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All the 90s trends that are back in 2021

Flashback Friday.

It would be easy to think you’d woken up in the 90s when you walk down the street in London today, as fashion in 2021 seems to be all about the past era.

Many items that were popular back in the Spice Girls’ heyday are back and whether you love it or hate it, it’s becoming impossible to ignore. Those corsets Kim Kardashian has been consistently wearing? So 90s. Prada’s coveted bucket hats? Reimagined from the decade. And cargo pants? We’ve made our point.

It’s easy to brush the trends of the era off as something you’re not interested in, but you’re probably embracing them without even knowing they’re 90s. So to make it clearer, here are the most notable trends having a renaissance this year.

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Christina Aguilera, Mary-Kate and Ashley, Beyoncé and Aaliyah rocked bandanas in the 90s, but in 2021 it’s Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa working the accessory.

Women's Somnium Silk Bandana (ecru) - AllSaints

Somnium Silk Bandana, £35, AllSaints – buy now

Urban Outfitters Bandana Headscarf

Bandana Headscarf, £8, Urban Outfitters – buy now


Who can forget the halternecks we all wore in the 90s? Zara some gorgeous halters this summer, some of which embrace the crochet trend too.


Crochet Top, £17.99, Zara – buy now

Textured Halter Mini Dress & Other Stories

Textured Halter Mini Dress, £65, & Other Stories – buy now

See more of our favourite halters to buy now here.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have started seeing corsets absolutely everywhere. They were huge back in the 90s too, with Sarah Jessica-Parker and Britney Spears wearing theirs on the red carpet.

COLLUSION 90's corset in black satin

90’s Corset, £18, ASOS Collusion – buy now

Out From Under Lennon White Floral Corset Urban Outfitters

Lennon White Floral Corset, £34, Out From Under – buy now

Read more about how to style corsets here.

Check Shirts

Check shirts have been a style staple for years, but this year we’re wearing them over bralettes for a 90s look.

Image 2 of CHECK SHIRT from Zara

Check Shirt, £29.99, Zara – buy now

Studded Detail Checked Shirt Warehouse

Studded Detail Checked Shirt, now £18, Warehouse – buy now

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Bucket Hats

Bucket hats are slowly becoming a style staple this year. They’re not entirely original though, as they were huge in the 90s too. Even Brad Pitt was a fan.

Logo-patch gingham-seersucker bucket hat ganni

Gingham Bucket Hat, £65, Ganni at Matches Fashion – buy now

Britt Bucket Hat - Black/Ivory Cow Lisa Says Gah

Cow Print Bucket hat, £54, Lisa Says Gah – buy now

Slip Dresses

For effortless chic, dig out your 90s slip dresses.

Image 0 of SATIN CAMISOLE DRESS from Zara

Satin Camisole Dress, £27.99, Zara – buy now

Image 0 of SATIN CAMISOLE DRESS from Zara

Satin Camisole Dress, £29.99, Zara – buy now

Cargo Pants

Searches for this fashion piece spiked at the start of the year and have continue to rise by 31% since January according to Lyst, proving the trend is very much back.

Relaxed Cargo Trousers, £75, & Other Stories

Relaxed Cargo Trousers, £75, & Other Stories – buy now

urban outfitters bdg y2k cargo pants

BDG Y2K Low-Rise Cargo Pants, £55, Urban Outfitters – buy now

Leather Blazers

30 years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder were fans of leather blazers – and fashion girls continue to wear them today.

Long Fitted Padded Shoulder Leather Blazer & Other Stories

Long Fitted Padded Shoulder Leather Blazer, £265, & Other Stories – buy now

Jaden Blazer Weekday

Jaden Blazer, £60, Weekday – buy now

Dad Sandals

Chunky sandals are back thanks to Chanel. See more of our favourites here.

Kurt Geiger Orson Black Eagle Embellished Chunky Sandals

Orson Black Eagle Embellished Chunky Sandals, £149, Kurt Geiger – buy now

Velcro strap sandal in lemon yellow from Mango

Velcro Strap Sandal, £59.99, Mango – buy now

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