We may have been 8 when the Noughties were in full swing but believe it or not there’s a thing or two we can learn from our childhood style icons. Though some of the things they dared to wear could be seen as cringey or old school now, it’s the actual thought process behind them that we admire the most. Daring new things without a care in the world is what the Rebel Life is all about!
Before you start thinking the 90s and the Noughties were yonks ago, hold up a minute – there are some irresistibly cool trends that have made their return in recent years, or even months. Here are some tips we are taking from our personal childhood style icons, all you 90s kids will definitely relate!
It’s the Noughties, and Boho Chic is in the air. Cowboy boots, lace dresses, and oversized faux fur gilets are at the forefront of fashion, along with style icons Sienna Miller and Kate Moss. They revolutionized fashion in the sense that no one had foreseen Boho Chic making its comeback, and brands desperately churned out Sienna-esque outfits for customers to please the fans. If there’s one thing we can learn from this, it’s to dress how we want – Kate and Sienna almost predicted before the leading faces of fashion and dared to be different.
Though we love a pair of skinny jeans and a figure-sculpting dress, we do love to be comfortable in style. Fact is, comfort doesn’t have to compromise style. Destiny’s Child pretty much showcased it when they rocked the whole sweatpants look on stage, and yet we still idolized them. As adults, we shouldn’t pour ourselves into skintight styles just to make us think we look “put together”, in fact, we probably look terrible because we’re not confident and comfy in our outfits.
Though the Harajuku trend existed in the 1980s in Japan, it came on the scene in the Western World in the early 2000s, and became mainstream. The style is very girly, with pastel candy-like tones, and I know I get comments from people when I walk up in the street in my lilac coat and light pink handbag, but what’s wrong with being a little girly? It doesn’t make us any less of the strong, independent women we are.
Rock your tomboy side and embrace it – it’s ok to go from girly and romantic to an edgy tomboy, everyone’s style is eclectic at times. Just look at Aaliyah – no one could rock a pair of baggy jeans quite like her, yet she could pull out all the stops with a diva-like faux fur coat and sunglasses. Go androgynous with a pair of baggy jeans like her, or an oversized bomber jacket to get the look.
People may be judgmental when you wear head-to-toe black. We’ve all had that annoying comment of, “Going to a funeral are we?”. The fact of the matter is black can do one of two things – make us look super sophisticated, or represent the darkness of our soul. Sometimes, I can understand the appeal of being a goth or going grunge, because black is so easy and makes you look and feel badass.
Who was your style idol as a kid? And are you still rocking any 90s and 2000s trends? Let us know and be sure to share a street style-esque photo for us to admire!