Children's Fashion in the 90s

Updated November 21, 2016

Fashion trends for children in the 1990s were heavily influenced by television programs, the music industry and Hollywood. From grunge to goth, the '90s had a wide variety of popular styles, and those for children were no exception. For many children, baggy clothes, the grunge look, bright colours, eye-catching shoes and inventive hair trends were the norm.

Grunge Fashion

As the grunge rock scene emerged in then early 1990s, so did grunge fashion. The grunge look boasted plaid flannel shirts, ripped up jeans and high-top sneakers. Band leaders such as Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana popularised the relaxed, slightly messy style. Young music fans who were eager to emulate rock stars would adopted this look and sometimes made it their own with iron-on patches or band T-shirts.

Baggy and Bright

Baggy jeans and bright colours were a common staple to many kids' wardrobes in the 1990s. Hip-hop stars popularised the baggy jean trend, and many kids sought the baggiest and brightest jeans they could find. Often, the jeans came in bright colours such as red, indigo or green. Oversized overalls were also extremely popular and were worn with both straps snapped, one hanging loose or both loose and a belt holding them up.


Big shoes were all the rage in the 1990s. Doc Martens, Mary Janes, platform sneakers and high-tops were sported by kids who wanted to look taller and cooler. Sneakers with heels that lit up when the wearer walked were also popular. Some shoes even had puffy tongues that could help pump air into the soles and were often seen on basketball courts across the country.

Hair Trends

Hairstyles for children in the 1990s were creative emulations of popular adult styles. For boys, a head shaved with brand logos was often desirable, as well as the Caesar cut. Mullets and rat tails were also common among young boys. For girls, hair accessories were in high demand and included scrunchies and butterfly clips.

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