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CHOKER NECKLACE

Looks so incredibly cheap now but tattoo-looking choker necklaces were the créme de la créme of any boho/goth outfit.

A Choker is a close-fitting necklace worn high on the neck. This type of jewelry can consist of one or more bands circling the neck.

Chokers can be made of a variety of materials, including velvet, plastic, beads, metal and leather.

They are often adorned in a variety of ways including with sequins, studs, a pendant or a cameo.

Chokers can be made out of any kind of fabric by stitching two rectangles of fabric together and then sewing on some velcro.

BIKE SHORTS

If you don’t mind having a camel toe 24/7 then this one’s for you.

Bike Shorts are skin-tight legwear designed to improve comfort and efficiency while cycling however the casual sports garment transitioned into mainstream fashion in the 90s.

The short-legged elastic tights commonly worn as street wear, under school uniform skirts or for gymnastics and ballet practice were comfortable and came in loud and obnoxious colours and patterns.

Haha I had all types of designs and it was great cos all you needed was a baggy fluro tee to wear as top.

FUBU

The company was founded in 1992 by Daymond John with a line of hats made in his house in Queens, New York. According to the company website, John mortgaged his own home for $100,000 and with that seed money he and his three friends Carl Brown, J. Alexander Martin and Keith Perrin, turned half of his house into a factory and the other half into living space.

FUBU is a clothing company. The collection consists of t-shirts, rugby shirts, jerseys, baseball caps, shoes and denim jeans.

The name is sometimes considered an acronym for “For Us By Us“, implying the product line was produced for a primarily African-American market.

At its peak, FUBU grossed over $350 million dollars in annual worldwide sales.

FUBU staff started the company for their local youth community. The founders intended to compete with sportswear companies such as Nike, Inc. who were profiting from the authenticity of New York street fashion without giving enough back to the African American community.

This label was disgustingly marked up and it was ironic that it was mostly worn by white kids.

OVERALLS

If you didn’t sport the denim overalls then you might’ve as well have committed social suicide.

We live in a cruel world where wearing the wrong brand of sneakers would make or break your street cred. 

Overalls were invented as ‘proective working wear’ but in the 90s the fashion world began to embrace them and one-piece overalls were sold as high-quality leisure wear.

Who would’ve thought Overalls would become a wardrobe must-have. Pulling off the true look would mean having one strap fastened and the other one left hanging loose. Doing so would increase your ‘cool’ factor by 66%. Wearing a shirt underneath was optional, at least for guys.

I had Shortalls which were a type of overalls and as the name suggests resembled shorts. Best worn with a backwards cap (a-la-Alex Mack up top) and a sweater tied around the waist.

Pro: practicality, easy all day wear

Con: functionality, sometimes those buckles were a bitch to un-fasten (take note when really busting to use the rest room)

If peeps like Fresh Prince, Kriss Kross and the Saved By The Bell gang were the poster children of this trend, then it was A-OK in my book.

PLATFORM SHOES

Chunky was all the rage in the 90s and Platform Shoes (aka Bubble Shoes in Australia due to the plastic indents inside the wedge) were coming back with a vengeance.

We can blame this fashion disaster on those 5 lasses from the UK formerly known as the Spice Girls.

Platform Shoes looked very similar to disco boots from the 70s and were made of plastic, cork or wood. With over-exaggerated thick heels they served one purpose: to elevate.

In the early 90s, UK fashion designer Vivienne Westood  re-introduced the high heeled platform shoe into high-fashion by wearing a pair of five inch platforms however it didn’t catch on until the late 90s when Spice Girls began performing in the giant pumps. The trend firmly re-established itself in the developed world of fashion.

Was it in fear of being branded a fashion outcast the reason I bought these fugly things. Of course not!

At the tender age of 14 I was barely 5 feet, I didn’t care about being another lemming and kickin’ it with the in-crowd but in all honesty my Bubble Shoes felt just as comfortable as a pair of Chucks and I especially liked how they added an extra four inches to the vertically impaired.

Exhibit A: of how one spends so much money and still manages to look so cheap [hangs head in shame]