What to Wear to a ‘90s Party, Whether You’re Going for Casual Cool or Full-On Costume

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From TV icons like Hilary Banks to IRL starlets like Britney Spears, there are seemingly infinite number of fashion resources to help figure out what to wear a ‘90s party. In a decade where everything from ripped grunge flannels to preppy skirt suits to The North Face puffer jackets (all worn with lace-up Dr. Martens, of course) were trendy, there are many, many different ways to take the theme and run with it. Here you’ll find 22 outfits worn by all our most-loved ‘90s fashionistas that are sure to inspire a fabulous throwback party look.

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1. buttoned Up Cardigan + Distressed Denim + Dr. Martens Boots

For a ‘90s look that’s just as stylish in 2022, try copying Drew Barrymore’s grunge-lite ensemble. As for makeup, don’t forget to swipe on some brown lipstick and fill in those brows.

Shop similar styles: Ann Taylor Modern Cardigan ($80); Abercrombie & Fitch ‘90s Baggy Jeans ($100); Dr. Martens 1461 Platform Derby Shoes ($160)

2. oversize Sweatshirt + Colorful Bike Shorts + Chunky Socks + Sneakers

There are so many Princess Diana outfits worth copying, but this one is by far the comfiest and one of the easiest to recreate using pieces you likely already own.

Shop similar styles: Etsy Fly Atlantic Sweatshirt ($23); Outdoor Voices 10” Bike Shorts ($48; $28); HUE Slouch Socks ($9); Adidas Astir Sneakers ($100; $60)


3. slim-fit Turtleneck + Miniskirt + Black Tights + Knee-high Black Boots

The Nanny’s Fran Fine was a major fashion icon (and still is) thanks to her over-the-top looks and even bigger hair. Want more Fran fashion inspo? Check out the Instagram account @WhatFranWore for a catalog of all her best looks.

Shop similar styles: AFRM Zadie Turtleneck ($38); Stradivarius Mini Skirt ($31); Swedish Stockings Svea Tights ($); Journee Collection Elisabeth Boots ($85)

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4. flower Hat + Button-up Vest + Lace Blouse + Matching Corsage

Another impossibly chic TV heroine, Hilary Banks’s outfits are a treasure trove of ‘90s inspiration. Unsurprisingly, she also has multiple Instagram accounts dedicated to cataloging her iconic style.

Shop similar styles: ASOS Canvas Bucket Hat ($12; $10); M&S Schmalberg Flower Pin ($25); Banana Republic Islet Vest ($120; $60); 1.State Ruffle Neck Blouse ($79; $42)

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5. sparkly Long-sleeve Crop Top + Matching Flared Pants

Make sure to brush up on the lyrics to Bidi Bidi Bom Bom before you rock Selena’s iconic performance outfit.

Shop similar styles: Sleeper Venera Lounge Suit ($270); Nasty Gal Beaded Jumpsuit ($254; $88); SNDYS x REVOLVE Pluto Jumpsuit ($75); Betsey Johnson Kyla Boots ($120)

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6. leopard Jumpsuit + Oversize Sunglasses + Black Gloves + Grammy Award

Mary J. Blige has been serving looks since the beginning of her career back in the ‘80s, but this leopard-print number has to be one of our favorites. (P.S. This was the performer’s first Grammy win for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By” with Method Man.)

Shop similar styles: Boohoo Leopard Jumpsuit ($45; $18); NFC Home Leopard Duster ($90; $63); Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh II Sunglasses ($178); Lands’ End Leather Gloves ($80; $50)

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7. pink Tube Top + White Cargo Pants + Chunky White Sneakers + Wireless Mic

Britney’s first album, …Baby One More Time, dropped in 1999 and instantly solidified her as one of the best new artists of the decade. Of course, her incredible performance looks helped as well.

