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Whether it's Rita Ora's plastic tattoo necklace or Elle Fanning's stacked diamond and pearl strands, there's no doubting that chokers are back in a very big way. The '90s staple even made an appearance in Lanvin, Miu Miu, Carven, and Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2014 collections, which means, yes, this trend is really happening (and isn't going anywhere soon!). But if you're still side-eyeing the resurgence of jewelry you wore in middle school, we found some awesome options no matter your style or budget. Seriously! Check 'em out below.

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'90S INSPIRATION: Mathilda from Léon: The Professional

WHERE TO BUY:
+ Sun Charm Choker, Topshop, $18
+ '90s Cross Invisible Choker Necklace, Asos, $16
+ Alien Black Velvet Choker, Storenvy, $9
+ Yin Yang Choker, Shopjeen, $35

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Happy Birthday, America! While you may be getting on in years (you’re a stately 238 this year, congrats), you’ve still retained your sense of independence and fun, which is what we love about you. And while the Senate might frown on the use of wearing reproductions of the American flag on your clothes and accessories, we do not. We believe in life, liberty, and right to wear flag prints. In honor of your special day, we've rounded up a bevy of of babes, each wearing their own interpretation of Americana. Just a note. This roundup is best accompanied by a patriotic soundtrack and any of the following: a hot dog, a hamburger, and/or a sparkler. So, without further ado...

BRITNEY SPEARS

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Britney Spears for 'Rolling Stone'.
Photo: Rolling Stone

Remember in 2000 when Britney Spears was on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing lace-up red leather pants and a midriff baring flag-printed halter top? Man, they grow up so fast, don't they?

KATY PERRY

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Katy Perry in 2013 and 2010.
Photo: Getty Images

Katy Perry might be the most patriotic celeb there is (minus Springsteen because—really—no contest). The "Dark Horse" singer has done just about everything you can do: hang out with VP Joe Biden, offered to pen a theme song for Hillary Clinton, performed at Obama's campaign rally in 2012 in a spandex ballot dress, and performed for our servicemen at the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" concert in 2010 in a pair of hot pants, thigh-high white boots, and a flag halter top. Bruce? You might have some competition after all.

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Disclaimer: I used to hate culottes. When this trend emerged in Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler's Spring/Summer 2014 collections, I was devastated. Sure, they're super comfortable, but wide-legged, cropped pants are incredibly hard to wear and are historically uncool. (In fact, the Wiki entry on culottes refers to them as "knee-breeches." *barfing sound*) The longer this trend prevailed, though, the more I began to see it was possible to look decent in a pair of cropped pants, and—gasp—maybe even look cool. Let's just say they've come a long way since our moms wore them in the '90s. So, I decided to round up my favorite culottes at the moment to prove that in 2014, cropped pants don't totally suck.

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Photo: ASOS/Free People/Topshop

First up, the most accessible form of the culotte pant: an all-black pair that doesn't overwhelm your silhouette ($63). I also love the pants-disguised-as-a-midi-skirt look, which Free People nailed perfectly in a ditsy floral print ($70). If you want to go with some statement pants, Topshop has a structured orange pair that I'd totally give a try ($100).

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Before you freak out, we know cutting off the back of your shoes seems crazy because, well, it totally is. Basically, this all started when a meme-y photo of all-white Nike Air Force Ones that got hacked into very (very) DIY slippers took over our Twitter feed. Even though most people publicly shamed this slashed set of sneaks, one person mentioned that it could actually be pretty cool—if only it were executed better. So, since it's summer, and we're feelin' free, we decided to do just that: cut up a pair of Nikes in hopes we could make it look less insane and, heck, maybe even wearable. Check out how it all went down (in GIFs!) below.

STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

Congrats! You've decided to cut up a great pair of shoes for the sake of fashion. To start, you're gonna need some sneakers (duh). We swiped up a pair of pre-worn Nike BRS Classics ($40) at Crossroads, but, hey, if you want to splice up a pair of brand new sneaks, we won't judge. You'll also need a pencil with an eraser, a multi-purpose utility knife ($6), and super glue ($6).

