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From Dungarees to Bandanas! Check out How to Rock the 90s Inspired Style



BN-Red-Carpet-Fab_-Dbanjs-DKM-Live-in-Concert-Show-in-Lagos-June-2013-BellaNaija-044-399x600When I think of the 90s I remember The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sound Sultan’s Mathematics song and my personal favourite, stonewashed jeans. So, you can imagine how happy I was when people finally started getting back in on the 90s trend. From over-sized coats & jackets to overalls, everyone seems to be enjoying the flashback, even though I think some of those things need to have been left in the past. Oh well, fashion is recycled and now, we are back in the 90s.

Now, how can you rock the trend without looking like you just stepped out of a time machine? First of all, you definitely need to have some of these key pieces;

a pair of dungarees/overalls, a stonewashed denim jacket, trousers, tops etc, a cropped top, a bandana or bandana inspired clothes and of course the old school hairstyle to match. With that being said, here are a few tips to get you started. Remember, these tips are not set in stone and you can always have different variations to suit your personal style.

Try Over-sized Denims and Coats
Large clothing was one thing that was very much in vogue in the 90s. From large coats to over sized denim trousers, the theme was “the bigger the better”. So don’t be afraid to wear some clothes that aren’t your size.BN-Red-Carpet-Fab_-Dbanjs-DKM-Live-in-Concert-Show-in-Lagos-June-2013-BellaNaija-033-399x600

Wear Bandanas or Bandana inspired clothing
Another huge thing that really rocked the 90s was wearing bandanas. I remember one of my sisters friends who had different colours of bandanas to match her different outfits. Now, instead of going all out with a bandana, simply get a shirt with bandana print or otherwise to get in on the trend.

In the image below, DJ Zeez decided to make it a monochrome affair by pairing his bandana print shirt with white trousers and black sneakers.

Next Skales, known for his eclectic style, hit the stage with a bandana print outfit.BN-Red-Carpet-Fab_-Dbanjs-DKM-Live-in-Concert-Show-in-Lagos-June-2013-BellaNaija-052-399x600

Try large & colourful prints

Another big trend, especially close to home was over-sized prints. From the cast of Martin to our next door neighbors, everyone got in on the trend. To do the same, get a top with big tribal/aztec prints in contrasting colours and pair it with stone washed skinny jeans or bright coloured tights to get that 90s flare.

Lynxxx took floral print personal with his cute hype shirt, denim trousers, black sneakers and big gold chain.


Next we have Stephanie from the ChocolateLaced site. She has paired black H&M trousers and ASOS shoes with a colourful thrift store top and a black scarf to tone it all down.

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Try a Cosby Sweater
Remember the Cosby Show? Well, the show grew so big in the 80s/90s that everyone started wearing Bill Cosby’s sweater. It was loud, comfortable and above all had a little of the essence of the show. A way to truly get your 90s on is to act like Bill and get yourself a multicoloured sweater. (Your mum probably still has one lying around) The sweater is really busy so you should tone it down with black or neutral toned trousers. The sweater was also popularly called a coogi sweater.


Wear high waisted bottoms
Anything with a high waist can be incorporated into the 90s trend. You can wear a high waist skirt, pair it with a cropped top and some colourful sneakers and you are good to go. Here, Mari of the ADashofflair blog has paired a studded denim jacket with high waist jeans plus bright blue heels to bring a little more life to the outfit.

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Infuse Stone Washed Denim in your Outfit
Stone washed denim made a big splash in the 90s and is still very relevant today. Try a stone washed and leather jacket like DJ Xclusive with an animated t-shirt, black trousers and white sneakers.


This cute style blogger of Naturalbeings decided to go for stonewashed trousers and a black & white striped top and blue sneakers.How to Wear the 90's Inspired Trend - Bellanaija - July2013006

Just for fun, check out what some of your favourite celebrities were rocking in the 90s

Don Jazzy looking very calm (as always)

Don Jazzy looking very calm (as always)

Black Face in his fur jacket & Ice Prince

Black Face in his fur jacket & Ice Prince

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Black Face, Tu Face, Sound Sultan & Basketmouth

They really liked taking pictures
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Ini Edo

Ini Edo

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Regina Askia

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Denrele Edun

Destinys Child

Destinys Child

Will & Jada-Pinkett Smith

Will & Jada-Pinkett Smith

Well, that was a bit disturbing. Now, check out some style inspirations from this set of fashionable people and how you can get in on the 90s trend too.

By The Nyanzireport

By The Nyanzireport

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Here is some style inspiration by yours truly on how you can achieve this laid back 90s inspired look


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A black cropped top is perfect as the basis for this outfit. It still has the 90s flair and you can decide to rock it with a pair of jeans when you arent channeling your inner 90s chic.

To buy click hereTopshop Textured Cropped Top

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Next, add a lightly faded dungarees/overall to give it more of the 90s look. Roll the legs for a more relaxed look.

