Oh my god, they’re back again.

We love the ’90s–and any excuse to relive the fashions that defined our childhood and tweenage years. While plaid shirts will always be a staple, here are seven trends making a major comeback this summer:

1. Overalls

Then: Ideally worn in your early childhood years in a regular jean wash, either in long pants or in shorts. They came back for theme parties and barn dances, worn with one strap buckled in to get that “country” feel.

nsync-overalls 90s

Image via Gurl.com

2014: Roll up the jean hem (if long pants) or pick a light wash in shorts and wear with a solid tank and peep-toe strappy sandals.

edyson Destroyed Overalls, $48.98, Nordstrom.com

overalls nordstrom

2. Choker Necklaces

Then: Those skinny plastic mesh ones all the cool girls wore, usually found at Claire’s or Spencer’s.

'90s mesh choker necklaces

Image via Amazon.com

2014: More statement necklace-like collars, these are great paired with high-neck tops.

Glitter Section Collar, $28, Topshop.com

topshop collar necklace

3. Crop Tops

Then: A teenage Britney Spears rocking the trend in videos such as “(You Drive Me) Crazy” and “Sometimes”. And because we all like a little throwback…

2014: They’re everywhere, from girls night out to music festivals in every color and style you can imagine.

For Love & Lemons Sporty Knit Crop Top, $79 (shown with matching skirt), Shopbop.com

for love and lemons crop top set

4. Platform Sandals

Then: Every girl had the Rocket Dog platform sandals. They made you look so cool and trendy. (so long as you didn’t trip and twist your ankle on them. Not that I did that or anything…)

rocket dog platform sandal

RocketDog Bigtop Webbing Sandal, $39, Rocketdog.com

2014: The “Flatform” is a middle ground between the platform sandal and a flat sandal, and was a huge trend at New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2014 shows. Definitely more ankle-friendly.

FREE Tread Flatforms, $65, Topshop.com

Topshop Flatform Sandals

5. Platform Sneakers

Then: More of an early ’00s trend, the white Steve Madden platform sneakers were the “it” shoes of late elementary/early junior high school.

Image via ebay.com

2014: Part of the “sporty” trend that hit NYFW, wear these with leather leggings and a white tee for a relaxed yet athletic look.

adidas Originals Gazelle OG Platform Sneakers, $100, Zappos.com

Adidas platform sneakers

6. Birkenstocks

Then: The sandals that molded to your foot were wore with everything. In junior high, the tan clogs were the trend of the hallways.


2014: Wear them the exact same, with a white tucked-in blouse, cutoff shorts and a sleek pedi for the ultimate comfy-chic summer look.

Birkenstock “Granada” in Silver, $89.95, Zappos.com

7. Jelly Sandals

Then: Waterproof and plastic, worn everywhere from the beach to the school picnic.

Jelly Sandals 1            Jelly Sandals 2

Images via Urban Outfitters/Amazon

2014: Not as “childish”, jelly sandals are a fun alternative to flat sandals on a hot summer day.

Michael Michael Kors “Kayden” Jelly T-Strap Sandals, $69, Zappos.com

michael michael kors jelly sandals

Tell us: Which ’90s trend will you be rocking this summer?


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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