Unlikely 90s Style Icons! Take Inspiration From These Unexpected Stars

19 March 2014 by

It seems '90s style references are stuck for good right now. None of us are willing to give up our ribbed crop-tops, backpacks or high-ponytails. But whether it's Cher Horowitz or the Spice Girls - we're stuck in an inspiration rut. YEP they look mega cool, but it feels like we've been obsessing over the same people and characters for waaaaaay too long. Let's ditch the normal inspiration and broaden our search.

Here are 5 stars who are unlikely style icons of the era. Whether we didn't think were that hip at the time or we just hadn't even noticed their wardrobes, it's time to pay them some attention.

1. Pre-makeover Laney Boggs

Back in 1999 we thought Laney - the heroine of She's All That - looked super hot after her makeover. That red dress was so sultry and her cute bob was uber glam. NOW - we're totally down with her passion for dungarees and printed silk shirts.

MIA Versus Versace Unisex Shirt - £295, Mango Denim Dungarees - £59.99

2. Travis from Clueless

Cher Horowitz blah, blah, BLAH! Yes, she's looks like *totally* cute in her candy coloured plaid wardrobe, but you know who wore tartan better? Tardy skater boy Travis. Rock his look by opting for oversized shirts, vintage Tees and skater shoes. Bonus points if you throw in a sports sock.

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Veronica Plaid Shirt - £160 , Topshop Skater Pumps - £20, AllSaints Resonate Dreams T-shirt - £68.00

3. Ashley Banks

Running from 1990-1996, Will Smith's Prince of Bel Air had us fallen head-over-heels for neon brights, bold patterns and baseball caps. BUT the real style icon? Not Will, Carlton or Hilary… it was little sister Ashley. Follow her lead with knee high socks, Americana colours, dresses over T-shirts and pattern knits.

Hobbs Edie Dress - £111, Burberry Breton Stripe Top - £165, Knee High Socks - £4, Beret - £6

4. Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Sarah Michelle Gellar might have been the sauciest vampire on the block, but the most stylish? Spike obvs. With his all black outfits, passion for leather and bleached blond crop he was totes a Dalston hipster before his time. Take inspiration from him by.. err.. removing all colour from your wardrobe.

Rick Owens Blister Washed-Leather Jacket - £1,405, Saint Laurent Leather-Paneled Skinny Jeans - £810

5. Clarissa AND Sam from Clarissa Explains It All

Oh, Clarissa AND Sam! They real did explain everything. The duo attempted nearly every trend from the '90s all at once. If the idea of doing a Spike fills you with dread, these are the stars to take inspiration from. We're talking maximum print-on-print. Essentials include tie-die, high-waisted Levis, scrunchies and of course - the odd waistcoat.

Moschino Cheap & Chic Tie Die Trousers - £531.42, House of Holland x New Era Tropical Snapback - £35, Elizabeth And James Boyfriend Jeans - £150 



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