Top buy click hereTopshop MOTO Bleach Faded Dungarees

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For the shirt tied around her waist, you can use any checked shirt to pull the look off.

To buy click hereTopshop Long sleeve Mix Match Check Shirt

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The sandals above have a nice metal detail, this adds and edgy look to the overall look.

To buy click here – Topshop Freeman Pyramid Stud Sandal

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Lastly you can top it off with a gold necklace. The layered necklace look gives it a little more femininity.

 To buy click hereTopshop Loopchain Multirow Necklace

That’s it for this edition of BN Style How to Wear. Don’t forget to share what 90s inspired look you will definitely love to try again, what you think of the celebrity’s sense of style in the 90s and what trend you would love to see come back again.

Photo Credit: adashofflair | Chocolatelaced | | dkstan28390 | BellaNaija | Nigeriamovienetwork | Onlinenigeria | Koolyarns |


  1. naana

    August 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    thats what am talking about!!!!!

  2. Concerned_Boyfriend

    August 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    OMG!..See Ice Prince looking like hunger! *DEAD*

    • royalty

      August 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      as in?? Lmfao!! overall though..Ini edo is d worst. Like, Lmfao!! Evrything from head to toe..LOL!

    • Ada Nnewi

      August 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

      I had that ini edo’s top *covers face*…I

    • Ada Nnewi

      August 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

      I had that ini edo’s top *covers face*…I thought i was the shiznit whenever i wore it out…

    • yummyyemi

      August 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      LMAO……[email protected]…….cant stop laughing….

  3. Hurperyermie

    August 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    all the old skool pics are very funny from 2face to will smith & jada pinkett, bey e.t.c very funny

  4. Godsluv22

    August 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Wow…..Fashion repeat I guess….I see some funny throwback pics too…… lol

  5. Shawn

    August 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Looool! That picture of Destiny’s Child….. Epic! Beyonce didn’t even come close to looking hot!

  6. itsjustme

    August 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    the last girl ….her pieces r hot but she doesnt know how to rock it….her hair….. come on!

    • Uche

      August 13, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      What’s wrong with her hair? I like it 🙁

  7. tito

    August 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm


    • Igbeyinadun

      August 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Dont htink he has ever been normal o.

  8. Chic

    August 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    The way young ladies are raiding their grandmothers and mothers closets/storage suitcases for vintage pieces these days I think it is a good idea for us to keep some of our good pieces for our daughters and nieces for the future because you best believe they will be wearing what we are wearing now

    • Temi

      August 14, 2013 at 12:54 am

      No offense and respect to the dead but when my grandma passed couple months ago ,I asked my mom if she knows where her stash of clutch purses and vintage jewelries were… My mom laughed it off- Guess she taught i was joking
      that woman was stylish ,even in her 90’s -#Bless her soul

  9. Aibee

    August 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    The checkered shirt used to be called lumberjack shirts. I rocked them so much back then!

  10. The Real Madam the Madam

    August 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Okay, that Ice Prince picture slayed me.

  11. dez

    August 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    LOL! Laughing my friggin arse of! whadda hell throwbacks are hilarious.. Ini Edo and Ice prince almost sent me into a mini coma.. Fast forward time and see how life has been good to them..

  12. lulu

    August 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I remember when i use to were all dis big skirt nawa fashion

  13. kayc33

    August 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Bring the 90s back!

  14. Purple Doughnuts

    August 14, 2013 at 5:30 am

    not feeling the look at all

  15. giggy

    August 14, 2013 at 8:01 am

    tuface’s jalabia of life!!!!!! lol i could hide there

  16. Alero

    August 14, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Ha! Ice Prince. Thank God for Oleku oooh. 😀

  17. Grace

    August 14, 2013 at 10:23 am

    LMAO from those pix….ice prince?Geez menh…..2face and co.smh
    LOL,,,,,,,OMG. Bellanaija o..

  18. TOLU

    August 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Those old pictures are killers!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn! Loving the trend biggie too

  19. Leo

    August 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Derele Edun looked cute though…..

  20. Mz Socially Awkward...

    August 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Those throwback photos made my afternoon. Everyone’s come a long way from their beginings(although Don Jazzy seems to be drinking some vampire koolaid – he hasn’t aged in anyway between that photo and now).

    I hate dungarees. Just cannot get into the trend but you look really nice, Jen-Jen! (I’m assuming that photo at the end is you)

  21. adelegirl

    August 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    NO NO NO!!!! Say no to 90s fashion! It was awful back then, still is awful now!

  22. DREAL

    August 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Sound Sultan’s Mathematics was in the 90’s? Really?

    Refer to this video…

    MBA! That Album was 2001.

  23. mof

    August 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Ruff rugged and raw in that plantashun boiz picture with bright and Sound Sultan…Festac town yo!

  24. Aderonke

    September 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    LMAO at the old school pictures!

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