The Early Nineties Menswear Looks We’ll Be Embracing This Season

20 August 2019
Fashion, Nineties, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Style, Pierce Brosnan
A swift look at the upcoming trends for Autumn/Winter 2019 proved one big thing: early Nineties attire is returning. So what better excuse to look back at the celebrities who first sported the styles? Get ready for some seriously iconic throwbacks

Though we hate to admit it, the final weeks of summer are starting to descend. We’ll soon be packing away our leather sandals and hanging up our oh-so short shorts, which is a bit of a tragedy. But let’s look at this from a silver lining perspective: out with the dog days, in with the cool ones, both in terms of weather and style. After restudying the standout trends for the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2019 season, a few have seized our attention: black leather takeovers, double-denim suits, oversized tailoring and pops of neon colour. The simple reason we’re hooked? Because when you put this all together, they’re basically a parade of menswear motifs that defined the early Nineties.

What is it about the Nineties that’s recently inspired a resurgence on the runway? Easy: the, well, easiness of it. One swift look through the archives proves that exaggerated nonchalance was key to the end of the millennium. So, for some upcoming style inspiration, take some tips from these iconic throwbacks.

Brad Pitt

When: 1991

Tip to take: Double denim, yes, but top it off with a boxy brown blazer à la Brad Pitt for a touch of formality. Oh, and don't forget those western boots.

Brad Pitt

(Image: Ron Galella)

Leonardo DiCaprio

When: 1993

Tip to take: Embrace the black and navy combination by balancing some tailored kecks with a sized-up sueded shirt.

Leonardo DiCaprio
(Image: Ron Galella, Ltd.)

David Bowie

When: 1991

Tip to take: You can’t go wrong with a cream suit, but you can go two steps right. Adopt an eternally stylish stance like David Bowie by keeping it loose, linen and high-waisted.

David Bowie
(Image: Ron Galella, Ltd.)

Mick Jagger

When: 1990

Tip to take: Looking for a shade to make a statement with this season? Mick Jagger has the answer: turquoise, in the form of a Cuban-collared shirt with frog closures.

Mick Jagger
(Image: Time & Life Pictures)

Will Smith

When: 1994

Tip to take: Confidence is key. Who says you can’t rock a burning red blazer accessorised with a fair few chains? Not Will Smith. While you’re at it, hoist your belt up too.

Will Smith
(Image: Time Life Pictures)

Nicolas Cage

When: 1993

Tip to take: This is where leather works best: boots, jacket (bomber with furry collar preferred) and bag. Airport style 101 by Nicolas Cage here – your travelling attire should definitely look like this.

Nicolas Cage
(Image: Ron Galella, Ltd.)

Keanu Reeves

When: 1994

Tip to take: Black tailoring speaks of inherent style. But this autumn, do away with total formality; pair it with a T-shirt and buckle belt like Mr Keanu Reeves for a masterful display of nonchalance.

Keanu Reeves
(Image: Ron Galella)

Pierce Brosnan

When: 1990

Tip to take: Don’t be afraid of the white jean – instead, pair it with a single-breasted tan blazer like Pierce Brosnan. The casual look of summer.

Pierce Brosnan
(Image: Ron Galella)

Iggy Pop

When: 1990

Tip to take: The unlikely jacket statement you need? A houndstooth blazer, which Iggy Pop used to kick off the Nineties. Pair it with jeans and a T-shirt for an effortless win.

Iggy Pop
(Image: Time & Life Pictures)

David Byrne

When: 1991

Tip to take: On a rare day that David Byrne wasn’t sporting a big boxy suit, he provided a solid take on casual attire: a cropped jacket and classic workwear trousers.

David Byrne
(Image: Ron Galella)

Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc

When: 1994

Tip to take: Follow the Friends stars and, for this season, Matthew Perry especially. Straight-cut jeans, a white T-shirt and a spacious blazer? It's the Nineties in a look, and it looks just as good today.

Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc
(Image: Jeff Kravitz)

Prince

When: 1991

Tip to take: Don’t be afraid of embracing head-to-toe white à la Rogers Nelson (AKA Prince). The finishing touches are crucial – frayed cuffs, golden side stripes and a bulky chain necklace. If you’re going big, you need to go big.

Prince
(Image: Dave Benett)

Kurt Cobain

When: 1994

Tip to take: Every wardrobe should include a long-sleeved striped shirt in the style of Kurt Cobain. Accessorise your jeans with chains and you’re (literally) golden.

Kurt Cobain
(Image: Time Life Pictures)

Daniel Day-Lewis

When: 1990

Tip to take: If you’re blessed with a mane like Mr Day-Lewis, bravo. But even if you aren’t, invest in a double-breasted wool coat to (try to) achieve his enduring appeal.

Daniel Day-Lewis
(Image: Ron Galella)

Kyle MacLachlan

When: 1991

Tip to take: Opt for a jacket as billowing as Kyle MacLachlan’s and you’ll be the most stylishly nonchalant man on the street.

Kyle MacLachlan
(Image: Time Life Pictures)

Jeff Goldblum

When: 1992

Tip to take: Before becoming the unofficial patron saint of Prada shirts, Jeff Goldblum favoured darker attire. No complaints from us, though; we’re en route to Celine for a similar leather jacket as we speak.

Jeff Goldblum
(Image: Ron Galella, Ltd.)


Via British GQ