I was a child during the ’90s, meaning I grew up during the best decade ever. The snacks were better, the TV shows supreme, and don’t even get me started on the movies. I was Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All. Shawn from Boy Meets World was my boyfriend, he just didn’t know it yet. Rachel Green was hair goals, Buffy was attitude goals, and All That was squad goals. Can we bring these things back again?
Whoever said “fashion before comfort” clearly lived through the ’90s, since every major trend had something incredibly uncomfortable to do with it. Chokers, big, blown out hair, and jelly sandals all made for uncomfortable ’90s fashion. But boy, did they look good, considering this past year has been all about reliving the golden age of fashion.
But, beyond pop culture, fashion is really where it was at. Flannels, platform flip flops, mini skirts, Doc Martens, skater dresses, and of course, jelly shoes were all the rage. We were just cooler back then with the “I don’t care” attitude. Brown lipstick, metallic eyeshadow, and frosted lipstick thrived in the ’90s, and now, we’re trying everything to get it all back.
But we have to admit, though these looked hella cute, they weren’t exactly comfortable. While loose flannels and combat boots were comfortable and easy, most looks required extra time, effort, and a little pain.
1. Jelly Shoes
my jelly sandals are cute as hell & i wont let anyone tell me otherwise pic.twitter.com/Tcq0JdiPYf
— я (@rocketrchll) May 28, 2016
Listen, I was the queen of jelly shoes. I had them since I was three years old — they were a red pair with yellow sunglasses on. But breaking these babies in were not easy. They cut up my feet each and every time, making my feet bleed until they were super comfy.
New 10PCS hippy stretch tattoo choker Henna necklace Elastic choker Boho 80s 90s https://t.co/smi4jrN40T pic.twitter.com/UvJF1BV0nS
— get auction item (@AuctionGet) May 25, 2016
These were so cool back in the day, but man, were they uncomfortable. Especially in the summertime, when these practically trapped heat and sweat.
Platforms are of course more comfortable than stilettos, but when you’re a child/young teen/young adult in the ’90s, wearing sneakers or some sort of flat would’ve been way more comfortable. I remember I had a blue pair I insisted on always wearing, but they’d always weigh me down when I was trying to play tag or Red Rover.
4. Mom Jeans
just want mom jeans to take pics like this pic.twitter.com/xN0Cf0zOnl
— ️ (@seshical) May 20, 2016
They looked so, so good, but rode up (and still do) my butt always. In retrospect, they were probably the wrong size. My mom jeans now don’t do the same, so this was my bad.
5. Crop Tops
Home of crop tops and scrunchies, the 90s is where we wanna be. Join us there tonight with DJ Joss from 9 ? #90sBaby pic.twitter.com/icEl891ASf
— Café en Seine (@CafeEnSeine) May 20, 2015
Crop tops were quintessential ’90s, but I was always, always cold in one. I needed those extra inches!
Floral Early 90s Bodysuit, $46, etsy.com
Going to the bathroom in these were always a struggle.
7. Skinny Eyebrows
So eyebrows are in now, huh? Well that certainly didn’t help me when I was a teenager in the 90s. pic.twitter.com/ZNTFdy1rs7
— RapGameLiberace (@Queen0fS) April 13, 2016
Admit it: We all had super thin brows. But that meant constant plucking. Ouch.
8. High Ponies
Topanga’s hair was always on point. But honestly, this high of a ponytail hurt when you wore it all day.
Body glitter bih. AKA the “highlighter on fleek” of the 90s pic.twitter.com/yEqv6gJ1Mn
— Anna Carolina (@ohmyanna) April 12, 2016
Glitter practically defines the decade. But anyone that’s put it on knows that it’s nearly impossible to get off, itchy, and ends up everywhere.
10. Mini Buns
#tbt being a teen in the 90s with pigtail buns, fluffy collared cardigan, and crushed velvet mini ? pic.twitter.com/3MheL7h1N3
— CALLSFROMTHEPUBLIC (@coeurdartichaut) May 20, 2016
This hairstyle was lit. With style and also with pain. So many mini rubber bands. Ouch.
11. Fake Jewelry
90’s Ying Yang and Smiley Face Fake Plugs Combo Pack, $19.24, etsy.com
My mom would only allow me to have one piercing, but I wanted double for major cool points. So I bought some clip on earrings, which, in theory, are super cool. But when you’re constantly checking to make sure they haven’t fallen off, or they’re pinching your ear….Yeah, majorly uncomfortable.
12. Butterfly Clips
Our #ThrowbackThursday hairstyle is one of our favourites from the 90s – butterfly clips! #hair #liverpool pic.twitter.com/53vp41VuHF
— Hairdressingkit.com (@Hairdressingkit) July 23, 2015
The more, the better. But also, the more, the more painful.
13. Jeans With The Waist Cut Off
Mariah’s jeans were everything in this video. But dang, were these uncomfortable! I remember cutting off the waistband on my jeans and constantly having to pull them up. Not ideal.
Did I take you all the way down memory lane yet? I’m seconds away from looking for my clear landline and calling my crush, all while playing Mall Madness. While I miss the ’90s dearly, I definitely don’t miss having to wear these outfits for cool points. These days, I’m all about comfort before style.
Images: Columbia Pictures, ABC