1. Debating what color butterfly clips to wear because they obviously had to match your outfit


2. Being careful not to get your hair wrap wet when washing your hair

It took forever to dry long after your hair did


3. Piling on the plastic chokers, and seeing their markings when you took them off

'90s mesh choker necklaces

4. Wearing overalls was fashionable in any situation–even if we may not have realized it

Even Tai felt out of place when wearing them at Josh’s party

5. Up until the point where they were covered in patches 
The more the merrier

overall patches

6. Not really a struggle, but can the skort make a comeback? 

7. Convincing your mom to buy those Rocket Dog platform sandals and promising you wouldn’t twist your ankle

rocket dog platform sandal
8. Ditto for Steve Madden/Volatile platform sneakers

steve madden platform sneakers
9. Wearing the same Limited Too shirt as your 4th grade enemy

10. Jelly shoes gave you blisters for daysss

Jelly Sandals 1
11. Gaucho capri pants are no match for short girls
Or capri pants, for that matter. But wide-leg is making a comeback, in the grownup form called “culottes”.

gaucho pants
12. When your Churchgirl shirt snagged and you couldn’t wear it anymore
Not sure why they were called that, but it was a classier version of tie-dye. You definitely forked over $60 for a shirt that was paper-thin and looked like a dot painting a five-year-old made. But they were so cool you didn’t care.
13. Bucket hats. Enough said.

Never ever bring back bucket hats. Ever. Good for shielding the sun, but unless you want to look like Tia and Tamera on Sister, Sister (in that case, get me an identical twin), don’t make them come back.

sister sister
14. Getting a burn by slap bracelets

slap bracelets
15. You wouldn’t be caught dead in your tie-dye pants, so you had to wear them inside. 

tie dye pants

16. Wearing printed bike shorts for anything but biking

Clarissa Darling = the ultimate ’90s style icon

clarissa bike shorts

17. You couldn’t just wear black headbands
You needed pink, blue, red, thin, wide, sparkly, looped, bandana, sequined, etc. The day you got rid of them was a sad day indeed. Especially when headbands made (and are still making) a comeback eight years ago.

bandana rhinestone headband
18. Forget hair ties—you used a sparkly scrunchie
And you had the most flawless hair of all.
scrunchies 90s

19. When your friends got the American Girl Doll catalog before you did

Your dress for Samantha was so last season.

american girl dolls catalog

20. You weren’t allowed to get your ears pierced, so you relied on stick-on earrings

Which came off after two minutes of putting them on

stick on earrings
21. When making friendship bracelets with colored string, yours always never ended up like the one in the book
You were a pro at knot stitch. The brand was “Klutz”, anyway…

friendship bracelet book

22. When your hyper color shirt went into the washer, it lost all its power

hyper color shirt
23. Spider comb headbands made your head itch

Suffering for style, starting at a young age.

spider comb headbands
24. Passing the plastic choker phase for the more “grownup” choker with a charm dangling from it. Ying-yangs, anyone?

ying yang

25. When your mood ring didn’t match your mood

It’s supposed to say I’m feeling relaxed but I’m actually really nervous…

mood ring

26. Wanting a Prada backpack because Bianca from “10 Things I Hate About You” had one

And she favored them over her Sketchers

27. Realizing the ’90s are coming back in style and you got rid of #1-#25 years ago


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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