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What were you wearing in 1994?

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vitaminC Wed 19-Mar-14 16:12:00

I've long had a theory that fashion follows a 20-year pattern and that has been well and truly proven seeing all the new collections just appearing. Some of the photos from the PFW are uncannily similar to things I owned back then! grin

In 1994, I was a postgrad student in Paris. I'd recently outgrown my grunge/raver phase and wore mostly midi-length flaired/pleated/tube skirts or culottes with soft sweaters and/or waistcoats. I still have (and have started to wear again) the brown high-heeled brogue ankle boots I bought that spring!

I also had a very lovely black and white kilt-style mini-skirt, which I wore loads with a black cropped jacket and a black bowler hat! I regret not having kept that skirt. It was lovely and would be perfect in 2014!

Another favourite outfit I seem to remember owning and wearing during that period (94-96) was a baby pink angora sweater with navy trousers and loafers and a pink patent doctor-style handbag. I still have the scarves I wore with that outfit, but not the other pieces, although some of the stuff in the shops right now looks almost identical!

So, where were you in 1994 and what were you wearing? Are you thinking of revisiting that look now? Maybe we can inspire each other and stay ahead of the curve with our inside knowledge wink

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 19-Mar-14 16:15:00

DM's and Flowery dresses.

And I am still wearing DM's and flowery dresses [smiles] I have and will continue to exist in my pwn happy little bubble.

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 19-Mar-14 16:15:24

Smiley fail!

vitaminC Wed 19-Mar-14 16:15:47

Oh and I got rid of my (tan) coloured skinnies that summer and bought boyfriend jeans... grin

and a pair of pink suede Mary Jane shoes!

Bonsoir Wed 19-Mar-14 16:16:24

Awful work clothes - really boring trouser suits and camel coats. I worked in a very conservative environment.

vitaminC Wed 19-Mar-14 16:17:48

The DMs and flowery dresses are what I gave up that year, from my previous phase smile

Haven't owned any DMs since and can't see myself buying any now, although my 15yo DD has a pair of red ones I occasionally consider borrowing...

Ujjayi Wed 19-Mar-14 16:19:09

I was totally grunge-tastic in 1994. I was about to say that I wasn't sure about your 20 year fashion cycle theory but...then I glanced in the mirror and it tells a different story: All Saints dress layered over long sleeve tee and a cropped crochet cardigan...topped off with messy white blonde hair streaked with maybe you're right!

I am something of a chameleon though so I change my look day to day. I love fashion too much to stick to one style.

vitaminC Wed 19-Mar-14 16:19:18

Bonsoir you must have worn more interesting stuff at weekends?

I had a part-time job in BHV that year, but I have no idea what I wore to work in those days!

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 19-Mar-14 16:20:32

I have black ones and pink ones. I want purple next grin

MarshaBrady Wed 19-Mar-14 16:21:04

Studying at university -

Spaghetti strap slip dresses, sometimes with a tshirt underneath.

Knee high socks, lace up ankle boots

and boyfriend Levi's (not called that then).

Kind of a grunge-light. So yep I think you're right.

MostlyMama Wed 19-Mar-14 16:21:39

I was 5 so maybe dungarees

TheFabulousIdiot Wed 19-Mar-14 16:21:46

Very very short dresses, mostly 60s and 50s prints. I used to trawl jumble sales for old clothes and then hack the bottoms off. Chunky shoes or very high heels. little knitted cardigans in bright colours, Kilts (Minis) - used to buy great big ones in Jumble sales and cut them very short. Plus Cargo pants, hoodies. At some point I also started buying tweedy pencil skirts to wear with my little cardigans.

And a great big Crochet bag with bamboo handles.

Bleach blonde short crop (which I did myself) with a flower accessory or slides.

I was 24 and I thought I was dead cool.

Now I feel mostly embarrassed by the fact that in work everyone could see my bum.

vitaminC Wed 19-Mar-14 16:22:12

My flatmate at uni in 1992 had purple DMs wink

piratecat Wed 19-Mar-14 16:22:32

in the midst of Brit Pop really. early 20's.

jeans and very skinny tshirts, clips in my hair. army trousers with vests, suit trousers with vests. velvet jackets from Greenwich market. Scarves, headbands, retro gear, adidas hoodies. tails coat.


now, more or less the same lol. tho i lost my old adidas zippy top somewhere confused

maudpringle Wed 19-Mar-14 16:22:53

Wedding dress followed by maternity clothes!

Bonsoir Wed 19-Mar-14 16:23:03

I had a pink Dolce & Gabbana outfit that must have been around that vintage... I don't know. That bit of my life is quite blurry in many ways. I remember going to Mauritius for a fortnight in January/February 1994 and buying several swimsuits in Erès and an Hermès beach towel...

TheFabulousIdiot Wed 19-Mar-14 16:23:12

and oh my god, it was so very long ago <weeps>

vitaminC Wed 19-Mar-14 16:24:00

Ooh, yes, I had a couple of tweedy pencil skirts, too, Fabulous. They were scratchy but looked good!

bryte Wed 19-Mar-14 16:24:51

I've a photo of me from early 94 wearing black leggings striped top and black blazer from a charity shop. I was also wearing long floaty skirts and big boots, having moved on from short dresses and DM. I remember wearing long jumpers in cream and pale pink and long shirts. Black canvas plimsols too.

Bonsoir Wed 19-Mar-14 16:25:03

I had some Kenzo leggings which were white with pink hibiscus flowers and some Gucci sandals that were like clogs with open toes...

MarshaBrady Wed 19-Mar-14 16:25:11

Not that I wear that stuff now, but grunge-light is back in fashion.

I had a tartan mini skirt and bleached hair too.

vitaminC Wed 19-Mar-14 16:25:56

I bought a gorgeous flowery silk dress in Cacharel that summer, then took it back for a refund a few days later when I received a massive phone bill! blush

Bonsoir Wed 19-Mar-14 16:26:31

I went on holiday to Greece that summer and I remember a bright pink swimsuit with flowers on... a green sundress with white dots that I particularly liked...

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 19-Mar-14 16:27:09

Dm's in various bright colours, stripy tights and floaty hippy dresses. I probably either had pink or blue hair.

I was definitely channeling an alternative lookgrin

I recently bought some more dm's in purple patent and pewter patent, so you may be on to something.

I still favour a slightly quirky look but much more mainstream than 20 years ago.

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 19-Mar-14 16:27:27

Cream or beige jeans.

Silk shirts.

yes, waistcoats (which a silk shirt or t-shirt underneath).

tailored long shorts (to me knees).

John Lennon style sunglasses.

Shapeless polo necks

Tiny cut off denim shorts

The 'in' colour was like a dark rust colour.

Spaghetti strap cotton summer dresses, with a scoop neck tight t-shirt underneath. With plimsolls.

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