As if 90's fashion could ever go out of style
Cher Horowitz, of the 1995 film Clueless, was full of useful insight into the fashion world. She asked the important questions like, "Do you prefer 'fashion victim' or 'ensemble-y challenged?'" For me, Cher represented an entire era of style that constantly rouses my love of fashion: velvet, knee socks, mesh button downs and jersey maxi dresses. It’s been ten years since her and her gang of fashion-forward teen queens inspired me to treat the world like a runway, and in honor of her commitment to style, I intend to bring the '90s back in full force this Fall. I'm not the only one: in a recent New York Times Style article, writer William Van Meter observed Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character Elaine Benes', (of '90s sitcom Seinfeld), former fashion exploits' unlikely influence on today's street style.
For a pinch of '90s influence, I like to mix the era's classic looks with a modern twist. You can class up your mesh shirt by tucking it into a pair of slim cuffed jeans or your velvet dress by slipping a structured blazer over it. A staple of Cher's wardrobe, over-the-knee socks, is this fall's go-to accessory. American Apparel has an impressive collection of both opaque and sheer styles. I update knee socks by pairing them with my black faux-leather motorcycle boots, the pair of shoes I'll be wearing the most this season.
Don't be afraid of jean shorts just because it’s Fall. Keep warm in shorts with two of Fall's essentials: the long slouchy sweater or the leather jacket—though you can never go wrong with a simple black or navy blazer. Tuck a collared floral print dress into your shorts and wear it with a woven belt to update this often matronly item. Vintage Relation has racks full of jeans shorts. While you're there, look around for a pair of trousers, my favorite item for the upcoming season. Wearing trousers this fall is about looking sophisticated and tough but at the same time feminine. Emulating this iconic and always classy working-woman style is Fall fashion's greatest triumph.
Though this season's biggest trends center around fashion a decade old, there are some things that are timeless and continue to be staples in my wardrobe: worn white Converse sneakers, my letterman sweater, the pencil skirt with the faint coffee stain on the front, and the long sleeve grey sweater dress that I can wear with anything. Find the five items in your closet you wear the most and cherish them, because trends are fleeting, but style isn't.