Vacation without iconic style? As if!
If you’re at a loss for what to tote on your summer vacation, get a dose of inspiration from these ’90s icons. From patterned linens for a week in Mexico City to bright bathing suits in Hawaii and classic Doc Martens for covering ground in London, this list is inspired by your fashionable favorites.
Fran Fine, The Nanny
In an episode entitled, “A Pup In Paris” from The Nanny‘s third season, Fran Fine tries to catch Maxwell before his plane takes off for Paris (he accidentally swapped his luggage for C.C.’s dog!). But, *gasp!* the plane leaves with Fran still on it, and what follows proves to be a whirlwind romantic journey for the pair. The two carouse and canoodle along side streets and wander in and out of stores like Chanel, which becomes the perfect plot device for Fran to debut her sharp sartorial sense (in the fashion capital of the world, no less). Take a page from Fran’s stylebook on your next getaway with these items.
Romy and Michele, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
WHERE: Tucson, Arizona
Revenge. Lewks. Romy and Michele (portrayed by Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow) may not have the lives they’d like their former classmates to believe when they drive from Los Angeles to Tucson, Arizona, for their class reunion, but they can certainly dress the part. Combine desert-chic with ‘90s Hollywood for the perfect aesthetic, or lean into your goth side like Janeane Garofalo’s iconic Heather Mooney. You’ll feel like a million bucks (which you will indeed collect after selling the patent for Post-Its, of course).
Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
WHERE: Bel Air, Los Angeles
Will Smith’s reversible blazer on this sitcom is iconic. He took his drab school uniform and turned it inside out–a decision that would make him the most fashionable man at Bel-Air Academy (though, in retrospect, Carlton’s sweaters were pretty on-point). The key here is complementing a dapper aesthetic with bold flourishes for your next west coast adventure.
Lisa Turtle, Saved By the Bell
In one of several revival spin-offs, “Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style” (1992) the “preppies” are invited to vacation at Kelly’s grandfather’s hotel, the Hawaiian Hideaway, in Honolulu. Honestly, I can’t think of better vacation-looks inspo than Lisa Turtle in a tropical destination. It may have been the ’90s, but we all know the stylist was stuck in the ’80s, and we’re thankful for it.
Romeo, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet
WHERE: Mexico City
In this dreamy adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, heartthrob Leo DiCaprio plays Romeo opposite Claire Danes’s Juliet, and teen hearts around the world simply imploded at the time of its release. Set in Verona Beach but filmed in Miami, Mexico City, and Venice Beach, the carnivalesque adaptation is made even more surreal with a colorful wardrobe. Leo, and really all of the Montagues, are dressed sharp as hell, thanks to Prada and D&G.
Enid, Ghost World
WHERE: New York City
Though the original comics were published between 1993 and 1997, the film technically didn’t come out until 2001, but Thora Birch as Enid is a ‘90s grunge icon nonetheless. At the end of Ghost World, the cynical, pessimistic main character Enid boards a bus to nowhere in particular. Some fans would argue that it’s a metaphor for her taking her own life, though Daniel Clowes, who wrote the comic book off of which the film is based, never had that in mind. Taking a glass-half-full approach, let’s imagine that Enid goes off to a booming metropolis that would better understand and fulfill her creatively: New York City.
Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series)
WHERE: English Countryside
After some dangerous misuse of her sorcery, lovable witch Willow needed to reel it in. Giles invites Willow to his home in the English countryside, which basically acts as rehab for her addiction to magic; that stuff is no joke! Buffy’s wardrobe usually gets all the (well-deserved) attention, but witchy Willow has some pretty powerful looks that you can adapt for your next trip across the pond.
Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series)
WHERE: London, England, and/or Sunnydale, California
Okay, sorry but not sorry for the back-to-back Buffy options (though, kind of sorry to leave out the titular slayer herself), but how can we not mention the bleach-blonde, 100-year-old vampire, Spike, AKA “William the Bloody?” Spike maintains his leather-forward Billy-Idol-punk-swag from his days of causing chaos in London tube stations well into the next few decades. Although, as Spike is much older than Billy Idol, naturally he claims he was the one to inspire his looks (not the other way around).
Cher and/or Dionne, Clueless
WHERE: Beverly Hills, California
We are living in a material world, and we will never forget some of the most iconic material girls. (RIP Brittney Murphy). If you’re planning a California getaway, look no further than to Cher and Dionne for inspiration. Their looks, once forgotten in the ’90s, have emphatically resurfaced, whether you’re shopping on Rodeo Drive, partying in the Hollywood Hills, or lounging at the Hollywood Roosevelt.
Nothing parallels the banter among Blanche, Sophia, Rose, and Dorothy; these iconic characters have inspired a cult following and coming in 2020, a themed cruise. Let their loungewear inspire your Miami packing list.