90’s Fashion Symbols and their Meanings

Ying and YangFrom stars, to crucifixes, to bindis, to yin and yang, we’ll don powerful symbols with passion, yet often without a thought to their true representation, only for the love of fashion.

I get lots of lovely compliments for wearing my crosses proudly, but little do they know that my religion is purely sartorial.

These are powerful symbols we’re playing with! With 90’s fashion in full reflux, and stars in our eyes, bindis between our eyes, and yin and yangs all over our persons, I wonder, should we enlighten ourselves and delve a little into their meanings so we can really be the real deal?

It’s Gwen Stefani that is best known for sporting a bindi back in the 90’s; she’s our key inspiration now for this trend…

Bindis are traditionally worn by women (and some men) in Southern Asia by followers of Hinduism, who believe that the area in between the eyebrows is said to be the sixth chakra – the seat of ‘concealed wisdom’. They believe that the bindi retain’s energy and strengthens concentration and protects against bad luck or demons. It is also known as the third eye, which is the gateway to higher consciousness and enlightenment.

It’s also the name of my new local takeaway, which is the best! so double points!

Yin and yang has been cropping up all over our garments of late…

Yin-yang, or yin and yang is a concept from Chinese philosophy. Yang is the white side with the black dot on it, and yin is the black side with the white dot on it. The symbol is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world. This can be seen through many physical manifestations such as light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, fire and water, life and death…some are good, some are bad, but they both need each other to stay balanced.

As for stars, we could explore constellations and star signs and galaxies and that, but it’s easier to just say, we wear them because we are all STARS!


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