Nostalgia has fueled sales for all things ’90s for a few years now, which inspired our Yahoo Style + Beauty editors to reflect on our own favorite back-to-school outfits (though many are pre-Kimmy Gibbler-esque, to be sure).
Some choices — no doubt the doing of an overly autonomous tyke — are relegated to the archives (see: mom’s photo album) in perpetuity. Others inspire their own modern takes, replete with a handful of retro jean jackets and a Gucci backpack or two.
Speaking of backpacks, a young Bianca Stratford, of
10 Things I Hate About You fame, may have put it best: “There’s a difference between like and love. Because I like my Skechers, but I love my Prada backpack.”
If you’re in need of your own back-to-school shopping inspiration, check out what we’d wear today if we could do it all over again.
I wore a mix of offensive neon jean shorts and graphic T-shirts as a ’90s kid. Luckily, I outgrew the neon and kept the good bits: a love for denim and cheeky tees. —
Alexandra Mondalek, Yahoo Style fashion features writer Le Crop mini boot distressed mid-rise flared jeans, $245 Smythe pinstripe blazer , $695 Chloe Multi-Strap patent leather pumps, $880 Loewe printed white T-shirt, $325 See by Chloe backpack, $425
This beloved first-day-of-preschool outfit was entirely made by my mom! I love the mixing-and-matching of purple and red, and absolutely coveted that Snoopy lunchbox. I would just update the look to suit modern lines and to be more age-appropriate. —
Beth Greenfield, Yahoo Style + Beauty senior editor APC denim skirt, $190 Helmut Lang cap sleeve top, $99.98 Melissa Strips chunky red gel heels, $80 Matt & Nat handbag, $108.50
I actually love my look here, and would wear some iteration of it today. Unfortunately, I was likely wearing my favorite pair of white capris with athletic socks peeking out of my camel Merrell’s, but at least my accessory game is on point. My DIY seed bead choker and tiny braid are the epitome of my late ’90s style. I just wish I still had that huge gap between my two front teeth. —
Devon Kelley, Yahoo Beauty editor Staud Berto Top, Berry Blue , $80 Rachel Comey Ticklers Frayed Cropped Jeans , $370 Maryam Nassir Zadeh Palma Low, Pink Metallic , $420 Susan Alexandra Tiny Joys Necklace , $138 Gucci GG Supreme Backpack , $1,750
I pretty much like my back to school throwback here, but I might update it so it’s a little edgier. —
Jacqueline Laurean Yates, Yahoo Beauty editor Elena Vegan Leather Moto Jacket, $90 Chic Punky Metal Rivets Ankle Boots, $40 Chloe Marcie small cross body, $890 I had the Dorothy Hamill ’do, at least according to my mom. I think it was really because I had an aversion to hairbrushes. Because people often mistook me for a little boy, my mom dressed me very feminine. And I really wanted my ears pierced, so she let me. — Allison Trimbell, Yahoo Style + Beauty video producer L’Autre Chose silk blouse, $239 Zara check mini-skirt, $35.90 Celestial drop earrings, gold $36 Gianvito Rossi suede Mary Jane pumps, $448
Nothing says fall like a classic, cozy staple. Mine was most likely L.L. Bean in this photo, and I wouldn’t trade that in for a different version. I also like my Sketchers — but I love my Chloe backpack. —
Casey Hollister, Yahoo Style photo editor L.L BEAN, Cable knit sweater, $39.99-$44.95 Helmut Lang, Checked wool mini skirt, $425 Chloe, Faye small leather and suede backpack Gucci, Queercore embellished leather brogues, $1,450
I actually don’t mind my outfit too much other than the obvious clashing of colors and prints. For a redo, I would still wear a floral printed dress, but trade out the plaid jacket for an on-trend denim one. As for my footwear, I’d swap out my slingback flats for a chic pair of mules. —
Julie Tong, Yahoo Style fashion market editor Topshop, Floral Print Button Front Skater Dress, $100 Balenciaga Denim Jacket, $995 Mercedes Castillo Farrah, $595
I was ready to drive myself to school like the independent woman I have always been! Only now I’d probably wear a mini dress like this one, an oversized jean jacket, mules, and a cool backpack. —
Cindy Arboleda, Yahoo Style + Beauty Intern Lord Jermal Backpack, $80 Levi’s x Rolling Stone Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket, $298 Kimchi Blue Lilyanna Linen Button-Down Dress, $59