If you’re stuck for a costume when Halloween or a 90s-themed party rolls around, then why not try mining the pop culture history that the 1990’s has so generously provided? Sure, the decade wasn’t all that long ago, but that’s actually part of what makes a 90s costume choice so poignant – the events of the era are still fresh in everyone’s mind, guaranteeing that you won’t have party-goers squinting at your costume choice and making that confused little frown as they try to figure out who / what you are.
The 1990s are ripe for creative costume ideas, with a wide range of possible
choices to satisfy even the most jaded Gen Xer. The political spectrums offers such gems as Monica Lewinsky and her Bill Clinton boy toy accessory, perfect for a couple looking to get some laughs. Or maybe lampooning some of the fashion statements made by performers like Vanilla Ice (Day-Glo, Day-Glo and more Day-Glo) backwards fanatics Kris Kross or grunge icon Kurt Cobain (replace ‘Day-Glo’ with ‘plaid’) is more your style.
Movies also provide a veritable treasure trove of cultural touchstones, with characters like Austin Powers, the Men In Black and Forest Gump providing built-in wardrobes that make for easy to put together and distinctive costumes.
Check out these 90s costume ideas – complete with practical tips on how to pull off the most authentic 90’s experience possible – that should send you back on a time warp to a decade where even the most jaded Goths made elaborate fashion statements on a daily basis.
90s Costumes for Women
• My So-Called Life’s Angela Chase
90s Unisex & Group Costumes
90s Costumes for Men
• Austin Powers
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