Boy Band Costume

Backstreet Boys: Brian, Howie, AJ, Nick, & Kevin

This costume takes a group effort to pull off properly, but it’s well worth it. The pop sensations that infected the airwaves of 1990s radio and music television are fine fodder for costume fun. Whether you choose to mimic the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC or 98 Degrees, there is a fairly wide variety of different costumes to choose from.

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Spice Girls Costume

Spice Girls costume

So tell me what you want, what you really really want. You wannabe a Spice Girl you say? Then look no further because we’ve got the look for you.

The Spice Girls ‘spiced up’ the pop music scene in the later part of the 90s with their catchy tunes and distinctive personalities. They became an international sensation and were dubbed “the most widely recognized group of individuals since John, Paul, George and Ringo” by biographer David Sinclair. Even if you didn’t like their music (or weren’t tuned into the current music scene), you could still list their nicknames … Baby Spice, Ginger Spice, Scary Spice, Sporty Spice and Posh Spice. Their notoriety for both music and personas make the Spice Girls the perfect choice for a group costume idea. Follow these few simple guidelines and you’ll be on your way to insta girl group in no time.

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Troll Doll Costume

The troll doll actually dates back to the late 50s, but it was in the 60s that it really took off. The troll doll fad then saw a serious resurgence in the 90s with appearances in ‘The Drew Carey Show‘, their very own NES video game (Super Troll Islands), and a cartoon called ‘Magical Super Trolls.’ We love this as an easy DIY costume for a 90s party or for Halloween. The key, of course, is the hair. Happily, troll wigs are available in a rainbow of awesome colors.

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Peggy Bundy (Married… with Children) Costume

Peggy Bundy costume idea

Married… with Children’s Peggy Bundy is one of the greatest TV moms of the 90s and perhaps of all time. She makes us want to sit on the couch all day eating bonbons while watching talk shows and home shopping channels. Even though she is no Suzy Homemaker, avoids work of any kind like the plague (laziness is a tradition for the women in her family after all), and spends Al’s money faster than he can make it selling shoes, Peggy still loves her family very much. Her iconic look with the red bouffant hair, tight

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The Golden Girls Costume

90s Costume Idea - The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls was a series that ran from 1985-1992 about four older women who shared a home in Miami. Maybe to our twenty-first century ears it sounds a little mild-mannered for a sitcom, but Americans LOVED their Golden Girls back in the late eighties and early nineties.

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Dazed and Confused’s Darla Marks Costume

Dazed and Confused's Darla Marks costume

             

Alright, alright, alright. Oops, sorry, that was Matthew McConaughey’s line from this great 90s movie. Dazed and Confused has so many great lines, it will forever be a 90s411 favorite. This 1993 movie takes place on the last day of school in 1976. This costume, the Parker Posey character, Darla Marks, is F-U-N and is based on her outfit while she’s hazing the incoming freshmen girls. It’s easy and comfortable, and, really, who doesn’t want to have

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Lara Croft Costume

Lara Croft costume

             

One of the hottest games for the Sony Playstation towards the end of the 1990’s was Tomb Raider, and that might have had something to do with the fact that it let teenage boys control the destiny of an attractive – well, for a video game – female archaeologist name Lara Croft as she pieced together ancient mysteries and hunted for treasure. The game was eventually turned into a lackluster film starring Angelina Jolie, but the most familiar Lara Croft costume comes from the small screen, not the big one.

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Sailor Moon Costume

Sailor Moon aka Serena Tsukino

             

If you have a pixie-ish build, then you might want to give a shot at dressing up as one of the world’s foremost anime icons. Sailor Moon leapt off the TV screen and into the hearts of teens and grown men and women alike when the program was imported from Japan in the 90’s. Her unique look is a combination of the Japanese animation tradition that walks the line between wholesome and naughty, meaning that you can choose to tip things in either direction depending on your mood.

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My So-Called Life’s Angela Chase Costume

90s Costume Idea - Angela Chase

             

Disaffected teens unite and pull those plaid shirts out of the closet – it’s time to recreate the look of one of the most iconic anti-heroines of 1990s television drama, Angela Chase. As the queen of angst, actress Claire Danes was frequently clothed in the mish-mash alternative rock style of the early part of the decade, which for you means either digging through your pile of castoffs or heading down to the local thrift shop to land some of the components you will need to make your Angela Chase look authentic.

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Goth Girl Costume

Goth Girl Costume

             

The 90’s weren’t a cheerful time for everyone, and the Goth fashion provided those who weren’t buying into mainstream society a way to let people around them know just how disaffected they really were. Born out of the 80’s music movement, Goth style took a huge leap forward in the 1990’s thanks to the efforts of corporations to co-opt the rebellion and make a profit off of black clothes, black lipstick and many shades of eyeliner.

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