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Some years, fashion gets stuck in a rut. Lucky for us, this was not one of those years.
In 1993 the runways and stores were awash with loose layers of beige and black. Kate Moss , skinny and unsmiling, stared from the covers of the glossy magazines.>
But by early 1994, shape and color were busting out all over. Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell - all curves and sass and glamour - made headlines as cover-girl comeback kids.
The Year of the Vapid Waif gave way to the Year of the Brainy Bombshell.>
Retailers and customers rejoiced - and the future of the depressed clothing business started looking rosier.
Nothing symbolized the return to frankly feminine dressing more dramatically than the Wonderbra, which boosted excitement and sales in lingerie departments across the country.
Women embraced fitted jackets, short skirts and high heels. Teens doffed flannel shirts and baggy jeans in favor of slip dresses and tiny T-shirts or mini-kilts and skinny-ribbed tops - and traded their sneakers and socks for Mary Janes and thigh-highs.
After dark, "casual chic" was replaced with a new buzzword: "glamour.">
Here is a look at 1994's fashion hits and misses.
Hits of '94
Bright colors: The naturals (straw, sand, oatmeal) of spring paled against the summer brights (sky blue, grass green, sunflower yellow). Fall's traditional trio - black, brown, gray - was overshadowed by cheerier reds, golds and forest green.
- Textured fabrics: Grainy linens and sueded silks were warm-weather hits. Nubby wool blends, crinkly chenille and fuzzy mohair took over in the fall. After years of political correctness, women began flaunting fur - real and faux - once again. Feathers displaced beads as the trendiest trim for cocktail dresses. And all kinds of synthetics, from rubber to vinyl to microfiber, livened things up with slick, shiny surface appeal.
Long and short skirts: Women preferred the extremes - short or ankle-length - to the middle-of-the-knee "New Length" suggested by several designers, including Calvin Klein and Donna Karan.
- Sexy schoolgirls: Making the grade, especially with the 35-and-under set, were slip dresses, baby T-shirts, minikilts, shrunken sweaters, knee socks, thigh-highs, overalls, backpacks and chunky shoes - including oxfords, loafers, Mary Janes and hiking boots.
Glamour goddesses: Scene-stealers included bias-cut satin slip dresses and skirts, as well as myriad variations of the classic tuxedo.
Working women: Career dressing got a new lease on life as the chic suit, with shaped jacket and knee-grazing skirt, replaced the long, loose, layered look. "Real clothes for real women" was probably the most overused - but welcome - headline of the year.
Body-control lingerie: In addition to the Wonderbra and all its competitors, foundation garments that helped create a sleeker, curvier body were much in demand.
Feminine accessories: Women weren't prepared to give up the comfort of sensible shoes such as chunky-soled loafers - but they couldn't resist the sex appeal of high heels and strappy sandals for special occasions. Silver jewelry, pretty purses, dainty earrings and necklaces, and hats in straw or felt completed the picture.
Misses of '94
Leave-nothing-to-the-imagination looks: On the whole, women shunned sheer fabrics and belly-baring styles.
Platform shoes: Been there, done that. (And the runway look of white patent-leather shoes with black tights didn't catch on in the real world.)
Dark, drab colors: Not in Florida. We like brights.
Northern-urban chic: Central Florida wasn't crazy about some of the trends that were hot in cities up North - including bulky mohair sweaters, camouflage prints and the clingy active-wear looks inspired by skating-cycling-skiing gear.
Grunge: Flannel may still be popular with the masses, but with the trendsetters it's hopelessly passe. Ditto for tattoos and pierced body parts.
New length: Sorry, Calvin, but most women simply look drab in skirts that droop to the knee.How to watch 2019 WSOP main event: Updated TV schedule for World Series of Poker final table Florida man says his 20-foot python Ginormica could grow to world-record size: report To turn his life around, jailed former Winter Park High student called his teacher for help. She answered Copyright © 2019, Orlando Sentinel Kate Moss > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Sports > > Opinion > > Business > > Obits > > Travel > > Entertainment > > Legal Notices > > Best Reviews > > Apollo 11 > > >