For those of us women who grew up in the '90s, nothing beats reminiscing about all the fashion, music, books, games, and toys that made the decade so totally rad. But what happened to those lanyards we made at camp or those Lisa Frank stickers we traded at recess? Sadly, they've long since been lost, thrown out, or sold off at garage sales. So whether you have a girlfriend, sister, or significant other who's missing her '90s girlhood this holiday season, check out our nostalgic stocking stuffer guide — she's sure to be visited by the ghost of Christmas past!
Sure, the '90s were all about the bump 'n' grind songs. But while you giggled with your best friend over the racy lyrics, they certainly had no place at school dances where a chaperone would step in if any funny business went down. No, that playlist was reserved for cheesy slow songs, prompting you to grab a boy or girl and awkwardly put your arms around each other and shuffle your two left feet. Now that classes are back in session, we can't help but revisit those days with jams that will instantly transport you back to the school gym. So grab your honey, pop in that breath mint, and hit play.
- "You Were Meant For Me," Jewel
- "Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden
- "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You," *NSYNC
- "I Do (Cherish You)," 98 Degrees
- "I Swear," All-4-One
- "My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion
- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," Aerosmith
- "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes
- "Weak," SWV
- "Angel of Mine," Monica
- "From This Moment On," Shania Twain
- "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston
- "Hero," Mariah Carey
- "End of the Road," Boyz II Men
- "Back at One," Brian McKnight
- "Kiss From a Rose," Seal
- "Girl on TV," LFO
- "I Still Love You," Next
- "When Can I See You" Babyface
- "Iris," Goo Goo Dolls
We are all about getting nostalgic when it comes to growing up as a girl in the '90s, so we thought it'd be great to share our ideas for dressing as the characters who made that decade so rad! With girls in everything from '90s TV shows to music videos, we show you how to give your Halloween costume a blast from the past!
Ready to travel back in time this Halloween? If you love all things '90s (duh), and you're paired up with either a significant other or BFF this Oct. 31, have we got a treat for you. Take your couples costume back two decades to the land of Pogs and Power Rangers with these '90s Halloween couples costume ideas. We found real duos dressed as iconic '90s characters from cartoons, video games, movies, books, and even a game show — party on!
Wendy Peffercorn and Squints From The Sandlot
Phil and Lil From Rugrats
Thanks to social media, you can keep up with just about anyone these days — including your favorite '90s heartthrobs. Most of the boy bands, TV actors, and movie stars who were plastered all over your walls and notebooks back in the day are now active on Twitter, posting pictures and updates regularly. We've rounded up the must-follow accounts, including stars who are still in the spotlight, like Justin Timberlake and Devon Sawa, plus those you may be wondering about, like DJ Tanner's boyfriend Steve on Full House. Take a look at the '90s guys who made you swoon, then follow them on Twitter!
It's a fact of life: we will always miss the '90s. But try we must to relive the glorious decade that brought us Boyz II Men and Beanie Babies. The great news is that, as it turns out, it's not that difficult. For instance, we sure hope you had a throwback Summer full of Slip 'N Slide action and Push Pops. This time around, we're hoping for a '90s Fall, school-style. So grab your best girls, and get ready for MASH, Dawson's Creek marathons, and more dope distractions. Can you tell how excited we are?! Ready, set, let's relive a typical day . . .
What's Vogue? Get inspired by the dELiA*s catalog, and throw on some plaid pants, graphic sweaters, camo, and/or overalls.
Pack your school or work bag with plenty of supplies (Lisa Frank ones, obviously).
Get to your desk, and play MASH with your BFF to kill time. Pray that you'll live in a mansion with Brad Pitt, drive a Mercedes-Benz, and have two kids.
Just what the doctor ordered: more Disney princess art! Swedish artist Beatrice Lorén designed Disney princesses dressed in the fashion of the years their movies came out. She noted that the project took quite a while with the research required, adding, "I went for what was accurate for the time and what I think the girls would personally wear. If you don't agree with me, that's fine, but remember that fashion is really personal, and it's different around the world (I'm Swedish, so this is how I see it)."
We absolutely love the finished product, especially our '90s princesses below. Ariel in the '80s rocks it as well. What do you think?
Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan
Lisa Frank epitomizes the childhood of a generation of girls who grew up in the '80s and '90s. And while we know the rainbow-, teddy bear-, dolphin-, heart-, and star-adorned binders and stickers like the back of our hand, not much is known about the mysterious woman behind the megabrand: Lisa Frank.
Urban Outfitters released a vintage collection of the colorful school supplies last year and as a part of the launch conducted this rare video interview with the mogul at her headquarters in Tuscon, AZ. Lisa clearly likes to shy away from the spotlight, as she's only filmed in silhouette. But there's plenty to ogle in the '90s eye-candy-filled mini documentary, including a glimpse into her headquarters, which look like something out of my 13-year-old dreams. I especially love the old-school commercials they incorporate, one of which stars a very young Mila Kunis! So dig out your vintage sticker books and watch this rare Lisa Frank interview now!
This was you when you saw *NSYNC for the first time in concert.
This was you when you found out *NSYNC may reunite at the VMAs.
This is what you looked like at an *NSYNC concert in 1999.
This is what you looked like at the Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert last month.
Trapper Keeper? Check. Just because you're not headed back to school this season doesn't mean you can't enjoy the best school supplies the '90s had to offer. If you've got a 9-to-5 gig, deck out your desk with Lisa Frank pencil cases, slap on multicolored wristwatches, and get to work in full-blown nostalgic spirit. Your co-workers will be totally jealous. Ahead, check out our favorite off-the-hook picks that would make Clarissa proud.