Memories Of A 90’s Teenager

Memories Of A 90's Teenager

I made a casual observation the other day. I was driving home from an appointment in town and it was around the time of the end of the school day and I noticed that the girls weren’t carrying school bags. They were carrying handbags. When did this start happening? It certainly wasn’t the case in the 90’s when I was a teenager. I took to Twitter, as you do, when these things cross your mind.



I wasn’t alone in my thoughts. The tweet got quite a lot of interaction and in my head, it spiralled. It set me thinking and reminiscing about my time as a teenager at school and how much things have changed in those twenty (yes, twenty!) years since I was that young. I, therefore, bring you, memories of a 90’s teenager.


Memories Of A 90's Teenager


This is a complete and utter brain dump so forgive me for the randomness. This is literally how my brain worked when thinking about the best of decades!


‘Sugar’ and ‘Bliss’ magazine

Take That adorning every wall and my heart breaking when Robbie left

‘Charlie Red’ perfume

‘Exclamation!’ perfume

Natural Collection vanilla lip balm

Choker necklaces

Kickers school shoes

Tammy Girl


‘California Dreams’ TV show

Live & Kicking on a Saturday morning

Slip dresses with baby doll t-shirts underneath

Checked shirts

My first CD: Dina Carroll – So Close. (I so thought I could sing ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’!)

The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 every morning before school

The Word (probably shouldn’t have been watching it!)

Neighbours and Home and Away

Gladiators (ready!!)

Noel’s House Party (I wanted to get gunged so bad)


Our Price

The Body Shop bags for life

The sound of internet connection via dial-up modem

Argos catalogue for Christmas presents

Recording mixtapes of the Top 40 chart every Sunday

Princess Diana’s death (I was at a house party and watched the news all night long)

Pulp (Jarvis Cocker was pretty cool in a geeky way)

Oasis v. Blur (It was Oasis for me)


The X Files

Euro 96

Long hot summers

The video shop (It took forever to choose a film)

Book fairs at school

Magic eye pictures (remember them?!)

Covering exercise books with wallpaper or a poster of your latest crush

Sonic The Hedgehog

Friends and ‘that’ Rachel haircut

Radio 1 Roadshows and the Bits & Pieces quiz

Top 10 Diaries (tell me someone else had these? You filled the Top 10 music chart in every week)

Butterfly clips for your hair

Whigfield – Saturday Night (come on, we all did it, and probably still can)

Teletext’s Bamboozle (did anyone else discover the cheat?)

Hook leggings, scrunched socks and Reebok trainer boots (cringe)


Head bands

Supermarket Sweep

Silly Putty

Edd The Duck

Shell suits

Puma school bags (NOT handbags!)


Oh my. If I sat and thought for long enough, I could add so many more. There is every chance I will as well. It’s left me feeling really sentimental and missing the 90’s. I’d love to go back for just one day. But, alas, I’ll just have to make do with the Friends reruns that are on my tv as I write this. Man, those days were good.



How about you? Are you a teenager of the 90’s? Have you any memories to add to this list? Pop them in the comments below and let’s reminisce together!




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18 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kim Carberry
    19th March 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I was a teen in the 90’s and it really was a great time! I smiled reading this…
    I found Exclamation! body spray a couple of years ago and I was so excited. lol

  2. Reply
    20th March 2018 at 7:00 am

    Gosh reading this took me back in time. I loved the 90’s I loved my Kickers, Catching up on Neighbours, Saturday morning tv. Happy days 😊 #TriumphantTales

  3. Reply
    20th March 2018 at 7:04 am

    I can relate to SO MANY of these!! I loved Tamy girl, walking to my local newsagents and picking up a copy of Bliss, Sugar or Smash hits. I was desperate for a pair of pink kickers (I know!) and loved Backstreet Boys! Love this post! I think its great to reminisce and realise how much things have changed. Gosh imagine if we had to dial up to the internet every day!! #TriumphantTales

  4. Reply
    20th March 2018 at 11:26 am

    I am an 80’s child all the way! Greatest decade ever! #triumphanttales

  5. Reply
    20th March 2018 at 2:34 pm

    This takes me back, I forgot so much of this. Happy memories X #triumphanttales

  6. Reply
    Becki Svare
    20th March 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I was in my 20’s during that time frame, but what fun to read about this!! Some I remember fondly, some I don’t remember at all…good times #TriumphantTales

  7. Reply
    Ali Duke
    21st March 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Haha I loved so many of the things on this list, I feel old now lol. My daughter is 12 and she has a handbag for a school bag (A Primark one though lol). I tried to talk her out of it but she wasn’t having it lol.

  8. Reply
    Helen aka Welsh Mum Writing
    21st March 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Loved this. I was a late teen/ in early twenties in the early 90s and most of that still rings a bell with me. I was a HUGE fan of the checked shirts, often wearing one knotted at the waist and a bigger one over the top as a jacket. Brilliant . #triumphanttales

  9. Reply
    21st March 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Jane Norman bags for your school pe kit! Love this post, bought back so many memories! #triumphanttales

  10. Reply
    Collette Dunn
    22nd March 2018 at 10:37 am

    I was a teen in the 80’s but can still remember Charlie Red and Kickers shoes! As for handbags, my friends and ours were happy to carry our books in a plastic bag, the more worn the better, despite having a perfectly functional school bag!

  11. Reply
    22nd March 2018 at 9:38 pm

    The nineties were fantastic. I’m a guy and your list brought back so many memories for me too. Great post.

  12. Reply
    Fi Anderson
    22nd March 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Absolutely loved this! Brought back so many fond memories of being a late 80s child, growing up in the 90s #triumphanttales

  13. Reply
    Tales From Mamaville (@MamavilleTales)
    23rd March 2018 at 12:15 am

    The X-Files. Whigfield. OMG… such fun memories:) Love this!

  14. Reply
    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    23rd March 2018 at 10:36 am

    This took me straight back to my teens! I remember my Puma school bag not these ridiculous handbags I see now! #triumphanttales

  15. Reply
    23rd March 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I graduated high school in ’92, so most of the 90s were spent pretending to be an adult, but I don’t think I had many fooled. Good times, fun decade for me #triumphanttales

  16. Reply
    25th March 2018 at 7:57 am

    sadly i was a teenager the decade before and by the 90s i was a mum. but i do remember taking a massive ruck sack to school and a large sports bag as we didn’t have lockers, #triumphanttales

  17. Reply
    Jo - Pickle & Poppet
    26th March 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Oh my well this brought back memories!! I have many photos with butterfly clips in my hair, normally with coloured strips from the hair mascara!! The shame ha ha #TriumphantTales

  18. Reply
    Lisa Pomerantz
    4th April 2018 at 11:33 am

    I have a little time warp going on in my head now! TY! #triumphanttales xoxo

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