Throwback The ’90s – The Minimalist

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Grunge; supermodels; the extension of ’80s power suits; the sexy school girl trend; neon colours; body piercings AND heroin chic… Really, there were lots of styles to fit into in a decade of minimalism.

My ultimate minimalist style icons from the ’90s, no doubt would be Gwyneth Paltrow and Carolyn Bessette. Besides both dressing like one of Calvin Klein’s fashion models; they had more in common; like, both had sleek; shining long blonde hair; both had high profile arm candy – Gwyneth had Brad Pitt and Carolyn had John F. Kennedy Jr. – and both had an upper class aura about them and so on.

If the definition of the minimalist fashion trend is that “accessories were non-existent” (Well, except for the man!), then both Gwyneth and Carolyn took the minimalist trend to another level by not even having their nails painted; no fake eyelashes; no lip-liner and no push-up bras. Their natural approach to fashion and truly effortlessly chic (This term has been so overly used I agree, but hello, their’s truly was!) style took ’90s fashion by storm!!

I chose this picture of myself wearing my beloved 1997 Versus by Gianni Versace cocktail dress as a showcase of my very own take on the minimalist fashion look.
After almost a decade of wonderbras; miniskirts; platform shoes; hoop earrings and shoulder pads.., returning to the minimalist dressing seemed to make perfect sense.

’90s location shot by photographer Road Wang.


  1. As much as I love complex outfits and lots of layering, minimalism is just so refreshing! The dress is stunning, wish I could find a 90s maxi that fit me 😛
    xx Sky

    • I’m so happy to read your feedback Sky, as this is the final post of my ‘Throwback The ’90s’ series, I’ve been enjoying your take on the ’90s trends! 👍 Well who knew, after such a loud and colourful start, ’90s wrapped with the minimalism! X

  2. I totally love how simple and classy this outfit looks and those shoes are just beautiful and I also love how you edit your pictures, it gives off this vintage vibe.

  3. Hi Viv, you look super cool and awesome in this black timeless dress, but then again, you’d look equally gorgeous in any gear, and with or without jewellery! ❤
    When is the next post? Can't wait!

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