STYLE LESSONS FROM 1991
By Chris Sayer, 22 October 2016
If there’s a term that sums up the way we’re dressing in 2016, it’s ‘90s’. Grungier denim, longer locks, retro schoolyard trainers and surf rat vibes have led us to believe we’ve all been pushed into a time machine and fired back to 91. And you know what? It’s been a trip. Let us celebrate all of that 90s style goodness by tucking into some must-see movies that all turn 25 this year, and look as fresh now as they did back in the day…
Boyz N The Hood
Has there ever been a better snapshot of real, street-level 90s America? Probably not. And have we ever seen a better on-screen male role model than Furious Styles? Hell no. But we digress. We’re here for the style – the confident, cool, clued-up style of Tre, Doughboy and crew.
Has it really been 25 years since a bromantically conflicted Johnny Utah decided not to shoot bank-robbing bezzie mate Bodhi (decked out in a tux and Ronald Reagan mask combo), instead unloading his firearm – and an impressive cry – into the clear blue SoCal sky? Two and a half decades later and Point Break is still the style guide for nailing the surf rat trend that dominated this summer (and probably will the next one, too).
From the choppy mid-length locks of Swayze and (towards the film's end) Reeves, to the worn-out Aztec-print shirts and acid-wash tees sported by the Ex-Presidents on their off-duty beach-bum days, it’s all here, in full sea-salt-stained glory. Get involved, brah.
My Own Private Idaho
Keanu was killing it in 91, wasn’t he? In this Gus Van Sant-directed classic, the Reevester pairs up with gone-too-soon 90s icon River Phoenix (brother of Joaquin) for an ace story of friendship, finding yourself, and rebellion.
While Reeves and Phoenix were rightly praised for their performances, best supporting role must surely go to a colour palette that is so Autumn/Winter 16 it hurts. Target burnt reds and oranges, muddy browns, hazy beiges and dirty yellows this season, and make sure they’re popping from your wardrobe rails as the mercury begins to plummet.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Two things to take away from John Connor’s mission to quash the impending robot uprising. 1) His military-inspired jacket, which you’ll find nigh on impossible to avoid this season. Be it flight jackets, bombers, field coats, or even the staple trench, armed forces apparel is having a big influence on our last line of defence against the elements this winter.
2) Pair that jacket with choppy, floppy locks with an off-centre parting. Sure, you may not be saving the world any time soon, but you'll be an undoubted style hero.
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
Wait, is that… of course it is. It’s Reeves, back for round three. Another lobe-length ‘do, this time messily centre-parted to make it his grungiest and, thus, most on-trend one yet. Then, really, it’s all about the feel of this stoner classic.
If you can stand confidently in front of the mirror in the morning and say to yourself, ‘Bill and Ted would wholly approve of this heavy-music-inspired, skate-influenced outfit I’m sporting right now,’ then you’re ticking the right 2016 style boxes. A few holes in your denim, some salt spray in your hair and a retro rock tee under your baggy jacket, and you’re good to go.