We cannot deny it: the '90s are back in a huge way. And to prove that everything that was once old is new again, the Gap has re-released its most iconic '90s clothing.
That's right. Gap's '90s Archive Re-issue Collection has all the styles from your misspent youth, exactly as you remember them. But after years of skinny jeans and all-black-everything, would it be hard to embrace baggy cuts and light washes?
If you're not Naomi Campbell, it might be a struggle.
So we decided to recreated the Gap's latest '90s campaign with five real people, not models — and review all the clothes in the process.
Prepare for some serious nostalgia.
(Sizing note: Denim in this collection goes up to a 35-inch waist — roughly an 18/20, according to Gap's size chart — shirts go up to a size XXL, as do jackets, but jackets run small.)
First up was Monica Krystel Rose, who had some challenges. "I pretty much don't wear shorts in public, let alone in front of the camera... imitating Naomi freaking Campbell!"
But she was wrong to worry — "I not only felt incredibly comfortable in my outfit, but cool and confident. I didn’t want to get out of those jeans!"
A great pair of jeans can be a real confidence boost, which Johanna experienced. "I’ve gained some weight in my hip, thigh and butt area recently and was having a hard time fitting into my jeans, but these made me feel like a total babe!"
Nicola Dall'asen had similar concerns. "At first I was skeptical, but this is basically a more styled version of what I wear on a daily basis. Bodysuit or not, I am DOWN."
Leilah was really excited to try the '90s on for size. "I love high-waisted everything, and hoped these shorts would be a good fit.
But Cindy Diaz was initially NOT about that reissue life. "I thought the clothes were basic," she said, keeping it very real. "I didn’t feel like it was anything worth running home to."
But there was one problem — "The skirt didn't fit perfectly. It obviously couldn't handle all of my hips."
"It fit around the waist, but the buttons were stressed," she explained. "And when I sat down, the bottom one popped right open. Thank god this didn’t happen while I was out and about! But I would totally buy this in the next size up."