Trends come and go, often making a resurgence to inspire newer, modern wears, while others are so bad that after they’re introduced to customers, they never make a comeback. The '90s came full of new fashion trends that became staples in wardrobes all over the world, with several celebs adhering to some pretty awkward fashion choices. From chokers to butterfly clips, take a trip down memory lane and check out some of the 90s trends that ended up in the dustbin of fashion history.
Though chokers completely took the world by storm in the '90s, they go way back in history. It is believed that the choker necklace was introduced in 1798 during the French revolution. French expatriates would wear red ribbons around their necks to pay tribute to the people who had lost their lives in the war. By the '90s, chokers were once again everywhere in the form of plastic, lots of color, and leather styles. Fortunately, they stayed in the '90s and have rarely been seen since.
Cool girls all over the country were seen wearing Doc Martens in the '90s, sometimes paired with a babydoll dress to cause some stylish contrast. As grunge and punk-rock fashion continued to rise, Doc Martens boots and shoes became increasingly popular. Back then, they used to cost $100 a pair and weren't the most available shoes. Though they have been seen around in fashion circles more recently, they never made a full comeback.
In essence, buddha bead bracelets have been around for several decades and were initially linked to many cultures and religions, but especially Buddhism. The bracelets are composed of mala beads that were usually used for meditation, prayers, and several practices that involved the chanting of mantras. But in the '90s, the bracelets were suddenly much more trendy than related to any religious or cultural symbol.
Mood rings trended quickly both during the '70s and the '90s, but since then, they have never made it back to fashion. The mood ring was created in 1975 by Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats, two New York inventors who decided to bond quartz stones and liquid crystals, transforming it into rings. Though mood rings do reflect different changes in people's body temperatures (which can often occur as a response to someone's emotions), they don't actually tell people facts about their feelings that they didn't know already.
Puka shells also made a quick appearance in the fashion industry in the '90s but didn't last that long. Puka shell necklaces could be found in tons of malls around the country, even if they weren't necessarily near the beach. Originally, puka means "hole" in Hawaiian and refers to the hole that occurs naturally in the middle of rounded and worn shell fragments. Though the item first gained popularity in Hawaii during the '60s, it eventually made it to several other places around the world.
It’s safe to say that some of the most trendy hairstyles of the '90s were quite cringeworthy. There were tiny overhead buns, fake cornrows, glitter all over messy ponytails, and the unexplained phenomenon of flippy hairdos. Though some of them were somewhat aesthetically pleasing, many of them weren’t at all. '90s teens and celebs regularly used the butterfly clips as a fashion trend, with some wearing only one clip to “spice things up,” while others would literally create an entire hairdo made of these clips.
Although toe rings were a huge trend during the '90s, they have a long history outside of the US. The earliest records of women wearing toe rings date back to the 4th century when women would wear the ring as a decorative accessory, traditionally worn by brides and married women in India. Western countries adopted the trend as a "sexy and breezy" fashion accessory that peaked both in the '60s and, again, in the '90s.
There have been several efforts in recent years to bring the body glitter trend back, especially since it was such a massive deal during the'90s. Celebrities such as Britney Spears and Mariah Carey wore so much glitter back then that we wouldn't be surprised if they're still found it in their laundry these days. Since then, however, the appreciation for glittery and sparkling skin has faded away, and we barely see anyone wearing it as a fashion statement nowadays.