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Peplum Hem

Looks from Balmain's RTW Spring/Summer 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week on Sept. 26, 2013.
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Peplum ain't anything new (its first appearance actually dates back to 500 B.C.), but this summer, we're resurfacing the hourglass-enhancing silhouette and taking it down a notch—literally. Right now, it's all about adding a little peplum to the bottom of our skirts and dresses, which transforms the ol' drop waist into an incredibly dramatic look. You can blame Balmain for officially making this a thing (their Spring/Summer 2014 collection was jam-packed with gorgeous, fluted goodness!), so we thought it was time for us regular folk to give it a go. Are y'all ready?

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Katy Perry is doing the most in her selfie.
Photos: Katy Perry's Instagram

Katy Perry debuted a new look on Instagram last night and we're not just talking about those bleached eyebrows. KP's baby hairs come on the heels of Rita Ora and FKA twigs doing the same with similar coiffures. That's three, which ~officially~ makes it a trend. For those unfamiliar with what Katy's doing, she's gelling down her bangs, then styling them (traditionally with a toothbrush) in waves. Still curious about the mechanics? I rounded up a couple of handy tutorials here and here.

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Low Rise Jeans

A look from the Moschino Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show during London Menswear Fashion Week on June 16.
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Yesterday, Jeremy Scott unveiled his first-ever men's RTW Moschino Spring 2015 collection, and we were super stoked to see his bold, '00s-inspired logomania pieces in all their statement-making glory...until we stumbled upon this particular look: a head-to-toe light-wash denim ensemble complete with a bustier and—gasp—low-rise jeans. Suddenly, all the early-aughts fashion came rushing back to us—the belly-button rings, the awkward torso proportions, the *gulp* visible thongs. Basically, we have low-rise jean PTSD, and here are nine reasons why we're praying these bad boys never make a serious comeback.

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In case you weren't aware, 1990 is, like, the most important year in the history of ever. Not only did it usher in the decade of grunge, neon, and supermodels, but it also marks the birth of the great Iggy Azalea.

If you follow Iggy's wardrobe game at all, you know she clearly feels a connection to the '90s (umm, have you SEEN her Clueless-themed "Fancy" video?). So, in honor of Iggy's 24th birthday (TODAY, June 7!), we decided to take a look back at some of her favorite trends that were ALSO born in the '90s. Way to own your decade, girl!

1. DKNY LOGO TEES

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2. VARSITY JACKETS

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Iggy Azalea in her 'Fancy' music video.
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Hope y'all have been stocking up on some killer lingerie because underwear-as-outwear has officially become a thing. Whether it's bra over a tee (like Iggy Azalea in her "Fancy" music video, above), dress, or (gasp!) jacket, no article of clothing is safe from a total undergarment takeover. Don't believe us? Well, we gathered some pretty solid evidence that the resurgence of this trend is in full force. Disclaimer: This isn't a full timeline of every known bra-over-shirt occurrence, but a brief look back at this trend's biggest pop culture/fashion moments in recent history. Also, corsets don't count. Onward!

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In March it was announced that Rihanna would be the recipient of the CFDA 2014 Fashion Icon Award. The ceremony is tonight, and we figured, as we bide the hours left until we see what badgalriri shows up wearing, we'd take a look back at a few of the trends she has been RIHsponsible for. In an interview with the New York Times late last week, Mel Ottenberg, her stylist, remarked that he loves working with Rih so much because of her undeniable influence and ability to get people talking. We will never get tired of talking about Rihanna, TBH. Peep a few of our fave trends that we attribute to her below!

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Rihanna, Jade Thirwell, Katy Perry

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When Rihanna Got Into It: November 2012.
When Others Got Into It: Spring 2013.
A Brief History: Rihanna debuted her matchy-matchy look almost two years ago on her 777 Tour, but the trend is still going strong in stores. These days practically every shirt seems to come with a matching bottom. This summer is going to be full o' sets, IMHO. As an early adopter of the trend, Katy Perry wore a matching crop top and skirt to the Kids Choice Awards in 2013, but she was still months behind her pal. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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