Grunge and neo-hippie fashions began to decline in the fall of 1994. Plaid and flannel gradually lost their appeal amidst a backlash against grunge. Bell-bottom jeans were replaced with wide-leg jeans. White denim became fashionable among guys as well as girls. Tie dyed shirts and granny sunglasses became unfashionable. Wraparound sunglasses became popular, and remained popular through the rest of the decade. Bowling shirts became popular after Green Day wore them in their Basket Case video, and remained more or less popular for the remainder of the 1990s. Golf shirts became part of the new post-grunge style in 1995. Skater shoes became popular, coinciding with a rise in the popularity of skateboarding. The bowl cut hairstyle went out of fashion. Most teenaged and pre-teen boys moved towards shorter hair, although a small portion maintained the long straight hair of the grunge style.
Mod fashion made a return in the fall of 1995. Bootcut jeans and Levis 501 style jeans superceded wide leg jeans. Teenaged girls and women began wearing black boots with chunky high heels. T-shirts became more form fitting, especially for women, with the advent of the baby doll t-shirt. Teenaged girls began wearing colours such as pink, baby-blue, and plum. The "Rachel" haircut, named after the cut worn by Jennifer Aniston on the sitcom Friends in her role as Rachel, became popular. Short skirts became popular once again. In 1996, colours such as orange and yellow became popular, amidst what was characterized a 1970s revival. Fads of 1996 included the happy face, and peace sign necklaces. Hip hugger flare-leg jeans became popular among teenaged and pre-teen girls in 1996. The Mod and 1970s retro fashions of 1995-96 set the tone for much of teenaged girls fashion through the remainder of the
Punk and alternative styles were common by 1996. Short, spiky hair, black t-shirts, black work pants, wraparound sunglasses, and skater shoes were part of these styles. Many punk and alternative teenagers dyed their hair colours like blue, green, and fuscia. In 1997 a Goth fad developed which featured long black hair, black shirts, black work pants, black work boots, and black trench coats. Both the punk and goth styles survived into the 2000s, albeit in modified forms.
The preppy look made a comeback in 1997 among teenaged males. At first, the preppy look was closely associated with the Tommy Hilfiger clothing line. Tommy Hilfiger t-shirts and jeans were staples of the preppy look in 1997. Short hair, often dyed blonde, was popular among the preppy crowd. In 1998, Khaki pants became popular among teenaged boys, owing to the popularity of golfer Tiger Woods. Aloha shirts, also called Hawaiian shirts, became a major fad in 1999.
Corduroy fabric became popular in 1997. Corduroy fabric was used to make corduroy pants and corduroy overalls, sometimes abbreviated to "cords". Popular colours included black, tan, and grey. Corduroy continued as a trend into the 2000s, though the popularity of the fabric was inconsistent.
Spaghetti strap tank tops became a popular female clothing item in 1997, allowing teenaged girls to show more skin, including cleavage. The Skort, a half skirt, half short, also became popular in 1997. The Skort lost popularity in 1998 amid the rise of long wraparound skirts. Colours popular among teenaged girls in 1997 and 1998 included lemon yellow, lime green, olive green, violet, and grey. A colour fad of 1998 was army camouflage on pants, baby t-shirts, and spaghetti strap tank tops. The low rise jean phenomenon began in 1998. In 1999, Capri pants, a tapered pant that ends mid calf, became popular with girls and women. Pink became the dominant women's clothing colour in 1999.
Two types of denim washes became popular at the end of the 1990s. The first was rinsewash, a denim wash that was popular in the 1950s and 1970s. The second was sandblasted denim, which replaced stonewash denim as the most popular denim wash.
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