90's préféré femelles Première Partie

I have been doing a little sweep up and dusting off the cobwebs from my blog, as you may be able to tell - I've altered the layout and colours slightly and added some new little bits and bobs such as the email and follow button and other social media buttons, as well as change the icon of the date in the post headers. I am happy with how it looks now, so I shall leave it be for the time being. Now onto the topic of today's post!

This post will be dedicated to all the fab femmes of the 90's which inspire me today still today and as still as fresh and awesome as they were in their peaks. I'm going to do this in two posts as there are so many women of the 90's that inspire me, particularly through their style. So here they are, in no particular order:
aka Claire Danes

My So Called Life rolls everything about the 90's into one package - the teen angst, the clothing...it's all so nostalgic. Angela Chase was great at an angsty teen at a pivotal time during the 90's, heralded by Kurt Cobain's death. There were plenty of miniature floral dresses to go round as well as a healthy dose of skivvies and plenty of layering. She was full of super wisdom and wise words; for example, School is a battlefield... for your heart. Pretty much summed up my entire high school experience. Her portrayal of a teen-aged girl struggling with everyday life and its trials and tribulations is something to admire and relate to. I like her because she's real. I really wished the show lasted longer than it did.

aka Sherilyn Fenn

Twin Peaks is one of my favourite tv series with one of my favourite characters in it - Audrey Horne. Her style fits her "I get what I want" attitude to life and its so rad. Saddle shoes, 50's style sweater tops with fitted knee length skirts and tartan prints totally fit the scenery of Twin Peaks and are part of a wardrobe I would adore. I like her because of her defiance and persistence towards achieving her wants and needs.

aka Cher Horowitz

Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz from Clueless is a perfect example of a mid-nineties rich teen girl who is good at heart but is incredibly superficial, although the superficiality factor comes in great handy with the virtual wardrobe she has! I'd love to own something like that so I wouldn't have to worry about my daily outfits for uni (first world problems to the extreme). She seems to have it all together - popularity, attractiveness, match-making skills and a fashion sense to die for (the Calvin Klein white singlet dress and the yellow tartan ensemble to name but a few) she's really totally CLUELESS to her epic crush on Josh (and who can blame her, Paul Rudd is so attractive in this film)! I like her for not only her virtual wardrobe, but her ideas on high school boys and life wisdom in general - "she's a full-on Monet...it's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess." - BEST EVER. Plus her facial expressions in the film are priceless.

aka Mayim Bialik

Blossom seriously has great taste in clothing - I'm partial to crazy hats she wears and pulls off so effortlessly and I know that I'd never be able to pull such wacky outfits off like her! I find her look to be a bit "grandma chic" if you will, I really love her haircut too! I just love 80's/90's teen sitcoms such as Blossom, while they can be pretentious and cliche, they can also be hilarious and kind of relatable to some degree. Blossom was a fun little show made so by its main character.

Courtney Love is a massive inspiration to me. Hole is one of my all time favourite bands as their music is so angry, yet sometimes quiet, defiant and then submissive, and incredibly fearless. Courtney herself is so fearless and nonchalant to the opinions of others, which I greatly admire as I try to take some of her strength and utilise it in my own life. She is a rock goddess, basically. Besides her awesome presence, her kinderwhore style is a perfect blend of childish girliness and grungy grimy edge; dirty messy hair and sloppily applied makeup with cute lacy collared frocks and patent mary-janes, it's one of my favourite trends that was populated by many from the late 80's to mid 90's. To this day, it can still be observed through the changing trends in fashion, establishing its longevity.

Etheral and mystical, D'Arcy Wretzky totally fits the sound of the Smashing Pumpkins. I think she was really ahead of her time in terms of style, and she was amazing at bass guitar. She looked like a Nordic goddess/queen with her pale skin, white blonde hair and dark red lips, I can just imagine her fitting the role of the Snow Queen so perfectly.

Daria Morgendorffer will always be my favourite cartoon character ever. Her apathetic, nonchalant approach to life and witty little one-liners are always entertaining. The caricature presentations of the various characters in the show was. One of her true pearlers is this - "I don't have low self esteem ... I have low esteem for everyone else." I completely understand this sentiment and I just love her snarkiness so badly. I know a lot of people say they relate to Daria on so many levels and they're exactly like her, but I while I wont say that I relate to her, I can UNDERSTAND her and where she's coming from, despite her only being a creation of the human mind as a draw out character in an MTV tv series. She does have real elements and HUMAN elements in the facets of her character, which can be observed in the episode she pierced herself for Trent (oh, Trent ♡) and became "vain" for wanting to wear contact lenses, until she realised she didn't care what people thought about her exterior. Her hurt over Trent's oblivion to her pining for him is eventually and realistically suffocated though, when she pictures what it might be like to be married to him. I really loved that take, it's an angle not frequently imagined in teen situations like this, so it's really refreshing to see. Also, she rocks that outfit she wears in every episode - Doc Marten boots, classic.