Shop similar styles: Free People Amelia Bandeau Top ($28); ASOS Design Cargo Pants ($42); Crown Vintage Platform Sneakers ($60); Flexible Wired Microphone ($12)

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8. sheer Long-sleeve Shirt + Denim Pencil Skirt + Baguette Bag

If you can’t find a denim skirt with embroidery along the hem just like Vivica A. Fox’s, try pinning a ribbon or embellished belt to your skirt to fake the look. Be sure to pin your hair back with a series of butterfly clips, too, for good measure.

Shop similar styles: Miaou Floral Mesh Top ($105); JEN& by 7 For All Mankind Denim Skirt ($89); Call It Spring Aliya Bag ($30); Mix No. 6 Aliciana Sandals ($50)

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9. babydoll Slip Dress + Coordinating Cardigan + Pieced Up-do

We love Kirsten Dunst’s coordinating empire-waist slip dress and longline cardigan, but we adore her Pam Anderson-esque hairdo with, you guessed it, a plethora of butterfly clips to keep it in place.

Shop similar styles: Out From Under Tuli Cardigan ($49); Motel ‘90s Frill Bust Midi Dress ($78); Chinese Laundry Theresa Platform Sandals ($80)

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10. red One-piece Swimsuit + Lifesaver

Speaking of Pam Anderson, the blonde bombshell was one of the biggest stars of the decade, and to this day you can’t look at a red one-piece swimsuit without thinking Baywatch.

Shop similar styles: Swimsuits For All The Pammy Swimsuit ($100; $45); J.Crew Srunchie Classic Scoop Swimsuit ($128; $90); Left On Friday Weekender Swimsuit ($170); Everlane Square Neck Swimsuit ($70)

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11. black Off-the-shoulder Minidress + Sparkling Choker + Black Heels

Looking for something a bit dressier? You can’t do better than Princess Diana’s infamous “revenge dress.”

Shop similar styles: Ronny Kobo Diana Dress ($498); Rowing Blazers Mallorca Choker ($185); HUE Sheer Control-Top Tights ($); Schutz Lou Lo Heels ($118)

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12. Cut-out Black Dress + Gold Safety Pins

Or, if you want to go even bolder, why not look to another infamous LBD moment from the ‘90s—Elizabeth Hurley in a stunning Versace frock seemingly held together with gold safety pins. Even better if you can get Hugh Grant to accompany you to the party.

Shop similar styles: Superdown Rachel Maxi Dress ($88); Etsy Extra Large Gold Pins ($7 for set of 10)

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13. leather Jacket + Graphic Tee + Loose Jeans + Dr. Martens Boots

In the words of Johnny Depp’s now altered tattoo, Winona Forever. Channel the Stranger Things actress in all her ‘90s glory with an ensemble that would’ve been a go-to for any young star from the decade.

Shop similar styles: Blank NYC Faux-Leather Jacket ($98); BrokeLabs Winona T-shirt ($20); Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans ($); Dr. Martens Leona Platform Boots ($170)

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14. oversize Overalls + Plaid Shacket + Gold Hoops

Go all in on denim with some TLC-approved wide-leg overalls with lots of patches. Throw a plaid shirt on over the top and keep your footwear casual with either Timberland boots or socks and Tevas.

Shop similar styles: Alexis Bittar Textured Gold Hoops ($175); The Ragged Preist Baggy Overalls ($128); Blank NYC Shirt Jacket ($98); Naadam Henley Sweatshirt ($100; $70)

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15. Matching Green Shirt + Midi Skirt

To be honest, we wouldn’t even need to be headed to a ‘90s-theme party to want to copy this matching Donna Karan set from Great Expectations. Don’t forget to add some black strappy sandals and a black croc-embossed tote to truly embody Gwyneth.

