11 /09
Saved By the Bell Fashion! How to Add a Pop of 90′s

Dale Steliga 90s post

By the time I grab my books and I give myself a look, I’m at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by. It’s alright coz….‘ and if you can finish the lyric; then you probably grew up watching ‘Saved by the Bell.’ After years of seeing Bayside’s shananigans on my 13 inch TV as a kid, I wondered if my high school experience would be the same as Zack and Kelly’s? Would I have a cool junk food hangout like The Max? If I had a boyfriend in high school, would he call me ‘Mama’ like AC’s awkward pet name for Jessie?

As far fetched as some of ‘Saved by the Bell’s’ story lines may have been, when I recently tried on this scoop neck French Connection bold patterened dress, my friend and I both said ‘that’s so 90′s’! and I had a major flashback of my old favorite show. And that leads us to a few ways to incorporate Bayside style. ‘Saved by the Bell‘ may have been cheesy, but we can all relate to it from high school and beyond…

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Kelly Kapowski Inspired Hair ~ Skip the crazy round brush 80′s bangs, but go big with volume. Kelly’s hair was never ultra smooth and by pulling all your hair to one side, it instantly looks thicker. Then add light waves with a big curling iron and hairspray.

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Mr. Belding’s Worst Nightmare ~ Can you imagine if ‘Saved by the Bell’ took place 2012? The endless ‘Screech in instagram’ pics and high-tech stunts Zack would have pulled on Mr. Belding would have landed him in detention for years. For your 90′s look, stick with mod watches, playful plastic accessories and iPads, iPhones, anything Mac chic.

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How To Do Subtle 90′s ~ While this isn’t a dress I’d typically wear, it’s comfortable and adding a trendy shoe with a retro dress works. I added booties and the large black clutch to update the look and avoid looking like an extra in ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’ Fashion risks are fine, but we never want to look dated or ‘stuck’ in an era.

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Spikes are Way Cooler than AC Slater’s Hammer Pants ~ Adding a distressed denim vest and spiked hoops are easier to pull off than ultra 90′s style staples like harem pants and crop tops which made a comeback in the past few years.

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Remember Jesse Spano’s ‘I’m so Excited’ Freak Out Moment? ~ When I saw that scene as a kid with Jesse spazzing out after taking too many caffeine pills, I thought ‘Wow, weird.’ Then I grew up and realize most people suffer mild cases of anxiety whether it’s caused by work, school or relationships. Pilates, steam rooms and a bff (or your mom) help if you’re ever having a moment like that.

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<DETAILS by Dale> Dress ~ French Connection (recent TJMaxx), vest ~ Denim & Thread, watch ~ Croton, clutch ~random, polish ~ Sinful Colors ‘Black on Black’, bracelet ~ Stella & Dot, booties (old) ~ Qupid

After growing up watching the cast of Bayside, I still tune into interviews whenever the old cast pops up in Hollywood like Tiffany Amber Thiessan on E!’s Fashion Police recently, Mario Lopez hosting ‘Extra’ and just read that Lark Voorhies (aka Lisa Turtle) is battling mental illness after rumors of erratic behavior.

Were you a fan of ‘Saved by the Bell’ and would you add a little 90′s to your wardrobe or leave it in the past? ~xoDale

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  • http://www.goldenwhitedecor.com the golden girls

    o0o0o0 cuteeeeee! very savvvvvvy! Hugs from California! xx,
    The Golden Girls

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  • http://www.luxessed.com Anouka

    Great outfit! I like your hairstyle.


  • http://style-department.blogspot.com Kate

    haha really great post and you could really be mistaken for a 90′s girl! love it:)
    xx Kate

    The Style Department

  • Kei

    haha love how you “updated” the look ;)
    of everything your wearing, I’m surprised that I’m drawn to your earrings the most! those studded hoops are awesome! <3


  • http://justdailythings.blogspot.com Magna

    Stunning dress!!
    Great blog you have, check mine if you like.



  • http://www.rachelphipps.com/ Rachel

    Your hair looks fantastic here! x

  • http://www.thegirlwiththemujihat.com/ erica

    hi ms dale.. i think your post is entertaining… you don’t just only show off your pictures but you make a great narrative that makes readers like me go on reading… no wonder you are a columnist :) and not to mention real gorgeous too! thanks for the post :)

    The Girl with the Muji Hat

  • http://wilharris3.blogspot.com Wil Harris

    Aww man, I was looking forward to the 80s bang, ha ha!
    Love how you styled this outfit for 2012. And no I could not have imagined SBTB in 2012, it would be crazy.

  • http://indieflower-meg.blogspot.com Megan

    I love this! French Connection makes THEE best dresses! We played a little Saved By The Bell trivia today at work!

    xo, Megan
    indie flower

  • http://www.averysweetblog.com/ Kim

    Dale, that dress looks awesome on you! That print is fab! You always style things perfectly. LOVE the vest, booties and those earrings. I just read about Lark! Unbelievable. I saw the video and her mother is truly concerned for her. I hope she gets some help. I hate to hear about that. I loved that show.

  • http://www.KTRstyle.com KT of KTRstyle.com

    LOVE that floral print dress with the denim vest darling…and those earrings are not only fabulous but can also be used as a weapon! :)


  • http://www.fashionmakeuplifestyle.com Marina

    Yes I loved this show and grew up watching it. So many memories and your post totally brought me back to the 90′s. I do add a touch of the 90′s to my outfits from time to time and is crazy how is coming back again. LOVE it. Great post doll.

    <3 Marina

  • Ileana

    Love this dress! And it looks great with the denim vest :D


    p.s. Don’t forget to check my Maison Martin Margiela with H&M GIVEAWAY ^^

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