Lately I have been obsessed with finding vintage 90s floral dresses at the thrift store. I don’t exactly know why it came on all of a sudden, and I jokingly refer to it as my 90s elementary school teacher look, but I just need more of them!
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s what Phoebe Buffay would wear in the early seasons of Friends, probably with a denim vest over it. It’s what Elaine on Seinfeld also wore frequently, although she usually wore short or longsleeve versions, sometimes collared, and with socks and loafers — aspects of the look I like to leave behind!
I started putting together a Pinterest board with vintage style, and lately I’ve been pinning all of this 90s inspiration. The best image I could find so far was this still from Melrose Place. Love it!
I styled one of my new-to-me floral dresses this weekend. They’re really the perfect thing to just throw on for hot days and still look like you made an effort!
I found this black sleeveless floral maxi for $8 at Goodwill, and to keep it from looking costumey I tried to incorporate some current trends in my look. I layered some dainty gold necklaces and opted for minimalist slide sandals. My belt is another thrift find (real braided leather for $7!), but I like how it gives me a waist while wearing an essentially shapeless dress.
If you’re also a fan of the 90s elementary school teacher floral dress, they’re not terribly hard to find at the thrift store. Things may not be open near you, or you may not feel comfortable going, but you can definitely source them secondhand on Poshmark. Some brands you can search for are All That Jazz, California Concepts, or Studio Ease (the brand of the dress I’m wearing now) along with something like “floral maxi dress” or “90s floral dress.”
I’d also recommend looking a size or two larger than your usual since vintage clothing tends to run smaller.
Do you like 90s floral maxi dresses, or would you rather leave these behind?