Step Up Your Style Game With These 90s Comeback Threads

By Sophie Hart
11th Sep 2019

There’s a lot to love about spring. Beach days, rooftop bars, iced lattes—we could go on. The best part, though, is shedding those bomber jackets in favour of lighter and brighter spring looks. And in case you haven’t heard, it’s (still) all about the 90s. 

From barely-there cardigans to baggy trousers and fanny packs, we’ve partnered with City of Perth to bring you all the retro trends you need this season and where to get your hands on them. 

Oversized Trousers

Today’s take on this nostalgic trend is all about striking the perfect balance. The rule of thumb to nailing the oversized trouser look is to go for a less is more approach on your upper half. So, we’re loving these blue baggy jeans from Periscope paired with a strappy crop top and for the guys, throw on these oversized pinstripe trousers from Universal Store with a thin grey tee.  

Cool Cardigans

Cardigans have been the recent subject of Instagram posts everywhere—from Kendall Jenner’s neon green knit to Bella Hadid’s grandma-chic cardi—so it’s time you got on board. Whether you’re layering a chunky knit over a dainty dress or wearing it as a standalone top, a cardigan will serve you well through this transitional season. We’re loving this simple oatmeal cardi from Universal Store paired with blue baggy jeans for a dependable and effortless outfit on those cooler spring nights. 

Graphic Tees

A loud graphic tee is the easiest way to mix a retro 90s look into your modern wardrobe. It’s pure casual-cool and will go with just about everything. Pair your graphic tee with an ultra-feminine skirt for a modern twist or simply throw it on with jeans and you’re good to go. Want to try the look? We’re loving this tie-dye pink graphic tee from LESSONS, this pina colada's slogan tee from StreetX, and this red slogan tee from Hypnotise.  

Dad Sneakers

Your dad wears them while mowing the lawn and now they’re 2019’s must-have shoes. This isn’t a new trend per se, but the spring iteration means bright colours and pairing them with floral maxi dresses. The best part? Chunky sneakers are like walking on clouds so you can bar hop in absolute comfort this spring. If you’re in need of some ugly-but-cool sneakers, get this classic white pair from Rebel Sport or these mint green Adidas kicks from Highs and Lows. Your dad will approve. 

The Ruffle Dress

The ruffle dress trend has resurfaced just in time for spring racing season. It’s ultra-feminine and flirty and it looks damn cool in a floral print like this one-shoulder frilly frock from Universal Store. If you’re not hitting the trackside this spring, the ruffle dress is still a worthy investment. Whether it’s cocktails with the girls or after-work drinks, throw on a pair of boots to ramp up the look or go casual-cool with a pair of white kicks. 

Fanny Packs

A trend so practical we never knew why we left it behind in the 90s. If you’re in need of a simple way to transform all your staple looks and a hassle-free way to carry all your daily essentials, look no further than the fanny pack. Head to Hypnotise for this sleek black bum bag, hit up Universal Store for this grungy belt bag, or StreetX for this reflective bag


We loved this look when we were kids but to add a grown-up feel to this throwback trend be sure to style your overalls with a crop top and perch a pair of tiny shades on your nose for an impossibly cool vibe. Levi’s have you sorted with these denim flared pant overalls or these baggy iconic overalls. Mary-Kate and Ashley eat your heart out. 

Spring has well and truly hit the West Coast and it’s time to level up your look with a few key pieces to get you through the season. Head into the City of Perth this weekend and grab these 90s looks before they’re gone. 

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by City of Perth and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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