10 key items to nail the 90s minimalism trend

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The 90s are back, but don't worry, only the best bits: not a choker, flannel shirt or butterfly hair clip in sight.

Instead, one of Spring/Summer 2024's biggest trends is an ode to the minimalism that was so unique to the 90s.

Perhaps it's the 25th anniversary of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's death, she of the impeccable tailored and minimal wardrobe, or perhaps it's that we've finally reach dopamine dressing fatigue (with the exception of the red trend of course).

Whichever the reason, we're craving the elevated basics of the 90s, and every designer out there agrees. At TOVE, it was all about strapless tube dresses, at TIBI, masculine suiting. STAUD championed tank tops with bubble skirts, while Max Mara backed the camel pencil skirt. At Proenza Schouler, longline leather jackets were paired with low rise jeans, and Theory saw the return of the tailored pedal pusher.

There's no doubt about it, minimalism is key, from the simple cuts to the colours, which range from grey to beige, with black and white the foundations of your 90s capsule.

The good news is that you've probably already got all the elevated basics you need to nail this trend, and if not, consider this your ultimate 90s minimalist trend shopping list: a tank top, a pencil skirt, masculine suiting, a tube/spaghetti strap dress, a leather jacket, pedal pushers, a slimline shirt, simple flats, low rise jeans and a baguette bag.

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Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.