crop – the new mood for 2014 is a bit more understated but with a definite nod to this era. Check out our pick of the crop tops here. Sport inspired outfits are a HUGE trend right now, it’s moved right out the gym and onto the catwalks – one of the key elements to this is mesh detail, as seen on the Lacoste SS14 catwalks. This is an easy way to give your everyday look (yes, even workwear) a sports inspired twist.
This look may be a bit extreme, but we’ve got a mesh insert dress from the amazing Definitions collection that gives you a short-cut to the trend without exposing too much flesh, and the Kardashian sisters have got in on the act with an amazingly 90’s mesh detail cropped top with matching skirt – we’re lovin’ it!
No R&B tribute would be complete without a reference to Aaliyah – beautiful, inspiring and taken too soon, her ability to look good in anything and unique tomboy style has been emulated over and over again since her untimely death. She often went for a feminine top and boyish bottom half, and her mischievous mash up of styles gave her a unique look that was effortless – like this too-amazing monochrome stage outfit . Mono is one of the biggest trends this season and once again the catwalks were full of little nods to the nineties with unexpected twists, like this logo top worn with a statement skirt from Fyodor Golan, or this celeb-favourite top from Alexander Wang.
Get your own little quirky version of the mono trend with this smiley heart oversized knit from the Love Label Collection, wear with skinny leggings or sport inspired crepe trousers and finish with black and white geo print slippers or these YRU wedge shoes – add a slick of tomato red lipstick if you want to break it up a bit, and if you literally want it top to toe add this animal print paper trilby or a fedora (another 90’s R&B staple).
The last style star to inspire your 90’s look has got to be Mariah Carey – the ultimate diva with the biggest set of lungs on the planet and a penchant for figure fitting slip dresses (then and now), her look also cropped up on the catwalks with a plethora of spaghetti slip dresses on the catwalks. Easy to wear and easily the most feminine look to come out of the 1990s – Marni, Max Mara, Dolce & Gabanna and Roberto Cavalli all did their own take for SS14.
Hope you enjoyed this little 90’s moment – go and whack on ‘Vision of Love’ and remind yourself just how amazing these ladies were! See you soon with some more music to live your style by – next up, the one and only Stevie Nicks so lace and paper flowers at the ready! x
Graphic Design by Sasha L King
TLC – www.educateandelevate.wordpress.com
Aaliyah – www.mtv.co.uk
Mariah Carey – www.dailymail.co.uk/www.lovebrownsugar.com
Lacoste Spring 2014 – www.slideshow.tcmwebcorp.com
Dolce & Gabbana – www.nf-media.s3.amazonaws.com
Fyodor Golan – www.theskinny.co.uk
Alexander Wang – www.searchingforstyle.com