Written by: Mackenzie Strong
Because there will always be a place in our hearts for Boy Meets World and Baby Bottle Pop.
Ice Ice Baby. Easy Bake Ovens. Obnoxiously fluorescent-coloured wind breakers. Yes, we’re talking about the last ten years of the 20th century. With the recent upload of Fresh Prince and Friends on to Netflix, my heart has been longing to return to its 90s roots – and who doesn’t love to reminisce about the days of Marky Mark and purple ketchup? (Okay, so I promise to leave the last one out.) With a cheers to what may be one of the greatest decades of our lifetime, I give you the 90s fads that need to make a comeback.
Ah, the wondrous sound of ripping two pieces of those tiny plastic loops apart just radiates with nostalgia. On sneakers, sandals and yes – even your shorts, the “zipperless zipper” is both practical while maintaining p-h-a-t status. But Velcro doesn’t have to be confined to your wardrobe– rather, it can serve as the ultimate life hack. Just imagine all the places you could stick your iPhone on to with a little fabric adhesive. Hey ’98, its 2015 calling and we want all your Velcro back, stat!
Baby Bottle Pop
Back in the day, these candy nipples dipped in a bottle of fruity powder were all the rage, and probably the reason for those eight cavities you had during junior high school. Luckily, this is one of the few sweet treats from the 90s which hasn’t been discontinued, so we can stock up on these babies like no tomorrow. Crack open a bottle after a tough day at work or just keep one in your center console for whenever your quarter life crisis comes around. P.S – is the infamous jingle stuck in your head yet?
Okay, so this one’s a given. But, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like a good scrunchie, and this hair accessory is way overdue for a style recall. Put one of these pony tail holders on the top of your head (sparkly gold or otherwise) and you’ll instantly become Paula Abdul circa 1992. Hello, teenage dream come true!
Fanny packs may have had their fair share of flak for their nerdy appearance over the years, but I’ll stand up for my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles money belt any day. Ditch the fuss of keeping your wallet, cell phone, flask or any other Saturday night essentials in your back-pocket or purse, and bring out one of these bad boys to hold everything, front and center. Want to add a little extra flair to your belt bag? Let’s just say a little bedazzling never hurt nobody.
Although I’ll never really know what truly made up this sweet nectar of the 90s gods, I will always have a soft spot for good ole’ Sunny D. The drink of choice during all of my Spice Girl themed slumber parties, a sip of Sunny D brings back all the feels. With 7-Eleven still in stock of the orange delight, I propose we order a round of Sunny D mimosas for this Sunday’s brunch.
Besides a sheet of stick on earrings, mood rings were my go-to accessory throughout the whole year of 1996. They probably remained a murky green colour 80% of the time, but I was convinced that my bling could tell when I was “calm”, “cool”, “sweaty” or simply predict when I had a full bladder. Why anyone would not want to have magic on their fingers at all times is beyond me. Dig back to the depths of your junk drawers and let’s bring back the mood rings, people!
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