Retrofficiel: Get 1990s Fashion Inspiration from Linda Evangelista in Versace

Over the past few years, the '80s and '90s have been a gold mine of inspiration for creators and vintage enthusiasts.
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Beyond being one of the original '90s supermodels, Linda Evangelista was one of the many muses of Gianni Versace. The late designer helped to pioneer the ultra-glamorous and flashy aesthetic that defines 1990s fashion, building a style empire inseparable from the image of La Dolce Vita. While no one could have known the future impact when Evangelista stepped out in a modern pantsuit (pictured above) in 1990, the look now perfectly illustrates the current craze for 1990s fashion that we see today. 

When Evangelista stepped out in this look, she proved to be a pioneer of the mini-blazer, which is making a comeback. Deliciously elegant, the silhouette is marked by perfect timelessness, as versatile today as it was 30 years ago. The secret to achieving a similar effect? Simply combine quality textiles with an impeccable cut. Fabric choice is key to nailing an Evangelista-esque outfit, so don't overlook this important detail. Other than that, replicating the supermodel's iconic ensemble is pretty easy: find a cropped blazer that bares just the right amount of skin, then pair it with high-waisted pants and the cherry on top: an oversized belt. Below, find some of the chicest pieces on the market to help you achieve this 1990s fashion aesthetic.

The Cropped Blazer


Givenchy, Cropped wool and silk-blend twill blazer, $1217, Net-a-Porter


Sandro, cropped blazer, $166, Sandro Paris

& Other Stories

& Other Stories, cropped tailored blazer, $129, & Other Stories

The Tailored Pant

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta, wool-blend crepe straight-leg pants, $1490, Net-A-Porter


AllSaints, Aleida tapered trouser, $150, Verishop 


Mango, pleated suit pants, $80, Mango

The Statement Belt

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen, military belt, $660, Farfetch


Zimmerman, wide waist belt, $295, Shopbop

Black & Brown

Black & Brown, Lina leather waist belt, $110, Net-A-Porter



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