Do you remember the 90’s? A time when fashion was more minimal in its style, with grunge, Britpop and bodycon midi dresses all having a moment. The 90’s were a good time for fashion, festival outfits worn by the likes of Kate Moss were iconic and much copied, and the red carpet was ruled by the likes of Nicole Kidman, Winona Ryder and Halle Berry. Now it seems, that the 90’s style might just be back in time for our emergence from lockdown in what has been a rather wet Spring.
Two elements of 90’s style that are, once again back in Vogue are the grunge style shackets and the dressy evening tops. The 1990’s was a time when jeans were de rigueur for every occasion (except maybe weddings). In daytime the grunge look meant over sized t-shirts and plaid and checked shirts worn with jeans and cutoffs, and sometimes teamed with Doc Marten boots or trainers. For evenings, the jeans could then be teamed with a glamorous top or blouse and a pair of heels for a look that would take you from the pub to a nightclub. Both of these styles are having a resurgence in 2021.
Femme Luxe has a brilliant new range for late Spring that includes the milkmaid top that has a definite 90’s feel (think JLo with a bare midriff) as well as their usual grey loungewear and co-ord sets. One of the pieces I have been loving is a real reminder of my own grungy teenage years when I loved Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The Sage Check Print Oversized Button Up Pocket Shacket is a classic shacket design, a cross between a fleece shirt and a jacket, and warm and cosy enough to be the perfect Spring cover up.
The shacket is an oversized design, but I wore it a size down in order to make it slightly more fitted so that it could also be worn over a faux leather skirt. The design is stylish and practical, it has a fleece lining that gives it a cosy feel, and silver buttons that look like a presstud style, but are actually traditional buttons. Each breast has a pocket with a flap that is ideal for storing a key or a credit card if you are travelling light without a bag.
The print check is perfect for wearing with jeans or joggers for a dressed down look that is cool and casual. If you do want it longer, or slightly more oversized, I would suggest you size up.
The second piece from Femme Luxe that I am featuring today is the perfect piece for making your jeans evening ready. The Wine Satin Shrilled Frill Long Sleeve Top is beautiful, a retro piece that has hints of Victoriana and 70s studio 54 about it. The style is easy to wear, with a generous cut that means I am able to wear the size 14 (xl) version even though I usually wear a size 16.
The top is a beautiful deep wine shade that means it will still be great come Autumn and Winter, and means it looks brilliant with both blue and black jeans. I wore it with skinnies for a more evening look, and added a kitten heel, but I think you could also team this with a pencil skirt, could add a tailored blazer over the top and make it a more formal look.
This blouse has so many pretty features. The ruching around the neckline is gorgeous, and the pussy bow tie gives it a bit of a Studio 54 feeling, very apt with Halston currently wowing on Netflix. The top has two small buttons on the back of the neck to secure the ribbon fastening, whilst the puff sleeves are elasticated at the cuff. The shape is slightly square making it easy to wear, and there is just enough fabric in the length to wear this tucked in if that was the style you preferred.