PARTY QUEEN / Dec 19, 2023


We absolutely adore theme parties. Any excuse to dress in something out of the ordinary? Sign us up! Theme parties are always a blast. 

But of course, theme parties also put pressure on you to dress the part,  and it can be overwhelming to create the perfect look.

So what theme are we helping you dress for today? Lately, we’ve seen a lot of theme parties inspired by different decades: 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. If you’re off to a 90s-themed party, you’re in luck. We’re showing you six 90s party outfit ideas that will totally impress the host and guests alike.

Nail Your Look with These Five 90s Party Outfit Ideas

Today, we’re showing you six modern takes on classic 90s trends. Some of these 90s party outfit ideas will cover more than one trend! So make sure to check them all out! 

1. Velvet fabric

If your 90s party is happening over fall and winter, then this 90s party outfit idea is just the thing: a velvet bodycon dress. 

Velvet was a staple during this decade and normally worn on special occasions, like a party. (Like we said, just the thing you need!) As you know, this fabric offers a soft, fuzzy texture as well as warmth. It’s the best of both worlds.

Going to a fancy party? Why not rock sequins, too? 90s celebs loved the glitz and glam.

This 90s party outfit idea also features a bodycon silhouette and a cowl neckline—both of which were incredibly popular during the 90s. Yes, this first look offers three-in-one!

emerald velvet sequin dress

Get the look: GS3087 Ruched Bodice Velvet Bodycon Short Dress w/ Leg Slit

2. Satin fabric

For spring and summer events, you should keep your eyes peeled for satin 90s party outfit ideas. This fabric was popular then and is making a huge comeback now—so you’ll find plenty of options!

Satin is a smooth, lustrous fabric that drapes beautifully along your curves. To accentuate your hourglass shape, opt for a mermaid silhouette. A gathered waistline will cinch the waist and further emphasize your gorgeous curves.

This dress is an elevated take on the classic slip dress—a 90s favorite! It’s also offered in jewel tone colors, which were a staple during this time.

Navy satin mermaid dress

Get the look: GL3044 Sweetheart Satin Mermaid Dress w/ Open Back and Side Gathered Waistline

3. Bodycon dress

Yes, the bodycon dress was born in the 90s. While they’re still popular today for a night out, they’re also a go-to for 90s parties.

Bodycon dresses are characterized by their stretchy, figure-hugging fabric. They can be short, midi, or long. So you can totally opt for a longer dress if you prefer. This short 90s party outfit idea is an awesome choice if you want to recreate a pop star look. 

Ruby red was a hot hue in the 90s. Bring this fiery color to life with head-to-toe sequins and a red lip.  

burgundy sequin bodycon dress

Get the look: GS1909 Ruched Side Sweethearted Sequin Bodycon Dress w/ Criss-Cross Corset 

4. Jewel tones

Following the 80s—a decade full of bright, neon clothing—90s fashion was known for its darker, jewel tone shades. For your 90s party outfit idea, you really can’t go wrong with emerald green, sapphire blue, amethyst purple, or ruby red. 

Straight-across necklines were also trending in the 90s, especially when paired with spaghetti straps. We’ve definitely seen this style on Cameron Diaz, Alicia Silverstone, and Drew Barrymore once upon a time.

When you think of the 90s, you may also think: casual. You’re right! There were a lot of windbreakers, jeans, crop tops, and cargo pants during this time. To capture the “casual” trend, opt for a simple fabric, like rome jersey.

emerald jersey mermaid dress

Get the look: GL3141 Jewel Lace-up Back Straight Across Rome Jersey Mermaid Dress

5. Halter tops

What’s a list of 90s party outfit ideas without a halter dress? Halter tops were all the rage during this decade. A 90s-themed party is the perfect excuse to rock this classic style. 

Halter dresses look cute, but they also offer a lot of practical bonuses. For one, they create the illusion of an hourglass shape. If you’ve got curves, a halter top will accentuate them beautifully (and offer support too). If you have a straight body type, then it will help you create a more voluptuous silhouette. 

Teal was a popular color in the 90s, especially for fancy dresses. Channel your inner 90s prom or beauty queen with a long A-line teal dress with embellishments!

teal satin halter dress

Get the look: GL1046 Halter Floor Length Dress Accented with Lace and Jewel

6. Butterfly clips

If you grew up in the 90s, we bet you had a set of butterfly hair clips that you wore everywhere. We all did! We had to bring back this micro trend for these 90s party outfit ideas.

But before you start taking them out of old boxes from the attic, hold up. We’re not suggesting you wear actual butterfly hair clips (although, you would likely score some high fives at the party for your commitment!) Instead, we recommend capturing this theme through butterfly applique details. It’s a subtle nod to a trend only 90s babies will remember!

To nail this 90s look, style your hair in a high ponytail or half-do.

blush mesh applique babydoll dress

Get the look: GS3186 Butterfly Applique Sequin Mesh Babydoll Dress w/ Sheer Straps

Find Outfit Ideas for Your Next Theme Party

Loved these 90s party outfit ideas? Then come back for more inspo! We’re sure this 90s party is one of many theme parties on your horizon. So if you’re looking for outfit ideas for other themes, we have you covered.

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