20 Things 90’s Girls Needed For Starting The New School Year

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With school starting back up across the globe, you’re taking a trip down memory lane to the good old days of your childhood. A time when backpacks were a fashion accessory, glitter was a must and you begged your parents to buy you clothes from all the most popular stores.  Ahh…can you smell that school-back-in-session smell in the air?  It’s like a good whiff of nostalgia.  Here are 20 things 90’s girls needed for starting the new school year.

1. Jansport backpack

Not only were these the coolest backpacks around, it was like mandatory that you personally embellished your own with permanent marker or white-out.

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2. Colorful day-planner

Back then, nobody had iPhones with all their fancy calendars and memos.  Nope– you had to actually write that stuff down in a planner.  So, you always wanted the biggest brightest one, of course!

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3. Stickers and decals

These were a must.  They were used for decorating lockers, binders, notebooks, mirrors, closets…pretty much anywhere you could put a sticker, you did.

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4. Crisp white binder

Those 3-ring binders were like a school necessity.  You could customize the cover and replace it whenever you wanted and this was the perfect place to keep all your papers, folders, and notebooks all neatly together...unless you were left-handed, that is. 

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5. Coolest headbands

If you wanted a toy to play with and also a contraption to keep your hair out of your face, we’ve found this wonderful thing.  Truly a relic of the past.

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6. Butterfly clips

It was the 90’s— everybody had these.

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7. Braces colors

It was essential that you pick your best colors for your bands for the start of school.  You wanted to look as cool as possible, even with the braces.

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8. The most stylin’ shoes ever

Ugh.  These bring back awful memories of tripping in the hallway.  But, every girl wanted to wear her chunky Steve Maddens as much as possible before it got too cold out for exposed toes.

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9. Speaking of chunky shoes…

That’s like all you wore…the thicker the sole, the cooler the shoe.

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10. This was your before-school-starts beauty routine

A goopy green mask to make everything better.

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11. You used these wipes to clean your skin and remove makeup

This was the cool way to wash your face.  Plus, Stridex just seemed to help with all that acne that popped up out of nowhere. 

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12. Cool pencil-case

The cooler the case, the higher up you went in rank on the popularity scale.  This one with secret compartments and tiny drawers is a total winner.


13. Pencil grips

Ok, so you didn’t really need these but they were cool and colorful nonetheless.

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14. Gel pens!

The hottest way to write in the 90’s…and so what if the color was too faint and glittery to actually read– these were awesome!

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15. A pager

Because how else were you going to know when someone needed you to call?? These were before the days of cell phones, kids, and the only way to know if you needed to call someone back was by getting a beeper.

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16. A Texas Instuments graphing calculator

These were the cool calculators that did your homework for you…plus they had games for you to play.

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17. Breath spray

For those moments when your crush was unbearably close by.

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18. Bonnebell lipstick

You had these in every color.  It was like the grown-up version of lip balm.

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19. Teen magazines

You had to have a couple of copies of these to browse through with your friends during breaks and you definitely hung some of the posters in your locker.

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