The '90s were filled with some pretty memorable fashion that still works today, but nothing held a candle to the looks popularized by the women who ruled the hip-hop and R&B scene. Take a glimpse at the endless Shady legacy of these Queens!
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In the '90s, there weren't many stars that showed up to events in sweatpants (for a good reason). Yet, whenever Aaliyah dressed down with cropped tops and baggy clothes, it never looked sloppy. In fact, it was the opposite. Her soft-toned voice, eloquence and grace made any look feminine, including a menswear jumpsuit.
The recipe to her effortless style is easy. The consistent choice for crop tops & classic shades (see: Our EAZY Sunnies) made her sexy, while her masculine-appearing bottoms made her cool. Her style stepped out of the diva personality that so many expected to her have and made her relatable. Her style transformed her from a high-achieving diva to an artist that you can see yourself being friends with.
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TLC -- Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas -- shaped the R&B landscape in the ‘90s with their indominable girl-power hits. In addition to their musical output, they were fashion icons who helped define the era and left a lasting impact on style that continues up through today.
3. Lauryn Hill
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Lauryn initially found success as a member of hip-hop group The Fugees during the mid-90s, after which she began her solo career. Her first, and sadly only, studio album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won five Grammy Awards, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and is often featured on lists of the greatest albums of all time.
At the height of her career, Lauryn Hill became a style icon due to her ability to channel a variety of ensembles and hairstyles, whilst always maintaining a unique ‘Lauryn-ness’ about them. Few can pull off the full-length beaded ball-gown without looking too showy, but somehow Lauryn managed to inject her coolness into this look and tone it down. Not only could Lauryn find the perfect balance between looking glamorous and looking overdressed, but she also rocked this corseted low-neck slip dress without looking too under-dressed. She’s a magical being!
4. Spice Girls
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Not only do the Spice girls remain the best-selling girl band of all time, but their message of 'Girl Power' rings truer today more than ever.
Too often remembered simply for Geri's Union Jack dress and Posh's array of LBDs, the Spice Girls were sartorial libertarians, who preached dresses over jeans and suit jackets with triangle bikinis (because why not?). They single-handedly put lime green crop tops on the fashion map... and were all for you pairing them with leopard print flares.
The Spice Girls' legacy of air-kicking, hair-flicking records (of which they sold a cool 85 million worldwide) is unrivaled, but it was their inclusive, confident approach to fashion that embodied their message of female empowerment, and feels relevant, even today.
So go forth friends, and Spice Up Your Wardrobe!
5. Britney Spears
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A style icon that propelled '90s pop culture and started a new generation of divas, Spears inspired the dress code of millions of teenage girls – and a few full-grown fashionistas. Though some of her looks are less than popular, she's managed to keep the world in her fashion wake for decades.
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