12 Formal Wear Trends From The ’90s That Are Back In 2016

Casual wear isn’t the only place we’re seeing a revival — plenty of ’90s formal wear trends are also making an appearance in 2016. So, if you want to be a little bit fashion forward, it’s time to take a cue from these old glamorous trends. From Kendall Jenner’s choker’s to Olivia Palermo’s flare jeans, ’90s trends are back and big in the fashion world.

Chances are, if you’re reading this in preparation for prom this year, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, so in case you weren’t around the first time these trends were in style, I’m going to fill you in with some super amazing celebrity photos from the modern day that prove fashionistas can’t seem to get enough of these items.

So, if you haven’t already made a final decision on that dress for your next big event, you’ll want to take a look at every one of these photos. Because after all, who wears it better than celebrities? Well… maybe you can! From spaghetti straps to blinged out silhouettes, most of the fashionistas you follow have a thing or two on this list.

So, without further adieu… let’s get down to the details! Here are 13 ’90s evening wear trends that are back, baby.

1. Chokers

On or off the red carpet, Kendall Jenner can’t seem to get enough of this hot accessory, which means it’s the perfect addition to a simple black dress.

2. Spaghetti Straps

Aside from the plunging necklines, spaghetti straps also seem to be making a comeback in 2016. Selena Gomez’s Met Gala look proves that this look is still totally sexy and totally in. The cutouts on the side add a modern day twist to this ’90s style. 

3. Platform Sandals

Like the grandma heels trend, ’90s platform sandals are comfortable and totally making a comeback. If your dress has a lot going on, or you simply want the perfect dancing shoes that your feet will love all night long, these are for you! Lucy Hale’s CMA look makes them seem so enviable!

4. Small Beaded Bags

In the ’90s, these bags used to have little straps attached, but Connie Britton’s look at the WHCD proves that beaded bags are back. Worn as the perfect accessory to her very simple dress, Britton’s bag added just enough bling to her outfit.

5. Metallic Materials

Seeing as Michelle Obama just wore a metallic gown to the WHCD, I’d say that means this trend is in. She’s always so classy and fashion-forward at the same time!

6. Berry Lips

Jessica Alba has been spotted wearing berry shades recently — a trend that was most popular in the ’90s. Also notice that metallic gown!

7. Metallic Shoes

Inspired by the Met Gala theme Manus x Machina, Kylie Jenner wore a classic ’90s shoe trend on the red carpet — metallic heels. And they looked amazing.

8. Embellished Gowns

There are few examples better than Gigi Hadid’s Met Gala gown. And if you ask me, I’d totally wear this to prom if I could do it over again.

9. Crop Tops

Britney Spears was once queen of crop tops, but this trend seems to be taking over the runway in recent years. Technically, this is Emma Stone’s Met Gala dress from 2015, but I’ll let it slide because it would still make an amazing choice at an event this year.

10. Off The Shoulder Styles

Penelope Cruz’s Oscar dress from 2013 totally proves that this style has been on its way back for awhile now.

11. Gowns With Cutouts

Gowns with cutouts are definitely making a comeback on the red carpet this year. From the Oscars to the Met Gala, we’ve seen celebs sporting these accent dresses basically everywhere, but it’s about differentiation. Karlie Kloss’ Met Gala dress by Brandon Maxwell was definitely a statement maker.

12. Tousled Hair

Britney Spears and Beyonce were both queens of the tousled wave look in the ’90s, but it’s back and it’s big this year. Leighton Meester gave her bob a choppy update for the Met Gala and it worked wonders for her outfit.

So, basically what I’m trying to say is before you finish off your formal look look with that perfect pair of shoes or a romantic bun, try out some of these retro trends!