So we are all v well aware that every aspect of 90's fashion has been regurgitated within the last few years... from baggy floral dresses and flannel shirts a la Clare Dane's So Called Life and the classic Clueless tartan mini's & crop-tops to anything a little bit tacky/pvc/snakeskin/leopard/maribou/platform which can be passed off as Spice Girl inspired. We have seen it all.
So we're pleased to see the latest mini trend which seems to be incoming, is a little more early noughties than nineties. Personally I was massively in to the SKIRT-OVER-PANTS look as a teen, it was the 'perfect' balance between tom-boy and girlie. And this was emphasised even further when the coolest style icon of the day Gwen Stefani showed up at the MTV VMA's and OWNED that look. (A smug eyebrow raise & shoving this image in my copy of Just17 to my unsure class mates was all the justification I needed.)
Much like men donning platform shoes in the 70's, and women wearing legwarmers in the 80's, 'skirt-over-pants' was definitely a strong-look which was considered by many as just plain bad, not even just in hindsight, but in real time. However not so much by the fashion industry's design leaders, who have solidly ensured this will be a dominant trend in forthcoming seasons. Mind you, my love of wearing my Tammy Girl hipster flares (using this word with the original/preferable meaning FYI) under my hand-me-down embroidered mini skirt, was no Dior Couture. Emma Watson at the Golden Globes managed to work this look, no question.
Back in September it was also seen as a very strong emerging trend for SS14 across the catwalks or Simone Rocha, Marques Almeida, Osman and Roksanda Illincic to name a few, delivered in a far more understated and somehow chic form, through layers of lace and sheer soft flowing fabrics, ankle grazing cigarette trousers and long bias cut dresses. Here is a fresh take on layering, and a reassuringly different yet do-able take on the whole 90's-00's trend revival.