Back in 1998, I owned a denim skirt. It was stonewashed, with rips. I wore it with footless tights, Converse sneakers and graphic print t-shirts bearing the slogans of various popular culture brands.
Yes – that was the (late) 90s. Hardly a moment in fashion history. But, it seems the 90s are making a comeback, and every other 15 year old is wearing a scrunchie or an ironic bumbag. Probably quite cool when your date of birth stretches no further back than 1995, but remembering it first time round (and now being well past the age when ironic dressing has a hope of looking good) takes the shine off a bit… particularly when your last memory of dunagrees was wearing them to a Backstreet Boys tribute concert.
When I spotted this denim skirt in Zara, I was immediately transported back to 1998 and my (much shorter, admittedly) version. It’s exactly the same shade, with the same ‘rock chic’ rips and frayed hem. But rather than bringing back memories of Spice Girls dance routines and Byker Grove, this sharp pencil shape and flattering fit works perfectly for my 2013 wardrobe.
Just to confuse you, I went for an 80s double denim look by pairing my new skirt with an old chambray shirt. Just call me the decade dresser.
Are you wearing 90s style again, or is second time round a step too far?