Being stuck in the ’90s has a poor connotation. But some refuse to let go of the bygone era — and often for good reason. After all, the decade brought us TLC’s “Waterfalls,” the advent of the choker necklace, and slinky, silk slip dresses. It also gave us Tom Ford’s Gucci era, Winona’s goth-meets-grunge phase, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, and prolific style icons like Princess Diana, Aaliyah, and Cher Horowitz.
That said, finding the best gift for a ’90s-era style enthusiast requires a little research, lest you end up with a Tamagachi and a confused recipient. Forget the typical red flannel shirt: These are the smartest, not-so-literal gifts to give anyone whose enviable style ethos revolves around 1994.
These low-stretch, light-wash jeans are perfect for anyone who refuses to revisit the low-rise trend — just size up for a baggier fit.
Silk Slip Dress
The slip dress wasn’t invented in the ’90s, but the minimalist staple certainly defined the era.
Logomania might be on the decline, but Gucci’s Ophidia bag, which was originally released in 2018, is reminiscent of the house’s vintage codes thanks to its baguette shape and curb chain.
Athleisure may not have been a word back in ’94, but these dual-striped track pants certainly fit the bill.
Leather Bomber Jacket
A drop-shoulder bomber with a sherpa collar makes any outfit feel a little more AC Slater — in the best way.
A black and gray striped sweater toes the line between ’90s-era grunge and present-day ease.
Is there any single item more representative of the decade than a pair of straight-leg, oversized cargos?
Save for Doc Martens, there might be no other shoe in existence that’s more indicative of the decade than these delicate sandals.
An iconic Gap hoodie is a hallmark of ’90s style. Size up for a looser, vintage look and feel.
Plaid Mini Skirt
A tartan mini skirt feels significantly less on the nose than a red buffalo-check button-down.
Shoulder Pad Blazer
A single-breasted blazer with padded shoulders is the ultimate ’90s wardrobe staple.
Sure, grommet belts may have peaked in the early aughts, but there’s something particularly ’90s-era grunge about Acne Studio’s take on the trend.
Denim Midi Skirt
Gwyneth definitely wore a version of this black denim midi skirt in ’96 — and it’s still just as timeless.
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