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4 Bad 90's Trends We Did Not Expect to See Back so Soon

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We definitely regret some of our '90s garb, but a few of these trends are back (and a bit more flattering?). And dare we say, some of these trends are kind of growing on us. Here are the four trends we're taking note of, if not fully (re-)embracing just yet.

Combat Boots

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Claire Danes' perpetually angsty, grunge-loving Angela on My So Called Life loved her combat boots in the early '90s. Today, you can make them more casual-chic with fewer layers and more streamlined pieces; top Bess' ($460) take on Doc Martens with a long, slim tee and a blazer.

Shoulder Pads

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Looking back on Dynasty, it's pretty obvious that the huge-shoulder look isn't the most flattering, but strong shoulders (we're not sure we can stomach the enormous pads again) are everywhere. This Alice + Olivia sequin dress ($485) is a good, just-subtle-enough example; pair it with platform shoes for a night out.

Acid Wash Jeans

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The power of acid wash jeans was once so strong that even the guys on Beverly Hills 90210 wore them. We've stopped idolizing Dylan since, but the jeans - particularly skinny jeans, not the high-waist straight-leg ones - still hold some allure. These Michael Michael Kors skinny jeans ($44.90, down from $99.50) are great if you want to test, not invest, in the acid wash trend.

Wooden Clogs

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You get the idea: who could have ever predicted that wooden clogs would make a comeback? We truly hate to say this, but Alexa Chung looks pretty darn cool in head to clog Chanel. And yes, they're less expensive, but we think that Joie's black snakeskin clogs ($335) may be even better than Karl's Chanel version - we'd wear them with our summer dresses.