The ’90s Movies That Taught Us Everything We Need to Know About Fashion

Ahh, the ’90s: an era that blessed us with oversize sweaters, combat boots, slip dresses…and JNCOs. If we could relive the golden era of casual-chic every day, we would. Luckily, these ten iconic ’90s movies are still serving up fashion inspiration for the modern age (minus the JNCOs).

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All hail Cher Horowitz and her endless iterations of plaid. We could take or leave the knee socks, but we’ll defend a Mary Jane heel until the end of time.

Get the look: Alice + Olivia skirt ($195); Camper Katie shoes ($142)

the parent trap
Walt Disney Studios

the Parent Trap

The slouchy denim jacket. The tiny sunglasses. We’ve seen this look before—oh yeah, we wore it yesterday. (Sorry Annie, we love your tweed skirt-suits…just not as much as Hallie’s California cool-girl vibes.)

Get the look: Levi’s denim jacket ($98); Le Specs sunglasses ($119)

Dimension Films


Short-sleeve cableknits, miniskirts and choker necklaces might not protect us from any loose killers, but at least we’ll go down in style.

Get the look: Everlane top ($18); Topshop skirt ($60); Loeffler Randall boots ($450)

youve got mail
Warner Bros.

you’ve Got Mail

No one rocks a cardigan and paper bag pants better than Kathleen Kelly,  the queen of layering (aka Meg Ryan). She was doing “bookish cool” before we even knew it was a thing. And don’t even get us started on those black mockneck sweaters. (We want four of them.)

Get the look: J.Crew sweater ($70); Hanes T-shirt ($6); Vince pants ($245)

Buena Vista Pictures


It’s not “outfit repeating,” it’s having a uniform (à la Max Fischer) and wearing the hell out of it. Bonus points for the tortoise-shell frames and a red beret (for a pop of color, of course).

Get the look: Eliza J blazer ($78); Elizabeth and James glasses ($195); Forever 21 beret ($13)

boogie nights
New Line Cinema

boogie Nights

Jumpsuits and ringer tees: They were cool in the ’70s, they were cool in 1997 and they’re cool now (no roller skates required).

Get the look: Good Luck Gem T-shirt ($24); FRAME jeans ($215); J.Crew jumpsuit ($118)

great expectations
20th Century Fox

great Expectations

It’s called minimalism. Ever heard of it? All jokes aside, we’re ever so glad that sleek, monochromatic ensembles and block heels never went out of style.

Get the look: Lee Matthews dress ($374); Madewell tote ($188); Rebecca Minkoff sandals ($165)

jurassic park
Universal Pictures

jurassic Park

If the safari look is wrong, we don’t want to be right. A button down tied at the waist paired with dad shorts and a messy bun is a look that means business.

Get the look: PST by Project Social T top ($25); Sanctuary top ($89); 1901 shorts ($35)

cruel intentions
Columbia Pictures

cruel Intentions

Welcome to slip dress 101. In a moody floral print, it can be worn on its own or layered up for fall and winter. (A good blowout is also a must.)

Get the look: Topshop dress ($75); Natalie B choker ($53)

romy and micheles high school reunion
Buena Vista Pictures

romy And Michele’s High School Reunion

While red patent leather and aquamarine feathers might turn heads (and not necessarily in a good way), there’s no denying the power of a statement coat.

Get the look: Avec Les Filles jacket ($129); BB Dakota jacket ($100)


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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...