Although a lot of the most-loved '90s stars are still in the spotlight, we like to reminisce on how they looked when we first fell for them — flannel, visors, overalls, and all. Those styles may seem like a thing of the past, but Urban Outfitters has brought back the decade's finest with nostalgic men's pieces that include a denim vest and a fanny pack, not to mention the troll earrings for women. To see the looks in all their original '90s glory, take a look at these hunky heartthrobs sporting the most memorable trends of the decade!
Welcome to throwback Thursday! This week in '90s news,
boy man band 98 Degrees has released a new song called "Microphone," which may or may not be alluding to a certain part of the male anatomy. Also, Clarissa Explains It All is going to be a book, and we uncovered an adorable clip of Mouseketeers-turned-heartthrobs Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling.
We can't help but get nostalgic thinking about growing up in the 1990s. Remembering those days reminds us of the music, fashion, heartthrobs, toys, and TV shows that made the '90s totally rad. So let's take a trip down memory lane to our '90s girlhood, from Ring Pops, 90210, and Clueless to stick-on earrings, Devon Sawa, and Titanic! Check it out!
Our favorite wise teen Clarissa Darling is coming back, but she'll be dishing her thoughts on page instead of on screen. The '90s Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All is returning as a book, Things I Can't Explain. Slated for release in late 2014, the book would catch up with a 23-year-old Clarissa trying to make it as a journalist slash "real adult" amidst the relationship drama that ensues.
We've all heard of books made into movies and TV shows, but not as much about the reverse scenario of a TV show inspiring a novel or book series. Turns out there are a handful of shows that began in the same nostalgic era as Clarissa — the '90s — that were then adapted into page-turners. There's often controversy on whether an adaptation is better or worse than its origin material, so I'm wondering: would you read it? And if you have, how did the book version stack up to the TV series?
There's nothing better than being at the gym or out on a run when an old Jock Jams song comes on the shuffle. It always manages to pump me up and help me push through with a big smile on my face. If you share this sentiment, you're in luck! I've pulled 90 eclectic tunes from the '90s that can give an old-school lift to your a workout routine. Before downloading our '90s Spotify playlist, make sure you check out each of the music videos in the slideshow to get your '90s goodness — and have a solid laugh to boot! Time to grab your scrunchies and bust a move.
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Ready to feel old? Today Freddie Prinze Jr. turns 37 and James Van Der Beek turns 36! And with the double birthday celebration, we are big-time reminiscing about our favorite '90s heartthrobs. Not only did we see all their movies, sing all their songs, and learn all their dance moves, but we also managed to cover every last inch of our bedroom walls and school notebooks with pictures of the teen stars. Hoping to relive your former crushes? In honor of the birthday boys, we've rounded up the best, most cheesy '90s posters of everyone from Devon Sawa to Joey Lawrence to help you remember your first loves.
Happy birthday, MPG! Mark-Paul Gosselaar turns 39 today, and it's hard to believe that the Saved by the Bell heartthrob — who's just as hot as ever on Franklin and Bash — is nearing 40. Kelly Kapowski wasn't the only one smitten with Zack Morris. I would have called him on that oversize cell phone if only I had the number. If you (or your friends) had a thing for MPG's Bayside High alter ego, these fun, nostalgic gifts will give you a Zack Attack!
If anything could make the romantic holiday of chocolate, amour, and flowers better, it would be '90s nostalgia. We were on the hunt for witty valentines that expressed love and friendship sentiments with references to some of the songs, TV shows, fashion, and games we gushed over in the '90s. And when we couldn't find exactly what we were looking for, we decided to make them ourselves! If you, too, want to have a Valentine's Day that pays homage to the decade of the Spice Girls and Skip-It, check out our DIY '90s valentines! And if you want to share them, click on the links included for free printables.
Artwork: Tara Block and Laura Marie Meyers
Thanks to social media, you can keep up with just about anyone these days — including your favorite '90s heartthrobs! Most of the boy bands, TV actors, and movie stars that were plastered all over your walls and notebooks back in the day are now active on Twitter, posting pictures and updates regularly. We've rounded up the must-follow accounts, including hotties who are still in the spotlight, like Justin Timberlake and Devon Sawa, plus those you may be wondering about, like Rider Strong. Curious what DJ Tanner's boyfriend Steve is up to these days? Take a look at the '90s guys who made you swoon, then follow them on Twitter!
Who knows what really launched '90s fandom into overdrive this year — besides possibly the return of TeenNick last Summer — but whatever it was, we were feeling the love for the decade of jellies, Lisa Frank, and N*SYNC in 2012. We saw the '90s influence in fashion trends, award shows, technology, entertainment, and products, and let's just say it was bomb.com. As we close out the year, we're looking back at the best '90s flashbacks of 2012. Check them out now, and weigh in on your favorite below!
Today, Katie Holmes turns 34. Happy birthday, Katie! While the actress has gone through a tough year with her split from husband Tom Cruise, we hope to see more of Katie in 2013. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a Dawson's Creek reunion (hey, she hasn't ruled it out!), but in the meantime, we're going back, way back — before Suri was even a glimmer in her mother's eye — to the days when Katie was known as Joey Potter. Katie starred on Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003, and the newbie actress spent those years starring in movies like Disturbing Behavior and Pieces of April, and attending red carpet events with her beau at the time, Chris Klein. Take a walk down memory lane with birthday girl Katie circa the late '90s and early '00s now!