Whilst chatting away on Twitter the other evening, I started talking about ASOS, and that I remember when it was originally As Seen On Screen – I wonder how many of you remember those days? They used to copy celebrity looks and you could search for clothing by celebrity. This is what their site looked like in 2000!
This took the conversation onto other brands of our youth, and I also realised that next year it’ll have been 20 years since I started high school – arrrgh! I do love a bit of nostalgia, so on the back of this I thought I’d gather together some of the best forgotten brands and products of my youth.
If you grew up in the 90’s like I did, why don’t you take a little trip with me down memory lane…
School bags looked like this… I managed to lose the key for the lock from my Head bag and had to cut it open with scissors, oops.
They also looked like this…
Or this… I had a bright orange World Dance record bag!
And you carried your P.E kit in one of these… (or possibly an orange Jane Norman rope handle bag?) Anything else was not acceptable.
We had Pod and Kickers school shoes. Those rubber soles didn’t last long though!
Spliffy jeans and Jackets… The baggier the jeans the better, preferably black. Must have the little spiffy figure embroidered on the bum or don’t bother.
Naf Naf and The Sweater Shop we the most coveted labels of the early nineties… I never owned either!
Adidas Poppers… Say no more.
Jeffrey Rogers and Bay Trading were the shops to go to on a Saturday…
As were these…
Chipie Trainers… These were the first ‘fashion’ trainers, that I can recall not being from a sport brand. I remember it like it was yesterday, seeing the beautiful silver leather pair in my mums Freemans catalogue. Of course I wasn’t allowed them 🙁
Kangol accessories… Hats, shoes, scarves, bags. I had a Kangol pencil tin. You needed that kangaroo logo on your outfit somewhere.
Massive Fila American style basketball trainers… I had white Fila trainers and a blue and black Fila coat 😀
On that note, did anyone have a pair of these?? (Fila has had a bit of a resurgence lately, check them out on ASOS)
This brings me on to Spice Girls style Buffalo platform trainers…
Back to ‘normal’ trainers now… Hi Tec’s or Nicks if you were not so well off or if your parents hated you (mine did) and Reebok Pumps or Nike Air Max if you were A GOD.
Tommy Hilfiger was everywhere… That red, white and blue logo was instantly recognisable. The only Hilfiger that the kids round my way wore came from the Sunday market though. Not quite the same thing!
Kappa tracksuits… Those two thoughtful looking silhouettes sitting back to back became the emblem of a generation – and ‘ Kappa slappers’ across the country. I love the Vicky Pollard parody!
Massive Helly Hansen coats that made you look five times bigger than you really were… They also cost a fortune.
Helter Skelter bomber jackets and record bags… All the cool kids were into happy hardcore in the early to mid nineties; Helter Skelter, Dreamscape and World Dance were the names to wear. Somehow this branded clothing was the height of cool… even though it all came from the Sunday market.
(I had this Dreamscape poster in my bedroom)
I’ll leave it there for now, I could go on! Other brands worth a mention though were Joe Bloggs, Pepe jeans, Stussy, and Paul Frank. Let me know if you think of any more!
We didn’t have mobile phones, or internet (except in school) and we definitely didnt have social media. God I loved the nineties. I wouldn’t change a thing!
If you liked this, you might also like my Must Have Beauty Products From The 90’s post! I hope this brought back some memories! xxx