13 Things Every ‘90s Teen Girl Wore During the School Holidays

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Dr Fox on Capital Radio, Britney Spears on The Box and hours of shopping in Miss Selfridge and Morgan.

As every woman who was a teenager during the ‘90s knows, these are the moments that stand out from school holidays. And nothing said ‘end of term’ like ditching the school uniform and donning these wardrobe and beauty cabinet essentials….
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1. Morgan De Toi Everything

A trip to the shopping centre during half-term wouldn’t be complete without a browse in Morgan De Toi.

We couldn’t get enough of their perfume, watches and skin-tight strapless tees. To be worn with Levi's bootcut jeans and a puffer jacket, obvs.
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2. FCUK Slogan T-Shirts

When French Connection’s range of suggestive FCUK slogan T-Shirts and jumpers was unleashed in the ‘90s, a fashion phenomenon was born.

Boys, girls, men and women all over Britain were obsessed, but no way would we be allowed to wear this to school – even if they were uniform-free establishments. But when term ended, no one could stop us.
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3. Platform Trainers

When The Spice Girls burst onto our MTV screens and into the cultural mainstream in 1996, everything we knew about pop music and girl power was transformed – not to mention the impact they had on teenage girls' wardrobes.

We started wearing crop-tops like Sporty, minuscule skirts like Posh and baby-doll dresses like Baby. But the biggest fashion trend spurred from the biggest girlband in history? Platform trainers. Even the threat of falling over and long-term back problems didn’t deter us.
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4. Brightly Coloured Scrunchies

So ‘90s. Worn around the wrist or in the hair, no teenage girl’s bedroom was complete without plenty of colourful scrunchies.

The brighter, bolshier and shinier the better. It’s no wonder our teachers raised an eyebrow when we turned up for maths sporting several of them in one go.
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5. Knee-High Boots

Friends’ Rachel Green and The Spice Girls' Geri Halliwell were to blame for this one! We thought we were so cool turning up to the disco in a pair of knee-high boots.

We’d reason that they were multi-functional, as they could be worn over jeans, under jeans and with miniskirts.
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6. Tartan Pleated Mini Skirts

Another nod to the grunge-meets-preppy trend that went from Alexander McQueen’s catwalk to The Craft and Clueless movies. Even Christina Aguilera sported one in her 2002 video for Dirrty.

By then our teenage-girl-wardrobes encompassed at least one tartan pleated mini skirt. Far too inappropriate for school, but we couldn’t wear them enough over summer, thanks very much.
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7. Dr. Marten Boots

Previously the preserve of goths, once Kate Moss and Kelly Macdonald in Trainspotting made grunge cool, every teenage girl started wearing Dr. Marten boots.

Black, battered, cherry red or floral – there was a style for everyone. Hell, even our mums started getting in on the action. 
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8. Charlie Perfume

Were you a Blue, Red or White girl? Along with The Body Shop’s White Musk and Vanilla Impulse Body Spray, Revlon’s Charlie Perfume was an essential part of our sweet-scented beauty cabinet.

They were so popular they even brought out matching body sprays, and not a Christmas went by in our teenage years where we weren’t treated to a glorious Charlie gift box.
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9. Chokers

These are making a huge comeback and often seen on the famous necks of Michelle Keegan, Laura Whitmore and Margot Robbie. But ‘90s girls did the Posh Spice-style cord choker first.

Whether a simple black band or elaborate, embellished design, we couldn’t wait to show off these jewellery beauties.
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10. Sun In

There is not a woman today who grew up in the ‘90s and didn’t have a temporary hair disaster with Sun In.

We all wanted blonde hair like the girls on Baywatch, and this perky bottle of peroxide promised to give it to us. Except, instead, we ended up with ginger streaks that went green in the swimming pool on holiday. From then on, we headed to the salon or stocked up on hair dye.
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11. CK One

Another ‘90s perfume classic. This time from the mighty Calvin Klein, one of the most prominent designers of the 1990s.

Not only did CK One smell lovely and citrusy, it broke the mould by being targeted for both sexes. The boys wore it, the girls wore it and Kate Moss appeared to wear it. We doused ourselves in it.
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12. Faux Fur Handbags

Clueless pioneered them, Topshop recreated them and we all wanted one.

The faux fur handbag was a winter wardrobe staple during the Christmas holidays and October half-term. We stuffed them with Tic-Tacs, No.17 lipgloss and a bus pass and wore them with pride.
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13. Rimmel Heather Shimmer Lipstick

One thing The Honeyz and TLC had in common – apart from killer torsos and poptastic tunes – was one hell of a pout.

Rimmel Heather Shimmer Lipstick paired with lipliner a shade darker became all the rage for a while. 
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