A Look At Kate Moss’ Best ’90s Looks, For All The Wardrobe Inspiration You’ll Ever Need

It's the gift that keeps on giving.

Kate Moss '90s

by Natalie Hammond |

When it comes to the quintessential eclectic London look - one part rock chick, one part vintage bohemianism, one part turbo glamour - nobody has ever done it better than Kate Moss.

Moss earned her 'fashion icon' status back in the '90s with her instinctive approach to getting dressed. She is the queen of just-rolled-out-of-bed outfits that are cool enough to still give us goosebumps. Just like today, she was the woman we all wanted to be - and dress like - and as she sky-rocketed to fame in the early ‘90s, her off-duty style coupled with her effortless (yet sizzling) red carpet persona made her the decade’s number one poster girl.

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Kate Moss at the famous party for Elite ©Getty

In fact, if you could pick just one picture to visualise that era’s minimalist, with a side order of sex appeal, style, it would have to be that famous shot taken at a model agency party in September 1993. Moss is beaming next to Naomi Campbell, and wearing a silvery slip that left little (well, nothing) to the imagination, flashing her black knickers underneath. With no visible make-up, and her hair simply scraped back off her face, it spoke volumes of the time’s effortless approach to getting dressed up. (Moss has since explained that her state of déshabillé was actually a happy accident. ‘I went with Jimmy B and Corinne Day to the Elite party. I don’t know what I was doing there because it wasn’t my agency. It was the first time I really got papped. I had no idea why everyone was so excited — in the darkness of Corinne’s Soho flat the dress was not see-through!’ she told Vogue.)

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Kate Moss at the airport ©Getty

The outfits she wore to the airport produced some of the decade’s best ‘street style’ photographs. Whether she was wearing a ripped tank top, a pair of boot-leg jeans, a chain necklace and a leopard-print bag (an outfit combo that should be patented for its sheer cool-factor), or going for a black-out moment in a cable-knit polo neck, satin trousers and shades, ‘Kate Moss airport’ is a Google search that we frequently stumble into.

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Kate Moss at the airport ©Getty

Her presence might have been mega-watt, but she always remained understated. Her hair was typically quite dishevelled, and she stuck to the decade’s definitive dress shape - the slip - even on the chicest, most exclusive red carpets.

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Kate Moss at 1995's CFDA Fashion Awards ©Getty

At 1995 CFDA Fashion Awards, Moss arrived wearing a spaghetti-strap slip dress that clung in all the right places, with a fringed scarf hanging in the crook of her elbows, and a pinky ring flashing from her finger. It was sublime and down-to-earth all at once, an outfit that had bags of personality, the kind you don’t usually see on the hyper-glossy red carpet.

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Kate Moss at a magazine party in 1998 ©Getty

Another such look was conjured at a magazine party in 1998. Moss paired what looked like a crushed velvet housecoat with a silvery minidress, spaghetti-strap sandals and a clutch bag beaded with a solitary pink rose. On anyone else the combination would have looked like the result of a forage through the family dressing up box. On Moss, it confirmed what the fashion industry already suspected: she knew her clothes.

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OK, they're probably not Johnny's, but they are an excellent pair of boyfriend jeans nonetheless. Moss had tomboy-effortless-chic down to a tee.

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In more recent years, Moss has been seen in black, on black, on black. It's a colour she's always felt comfortable in, just look at her endless collection of LBDs.

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An upper arm bracelet sounds... questionable. On Moss? It's genius.

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Moss is a huge fan of the ballet pump, short-shorts combo, so she'll be pleased to know they're back in fashion.

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Arguably the woman responsible for making low slung belts A Thing, this combo is so good it's making us rethink our accessories.

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Moss was one of the first celebrities to put Bella Freud's self-titled fashion label on the map. In particular, her famous knitted slogan jumpers.

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A timeless pairing for Moss? Biker boots and skinny jeans.

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There was a time when we associated bolero jackets with our grandmothers, but not since Moss started wearing them. Now they're a staple of any going-out outfit.

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She was wearing them long before the midi became popular again.

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Moss isn't scared of a cutout number, and believe us, there are more daring dresses than this one.

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Britney and Justin, take note: this is how you do double denim.

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Moss loves a fancy dress party. Over the years she's dressed up as a cowgirl for Ronnie Wood's birthday party, paid homage to David Bowie, and hosted a few birthday fancy dress parties of her own.

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Moss has been photographed countless times sporting a fedora, specifically in the Pete days. One can only presume it's her favourite style of hat, so it's ours too.

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Proving that fishnet tights can be chic.

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While we will always associate Moss with skinny jeans, she also makes a strong case for flares.

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She basically invented 'festival dressing' and summers haven't been the same since.

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Grey jeans are the new black, according to the gospel of Moss.

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Hunter wellies have been around for over 150 years but when Moss wore them to Glastonbury festival in 2005, they suddenly became hot property.

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She even makes a humble T-shirt look excellent.

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Move over party dress, hello party jumpsuit. Remember the star-print black and gold number she wore for her 34th birthday? Or maybe you recall the teal sequin jumpsuit she wore for her 30th birthday. Both equally as fabulous.

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It's a neutral.

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Not since Audrey Hepburn has someone proved the power of a LBD.

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Moss is fond of Mary-Janes and manages to make them look super modern.

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Boyfriend or no boyfriend, get yourself down to your nearest charity shop and find an old leather jacket ASAP.

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The iconic MET Gala Saint Laurent turban, courtesy of Marc Jacobs.

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Don't be fooled but the rock n roll, head-to-toe, all-black looks, Moss can be feminine when she wants to be.

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Moss' life has endured some controversy, but none like how some people felt when she got a pixie cut... We're thinking she wasn't sold either, since she never went so short again.

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We're ditching our regular shirts.

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Comfy and chic.

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Need we say more?

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Who can forget this iconic sheer slip dress? It made her a household name, after all.

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Never underestimate the power of a simple shift dress.

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The skinny scarf is a trademark Moss accessory. Not for the purpose of keeping you warm, but to jazz up any outfit.

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She recreated this dress for her Topshop collection and it was a sell-out hit.

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Well, she is one of the most famous British supermodels of all time.

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Famously, this was the vintage dress that got the McQueen treatment. Moss was finding it difficult to party with a train, so her close friend, designer Alexander McQueen, got out the scissors and made a mini dress for Moss.

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In excellent news for Moss, the waistcoat is back for SS20.

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A long standing member of the Rayban Wayfarer club.

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Moss' wedding dress was designed by John Galliano. The supermodel wanted 'a classic Galliano, those chiffon Thirties kind,' she told British Vogue.

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This is another dress she reimagined for Topshop. That, too, was an instant sell-out.

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She was rocking a mini bag long before Instagram.

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Moss knows to rock a suit, and often incorporates an open blouse, for a touch of sex appeal.

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Sorry, but that's what you get for inviting a supermodel to your wedding – pure fabulousness.

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Moss made it acceptable to wear tight under your shorts, because they're not just for the summer.

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When Moss was with her ex-husband Jamie Hince, her style starting rubbing off on him, as he's pictured here in a skinny scarf and grey jeans. Looks familiar...

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When Moss isn't sporting a leather jacket or fur coat, she's wearing a blazer over virtually anything, even evening gowns.

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