Timeless ’90s Looks―and the Best Glasses to Wear with Them


There’s a palpable ’90s spirit in the air, and the latest issue of CR Fashion Book is dedicated to the year 1999. Part of what makes the decade so ripe for revival is it didn’t tap into just one look. Stripped-down minimalism, rebellious grunge, and all-out glamour are some of the distinct fashion moments from that era to stand the test of time.

Another thing that never goes out of style? Outfit-making glasses. Oliver Peoples has been handcrafting classic eyewear for the past three decades, with some of its most iconic styles popularized by celebrities in the ’90s. In honor of the brand’s 30th anniversary, we’re showing you how to rock five major ’90s trends in 2017―and the best glasses to wear with them.

The Minimalist

If there’s one silhouette that defined the ’90s, it’s the bias-cut slip dress. Streamlined and curve-skimming, a slinky slip is the perfect thing to wear when you’d rather be naked. Keep things simple with barely-there makeup and clear heels, but introduce a bit of personality in the form of pointdexter glasses that add a nerdy-chic touch.

The Eyewear: Oliver Peoples O’Malley Rx SHOP

Protagonist Classic Slip, for similar styles visit protagonist.com; Manolo Blahnik Scolto PVC & Suede Mules, barneys.com

Modern Glam

Pared-back minimalism may have ruled in the ’90s, but the decade is equally known for its moments of fashionable excess. Think: sexy satin shirts buttoned down to there, velvet hip huggers, slick latex dresses―all of which are relevant today. Texture is key. A glossy patent skirt gives off just the right amount of vixen, while come-as-you-are curls and timeless tortoiseshell shades complete the look.

The Eyewear: Oliver Peoples MP-3 30th SHOP

Are You Am I Kimia Bodysuit, areyouami.com; Tom Ford Patent Leather Side-Zip Skirt, tomford.com

Pretty in Pastels

Our collective obsession with millenial pink is nothing new. Iridescent pastel makeup was a major phenomenon for ’90s pop stars, who piled on shimmery eye shadow and frosted lipstick. Bring the look into 2017 by doubling down on one color―like powder pink―and don’t forget to coordinate your eyewear with rosé-tinted aviators.

The Eyewear: Oliver Peoples Rockmore SHOP

Brora Cashmere Long Sleeved Crop Cardigan, brorausa.com

Nouveau Grunge

Inspired by the middle-finger-to-the-world musicians who emerged from the Seattle scene in the early ’90s, fashion designers put ripped flannels and combat boots on the runways, and the rest is history. These days, we’re feeling more of a subtle, refined take on classic grunge references. A deconstructed, homespun skirt and shrunken sweater channel that rule-breaker attitude― while a killer pair of sepia-stained shades pulls it all together.

The Eyewear: Oliver Peoples OP-505 SHOP

Eckhaus Latta Sweater and Mini Skirt Avec Baby Blanket, shop.eckhauslatta.com

Classic Cool Girl

Nothing’s sexier than your favorite blue jeans and the perfect little white t-shirt. This tried-and-true combo has been winning us over for decades, but it was arguably the It Girls of the ’90s―with their bedhead and rockstar boyfriends―who best embodied the „too cool to care“ vibe. Make the look yours by knotting the tee, shaking out your hair, and adding mirrored circular sunnies that catch a glare.

The Eyewear: Oliver Peoples M-4 30th SHOP

RE/DONE Hanes t-shirt and RE/DONE Levi’s jeans, shopredone.com

Model Khadijha Red Thunder (WOMEN), Styling by Ben Perreira, Hair by Shinya Nakagawa, Makeup by Grace Ahn


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