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. Wonderfull dress! it suits you very well! πŸ™‚

    1. Cheers Jolie! πŸ™‚ Merci~

  2. Daniela Soriano · · Reply

    I’m so in love with that dress! πŸ˜€

    1. Ditto! πŸ˜‰

  3. I’m loving the 90s minimalist theme at the moment too! As well as 90s themed makeup xxx

    1. I have to check out your ’90s make-up and get a tip or two from you Joanna! X

  4. 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 πŸ˜›
    xx Sky

    1. 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! πŸ‘ Well who knew, after such a loud and colourful start, ’90s wrapped with the minimalism! X

  5. Love this dress! So classy.

    1. Thanks Raysa! X

  6. I’m all over that 90s style at the moment, love this look! Great inspo! xx

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Dominique! X

  7. 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.

    1. Thank you for your wonderful feedback, it means a lot to me!! X

    1. Thank you for the reblog Penney, much appreciated!! X

  8. Beautiful dress. You look gorgeous ❀

    Sabrina πŸŒžπŸƒ

    1. Awww.., thank you Sabrina. πŸ’ƒπŸ’‹

  9. Have you seen the movie Showgirls? I love when she goes, “Thanks. It’s ver-sayce.” (speaking of the dress!).

    1. Haha~ Oh yes Emily, I so remember that part in Showgirls, AND because of that, the fashionistas all made sure to pronounce it the Italian way – ‘Va-sa-chiiiii’! πŸ˜€

      1. I think Ver-sayce sounds way more sophisticted. hahaha.

  10. Very pretty… beautiful dress… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ Cheers~

  11. Love your look, great post πŸ’–

    1. Thank you Arohii. πŸ’ž

      1. Welcome Vivienne 🌼

  12. Loving this style ❀
    Black can never be out of style ❀

    1. Thank you! πŸ’‹ Ditto! πŸ‘Œ

  13. You look stunning babe😍

    1. Thanks a lot Amy! 😘

  14. I love the 90s. Such a great era of style!

    1. I agree Denique, even nowadays they are recreating the ’90s styles, but it’d never be the same.., different energy now and then…

  15. Yang Margie · · Reply

    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!

    1. Awww.., I’m flattered to hear that Margie. Thank you for being one of my greatest supporters! ❀ Love & hugs!! X

  16. You look gorgeous, love this style!

    We have a new post up and would love to know your thoughts:

    The Fashion Place Blog


    1. Thank you for your lovely comments. I’ll check out your blog.., meanwhile, have a joyous Sunday! X

    1. Cheers~ Claire! X

  17. Love the dress and such a great post, check out my blog if you have the time!

    1. Thank you for your compliments and I will check out your blog. Happy Wednesday to you! X

  18. I don’t know how you do it, but you always look so fresh! ❀

    1. Thank you. ❀ In this case (this photo), I guess being young helps!! πŸ˜‰

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