18 Things ’90s Girls Wore To Prom

Back when your style icons were Britney Spears and Katie Holmes. (There’s a whole lot of halter in here.)

1. Slinky dresses with mesh overlay.

2. Impossible-to-wear backless dresses.

C’mon. Ain’t nobody got the body for that.

3. Teenie, tiny beaded purses.

To store your vanilla shimmer gloss and Trojans.

4. Iridescent materials.

5. These flamenco-like dresses with the ghastly fringe hemlines.

6. Gold hues. (Thank you Taylor Vaughn of She’s All That.)

7. God-awful chunky mary janes.

8. Or even worse, glittery chunky heels.


9. Embellished gowns guaranteed to blind you.

10. $5 tiaras.


11. Corset tops.

Cue your father’s protests: She can’t go out of the house in underwear!

12. Paired with an iridescent or tulle skirt like this.

13. Chinese-inspired fashions.

14. Worn, naturally, with your upscale takeout purse.

15. Oh my godddd nooooo.

::Loses faith in humanity::

16. There were a couple years when everything was seemingly covered in metal disco ball mesh.

17. And the go-to accessory was a choker.

18. But of course, the most popular trend: shiny (read: polyester) Jessica McClintock dresses.

Some things never change…apparently.

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