The 1980s may have the well-earned reputation as the decade that fashion died, but the 1990s shouldn’t get a free pass on style just because it had the benefit of not being the '80s.
The gaudy fashion disasters of the Reagan Era didn’t disappear overnight, but evolved into an entirely new kind of tacky that we never seem to recognize as it’s happening.
For those of us who navigated middle and high school when the '80s died and the '90s came to life, there was a time when each us looked into a mirror and said, “This neon pink and black Nike jumpsuit looks hot on me.”
As a cross section of all things pop and culture, the sports world often serves as a bellwether for the rest of society—and few eras embody this idea better than the '90s.
Air Jordan, Reebok Pumps, flattops and all those enigmatic style icons of the Clinton years were equally about sports and setting new fashion trends (even if we look back in disbelief now).
In hindsight, fashion sense is always 20/20, and these athletes are great examples of '90s style at its loudest.