20 Best ’90s Fashion Trends Making a Comeback in 2024



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Fashion seems to have an on-again, off-again relationship with the cardigan. But in the ’90s, there was nothing like an easy cardi to throw over your shoulders in case your spaghetti straps or slip dress got a little chilly.

Fast forward to now, and celebs are wearing ’em cropped or slightly unbuttoned. Pair them with light-wash jeans and ballet flats like model Taylor Hill at Cannes for a cute look.



NIA Willow Cardigan

Willow Cardigan

Only using a couple of buttons is key.



BP. Rib Crop Cardigan

Rib Crop Cardigan

Obsessed with this highlighter shade that also seems kinda subtle at the same time.

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Sheer Dresses

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Remember Kate Moss’s iconic sheer dress from 1993? It’ll definitely go down in fashion history—but it’s not retiring anytime soon.

Get excited, because 2024’s take on the trend is just as epic, like this Loewe number on Greta Lee at the most recent Met Gala. But don’t be intimidated. There are plenty of everyday, wearable options out there.


Sheer Dresses

Bella Venice The Lacy Dress

The Lacy Dress

Bella Venice has tons of see-through and cute options, but I’m partial to this black lace number.


Sheer Dresses

Nia Thomas Yemaya Dress

Yemaya Dress

Take a look at this head-turning number that’s made for warmer temps.

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Knee Socks

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Those ’90s school-girl knee socks were another look made famous by Cher in Clueless. Now brands like Sandy Liang have made them their own.

Channeling your old school uniform has never been more in, and these socks look chic with anything from ballet flats to loafers to heels.


Knee Socks

Sandy Liang Recital Socks in Black

Recital Socks in Black


Knee Socks

LECHERY® 2-Pack Matte Silky Sheer 20 Knee High Socks

2-Pack Matte Silky Sheer 20 Knee High Socks

These sheer ones would look jaw-dropping with some stilettos.

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If you didn’t have the chance to explore your inner punk during the ’90s, get excited because chunky leather and chain chokers have made a triumphant return in recent years—take, for example, Paco Rabanne’s spring/summer 2023 collection.

You can go bold or keep things simple and sleek with a choker. Either way, rest assured these babies add some edge to any ensemble.


Leather Chokers

Mariemur Alexia Leather Choker

Alexia Leather Choker

This Ukrainian lingerie brand has a simple O-ring choker you can wear out… or in the bedroom. You do you!


Leather Chokers

Ettika Puffy Heart Pendant Necklace

Puffy Heart Pendant Necklace

Not into the punk look? Try this corded leather choker with a cute gold heart pendant.

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Thick Headbands

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Hair accessories were HUGE in the’90s, and thick headbands were everything. Beanie Feldstein rocked a satin one at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, reviving the thick headband trend and sending us all into hair-sterics. (Sorry for that one.)

Whether you’re into bedazzled bbs or classic, chic looks that’ll go with a designer gown, you’ll find options for every mood in 2024.


Thick Headbands

Bien Abyé Coral Reef Silk Headband

Coral Reef Silk Headband

Loving this coral print that’s perfect for summer.


Thick Headbands

Lele Sadoughi Cream Polka Dot Kelly Headband

Cream Polka Dot Kelly Headband

Or opt for fun polka dots, why don’t you?

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Claw Clips

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ICYMI, hair clips are back in a big—nay, huge—way. And in the ’90s, these babies were the ultimate chic hair accessory. (Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel Greene, in Friends, was an avid fan.)

The trend just keeps getting bigger and bigger, with everything from minimalist designs to seriously quirky clips available.

Claw Clips

Kōv Essentials Daily Clip

Daily Clip

This huge claw clip will help keep your hair in place all day. Not to mention, it’s hella cute.

Claw Clips

Chunks Jumbo Claw in Glossy Glitch

Jumbo Claw in Glossy Glitch

Can’t get enough of checkered prints.

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Bike Shorts

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In the ’90s, bike shorts were perfect for wearing in or out of the gym, and had quite the celeb cred, too: Madonna and Princess Diana were fans of the style. The sporty, stretchy style has been welcomed back into the fashion fold (seen here at a Balmain runway show in 2022).

Whether you style yours with a tee and blazer or go for an oversized sweatshirt, it’s so easy to turn this activewear trend into an IG-ready ‘fit.


Bike Shorts

Reebok x Anine Bing Bike Shorts

x Anine Bing Bike Shorts

Grab these preppy-looking ones from Reebok’s recent collab with Anine Bing.

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Maggie Griswold (she/her) is a contributing fashion editor for Cosmopolitan and freelance writer and editor based in Los Angeles, covering everything from the latest wardrobe must-haves to interior design trends. Along with Cosmopolitan, you can find her work on Oprah Daily, StyleCaster, Women’s Health, and House Digest, among others. She’s a big (read: ridiculously huge) fan of the ’90s sitcom Frasier, all things Shakespeare, and a good romance-filled YA novel. Follow her on Instagram. 


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