11 of the Best '90s Films I Always Get Outfit Ideas From

Elinor Block

There's no denying that the '90s was a real golden age for movies. I can only talk for myself, but as a teenager during that time, there were quite a few films that had an impact on me. Of course, a lot to do with that is whether Leonardo di Caprio was starring, but there was also another reason why I still love these films today: the fashion. While Clueless is always the most often referred to there are so many other movies that should be celebrated too.

Right now, thanks to our continuing obsession with nostalgia and the '90s being a major trend for spring/summer 2020 (not to mention our love of '80s and '70s fashion), I'm turning to those classic movies more and more for wardrobe inspiration. Keep scrolling for the 11 films I'm re-watching to help get dressed right now.

Were you even a teenage girl in the '90s if you didn't do "light as a feather, stiff as a board" with your mates at a sleepover? The Craft is one of those films that will remain as one of my favourites of all time. While levitation attempts might have been a dud, the goth-meets-school-girl is one I will always try to replicate. Cardigans worn over white shirts is what I'm loving here. 

& Other Stories Cropped Oversized Cotton Shirt (£55)

Sies Marjan Olga V-Neck Wool-Blend Cardigan (£385)

Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You was so refreshing. She didn't try to be popular—she didn't care. Her outfits were a mix of hoodies, long-sleeved T-shirts and combat trousers. A look I happily wear today. 

Weekday Meja Long Sleeve (£20)

Topshop Black Zip Through Hoodie (£18)

Sarah Michelle Gellar's day job might have meant wearing leather to fight off vampires (Buffy forever), she also starred in one of the coolest films during that era: Cruel Intentions. As the manipulative Kathryn, she was all about revealing slips and figure-hugging dresses. Sassy. 

Bec & Bridge Gemma Black Lace-Up Midi Dress (£205)

Alighieri St. Christopher Chapter Iii Necklace (£210)

I almost forgot about this film, but how could I? While Now and Then film was set in the '90s, there are flashbacks to the '70s. Christina Ricci's character Roberta was the tomboy and I loved her for it. No frilly dresses, but T-shirts and flared jeans.

Arket Heavy-Weight T-Shirt (£35)

People Tree Ariel Wide Leg Jeans (£95)

There's is no denying that when Jenny gets older (played by the incomparable Robin Wright), she had an incredible wardrobe. 

Givenchy Shearling Leather-Panelled Coat (£6680)

When it comes to stage outfits, Whitney Houston's Rachel in The Bodyguard wins. I'll be channelling her look in a cape this coming autumn/winter. 

Jil Sander Hooded Cashmere Cape (£3000)

Babydoll dresses paired with platforms is basically all I wanted to wear during the '90s. Now, while I might have no where to go out wearing this at the moment, perhaps it's worth thinking about for the future party season. 

Rotate Birger Christensen Kim Floral Brocade Mini Dress (£300)

Rochas Satin Platform Sandals (£750)

Despite the gothic undertones it was Winona Ryder's white ethereal dress that really caught my eye. Off-the-shoulder and long-sleeved with the buttons down the front? Yes please. 

H&M Silk-Blend Dress (£100)

Honestly, it was a tribute to Courteney Cox's acting that we didn't constantly think, "Wait—that's Monica!" the whole time we were watching Scream. Her bold outfits were always a highlight too, especially this fluoro jacket. 

& Other Stories Tailored Twill Blazer (£59)

The hair! The neck-tie! The jacket! I love everything about this look. 

Mango Double-Breasted Blazer (£70)

Marni Arabesque Printed Silk Scarf (£300)

This shirt is what started by love affair with printed men's shirts. The modern re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet by Baz Luhrmann gave us this incredible look of part surfer bum, part preppy boy. And I haven't been able to get it out of my head since. 

Wales Bonner Havana Floral Bowling Shirt (£340)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know. 

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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