Disclaimer: I am not saying any of these trends were ever actually good, but they do warm the cockles of my adolescent heart. And if you want to bring bulletproof-style vests (a la B4-4) back, who I am to judge?
Apparently I’m part of Generation Y, and I’m already nostalgic. At least the New York Times says so. Pining for 1998 may seem preemptive, but those were the days of Girl Power, a young Harry Potter, and Friends when Friends was still good. Here are some of my favorite “trends” that late-’90s pop music gave us and then common sense took back.
1. Workout Clothing as Regular Clothing
Long before wearing yoga pants to Starbucks, Sporty Spice, S Club 7, and Britney showed us that the word “sweat” in a piece of clothing’s name shouldn’t stop you.
2. Floppy Hair
Ah, the days of wearing your hair long, floppy, and parted right down the middle. Here, Stephen from Boyzone will show you how:
3. The “Schoolgirl” Look
Brit Brit. She also rocks the workout gear look in this video. If only she had floppy hair, she would be the ultimate trifecta and we would call her Queen.
4. Spiky Hair
If you didn’t have floppy hair (or the “Caesar,” but we’re not going there), you spiked the heck out of it. Jersey Shore“˜s Pauly D totally got his hirsute inspiration from the likes of 5ive and *N Sync.
This video gives you spiky, floppy and the Caesar! Everything wrong in one place.
5. Adorable Brothers Everywhere You Turned
Hanson? I know Hanson.* And you, Jonas Brothers, are no Hanson.**
*No, I don’t
**They grew up and I feel old.
6. Chest-al Fanny Packs*
*I just use my bra.
I don’t know why this look didn’t catch on more”¦
7. Standing Out in the Rain
I couldn’t resist.*
*That’s a lie.
8. Half-Naked Guys on Treadmills
Really just an excuse to show this Boyzone performance again. But, honestly, this should never have gone out of style.
I’ll admit to having several tiny backpacks. What ’90s trends did you embrace? Bonus points if they included half-naked guys on treadmills”¦
* “For Which I’m Secretly Nostalgic”? Do we still care about prepositions? [Editor’s note: nope!] [Copyeditor’s note: Well, sometimes. But not at the end of a sentence.]
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