05Apr

Budget Living

How To Join The 90’s Fashion Revival Without Breaking The Bank

Is it the 90’s, or 2019? You’d be hard pushed to tell from some of the fashion looks that are currently en vogue. From neon everything to Mum jeans to, dare we say it, flannel shirts, 90’s fashion is making a huge comeback this year. For many, keeping up with the latest trends means splashing out on a whole new wardrobe every season. But when it comes to the revival of trends from the not too distant past, you can easily keep your look current without breaking the bank.

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Fashion trend: Combat boots

 

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Combat boots were a staple item of the grunge fashion movement of the early 90’s. Fashionistas hoping to emulate this look would pair heavy-duty combat boots with everything from a skimpy slip dress to jeans and a biker jacket. The movement catapulted Doc Martens to a success they enjoy to this day; these days they’re the go-to brand for grunge-style combat boots.

Where to find it on a budget

If you’re looking for some heavy-duty boots without the price tag to match, check out your nearest army surplus store. The boots they sell may not come with a designer label on them, but being made for soldiers, they’re made to last and don’t cost the earth. You should be able to pick up a pair for between £20 and £50. A second-hand pair that’s a bit scuffed up will be cheaper, and can add even more grunge to your look.

Fashion trend: Oversized shirts

 

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Before the noughties brought with it a trend for all things tight-fitting and bodycon, the 90’s favoured the big, the baggy and the comfortable. Layering an oversized shirt with a simple white tee, jeans and your favourite boots or a pair of chunky trainers will create a classic 90’s fashion look. If that shirt is denim, flannel or features a bold pattern, then you earn some extra 90’s fashion afficionado points!

Where to find it on a budget

Raiding your parents’ wardrobes or digging back into the recesses of your own are a great way to get your hands on vintage fashion for free. This trend is no exception. That garish printed shirt you’ve been wishing your Dad would throw out for years is about to have its renaissance. Failing that, charity shops are a great place to pick up some fantastic on-trend pieces for bargain prices as low as £1 or £2.

Fashion trend: Leather jackets

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From biker to bomber, leather jackets are a timeless wardrobe staple that never go out of style. Finishing an outfit with a leather jacket can add a grungy edge to your ensemble, especially if you wear it with your combat boots, too! But if this isn’t for you, throw it on over a jeans and T-shirt pairing, or even wear it as a light jacket for those spring and autumn days where the weather nips first thing, but is boiling by noon!

Where to find it on a budget

A good leather jacket is an investment, and will set you back a few hundred pounds if bought brand new. Since a quality jacket should last at least a few decades, it’s a great item to pick up second hand to bag a bargain and know it’s still got a good few years of life left in it yet. Check out charity shops, car boot sales, eBay and boot sale apps like Depop and Schpock to find a quality fashion staple at a budget price.

Fashion trend: Denim

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From “Mom jeans” to denim jackets to dungarees, if 90’s fashion can be summed up in one word, it’s denim! Do double denim, wear it oversized, or make it grungy by pairing it with leather and your trusty boots. Denim was as versatile in the 90’s as it is today.

Where to find it on a budget

Head to eBay for some great bargains on classic 90’s denim trends like Levi’s 501 jeans. While a brand new pair can set you back up to £100, buying pre-loved is more likely to cost about £20.

 Looking to sell rather than buy? Check out our guide to the best places to sell your second hand stuff online!

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