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Style Tips From Nineties Movies

August 2016Words by Mr Adam Welch

A still from Mallrats, 1995. Photograph by Gramercy Pictures/ Photofest

It’s a happy moment in a man’s life when the great wheel of style turns another revolution and he realises that his misspent youth might not have been entirely as misspent as he previously thought. At least, that is, in the wardrobe department. Yes, weirdly, this summer, both Teenage Fanclub and Dinosaur Jr are about to release new albums, Ms Winona Ryder is all over our screens in Netflix’s Stranger Things, and everyone’s about to buy a pair of coloured Adidas Originals Gazelles. In short: the early 1990s has re-emerged into the pop-cultural consciousness, and all the yelping millennials on the MR PORTER team couldn’t be happier about it. Seeing all the zip-up track tops and grunge-inspired distressed sweaters at the AW16 shows made us think warmly of simpler times, when you listened to albums more than once, thought toasted paninis were the most exotic food ever invented, and had an extra 20 hours of your life each week, because Facebook and Instagram hadn’t been invented yet. Many of these fuzzy feelings, of course, also extend to the cinematic treasures of the era, which, on second glance, look distinctly more stylish than we remember. Here are some key sartorial take-homes from these forgotten gems.

Ms Winona Ryder and Mr Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites, 1994. Photograph by Universal/ Allstar Picture Library