The 1990s had their own style, fun, and unique items that we all loved and sported around shamelessly. Now, more nostalgia from the 1990s is brought back for us to enjoy and remember when funky patterns, amazing hip-hop music, and pumping up our sneakers were a part of our everyday lives. Many fashion trends, products, snacks, and even films are being remade and presented today. Check out these ten things from the 1990s that are making their way back around!
1. Fanny Packs
Back in the day, fanny packs were sported by nearly everyone and were a great alternative to a purse. The fanny pack allowed you to carry small essentials while working out or going on an outing. It also kept your belongings close to you instead of your back pocket, where people can easily pickpocket. Now prominent designers reinvented the fanny pack to have style and design more fitting for today’s fashion than the 1990s. YSL has a design of the fanny pack, and people are even wearing them across the body. Take Hailey Bieber; she was seen wearing a YSL fanny pack over her shoulder and across her body. Of course, if you are looking to spend 600 to 700 dollars on the fanny pack, you can grab one at YSL or check Loungefly and your local retailers for a more affordable price.
In the 1990s, Dunkaroos stuck around through the early 2000s to provide us with a tasty afterschool snack. This was a product found in grocery stores around the country and was sold even after its removal from the stores at special stores such as Smart & Final. It was tiny cookies you could similarly dunk in frosting to the cheese and cracker Ritz Handi-Snacks we had in our lunches. Recently the Dunkaroos were made into a cookie mix, but not we have spotted the favorite afterschool snack in places like Frys Grocery Store, Walmart, and Safeway. If you are looking to have a snack with a bit of nostalgia, then pick up a pack of Dunkaroos while you can!
3. Colored Popcorn
Back in the 1990s, we had colored popcorn put out by Pop Secret. We would pop them in the microwave and suddenly have blue popcorn to snack on Friday night while watching the VHS tape we rented from the local Blockbuster. Recently colored popcorn has been seen again in stores. Now you can find popcorn premade in Target, Walmart, and the Popcornopolis website that is colored called Popcornopolis. It has various designs to choose from, all deemed mermaid or unicorn-themed. However, if you are craving the chance to pop your popcorn in the microwave that is colored, you can check out Frys Grocery Store for blue-colored popcorn. Look for ACT II Llama Party; it pops up blue, but it is also cotton candy flavored. You can find it on Amazon, Frys Food Stores, and Walmart.
The Tamagotchi is making its way back around not only with a remake of its original version but newer, bigger, and colored versions that hook up to your cellphone or tablet. Hello Kitty-themed Tamagotchi’s available at Target and Gamestop, but you can also grab the larger Tamagotchi and experience new things with these Tamagotchis. Now, you can go to a center with your Tamagotchi and play games and like other people’s Tamagotchis. You can also buy backgrounds, toys, and other things for your Tamagotchi. Now, you can play games to earn food and special toys, and best of all, you can marry off your Tamagotchi to someone else’s in the matchmaking game and then have a new baby Tama to raise! You can access your family tree, and you may get lucky and have twin Tamas! There are holders to keep your Tamagotchi safe and secure while traveling about, and you can transfer and connect with other Tamagotchi’s. You can have a playdate with other Tamagotchis if you have multiple Tamagotchi’s. It is a cute, fun, and interactive experience based on the original concept of the Tamagotchi.
5. Large Hair Scrunchies & Scrunchie Bands
Hair ties have been around forever, but the large scrunchies from the 1990s had taken their leave for a while, and now they are back. Places like Target and Walmart are selling oversized scrunchies in various colors. The Scrunchies are great to wrap around a bun or a ponytail after securing it with a regular tie. The Scrunchies add extra pizazz to your hairstyle, and the colors range from a simple black to a more colorful pink and red. Scrunchies used to be worn on your wrist, almost like a bracelet, until you wanted to pull your hair back. The scrunchies became a sort of fashion statement, not just for your hair, but your wrist as well! The trend is coming back so hard that the smart wristwatches now have a strap resembling a scrunchie! Check Walmart, Shein, and Amazon for the Apple scrunchie bands.
6. Jelly Shoes
Jelly shoes were a thing of the Summer for us 90s kids. By the end of the day, these sandals would leave indents on the top of your feet from the hard plastic, but you were cool if you had a pair of these. The colors ranged the entire spectrum, and they even made a high heel version of the shoe. Today, the jelly shoes have come back fiercely, showing up at Walmarts and even Old Navy stores all over! Not only are they sold for toddlers and kids, but adults can remember their nostalgic Summer days by sporting a pair of these jelly shoes from Asos and Walmart.
7. Koosh Balls
The original Koosh Ball was released in 1989, but that is borderline the 1990s, and it was wildly popular in the 1990s. Now, you can find Koosh Balls at Target, including one of my personal favorites as a kid, the Koosh Launcher. It is a small piece of plastic that you attach the Koosh ball to and then launch across the room by pulling back on it. Much like a slingshot, only with a smaller range, of course. The Koosh Flingshot is available at Target! You can also buy regular Koosh Balls from Target, which is found in the toy section. Koosh balls were so prominent in the 1990s they even had ones with heads and arms or pencil toppers. Now you can relive the nostalgia with the Koosh Balls once more!
8. Slip Dresses
In the 1990s, slip dresses were a major fashion trend. Silk was often what the slip dresses were made of, and today, people can be seen wearing them again, and they are sold in stores all over, especially on the internet. Often you would see a slip dress accompanied by wedged heels and sometimes a shrug or bolero. Now we see the dresses paired with a leather jacket and tennis shoes or an elegant heel. There are many ways to dress up your slip dress, and in the 1990s and early 2000s, they often had a cardigan or lightweight shrug around the shoulders when seen on television shows, but they were also dressed up on several occasions. The slip dress became multifunctional, and now it is making its way back around with a bit of new flair.
The show Rugrats was a hit in the 1990s on Nickelodeon. Kids everywhere loved to watch Tommy and his friend on their baby adventures. Each of the babies’ personalities or children related to a child somewhere, and kids loved the movies that followed the wildly popular show. The show even had a small spinoff called All Grown Up based after the season 8 episode 17 of the original Rugrats series titled All Growed Up. All Grown Up ran from 2003 to 2008. Many products were made for the show over the 13 years of runtime. There were dolls and toys based on the series and, of course, clothing as well. The original Rugrats show ended in 2004. The show ran for 13 years! Seventeen years later, it is back with new animation, but the same adventurous feel. The show is also more inclusive, making Phil and Lil’s mother part of the LGBTQ community. The new Rugrats show is streaming on Paramount+, and it is geared at picking up a new audience but makes a lot of nods to the old audience who is now grown up with children themselves.
10. 3D Doritos
In 1998 3D Doritos made their debut, and many of us enjoyed the nacho cheese flavor of our favorite chips in a 3d format. Then, poof, they were gone. Like many of the products of the 1990s, they disappear and become a part of our distant memory. However, Doritos recently released 3D Crunch Doritos in Chili Cheese Nacho and Spicy Ranch flavors. You can pick up these products in your local Target, Walmart, or Grocery store.
The 1990s was a time of nostalgia, amazing products, fun toys, and interesting fashion. Today these products, fashion, food, and toys are coming back with a vengeance, and we are loving the nostalgia and the combination of past and present. If you like the vast variety of products mentioned above please share the article and give others a treat of nostalgic times!
I am a writer, artist, mother, and wife. I am from California but currently reside in Arizona. I have a BA in English with a concentration in writing. I have a certificate in SEO through Universal Class. I love music, art, writing, pop culture, gaming, anime, and Disney.