With all the rose-tinted nostalgia that wafts from the runways every season (so much sportswear), it's easy to forget that the '90s were—more or less—an atrocious, double denim-clad 10-year ink blot on the pages of fashion history.
Now that Tommy Hilfiger is the latest '90s stalwart to delve back into the decade, we thought it was about time to jump in ourselves and count down the items and trends with (hopefully) less chance of a comeback than Mr Blobby.
1 | Cargo trousers
The trouser de rigueur of the boyband, cargos were chiefly characterised by an bewildering array of pockets—so many pockets, it might drive a man mad to think about them too much.
They were most often paired with combat boots, a tank top and the unmistakable gaze of someone heading for impending bankruptcy.
2 | Barbed wire tattoos
3 | Tinted sunglasses
The preserve of creepy magicians and creepier music executives, a subtly tinted pair of sunglasses—preferably paired with a leather blazer and three too many buttons undone on your shirt—marked you out as a man of great substance and standing in the moral vacuum of 1994.
4 | Visors
An item of clothing that was designed for golfers and grannies from Florida was never really going to hold a place in fashion history, was it? The visor did try, bless it, but if even 90s heyday Eminem can't pull it off then you know it's a failure.
5 | Baggy jeans