Shop similar styles: Mango Button-Up Shirt ($60; $30) and Midi Skirt ($60; $40); Brahmin Melbourne Caroline Bag ($345); Naturalizer Rizzo Sandals ($70)

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16. embellished “rock Royalty” Tee + Black Skirt Or Brown Trousers

We may now associate the Met Gala with over-the-top gowns and wild red-carpet getups, but in 1999 Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney showed up in matching homemade one-shoulder T-shirts pairs with rather casual separates. In all honestly, the duo stayed truer to the Rock Style theme than most guests that year.

Shop similar styles: H&M Cotton T-Shirt ($5); Hotfix Rhinestone Applicator and Bedazzler ($24); Eileen Fisher Jersey Knit Skirt ($138); Avec Les Filles Wide-Leg Pants ($148)

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17. metallic Minidress + Dark Eyeshadow + Model Bff

Or, if you want to embody another iconic ‘90s duo, opt for a sparkly minidress, crimped locks and a heavy dose of eyeshadow just like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

Shop similar styles: H:ours Omari Dress ($148); Song of Style Calliope Mini Dress ($248); Starlet Butterfly Dress ($158; $127); Nasty Gal Chainmail Low-Back Midi Dress ($168; $84)

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18. denim Bucket Hat + Denim Vest + Button-up Shirt + Henley Tee

Tia and Tamera Mowry’s show Sister Sister was an instant classic, not just because of the real-life twins’ charm, but because of their all-star outfits. Whether or not they opted for matching ensembles, they always looked incredible.

Shop similar styles: Vintage Denim Bucket Hat ($20); AE For Offline Denim Vest ($60; $36); Pilcro Oxford Button-Up Shirt ($98); Patagonia Waffle Henley Shirt ($79)

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19. cropped Cardigan + Cropped Tube Top + Dark Wash Denim + Platform Slides

What a girl wants, what a girl needs, is a tutorial for how to achieve Christina Aguilera’s bouncy blowout so we can copy this 1999 look from head to toe.

Shop similar styles: Maeve Isabella Cropped Cardigan ($98); Free People Essential Bandeau Top ($20); Rag & Bone Piper Low-Rise Jeans ($295); Dr. Scholl’s Original Slide Sandals ($120)

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20. space Buns + Face Jewels +fuzzy Bikini Top + Parachute Pants

Before embracing her country side with beau Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani was just a girl with a truly iconic punk rock style and blue hair. We have no doubt her MTV Video Music Awards fit from 1998 will earn you tons of complements, especially those face gems.

Shop similar styles: UO Easy Peasy Face Gems ($6); Nasty Gal Faux-Fur Top ($34; $17); Solado Drawstring Parachute Pants ($30)

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21. faux-fur Collar Duster + Minidress Or Tubetop + Mini Skirt

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is yet another show chock-full of awesome late ‘90s fashion, but stars Alyson Hannigan’s and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s real-life looks are also worth copying. Case in point, these two takes on party outfits, both of which look perfect with a crimped up-do.

Shop similar styles: Orchid Faux-Fur Duster ($175); Reformation Cassi Knit Dress ($148); J.Crew FormKnit Tube Top ($35); River Island Jacquard Skirt ($65)

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22. latex Minidress + Silver Choker + Platform Sandals

If it’s a ‘90s fashion movie moment you’re after, we think Romy and Michele are the way to go. Their actual reunion looks may require a little DIY to get just right, but any outfit from the film is guaranteed to be a big hit. And don’t forget to bring some Post-Its, too.

Shop similar styles: Pink Mini Dress ($25); Blue Mini Dress ($25); Reformation Mia Leather Sandals ($248); Jeffrey Campbell Caviar Sandals ($140)

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23. denim Vest + T-shirt + Maxi Skirt + Clogs

When in doubt, look to Friends. The first six seasons of the show offer up tons of ‘90s fashion inspo, whether you prefer Phoebe’s eclectic vibes, Monica’s casual ensembles or Rachel’s more fashion-focused fits. Heck, even the guys might inspire you, especially Chandler’s numerous sweater vests.