So you’ve got '90s fancy dress up party coming up, and you don’t know where to start with your outfit – don’t worry, we’re here to help!
The '90s were awesome! Remember when everyone wore oversized t-shirts or plaid on literally everything? It was crazy, but we all loved it.
So, if you need some help narrowing down which iconic look to wear to the party, we’ve got a list of ideas for '90s party outfits for both guys and girls, along with some general tips for your costume too.
Tips for Your '90s Theme Dress Up Party
Check If Everyone Will Be Dressed Up
It’s a good idea to double check if everyone at the party is gonna be dressed up. You don’t want to be the only one in costume. If you aren’t so sure, just get your friends to dress up with you!
Decide On Your Costume Early
Compared to buying a costume last minute, it’ll definitely be cheaper to assemble your outfit yourself.
Make Sure Your Outfit Is Comfy
'90s theme party outfits are only as fun as they are practical. But if you really want to wear that outfit for the gram, make sure to bring a change of clothes to the party.
Keep these tips in mind and you’re sure to have a great time. Now, let’s get down to these awesome '90s dress up ideas!
14. Rock That Bum Bag
Let’s start with something simple. Haters gonna hate, but bum bags are a '90s staple. From your dad to the biggest celebrities, basically everybody was rocking the bum bag back in the '90s.
13. Quirky Hair Accessories
Scrunchies, butterfly clips, barrettes, bandanas and other cute hair accessories were all the rage back then. Without one of these, your '90s party outfits just won’t feel complete.
12. The Wiggles
Here’s an easy one. The Wiggles are famous for creating some absolute bangers and rocking some sick trackies. This is a super simple, and super fun outfit!
Overalls were everywhere in the '90s. You’ve got a lot of choices for how to wear and layer these too. Both straps on? One shoulder down? Or maybe even folded-down? Your call!
10. Grunge Flannel
Grunge was everywhere in the '90s, and so was flannel. They’re big, they’re comfy, and they’re gonna be a hit at the '90s fancy dress-up party. If you’re gonna rock the flannel during the party though, consider getting some ripped jeans to go with it. Oh, and maybe don’t wash your hair for a couple of days!
9. Plaid Outfits from Clueless
If flannel and grunge aren’t your thing, maybe you’ll like these plaid skirts and blazers instead. With plaid everything making a comeback, everyone at your '90s dress up party is gonna love your Clueless-inspired outfit.
8. All Denim
The '90s was obsessed with denim. Absolutely everything was denim; skirts, shorts, jackets and even hats. As movies have taught us, rocking an all-denim outfit is the only surefire way to be the coolest kid at the party – just don’t go too overboard.
7. Daria and Jane from Daria
Daria and Jane are literally the embodiment of the ‘90s. So what better way to pay homage to ‘90s teens than to dress up as the spokesperson for their entire generation.
6. The Slip Dress
Who says '90s theme party outfits can’t be glamorous? True, the slip dress never really went away, but this hot number has its roots in the '90s, so you’ll fit right in at the party.
5. Heath Ledger from That Bleacher Scene
Don’t worry guys, you get to look good too! Everybody remembers this iconic scene from 10 Things I Hate About You and how good Heath looked in that outfit. If someone hands you a live mic at the party though, you’re on your own.
4. Spice Girls
From crop tops to trackies to...platform sneakers (really?), the Spice Girls helped define a lot of '90s fashion. Whether you come alone or as the whole group with your friends, you’re sure to have one bad '90s outfit.
If you like your '90s dress up ideas a bit more hip-hop inspired, why not dress up like TLC? Everything about their style, from the way they did their hair to their clothes, oozes '90s vibes.
2. The Cast’s Outfits from Heartbreak High
Heartbreak High had a little bit of everything when it comes to '90s fashion. You’ve got loud shirts, bright tops, tinted-lens sunnies and cowry-shell necklaces among everything else.
Since they’ve never had consistent outfits though, you’ve got some leeway when dressing up as one of them, so go wild!
1. Literally Everything from the ‘Finesse’ Music Video
This video is a goldmine for '90s party outfits for both guys and girls. Everything about this video SCREAMS the '90s. Look at them! Look at all those loud tops!
Those oversized jackets!
The crop tops!
Those baggy pants!
You can literally wear any outfit from the video to the party, and everyone’s going to love it.
Ready For The Party?
Hopefully, our list helped you start planning the perfect 90s outfit for the party. Whether you go for the hip-hop look or the dressed-down aesthetic, we’re sure you’ll come up with something totally radical.
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