What to Wear: I Heart the 90s Party

What to Wear: I Heart the 90s Party

I love thematic dressing, especially when it’s for a good cause. That’s why I got beyond excited when I heard about the “I Heart the 90’s Party” at Power Plant Live. I mean, you get to wear 90’s attire and raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. That sounds like a win-win situation to me.

As a general rule, the first thing I do when it comes to dressing for a specific decade is look for some inspiration. For this event, there were so many different options. But at the end of the day, I decided to channel one of my all time favorite movies, Reality Bites. (“Reality Bites” cast photo courtesy indiewire.com)

In order to achieve this look, I knew footwear would be key. I found these Dolce Vita Bardot Boots in Mink at Polly & Stella in Fells Point {728 South Broadway, 21231}. As someone who lived in Doc Martins for a good part of the 1990s, these seemed like the perfect update. The velvet is on trend for this Fall, but they still give off a 90s vibe. (Dolce Vita Boots, $160. Photo courtesy dolcevita.com)

From there, I stumbled upon this amazing vegan leather jacket at Brightside Boutique’s Fells Point location {732 South Broadway, 21231}. The flower embroidery on the jacket makes it pop. And, you can wear it over and over after the party. (Can’t Get You Out of My Head Jacket by Oliviaceous, $104. Photo courtesy Brightside Boutique’s Instagram)

While at Brightside, I found this black dress by Tavik. The cut screamed 90s grunge. And, you can totally repurpose this for a multitude of occasions. After all, there is no such thing as too many little black dresses. (Tavik dress, $58. Photo courtesy tavik.com)

To complete the look, I took a trip to my local Target in Canton {3559 Boston Street, 21224}. Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate superstores for a multitude of reasons that I won’t bore you with. That said, sometimes they are the best place to wrap up this sort of outfit without having to spend an arm and a leg on one-off items. Nothing screams 90s like a white tee under a dress. If for some reason, you don’t have a white tee-shirt, this one is the Target store brand and costs only $8 (or 2 for $14). (Target T-shirt, $8. Photo courtesy target.com)

Depending on the weather, a pair of tights would be a nice 90s addition to the ensemble. Again, if you don’t have a pair, you can grab these Merona ones on sale at Target for $5.60. And, let’s be real, there’s no reason to drop 50 bucks on a pair of Wolford stockings to wear as part of a nineties-themed outfit. (Merona tights, $5.60. Photo courtesy target.com)

On my way out of Target, I spotted this Sugarfix by Baublebar necklace. At $16.99, it’s a great final touch to any 90s themed outfit. And, you can wear it later with a pair of jeans, a tee and stilettos. (Sugarfix by Baublebar necklace, $16.99. Photo courtesy target.com)

Regardless of whether you pair all of these items together, or pick one or two of your favorites, you’re sure to be on theme with the I Heart the 90s Party. Just remember being dressed for the 90s, doesn’t mean you can hang like you could in the 90s. xx

Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.