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.
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.
2. These shiny track pants.
Our athletic wear was seemingly at the disco during this year.
4. This floral maxi skirt.
You could wear this to school or church. See, mom? That’s exactly why I need it!
5. These spring formal dresses.
Required elements: halter tops and/or shiny materials.
6. These capri pants.
Or “pedal pushers.” I’m not sure which term meant you were cooler.
7. These tank tops.
Tank tops were da bomb! They were like shirts, but sexier!
8. These overalls.
You knew Katie Holmes totally owned like five pairs of these.
9. These board shorts.
Suddenly, every girl in America new how to surf.
10. These baggy shorts.
There was also that thing where we all dressed like our little brothers, too.
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.
12. All of these bags.
Our portage devices were all either inspired by lawn ornaments or Toys “R” Us.
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.
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.
16. This rainbow-edged shirt.
But, I mean. Really everything that’s going on here.
17. This puffy vest.
Why yes it IS perfect for this 75 degree weather please do not make me explain to you why.
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?)
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?
21. These pajama pants.
Which you wore to school. What was up with that?
22. These cheery accessories.
AHHH BABY-G GIMME I NEED TO BE COOL.