It’s nearly 2020, but in fashion the ‘90s are as alluring as ever. On Instagram, nostalgia accounts like @90sanxiety have tapped into the Dr. Martens, biker shorts and spaghetti straps worn then by the likes of Cameron Diaz, Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow, “It” girls of the decade. Nowadays, Gen Z “VSCO girls” don an endless supply of scrunchies, and brands like By Far supply the makings of Rachel Green style and Princess Diana-inspired heels. Even anklets and toe rings are making their comebacks.
For spring ’20, the wooden clog is making a roaring comeback, from Kate Spade’s collaboration with Dr. Scholl’s and homages to the silhouette from brands like Roger Vivier and By Far to Fabrizio Viti’s denim-covered version with very-Drew-Barrymore daisy embellishments. And with news of a “Clueless” reboot coming in 2020, the clog revival feels appropriate.
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Platforms, flatforms and square toes — all most recent relics of the ’90s — have also been on rotation in 2019, and spring ’20 collections may continue to dominate next year.
But there’s also proof that, for better or worse, the 20-year trend cycle will hold: Low rises, cargo pants and baguette bags have all crept back into celebrity and street style. And those strappy sandals with lower heels were one of the major footwear trends that ushered in the new millennium.
Click through the gallery to see more ’90s-inspired spring 2020.