This fall the 90’s trend is everywhere and with the 90’s trend we’re seeing sweater vests, straight-leg jeans, and claw hair clips EVERYWHERE! As a millennial some of these 90’s trends make me cringe and bring back some terrible outfit flashbacks, but some of the trends I can get on board with, however, if low rise jeans make a come back I am RUNNING! I have a very classic conservative style with a touch of preppy and a touch of trendy, so the sweater vest trend was something I wanted to dip my toe into. If you’re like me you might find some tips on how to style a sweater vest for a millennial helpful!
How To Style A Sweater Vest As A Millennial
I know as we’re moving further and further away from the younger hip generation *enter Gen Z* some of these trendy outfits can be intimidating and hard to replicate without looking cheugy (lol). But the sweater vest is quintessential preppy so I think it’s easily achievable.
So to really ease my way into this trend I grabbed a neutral color that I am very comfortable with…navy. Navy is my go-to color and I always feel confident in it. Another tip for these super trendy pieces is do NOT spend a lot of money on these items. They are going to be out by next season so don’t go crazy. This navy sweater vest I found is from Amazon for less than $30.
Next to layer the sweater vest, I picked a piece I am very comfortable with, a white button-down. Now the trendy Gen Z girls wear a massively oversized button-down, but let’s not get too crazy, we’re starting slow. I did not roll my sleeves up but you totally could if you wanted to lean into the casualness of the sweater vest.
I then grabbed my favorite light wash straight-leg jeans. I actually find the straight-leg silhouette extremely flattering and balance out the bulkiness of the vest. You could opt for skinny jeans but the proportions might look a little off.
The shoes and the bag were actually the hardest for me. I tried a sneaker, a mule, a boot, but ultimately thought the preppiness of the sweater paired nicely with a traditional loafer. I like how the blush pink also compliments the navy as well as the light wash of the denim. For the purse, again really leaning into the preppiness I opted for a quilted bag which I think ties it all together perfectly.
Lastly, no 90’s inspired look is complete without a claw clip. Personally, I’ve been LOVING the claw clip trend I probably wear my hair like this 3-4 times a week. It’s easy and looks put together and isn’t super damaging on your hair. Because of the bulkiness of layering as well as the collar I really think the hair pulled back for this look is most flattering.
What do you think of this trend and will you attempt at recreating it?
If you are looking for more sweater vest outfit inspiration, I really love how Katey styled a sweater vest with a white dress. Check it out here!