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11 Fashions the Kids Were Wearing Back in 1993

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In the fall of 1993: Tupac Shakur was charged in the shooting of two off-duty police officers; Pearl Jam released their sophomore effort Vs.; Nirvana performed an “Unplugged” concert for MTV; Dazed and Confused was connecting with kids at the box office; future teen idols Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera joined the cast of The New Mickey Mouse Club; Boy Meets World met the world; Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place continued to fascinate teens, and all of it was influencing the way they thought, talked, and dressed. Here’s a look at what the kids were wearing in the early '90s. 

1. PLAID, PLAID & MORE PLAID


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The grunge movement continued to gain momentum in the first half of the 1990s and its defining item of clothing—for both genders—was the plaid flannel shirt. But it didn’t take long for the checkered print to crawl its way onto other items, including mini-skirts, dresses, pants and sweaters. There’s just one rule: reds, browns, blues, and greens rule; bright colors were the immediate mark of a poseur.

2. BABYDOLL DRESSES


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Grunge style went beyond flannel everything: the idea was to take a formerly standard item of clothing, like an intact pair of jeans, and give it a grungy makeover. Few celebrities understood this fashion mantra better than Courtney Love, lead singer and guitarist for Hole and wife of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Among her most copied fashion statements was the super-short babydoll dress, which was most often paired with a pair of black tights and combat boots. Solid colors were Love’s trademark, but floral prints were just as in. 

3. DOC MARTENS


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Speaking of combat boots: While there were plenty of brands to choose from in a variety of price ranges, Dr. Martens was the first choice of 1990s fashionistas, with their signature yellow-threaded soles being somewhat of a status symbol. High-top or low-top, black or brown, worn with a girly dress or destroyed jeans, Doc Martens could be paired with any outfit.

4. SKIN-TIGHT DRESSES


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Blame (or thank) Sharon Stone for the skin-tight dresses that ladies of varying ages and body types were wearing well into the mid-1990s, following her infamous turn as murderess Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct. Yes, even teenage girls were rocking the “body conscious”—a.k.a. body-con—trend.

5. BODYSUITS


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The second-skin style was available in a bodysuit version, too—a skintight, leotard-like top that may or may not snap at the bottom and was typically worn with a skirt or pair of high-waisted jeans … which were then cinched with a thick leather belt (yes, we’re cringing). 

6. MOM JEANS


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Every generation has its of-the-moment style of denim. Unfortunately for teens in the 1990s, that style was high-waisted, unnecessarily bunchy in the front, tight in the backend and unflattering in every way. It wasn’t until a decade later that Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch famously dubbed the style “Mom Jeans” on SNL. But in the 1990s it was the kids who were wearing them—guys and girls—as evidenced in this photo of the entire trend-setting cast of Beverly Hills, 90210.

7. OVERALLS

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The fascination with too much denim didn’t end with Mom Jeans. Overalls were a huge hit with teenagers in the early 1990s, with traditional, farmer-like styles for the colder months and a shorter version—known as shortalls—to be worn during summer vacation. Extra style points were awarded for leaving one strap hanging!

8. THE JEAN SUIT


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Think we’re done with denim? Hardly. For those opposed to a jean one-piece, there was another option: the jean suit, a (usually) monochromatic denim-on-denim fashion catastrophe where a pair of jeans were topped with either a denim button-down, vest or jacket. Even the usually-fashionable Britney Spears rocked the look as a kid. Yes, that is Ryan Gosling sitting next to Brit, who would actually come to resurrect a dark-washed version of the jean suit in 2011’s Drive and somehow make it look good.

9. CARHARTT JACKETS


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Introduced in 1889, Carhartt jackets were designed as a sort of uniform for hunters and farmers, their heavy-duty, wind-resistant construction being a perfect match for keeping warm while spending hours outdoors. In the 1990s, a new brand of businessmen caught on to Carhartt’s many charms: crack dealers. “They needed to keep warm and they needed to carry a lot of stuff,” Steven J. Rapiel, the brand’s New York City salesman told The New York Times Style section in late 1992. “Then the kids saw these guys on the street, and it became the hip thing to wear.”

10. HIGH-PRICED KICKS


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Sneakers were big business in the 1990s, with Air Jordans ruling the jock market and Converse All Stars catering to the grunge crowd. But sensible young ladies got their own pair of custom kicks when ever-reliable Keds debuted a sporty pair of sneakers dressed up to look like a baseball. The sneakers even managed to make a comeback in 2011, when design house Opening Ceremony re-released a limited number of them, newly constructed to replicate the 1993 version.  

11. SKORTS

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Is it a skirt or a pair of shorts? No one could tell… at least not until you turned around and made it clear that you were wearing a pair of shorts with a flap in the front for some reason. If you want to make it look like you’re wearing a skirt, why not just wear a skirt? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question. We’re not going to put too much thought into this short-lived trend because the designers who attempted to move this womenswear hybrid from the tennis court to the classroom didn’t waste a lot of brain power on its logic either.

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From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State
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There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

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20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer
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They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]

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