23 Of The Most ’90s Fashions From The Spring ‘97 Delia’s Catalog

Have you conveniently forgotten about your love for all things lime green?

Ahh, Spring 1997. A time rich in culture. Your ears had recently been exposed to “MMMBop” (never to recover). The seminal classic Cats Don’t Dance hit theaters. Buffy began kicking vampire butt on the WB. And Eddie Murphy was caught with a transsexual prostitute.

Taking you even deeper back into that year, this Delia’s Spring 1997 catalog — courtesy of I Heart the ’90s — will dig up long-forgotten sartorial memories. Here, reflections on the most ’90s fashions contained therein.

ID: 3061827

1. This shiny track jacket.

The wearer of this jacket could have either been Sporty Spice or a tomboy, depending on how many ball chain necklaces it was paired with.

ID: 3061833

2. These shiny track pants.

Our athletic wear was seemingly at the disco during this year.

ID: 3061837

3. These patterned pants.


ID: 3061843

4. This floral maxi skirt.

You could wear this to school or church. See, mom? That’s exactly why I need it!

ID: 3061845

5. These spring formal dresses.

Required elements: halter tops and/or shiny materials.

ID: 3061850

6. These capri pants.

Or “pedal pushers.” I’m not sure which term meant you were cooler.

ID: 3061862

7. These tank tops.

Tank tops were da bomb! They were like shirts, but sexier!

ID: 3061866

8. These overalls.

You knew Katie Holmes totally owned like five pairs of these.

ID: 3061879

9. These board shorts.

Suddenly, every girl in America new how to surf.

ID: 3061883

10. These baggy shorts.

There was also that thing where we all dressed like our little brothers, too.

ID: 3061921

11. These pants.

They were called FATIGUES, remember? Like this is what you wore when you were fatigued of all your other pants. Or were you already tired of them when you wore them? Did they make you tired? I find this confusing.

ID: 3061926

12. All of these bags.

Our portage devices were all either inspired by lawn ornaments or Toys “R” Us.

ID: 3061939

13. And these bags.

The mini-er, the better.

ID: 3061945

14. These platform flip-flops.

You definitely needed at least, like, three pairs of these in different colors so you could match them to your outfit.

ID: 3061950

15. These bathing suits.

While the halter/boyshort/tankini thing was big that season, most of us just wanted to look exactly like we were in our underwear.

ID: 3061953

16. This rainbow-edged shirt.

But, I mean. Really everything that’s going on here.

ID: 3061961

17. This puffy vest.

Why yes it IS perfect for this 75 degree weather please do not make me explain to you why.

ID: 3061967

18. These baggy cords.

Because it was kinda lame to wear jeans every day of the week, you needed corduroys so big, the cuffs had holes in them from dragging on the ground. This somehow made sense 17 years ago. (OH SHIT 17 FUCKING YEARS? THE FUCK?)

ID: 3061972

19. This chevron maxi skirt.


ID: 3062918

20. This sporty T-shirt.

I mean. I know Greed Girl is a brand, but I’m not sure most of us were aware of that when we wore this. It was just like Greed Girl=Badass Girl?

ID: 3062925

21. These pajama pants.

Which you wore to school. What was up with that?

ID: 3062933

22. These cheery accessories.


ID: 3062960

23. This denim maxi skirt.

Really it’s the combo of that halter and the skirt that’s killing me. But mainly the skirt.

ID: 3062995

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