Choosing a 90’s retro chic look for your themed night out

90s fashions are back and retro chic is one of the hottest looks. This time, however, the look is a little sleeker and more sophisticated, with subtle refinements replacing the edginess that was so evident in the days of Nirvana, the Spice Girls and Clueless.  These are some of the ideas we came up with especially if you and your friends are thinking about going on a fun 90’s themed night out at places like a Nightclub Cheltenham location.

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Crop tops

In the 90s crop tops were tiny T-shirts paired with jeans that sat as low as possible on your hips. This time around crops tops have had a complete makeover and are often paired with elegant high-waisted trousers or skirts, or worn under tailored jackets. Delicate lace and soft, pretty colours are in contrast to the garish luminous colours of the 90s. Crop tops are a must-have, as they can be dressed up or down.


Fake plastic tattoo chokers, thin leather thongs with the inevitable yin yang or dolphin charm and strips of ribbon tied around the neck were quintessential 90s fashion items. Chokers have now grown up and elegant silver or gold structured metal chokers can take you from the office to the club without looking out of place in either environment. You can even wear hair chokers, trapping your hair under your chin with a scarf, necklace or tie.

Rolled-up jeans

Remember the enormous turn-ups that were so popular back in the 90s? They have made a comeback, but in a much subtler way. Instead of rolling up the baggy bottoms of your trousers to create a giant hem, you can now simply turn up the legs on a pair of women’s skinny designer jeans to create a casual yet comfy look that lends itself more to a subtle fold-over than flood avoidance.

Thigh-high socks

Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless made thigh-high socks the hottest accessory in the 90s. These sexy socks are making a comeback; however, in the new millennium they are softer, often made from nylon, and tend to lean more to sophisticated than schoolgirl.

Combat boots

Dr Martens, Caterpillar and other industrial-looking military style boots were huge in the 90s. Although the clumpy, heavy look has not been lost, there is a lot of focus on colours, textures and patterns – black or brown is no longer the only option. Gorgeous Dr Martens with floral prints or combat boots with embellishments have seen the combat boot trend grow up.