1. That Umbro made the coolest shorts around — mainly because they came in every color and pattern imaginable.
And, when wearing them, the terrible risk you took of sitting down the wrong way and exposing yourself.
2. How JanSport was the ONLY backpack — which you, of course, one-strapped and customized with a Sharpie.
No Eastpak for you!
3. And of course, Five-Star was the only notebook worthy of your JanSport.
5. You lived by one fashion rule: The baggier the jeans, the better!
7. That Beavis and Butt-head was the funniest cartoon ever.
…and the ONLY reason you watched Baywatch.
Of course, it wasn’t for the acting.
9. The little joy you got from pumping these bad boys up — even if they really didn’t do anything to improve your game.
And the sense of self-satisfaction you got if you were the only person among your friends to own a pair.
10. How super-cool and stylish you felt wearing one-strapped overalls — even if it made you look like one of the Little Rascals.
11. The never-ending quest to scam Columbia House and BMG Music out of free CDs.
IT WAS 12 CDs FOR A PENNY!
13. How you’d never seen anyone sexier than Denise Richards in Wild Things!
And you’ll never forget the infamous threesome.
14. When it came to sunglasses, it was ALL about Oakleys — nothing else came close.
15. How your Starter jacket was a wardrobe essential.
And you probably had a Dallas Cowboys one, even if you lived nowhere near the Dallas metropolitan area or Texas.
17. Decorating your bedroom walls with the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
18. How there was no cooler denim brand than Levi’s Silvertab — in medium stonewash, of course.
19. These were your TV crushes:
From left: Hilary Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Kelly Kapowski (Saved by the Bell), and Winnie Cooper (The Wonder Years).
21. How you thought you could pull off a Caesar cut, like George Clooney.
It was usually an epic FAIL.
23. This was the craziest thing you’d ever seen:
24. The horrible amount of pilling you got on your acrylic ski sweaters after wearing them just once!
…especially the Adam Sandler films.
“Why don’t you just go HOME?! That’s your HOME! Are you too good for your HOME?!”
28. Putting in the code to unlock the super-violent version of Mortal Kombat.
31. These were seminal albums in your life:
32. How Sam Goody, Journeys, Merry-Go-Round, and Structure were your first stops on trips to the mall.
And of course, Chess King and Foot Locker as well.
33. That there was no greater delicacy than Bagel Bites.
“Pizza in the morning. Pizza in the evening. Pizza at suppertime. When pizza’s on a bagel, you can eat pizza anytime!”
34. How the Dog Brothers from Sex in the ’90s were MTV’s original guidos.
36. The importance of the wallet chain.
Keeping that Velcro wallet secure!
37. That there was no better decade for sketch comedy shows.
From left: In Living Color, The Kids in the Hall, and The State.
38. The disappointment you felt after washing your Hypercolor shirt for the first time.
Why couldn’t it last more than just one wash?!
39. The art — but also the struggle — of making a perfect mixtape. Especially if it was for someone you liked!
40. The whoosh-whoosh sound you made while you walked whenever you wore wale cord.
41. How, somehow, it was totally cool to wear hip-hop Looney Tunes T-shirts.
Bugs, you’re such a badass!
42. The happiness that getting the perfect fade brought you.
But the upkeep was a bitch.
44. That Michael Jordan was the greatest athlete ever…
45. Speaking of Jordan, his shoes were BALLER status.
Let’s be honest, they were probably the most expensive thing you owned.
46. How this was the bible for witty insults.
“Yo mama so fat, she sat on a rainbow and made Skittles.”