90s Guide to Dressing like a Chav

90s Guide to Dressing like a Chav

90s Guide to Dressing like a Chav

Being too young to know what fashions is, but being too old to let your mum dress you is a dangerous time for all UK teens. Back in the 90’s we were influenced so much by American TV but did we consider following the hideous fashion trends from across the pond? No we did not, we went one better and followed the fashion trends set by the biggest chavs in the school. But boy do we regret it now. . Have you destroyed the photos of when you used to dress like a total and utter chav? If you haven’t, then maybe you should…


If your tie knot is too fat then you’ve got a ‘swot knot’. Tightening your tie so tight that it was painful to take it off at the end of the day was the way to stay cool in some UK secondary schools.

However, in other schools it was the opposite way round, your tie not had to be fat. Either way, as if you would tie it properly at school.

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However, if you were lucky enough to attend school in America, you would have lost likely been able to wear your own clothes.

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Which seemed so cool to us Brits, however, it seems not that we had a lucky escape. Rather than dress like young adults, we would have opted for Kappa Tracksuits or Benetton Jumpers with yellow jeans.

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In the UK, we liked to wear workout gear. Not that ANYBODY worked out. We were too young to join a gym without adult supervision.

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We wore Adidas tracksuit bottoms with popper buttons down the side for a while. Until our best mates started ripping them open in public.

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Burberry caps, Burberry everything…

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Whether its United Colours of Benetton, Bon Bleu or the Sweater Shop, you needed at least 3 very bright jumpers in your wardrobe back then.

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Ellesse trainers were all the rage in the UK. If you were a over a size 4 a pair like these would cost a grand total of £45 if you were lucky enough to be a size 4 or smaller they were a bargin at£30.

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How many times do you need the Kappa logo to appear on your outfit? One? two? twenty? Ok then 100 times! If you weren’t wearing Kappa, you we’re invited to hang around the streets on a Friday night.

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All girls had the same ‘type’ when it came to looking for love. He had to be hard. The only way a 90s girl would know if he really was hard was if he had a Helly Hansen or a Henri Lloyd jacket (over £100 each). Give him a pair or Reebok Classics and some Adidas stripes down his legs and this guy was a dream.

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Back then we wore out Sunday best on a Friday night because THAT was the night we got bladdered on cider. Put on a clean tracksuit, a lil polo shirt underneath your lime green jumper and get your jewellery on. Have a ring for each finger (sovereigns if possible) and a huge St. Christopher medallion round your neck; for he was the patron saint of travelling, and you were about to travel down to the off license to ask a stranger to go in for you.

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Tie your hair back TIGHT. Use a load of hairspray and a very fine comb to fix your do and you won’t have to worry about a hair on your head falling out of place. Even when you take your bobble out, it still own’t move.

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If you’re lucky enough to have your friend iron your hair for you, opt for a hair comb band. They hurt like hell to get on and off but nobody, but nobody looks cooler than a girls sporting one of these…

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Girls should have looked like this…

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And boys should have looked like this…

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The Americans all looked so sophisticated

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So how did we end up like this…

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