Skip To Content

    49 Things From The Late '90s That Women Now Between The Ages Of 36–47 Used To Do

    Time to put on those Steve Madden slides for a stroll down memory lane.

    1. Wanting this VTech cordless phone and your own personal line in your bedroom:

    A purple see-through cordless phone

    2. And also wanting a 13-inch TV with the built-in VCR for your room ('cause that was LUX):

    A Sharp TV-VCR TV with a Disney movie playing

    3. Buying random unauthorized biographies about your favorite celebs because that was really the only way you could learn about them — although most of the time, there was never new info in them:

    Dawson's Creek unauthorized biography book

    4. Buying magazines dedicated to just one celeb so that you could cut out the pictures and decorate your room with them:

    A pile of Leonardo DiCaprio magazines

    5. Switching out your beeper cases to match your outfits:

    A hot pink beeper with lime green case

    6. Knowing that whenever you wore your carpenter jeans, its hammer loop would get caught on something at some point:

    Lee Carpenter jeans folded on a table

    7. Having these as your go-to shoes for EVERYTHING...

    Steve Madden slides on a faux fur carpet

    8. ...having Hush Puppies Oxfords as your ~quirky~ shoes...

    Lime green Hush Puppies shoes

    9. ...and Candies as your go-to party shoes (even if you did sound like a Clydesdale whenever you wore them):

    Candies slides heals with wooden heals

    10. Having this as the hairstyle you wanted for any type of formal event:

    Kirsten Dunst with a messy up do hair style and butterfly clip in hair

    11. And, of course, wearing a pashmina to any type of formal event:

    Crop of Neve Campbell attending the premiere of her new movie "Drowning Mona" February 28, 2000 wearing a yellow pashmina

    12. Leaving body glitter on everything (but mainly on your bathroom counters and floors) any time you wore it:

    A stack of 3 cases of body glitter

    13. Feeling so, so glam any time you wore frosty blue eyeshadow:

    Crop of Christina Aguilera's eye with her wearing frosty blue eyeshadow

    14. Thinking outlining your lips in a dark color and filling them in with a lighter color looked so chic:

    Screenshot of woman applying light lipstick with dark lip liner

    15. Getting excited whenever you got a gift certificate to a store you liked:

    A $15 gift certificate to Tower Records

    16. Having Gap perfumes...

    Heaven, Grass, and Dream Gap perfumes

    17. ...and Tommy Girl perfume as your ~personal day scents~:

    Tommy Girl bottle next to the box

    18. Being obsessed with Tommy Hilfiger because of Aaliyah's iconic Tommy campaign:

    Screenshot of Aaliyah in the Tommy Hilfiger commercial

    19. Having this CD as your go-to "turning it up" album:

    Ultimate Dance Party 1997 CD

    20. Rushing home after school to watch The Rosie O'Donnell Show...

    Rosie interviewing Madonna on her show

    21. ...and TRL (had to know where your favorite video placed):

    Carson Daly on the set of TRL

    22. Watching Clueless over and over:

    A Clueless VHS copy

    23. Totally wanting Brandy's bed from the music video from "The Boy Is Mine":

    Brandy in gold pjs laying on a bed with a sun burst gold head frame

    24. And, honestly, just wanting to be BFFs with Brandy:

    Photo of Brandy taken for Moesha

    25. Thinking embroidered jeans were the coolest thing ever and feeling soooo boho whenever you wore them:

    Embroidered capri jeans

    26. Having the one ~fancy~ faux satin blouse that would make you sweat profusely whenever you wore it:

    Faux satin grey blouse with rose pattern on it

    27. Putting hair mascara into your hair to give yourself subtle highlights:

    Three L'Oreal Hair Mascara

    28. Or being bold and trying to give yourself highlights with Sun In (even though you knew it wouldn't work on your hair):

    Sun-In bottle

    29. Slathering your face with Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil Face Mask, which smelled soooo good:

    Tea Tree Oil Face Mask bottle

    30. Buying Revlon Street Wear makeup at the drugstore 'cause they were a perfect dupe for Urban Decay:

    Two Street Wear nail polishes

    31. Being obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer...

    Buffy Cast photo from second season

    32. ...and Dawson's Creek:

    Season 1 Dawson's Creek cast photo

    33. Having your entire bathroom smell like Herbal Essences any time you used it in the shower:

    Herbal Essences pink bottle

    34. Feeling very bougie whenever you used Aveda shampoo...

    35. ...or brushed your teeth with Mentadent toothpaste (which really was the it toothpaste):

    Mentadent toothpaste and dispenser

    36. Giving yourself Wite-Out manicures in class whenever you were bored:

    Hand with Wite-Out painted nails

    37. Decorating the inside of your locker and the cover of your folders with these stickers:

    Sparkly hot pink winky cat sticker

    38. Sponge-painting your bedroom or bathroom and having some seriously questionable results:

    Screenshot of woman sponge-painting a room gold

    39. Having this exact alarm clock wake you up every morning:

    A white Sony Dream Machine alarm clock

    40. Thinking celestial pattern decor was just so cool and grown up:

    A celestial pattern photo frame

    41. Having a CD tower in the corner of your room displaying all your CDs (and you would always put your favorite CDs on the top):

    An empty metal CD tower

    42. And thinking these boomboxes were the height of technology — especially if it came with a remote:

    A late '90s boombox

    43. Spraying yourself with Bath & Body Works sprays — which you kept in the fridge on hot days:

    Collection of four different Bath & Body Works Body Splashes

    44. Having like a six-month period where you just listened to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on repeat:

    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album cover

    45. Buying an entire album or soundtrack for just ONE song:

    Go soundtrack cover

    46. Having a ton of butterfly hair clips that were a bitch to keep in your hair (and would also hurt like hell if you stepped on them barefoot):

    A pile of different color plastic butterfly hair clips

    47. And fancy crystal butterfly clips that you wore to formal things (and were actually kind of heavy):

    Different crystal butterfly hair clips

    48. Going to the mall all the time with your friends for absolutely no reason:

    Photo of people shopping in the mall during Christmastime

    49. And lastly, having the redesigned VW Beetle as your ultimate dream car:

    A lime green VW Beetle on display