Jacket Fashions of the 1990s

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Jacket Fashions of the 1990s
Matching warm-up suits were a hip-hop trend in the 1990s. (Sean Murphy/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Many aspects of popular culture influenced jacket styles in the 1990s. From new music genres such as hip-hop to showing support for a favourite sports teams, people wore jackets that expressed their individual interests. New designers came along in the '90s as well, and gave the world casual fashions for a new generation.

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Urban Designer Jackets

Hip-hop was huge in the '90s. The music inspired fashion styles as people began dressing like their favourite hip-hop artists. This style was taken a step further when "urban designers" such as Karl Kani began designing clothes specifically for the urban set. Karl Kani jackets were the height of cool in the mid-90s, and were available in a variety of materials from denim to leather to sweatshirt material. Many mixed materials and had hoods and bold designs.

Denim and Leather Jackets

Denim jackets were everywhere in the '90s, perfectly suited to the casual styles of the day, such as grunge. They came in a variety of styles, but the most common was hip-length with pockets on the sides and front. Acid-washed denim was big in the '90s and many jean jackets had this look. Leather jackets were also big in the '90s. The classic black biker jacket was in style, but many people wore bomber jackets that had stretchy elastic bands at the bottom and around the wrists. They came in basic colours like brown, or bold colours and patterns.

Warm-Up and Starter Jackets

Hip-hop groups like Run DMC wore nylon track suits. Young men and women both wore the whole warm-up suits, but especially the jackets. They were often red or navy blue, with white stripes down the sleeve. Many designers made them, including Adidas, Nike and Fila. Starter jackets were a huge '90s trend with young men. The shiny nylon jackets had elastic bands at the neck, wrists and around the bottom. The were often bright colours and emblazoned with sports team logos.

Casual Blazers

The blazer had been trendy in the 1980s and was still in style for both men and women in the 1990s. Blazer designs were more relaxed; gone were the huge shoulder pads and giant buttons. Men no longer turned up the collars and pushed the sleeves up to their elbows. Blazers were generally a lighter material and more casual and comfortable than a suit coat. These '90s style blazers were appropriate for work and men paired them with khakis or dress while women wore them with high-waist baggy dress trousers or stirrup trousers.

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