How To Add Some ’90s Style To Your Fall Wardrobe

Ahhhh, the ’90s. Whether you lived through it yourself and were actually a teen during that time or are just a fan of all things Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Sabrina The Teenage Witch, there’s no denying the ’90s are back in a big way (and knocking on your door asking to be let in).

Now, you don’t have to go full on ’90s to have fun with the decade, and there are lots of ways to add a little ’90s style into your current fall wardrobe to get a nod of nostalgia without having to wear a slap bracelet.

We are partnering with Walmart Fashion to show you all kinds of pieces that are ’90s inspired but feel totally at home here in 2021 as well. Walmart makes it super easy to find all the best fall trends like the perfect boots, cozy knits, relaxed denim, or dresses that can be worn to all your daily activities.

Whether you are running errands, grabbing a PSL with friends, or headed to the pumpkin patch, they’ve got you covered for all your fall fashion needs!

women wearing a black skirt, white boots, black sweater, and hair barrettes in front of fall styled bookshelf

Choose a flutter skirt for your fall rotation:

I definitely had my fair share of flutter skirts in the ’90s (it’s a thin A-line-style printed skirt that flutters a bit in a breeze) and they are great for the changing fall weather since you can pair them with platform sandals when it’s warmer and boots and a cardigan as it gets colder (or maybe with a shrug?).

I loved wearing shrugs back in the day! Choose a black and white print or something with color—you can’t go wrong!

women wearing an oversized cardigan, hat with pom pom, jeans, and boots in front of fall styled bookshelf

Add some ’90s-style knits to your wardrobe:

Whether it’s an oversized grandpa cardigan (my favorite!) or a knitted tank top, knits are the perfect way to get cozy this fall and give a nod to the ’90s. Add some stripes or gradient stripes to your knitwear and you’ll really feel the retro vibes calling!

Don’t forget a beanie or knitted hat, too! Is there anything cozier than cute jeans and some knitwear?!

women wearing a plaid dress and boots in front of fall styled bookshelf

Give babydoll dresses some love:

The ’90s was all about babydoll dresses, so choose a shorter dress that’s got some fun details (i.e. twirly skirt, empire waist, puffy sleeves) like this pretty plaid dress and pair it with a beanie and some chunky boots for the perfect fall vibe (this one is so cute, too).

Slip dresses like this were also huge—just don’t forget to pair it with a T-shirt underneath and a choker!

two pairs of boots and sunglasses on a fall styled bookshelf

The chunkier the shoe, the better:

When it comes to the ’90s, the shoe options are sky high (and by that I mean chunky boots and platforms are where it’s at!). A cute hiking boot or a combat boot are just what Dr. Fall ordered to balance out your oversized knits on top, or you can go super ’90s with a heeled jelly sandal for the warmer months.

Going somewhere a little fancier? Try a platform Mary Jane for the occasion!

Don’t forget the accessories!

Whether it’s a beanie hat or some rectangular sunnies (these are so cute, too!), don’t forget to add decade appropriate accessories as well! For hair, it’s all about snap barrettes, and I definitely wouldn’t be mad to see a butterfly clip or two …

How cute are all those options?! I can picture all of those out at a pumpkin patch or beside an outdoor fire.

Whether you got a chance to live through the ’90s yourself or you’re just a decade fan girl, I hope these ideas sparked a desire to add a little ’90s to your fall wardrobe this year! Now, who wants to go watch Boy Meets World with me?! xo. Laura

Credits// Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.

  • I love the 90’s looks! It is so nostalgic as it was totally my era growing up. It would have been really exciting to see a post on thrifting to get the 90’s vibe though, rather than it being about fast fashion, which is often bad for the people that make it and for the planet. The team at ABM obviously care about these issues with previous posts on clean products and your sponsorship from Grove. It makes me sad when I see posts promoting Walmart and Amazon when there are so many other businesses that care about the issues we (and our children) all face. My comments are meant with kindness. I love your blog and podcast.

  • ABM, I love you and I need to ask, does Walmart Fashion fit with your core values? You who speak of greening your beauty and creating capsule wardrobes? Fast fashion is atrocious for the environment, admittedly not one of your public causes. I listen to your podcast so take this question as one from an informed and dedicated fan.

    • Hi! I thought I’d chime in, only because I really love the Free Assembly line at Walmart. It’s a sustainable clothing line made of mostly organic materials. You can read more about it on their website.

      • yes! thank you lynn! i wanted to post this but wanted to simmer overnight. is it too forward, too not ‘nice”. it’s neither i think so here goes:
        i looove abm and am usually in awe by laura’s creativity – but it’s bad enough that you constantly link to amazon, now you’re partnering with walmart? with respect – it’s disappointing to repeatedly see income trump values here. 90s style seems like the perfect thrift or vintage opportunity and if you’d be interested in a nothing new style post i’d be over the moon to contribute 🙂 (was trying to find a contact link but didn’t see one) .
        ps. jacki – walmart has this convenient disclaimer: “We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it.” So it seems like greenwashing at it’s worst. does it matter if the clothing is organic if it’s made with child or underpaid labor?

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