Winona Forever: A Fashion Flashback To The Style Icon

Ninety's fashion has made a huge comeback this year, seeing celebs like Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid rocking those ever famous 90s style chokers and goth inspired looks. We certainly can't complain, especially since the 1990s seem to be making a comeback in a huge way well beyond fashion. Just yesterday, sequels to 1990s popular movies The Blair Witch Project and Trainspotting were announced, and one of our all-time favorite actresses who we've been waiting patiently to take over the spotlight once again has done just that: Winona Ryder! The popular 1990s actress who was famous for Tim Burton movies like Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, as well as Girl, Interrupted, is finally back in the limelight in a big way in Netflix's newest sci-fi series Stranger Things.

With the comeback of both Winona and 90s fashion, we wanted to give a fashion flashback to some of the formal outfits that made Winona that 1990s fashion icon she's become known for. After all, as Vice noted in their article "The Timeless Appeal of Winona Ryder, Hollywood's Eternal Outsider," Winona was "the cult face of the 90s." See four of our favorite outfits below, and of course how you can take a cue from them for a perfect fall Homecoming look.

Winona at the NATO/ShoWest Convention, 1990

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Winona wore that classic goth look in a totally elegant way, wearing a black v-neck dress, a worn-in leather jacket, black hair, and dark red lips. Of course, you can never go wrong with Johnny Depp on your shoulder! In this picture, Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were at the NATO/ShowWest Convention in Las Vegas, NV in February of 1990. 

Faviana 7854

You can get a stunning v-neck little black dress like Winona's with Faviana 7854. The jersey stretch material of this dress hugs your hips for an alluring look, and the plunging v-neck also includes a sheer panel. It's perfect for a classic LBD look with a little bit of edge, like Winona rocked with her goth inspired looks.

Winona at the Edward Scissorhands Movie Premiere, 1990

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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder looked so good together again at the Edward Scissorhands premiere in 1990. Attending the movie premiere for a gothically inspired Tim Burton movie like Edward Scissorhands means black! Winona wore a black satin draped dress to the premiere, keeping her classic black hair and red lips look.

Faviana 7850

For a similar black satin draped look to Winona's, go with Faviana 7850. The v-neck on this dress is modest, while the open back with straps adds an element of seduction. Because of the classic simplicity of this dress, you can accessorize in a variety of ways - keep it 90s inspired with dark red lips and black heels, or accessorize with brighter colors like pink.

Winona at the 66th Annual Academy Awards, 1994

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Winona moved away from her classic black for the 66th Annual Academy Awards in March 1994, but still made an impact on fashion wearing a vintage inspired white gown.

Jovani 99313

For some white fringe like Winona's Oscars gown, go with Jovani 99313, a gorgeous sleeveless floor length gown that features a sheer neckline, fringe embellishments, and double thigh high slits.

Winona at the American Movie Classics 5th Anniversary Film Preservation Festival, 1997

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1997 brought Winona back to black! At the American Movie Classics 5th Anniversary Film Preservation Festival in September of that year, she wore a vintage 1950s inspired tea-length black lace dress.

La Femme 22222

For a similar vintage inspired black lace dress, we love La Femme 22222, a dress that not only features lace, but polka dots (could this have any more of a 1950s vibe, while still looking elegant and modern??)! This enchanting short lace dress has a contrast nude lining and a sheer neckline and back that features a playful polka dot contrast fabric that can also be found at the hem.

However you decide to channel Winona Ryder's iconic status, you'll be in good company with the popularity of 1990s fashion this year. And, what better way to bring in a new school year at homecoming than to take a cue from past fashion? To quote another portion of Vice's article about Winona, before she even took the role of Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice, she was already becoming know as the face of the 90s: "Already, she looked like a gothic icon. 'A lot of those clothes were my clothes,' Ryder told Vogue in 1989. 'My skin was actually that pale.'" Winona will forever be part of the hearts of 1990s teenagers, and is beginning to take her proper place again with a whole new generation. So, as Johnny Depp's famous tattoo once said, "Winona Forever."

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