90's incarnate, Drew Barrymore was always central in the 90's fashion scene for me. I particularly loved her outfits in the 1992 film Poison Ivy, which I adore - her hair was perfect as well as the cowboy boots, bodycon skirts and dresses and shoulder padded leather jacket she sported throughout the film. I also love how she incorporates daisies in her hair - daisies are so reminiscent of the 90's to me as so much of the fashion featured prints of daisies during that time, as well as hats and headbands. She was just an all-round 90's style goddess.

aka Heather Matarazzo

Can we all take a small moment to appreciate the wonder and splendor that is Dawn Wiener's anniversary party outfit in Welcome to the Dollhouse? Frilly blue polka dot crop top paired with green fitted pants/leggings and massive bobble hair-ties in her hair - OUTFIT COMBINATION HEAVEN. But basically all of her outfits in the film are stand-outs, from floral skater dresses to off the shoulder tops and high waisted skirts, I'm pretty sure she was the one who created the floral clothing phase that still underlies in the clothing of today. The film can be hard to believe at times due to Dawn's social outcasted-ness and bullying (its a black comedy, which is always going to be wary for the faint-hearted among us) but I'd say give it a go, its definitely worth a watch. I think Dawn is cool because she tries to stick up for herself and I think we can all relate to feeling isolated at some stage of our lives, but we make the best of bad situations and try to rise above them, as Dawn tried to.

Gwen Stefani rocked the bindis and midriff tops hard during the 90's, and her band No Doubt had some great hits (now they're back together again!). I'm pretty sure she's one of the only people I can find acceptable to rock the bindi and pull it off so well, plus that blue hair she once rocked and the pink hair. Just all round mega greatness. I just love her style and voice so much, so that's why she's one of my favourite 90's femmes.

Feminism is important to me, as it is to many women worldwide, and one of the front runners of the 90's female revolution movement was Kathleen Hanna, fronting a band called Bikini Kill. The movement was termed "riot grrrl" and from the movement stemmed many amazing riot grrrl groups which I love today. This third wave feminist movement still bears relevance with me today and my ideologies, particularly with the zines that were created at the time which feature statements such as "I can decide when not to keep my legs shut" and "stop the j word jealously from killing girl love". She's still so relevant today, and I'll always admire and look up to her and her voice on feminism. I'll end this section with a quote by Hanna - "You don't have to have magic unicorn powers. You work at it, and you get better. It's like anything: You sit there and do it every day, and eventually you get good at it." - Inspiring stuff and so true.

aka Christina Applegate

Kelly Bundy's "dumb blonde" persona was kind of appealing to her character in Married...With Children. Her style reflected a lot more of the grungy side of 90's fashion, but with the girly factor still present in bodycon dresses. It's a bit like groupie girl style, with those rockstar ~vibes~. She's all lace, black leather, velvet massive cross necklaces and ankhs, crop tops, tie dye, bustiers and tight miniskirts. I'm just going to say it - I am COMPLETELY in love with velvet fabric, if I could wear only one fabric for the rest of my life it would have to be velvet (it's not very practical I know, but I can dream)! She also had amazing rock chick hair, similar to Kelly Kapowski's in the way it was layered and feathered - just amazing. In the wise words of Kelly, "I want to do nothing, I want to be nothing", which I think we all feel at some stage of our lives.

aka Tiffani Thiessen

For me, Kelly Kapowski defines everything about early 90's female young adult fashion to a T. Floral dresses, crop tops, stone wash denim jeans, bodycon skirts, boxy jackets and button up shirts - its just like heaven. The 80's was trying to die, but it's still alive and well in Saved by the Bell, but I'm not complaining. While the show hasn't aged well and is super cliche and predictable, I still love watching it, if only for a laugh and the eye candy of the constant outfit changes in every episode. I like Kelly because of her PERFECT HAIR (seriously it is amazing) as well as her amazing fashion sense. I'd raid her entire wardrobe if I had the chance!

Here are a few snapshots of things that have related to my life at this present moment. (From L-R, top to bottom):
1. I adore my new Minkpink dress, (yes, I'm growing quite a collection!) it's just so beautiful and I can't stop looking at it!
2. The moon was crescent shaped and looked so cute in the sky that I decided to take a photo. :3
3. Lemon cheesecake and green tea, my reward for exercising like a madwoman everyday!
4. More vintage classics for my book collection - these titles are Little Women and Alice in Wonderland.
5. Discovered my ye olde collection of My Little Ponies, still in love with them.
6. The moon in waning gibbous stage and what I believed to be a star (it is barely visible at this size, although if you have keen eyes you will spot it), but I think it is actually Jupiter. So beautiful.

I made another playlist for you all to enjoy while you day-dream, drink cups of tea, study or eat cake. ♡

Nostalgia Meets Wanderlust and stop for high tea. from bambisvalentine on 8tracks Radio.

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charlotte said...

i love all your pictures and photoshop-skills! so sweet.

Anonymous said...

I love this post so much and I love love how you describe all the characters, I love the 90's like crazy too, and I also find it quite amusing how the thing you said by saved by the bell, I've watched the whole 1st season and I couldn't bare the episodes they were really annoying for me and my thoughts against stereotypes or teen clichés , but then again I was like I need to watch this I can miss they're outfits, so I think it's funny how I can be so opinionated about the show and still watch because I'm passionate about the era, if the exact same show would be on tv in our decade I wouldn't seen it ....AS IF! (cher is a total 90's goddess)

Sarah said...

this is a spot on list and i'm obsessed with your frame template for them :)

Breakingginger said...

D'arcy was amazing! It's so sad what has happened to her.

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