'90s Inspiration for Your Wedding

Everything old is new again, including fashion and trends from decades past. While some eras arguably brought us more style don’ts than style dos (ahem, the '80s), you can always find inspiration in what was once popular.

The '90s included everything from oversized suits to sleek sheaths, plaid shirts to crop tops and overalls to babydoll dresses. When I think of the decade right before the new millennium, I see a lot of colors carried over from the '80s and a shift to a more casual look. Below are ways to update some '90s trends so you can incorporate them in your wedding today.


Choker necklace

'90s style goddess Cher Horowitz rocked a choker necklace in many scenes from "Clueless" and even wore one as part of her bridesmaid ensemble in the wedding at the end of the movie. Chokers have been back in mainstream fashion for a few years now, and some forecasters have said their resurgence has already come and gone. Still, the look didn’t fully permeate the wedding industry, and I think there’s an opportunity for a bold bridal moment. Pair this lace choker from NET-A-PORTER with a slinky, bohemian robe dress, and you’ve got an outfit that Cher in 2018 would endorse.


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Denis Reggie / Getty

Slip dress

In a lot of ways, '90s fashion was loud and commanded attention, but among the noisy clothes were understated, minimalist looks that celebrities like Kate Moss and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy rocked. Bessette-Kennedy’s gown she wore to marry John F. Kennedy Jr. may be my favorite wedding dress of all time. A number of designers have been including similar silhouettes in their recent bridal lines. The spaghetti straps, silky fabric and effortless design just ooze sophistication and radiate cool girl vibes.


Yellow gold jewelry

Because no '90s fashion post is complete without showing reverence to the style icon who first emerged in the latter part of the decade, I must include Carrie Bradshaw from "Sex and the City" in this write-up. Since there are too many looks to analyze, I decided to focus on the beloved nameplate necklace that popped up throughout the series; the necklace that inspired dozens of copycats and is made of yellow gold. Sarah Jessica Parker must have an affinity for that type of metal as well since her engagement ring from Matthew Broderick, whom she married in 1997, is comprised of yellow gold. If you can swing it, this ring from 1stdibs would make anyone a fan of the yellow metal.


Double breasted jackets

Long worn by either grandfathers or toddlers, the double breasted jacket now offers a unique look for men in the ages between. In the '90s movie "Cool World," Brad Pitt somehow pulled off a slightly oversized version which was par for the course back then. These days, the double breasted suits and tuxedos are thankfully more fitted, so men don’t have to swim in the excess fabric. The Black Tux offers a classic double breasted tuxedo to grooms who want to make a statement they won’t regret when revisiting wedding photos 50 years later.


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Sunflowers

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen sporting sunflower hats with sunny outfits in their “I Am The Cute One” music video is peak '90s. And if the twins are donning the same sunflower hats, they’re both the cute one, let’s be real. MK and Ash weren’t the only ones to embrace the sunflower in their fashion choices, though, as many teenage girls’ closets contained a mini dress featuring a pattern of the ubiquitous flower. I am not encouraging brides to lean into the sunflowers-on-your-dress look, but I am proposing they ask their florists about using sunflowers in their bouquets and centerpieces. Previously relegated for rustic weddings only, the sunflower can work in more formal and modern affairs as well with a little bit of ingenuity.