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34 Unforgettable Back-To-School Things All ’90s Teenage Girls Did

Slip on your old pair of chunky sneakers and take a walk down memory lane.

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2. ...unless you went for a clear option — which meant you had to obsessively pre-select all the items you would put in it.

And of course, aside from having to constantly worry about everything looking good inside it, you also had to worry about it turning yellow quickly.

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3. Picking out the perfect day planner.

Of course all this really did was serve as your address book and hold all the wallet-size group photos your friends had taken at the portrait studio in the mall.

6. ...or the clear slip-front binder, 'cause it REALLY let you make it your own.

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Slip in a few magazine cutouts and some personal photos into the clear outer pockets, add some decorative marker accents, and voilà: IT WAS TOTALLY YOU!

7. Attempting to re-create the back-to-school style, hair, and makeup tips that looked cool in Seventeen, YM, and Teen.

They never were as easy to duplicate as they claimed — totally the Pinterest of its time.

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9. ...as well as stocking up on the new Revlon Street Wear nail polishes and eyeshadows.

No one needed to know that it wasn't Urban Decay.

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14. Carefully selecting which teen heartthrob cutouts and cool magazine ads you were going to decorate the inside of your locker with.

Then having to put them all together in a properly arranged collage.

15. Taking a thumbtack and scratching out the face of a former friend, and then hanging the photo in your locker as well.

It sent a ~subtle~ message. Plus, you looked good in the photo — why would you throw it out?

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21. Thinking you were going to be hot shit with your wild-colored hair mascara highlights:

Even though you knew all it really did was get flaky and make you look like you had blue dandruff.

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24. ...and using goopy green facial masks.

There are probably still some dried out fallen flakes of the Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask hiding in the corner of your parents' home.

25. Finding the perfect chunky shoes to go with your outfits...

The chunkier the better.

26. ...but also finding a way to wear this classic a few more times before it got cold.

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Who we kidding? You could always find something to wear these with; this shoe went with EVERYTHING!!!

27. Having to make the crucial choice about which rubber band color(s) you were going to get on your braces at the orthodontist appointment before your first day back.

28. Making several important back-to-school clothing shopping trips to the mall with your friends, and then with your parents.

And, of course, having at least one argument with your parents about something they refused to buy you.

29. Accessorizing with rings, necklaces, chokers, and earrings from Claire's.

Could never have too many.

32. Picking out what your new signature scent should be.

"OK, Sun-Ripened Raspberry is going to be my daily day scent, and Gap Dream is my night and weekend scent."

33. The thrill of CALLING the Delia's number to place your order when your parents agreed to get you stuff.

And, if you did get something, praying that it would arrive before school started. Or worse yet: the gutting disappointment when something was backordered.

34. And finally, the stress of having to figure out what your first-day-back outfit would be.

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Unlike Cher, you didn't have her closet or her computer to help you out.

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