Sugar, Spice, and Passion for Fashion

As a child, was one of your favorite cartoons the Powerpuff Girls? Did you love the Bratz and their passion for fashion? Did you sing along with the Spice Girls to “Wannabe”? Thinking back to the late ’90s and early 2000s, these three girl power groups shaped our generation and the fashion trends that we follow today.

First, the Powerpuff Girls rocked an ultimate trend that defined the ’90s: the shift dress. These Townsville defenders surfaced in their colorful shift dresses in 1998, creating a signature look. They showed the versatility of the dress and how you could be strong and fearless, while also being feminine and stylish. The popular trends you may associate with a shift dress are what we now call the “shirt dress.” The shirt dress is a modern twist on the shift dress. It is less form-fitting and more relaxed. The silhouette gives you more opportunity to add your own edge to the dress, such as pairing it with your favorite boots or adding a statement belt.

Next were The Bratz dolls, who first made their appearance in 2001 with trendy styles and fierce makeup. You may think, “How could a doll influence style so much?” These girls with a passion for fashion left us with such trends as flare jeans, platform shoes, baker boy hats, and colorful faux furs, just to name a few. A lot of these trends also resurfaced in 2018. For example, the baker boy hat was an essential statement piece for this fall, going with almost everything in your wardrobe.

Does retro sportswear, animal prints, chunky sneakers and small sunglasses all sound familiar as trends happening this fall 2018? Let’s all take a moment to thank the Spice Girls for some of these throwback looks. This fall, we’ve seen brands such as Fila, Balenciaga, Vetements, and Reebok revamp some throwback athleisure wear making these trends a must-have in your closet. From tearaway track pants, swishy nylons, and oversized logos, athleisure wear is a trend that’s here to stay! Other trends such as small sunglasses were worn by some of our favorite celebs, such as Rihanna and Gigi Hadid. The chunky sneaker, or “dad sneakers,” also made a resurgence when Balenciaga created its Triple S sneakers and the old-school brand Fila resurfaced with the Disruptor.

Can you find any of these throwback pieces in your closet right now? Thank girl power!

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