23 May Baston In, Baston Out. The Running Man Fashion of the 90s.
JUAN SAYS: The 90s are back! We don’t know exactly what it is but maybe we loved our throwback pictures too much that the beloved fashion of the early 90s are back and millennials couldn’t be more excited because we all secretly want to be back to the clothes that felt so comfortable when we were kids. It’s fusing nostalgia with the grown up versions of ourselves and finally being at a time where we can actually afford and rock the trends.
PLAID, PLAID & MORE PLAID
JUAN SAYS: The 90s gave rise to the grunge movement, and so went the rise of the plaid flannel shirt. Everybody wore a t-shirt and topped it with checkered longsleeves, kesehodang nagmukhang table cloth. Mini-skirts started to come out in the same plaid design, and we died wanting to wear them, no matter the pata-thighs. Basta, it was plaid, plaid and more plaid. Just like Tita Maggie
PLAID, PLAID & MORE PLAID
JUAN SAYS: The 90s gave rise to the grunge movement, and so went the rise of the plaid flannel shirt. Everybody wore a t-shirt and topped it with checkered longsleeves, kesehodang nagmukhang table cloth. Mini-skirts started to come out in the same plaid design, and we died wanting to wear them, no matter the pata-thighs. Basta, it was plaid, plaid and more plaid. Just like Tita Maggie.
JUAN SAYS: 8-holes? 16-holes? The higher the better! Yet we had a hard time learning how to drive in those goddam Doc Martens. Kapal ng swelas ha! Combat boots came in a variety of colors, and we just got to have ‘em in all colors! Doc Martens were the first choice in foot wear of the 90s and became a status symbol of sorts. And yes, we wore them everywhere with everything. Name it – distressed jeans, maka-DO short shorts and yep even in formal debuts of our classmates, in formal wear. Seriously.
JUAN SAYS: Think Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. Skin-tight dresses for ladies escalated right after the movie became a hit in the mid-90s. Now we started to eat salad for lunch. Grabe, sakit sa ulo pag gumagawa ka ng thesis. Kasi gutom na gutom ka! But how else would you fit in those skin-tight number?
JUAN SAYS: The second-skin style was available in a bodysuit version, too—a skintight, leotard-like top that may or may not snap at the bottom and was typically worn with a skirt or pair of high-waisted jeans … which were then cinched with a thick leather belt (yes, we’re cringing).
JUAN SAYS: The high-waisted jeans was the thing of the 90s, and no we didn’t know what low-rise meant. Unflattering in every way, but who cares. Everybody thought they rocked them – from the tupi from the outside or the tupi to the inside with matching stapler. Seryoso, minumura kami ng labandera! The dirtier, the better. The 501s were worn like everyday, for the rest of our lives. If we were to remove it, the pants would be able to stand on it’s own. Ganun kadumi!
Sisa says: Eto yung damit na minura ako ng bestfriend ko noong college. Ang overalls ko, may pinya sa dibdib. Buti nga hindi heart diba?
JUAN SAYS: The farmer in the dell is back for colder months. And we had our jumpers in plain or printed denim. Some had it long, but we liked it short. Extra style points were awarded for leaving one strap hanging! Paired with colored Keds. Remember guys?
THE JEAN SUIT
JUAN SAYS: The vest in denims for those who didn’t like the hassle of removing the overalls when doing a number 1 or yeah, even a number 2. Imagine taking it all off when you are at the brink of doing No. 2? EFFORT! We paired denims with a one piece vest which was usually over a shirt or sleeveless, buttoned down or left open. It looks like a fashion catastrophe to you but in those days, we thought we were hot! If Britney can wear that then we followed suit. Literally.
JUAN SAYS: Introduced in 1889, Carhartt jackets were designed as a sort of uniform for hunters and farmers, their heavy-duty, wind-resistant construction being a perfect match for keeping warm while spending hours outdoors. In the 1990s, we sported the jacket just because. It’s funny but this trend started with crack dealers, and we never knew this until now. But hey, looks good on colder days, and even in colder classrooms.
JUAN SAYS: Sneakers were big business in the 1990s. Everyone had Keds, in all colors. Some preferred the Tretorn, worn down Trets. Yung naghihiwalay na ang canvass sapatos at butas na. Yung ganun.