SNICK, Nickelodeon’s Saturday-night programming block for older kids in the 90s, was an important part of our childhoods. While cooler kids might have had shit to do on Saturday nights, we stayed home to watch some of the most important and fashionable TV of the 90s. Yes, fashionable. In fact, there are a lot of style lessons we took from SNICK. Even if you were cool enough to have weekend plans that took you away from your television set, SNICK had style lessons it’s not too late to learn. Here are 10 of them:
You Need This Hat
That bold red and black plaid is a must-have in any decade. You definitely need to own this hat, or at least a cool coat in that pattern. Even a fashion cape would be great. A dancing tattoo would also be très chic.
Fuck Gender Norms
If you want to wear high heels or a tuxedo or red lipstick or short hair, just do it. Life is too short to hide your light under a basket to make other people more comfortable. Those people are probably losers anyway. You do you, and let them do them.
Red-Haired Dudes Are So Hot
Don’t Wear Too Much Perfume
The scent forums will lead you astray on this one—we seriously saw a dude suggest that the perfect amount of fragrance was subtle, but when you left the room everyone would have a faint reminder of your presence. NO! If people can smell you after you have left the room, you are wearing way, way too much perfume. Fragrance is the one area where less really is more. As long as you’re clean, nobody ever talks shit about the person wearing too little perfume, but everyone hates the person wearing too much.
Splurge On Cute Workout Clothes
Embrace Your Flaws
You could spend your whole life trying to match an artificial and impossible standard of beauty, or you could just rock on with your bad self and have a life so great nobody notices your ears. Your “flaws” are probably a much bigger deal to you than to anybody else, anyway.
Wear Something Sparkly
Everything Can Be Layered
Fedoras: No More Than One Per Crew
Workaholics put the philosophy into words, but Kenan and Kel knew this long ago: If a fedora must happen, only one of you can wear it. Figure out who gets the fedora in advance.
What You Are Wearing Now Will Embarrass You Someday
No matter what you are wearing, someday you will be embarrassed by it. And then someday you will look back on it fondly. Play with the trends you like, ignore the ones you don’t. Don’t stress about it too much. “Classic” dressing is boring.