Commentary – 90s Fashion, Cult TV, Trend Victims

As we head into the weekend, I wanted to leave you guys with a little bit of fashion commentary.

Any X-Philes out there?  Everything from the 90s has basically been making a huge comeback in the past few years from fashion to TV shows, and the cult favorite X-Files was no exception.  I’ll be honest – I’ve never seen it.  Until now.

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Back in the 90s I was a child that couldn’t be bothered with TV;  I was way too busy with video games and band – yup, I was the nerd child every Asian parent dreams for.  I had a talent for gaming, going to lan cafe’s (which, incidentally, is every Asian parent’s nightmare) and participating in healthy doses of Counter Strike rounds, beating boys and becoming the server’s bi*ch (the game balances the playing field by bouncing players with the most kills back and forth between teams).  But now that the X-Files has returned and the 6 episode miniseries is underway, all the previous episodes are available on Netflix in remastered HD glory so what choice did I have?

90s TV and its Wardrobe Glory

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Mulder & Scully, circa 1993

 

As I was making my way through the 1st season, I couldn’t help reminiscing the 90s on screen – the cassette tapes, the huge CRT computer monitors, the cars, and the wardrobe.  I never really realized how ill fitting the clothes were during this time; of course it probably wasn’t viewed as such back then.

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Remnants of the 80s no doubt, Scully constantly looked like she was wearing her clothes over football gear.  Her shoulder pads were huge which did absolutely nothing for her height, Gillian Anderson being a petite 5 foot 3.  I couldn’t get over how absolutely dwarfed she looked next to David Duchovny’s Mulder; every time they were on screen together in full length shots, their clothing made the height difference quite comical.

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Certain fashion trends tend to be ultimately unflattering for certain body types, and poor Scully became a classic trend victim during these early seasons.  But then, she’s a sensible character who works at the FBI and not afraid to get her hands dirty; her shoulder pads are probably the last thing on her mind.

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Mulder & Scully, circa now

A Quick Time Travel Through Fashion’s Memory Lane

This little 90s re-examine has been quite joyful and nostalgic for me, which reminds me of a video I saw on my FB timeline a few months back – 100 years of fashion condensed brilliantly into minutes by Mode.com; a must see for every fashion lover out there.

 

Some decades had more trends than they can possibly cram into a single outfit, but I’d say overall this was an accurate reflection and a lot of fun to watch.  Their choice for 2015 was hotly debated, but fashion is so damn fast right now I think there’s no overarching trend in existence and not one look we can create and say “this is what we’ll remember about 2015 twenty years from now.”  Everything is trending including throwbacks, it’s dizzying.

They also have a version featuring a side by side with men’s fashion which I loved just as much, see it here.

Happy Friday my lovelies, I hope I’ve given you some good fashion food for thought!  Where you fashionably prsent throughout the 90s?  What are your thoughts on pursuing trends?

 

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  • Lynne Le

    I really love the video, very interesting <3

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  • This is a cool that never gets old tv series.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I love that youtube vid about 100 years of fashion too.

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  • Great video! Love it!
    Xoxo,
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  • Such a great post, dear!

    http://www.nomoretulips.blogspot.com

  • I love the 90s fashion! But it can be because im a 90s baby lol. Loved the women in boxy blazers. Have a great week!

    Ty
    http://www.toastandgrits.com

  • I’m still trying to go through some of the original run episodes so I haven’t watched the new ones yet but from the promotional material it looks updated and well!

  • High five 😉

  • Thanks Kiki <3

  • Thanks for reading Cielo!

  • Agreed! – I didn’t even touched on the heroin chic yet :O

  • I think I’ve given X Files a go before but was way too young to appreciate it xD I’m gonna have to give it a try now! Music in the the 90’s was awesome 😀 and so cool to see how fashion has evolved!

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  • Miri

    I used to watch X Files. I think the 90s’ fashion is really unfashionable. 🙂
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

  • I love X Files! Great post! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • I don’t watch X Files, but my boyfriend does 🙂

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  • I don’t watch X Files, but my boyfriend does 🙂

  • I’d seen that video before but it was totally worth another watch, it’s so cool to see how fashion has evolved! Never seen the X-Files, but great post!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

  • Such a great show!

    Adi xx
    http://www.fancycorrectitude.com

  • Alice

    How exciting to find out that the X Files are coming back! Loved the series and can’t wait to see how they will be styled in our days!
    Fashion Soup

  • Thank you for sharing with us,
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  • Can’t wait for X-Files to come back! Really intrigued now by how will they style modern agents:)

    Ksenia,
    thestylejungle.ru

  • I really enjoyed the video! I was a child of the 90’s, so I know about the fashion all too well!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  • Same here! Thanks for reading Cara <3

  • LOVE this comment Melissa! I used to be a fashion student myself, I know it can be insane but definitely enjoy it! I occasionally miss those days 😉 Thanks for coming by, good luck with your fashion career!

  • Glad you like the video! Happy to have you as a reader!

  • since i was little in the 90s, fashion trends weren’t on my radar like they are now! i’m loving the menswear inspired looks though, super chic! have a great weekend! 🙂
    xx cara lilli
    http://www.neutralsandbasics.com

  • What a great post, I love the 90’s (my favorite decade) because of the ‘less is more’ not to mention my favorites are also the 20’s and the 60’s! Also, as a fashion design student, I can say that trends are a comeback, they will always be back no matter what, in a very few years but they will 🙂 also I watched those videos, they’re amazing and so inspiring! But I agree with you, fashion is going fast now that sometimes it surprises us, it’s hard to pick an item or a trend from X year now because of it!

    Have a lovely day and happy weekend!

    XO, Melissa’s Diary

  • Love this post, and the 100 years video is awesome! I am definitely going to check out the men’s version now!
    WritingMonique