I Thought These '90s Accessory Trends Were Over, But Turns Out They're Making a Comeback for 2024

As a ’90s baby, I know that when it comes to fashion, the decade was something of a mixed bag. Style icons like Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Jennifer Aniston gave us some truly outstanding looks, and I’m thrilled to see that their combination of sleek minimalism and understated sexiness has influenced a number of 2024 trends.

But some of the pieces that rose to the top of the fashion charts were… questionable to say the least. Anyone else shudder at the memory of plastic butterfly clips and sweaty windbreakers? That being said, when it comes to accessories, the ’90s had a plethora of standouts that remain undeniably cool. And this spring, a number of them are making a major comeback.


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It’s the shoes in particular that have caught my eye. I’m in the final year of my twenties (gulp) and I’m determined to put my best party foot forward. The ’90s knew a thing or two about parties—strappy heels were a staple of the decade (just look at pictures of Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and more from their event dressing in that era), as were the super sleek—if admittedly not super practical—heeled mules. And if you want to embrace the more functional footwear of the period, you could always go for the chunky “dad” sneaker, which was given the sartorial seal of approval by none other than Princess Diana.