Etsy Finds That Prove ’90s Mania Isn’t Going ANYWHERE
The numbers don’t lie: The ‘90s are alive and well. According to data mined from Etsy users, searches on the site for pretty much anything from the grunge era have spiked significantly — in some cases, as much as 5,000 percent. (And in the age of Full House and Murphy Brown reboots, that’s not entirely shocking.) If you swoon for everything from this decade, your time is officially now, with modern interpretations making everything old new again. As Etsy’s trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson puts it, “I think ’90’s fashion is spiking now because it’s gotten far more modern and sophisticated. At the end of the day, ‘90s fashion is fun, and fun is always in.”
Check out the throwback trends people are hunting down — and shop our favorite picks from each.
1. Fanny Packs: This style is arguably the most major of all the ’90s trend revivals. Street style stars and celebs from Kourtney Kardashian to Amy Poehler are crushing hard on fanny packs — or belt bags, as they’re now referred to by the insider crowd. Etsy’s shoppers are in agreement: No matter what you prefer to call them, fanny packs are fashionably back.
Brit + Co Pick: KAFpipeWorkshop Female Waist Belt Bag ($40)
2. Butterfly Clips: Yes, you read that right. And before you go all “hell to the no,” consider the newest iterations of the old-school hair adornment. Rather than the plastic versions of yesteryear, modern butterfly clips are decidedly more realistic with a boho, ethereal, A Midsummer Night’s Dream feel. Over the past year, searches for “butterfly clips” have surged 384 percent on Etsy. The people have spoken — or, er, typed.
Brit + Co Pick: SpotLght Jewelry Set of 3 Butterfly Hair Clips ($30)
3. Shell Jewelry: Behold: the return of the puka shell choker, and all variations thereof. Etsy users helped searches for “cowrie jewelry” climb 69 percent and “handmade shell necklaces” shot up a whopping 4,875 percent. Now pass the hacky sack.
Brit + Co Pick: Sharvit Cowrie Necklace ($48)
4. Granny Glasses: The old-school librarian look, but make it fashion. Searches for “women’s glasses chains” spiked by 5,566 percent in the last year. Expect to see this trend on someone you know in the near future.
Brit + Co Pick: mylittlebonheur Eyeglass Chain ($47)
5. Windbreakers and Skiwear: If you never threw out your sporty zip-up from back in the day, you’re in luck. It may just be time to bust it back out since searches for “90s style jackets” have seen a 27 percent jump over the past year.
Brit + Co Pick: HotMilk VintageCom Vintage Festival Rave Shell Jacket ($35)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)