90s Style Icons Part 3: Winona Ryder



She was the ultimate poster girl for the grunge generation; America's sweetheart with a brain, the thinking teen's saviour who made being an outcast cool. Winona Ryder was the living embodiment of teen angst, with the endearing shyness and cute-as-a-button face.

She came along like a beacon of hope for alternative girls everywhere; she made intelligence sexy, she made being introverted mysterious and she made pale infinitely interesting. Of course, it didn't hurt that she starred in some of the biggest and best films of her time and was engaged to the most desirable/coolest man on the planet. But that was all just a bonus. Winona didn't need Johnny Depp or Beetlejuice or Edward Scissorhands or Girl, Interrupted to make us love her; hell, we might've even forgiven her not having the personality or smarts. She had The Style. Miss Ryder (I goddamn love that we share a surname) just had that instinct. There may have been an especially prevalent 90s revival the last couple of years or so, but we never stopped copying Winona. She was the definition of the subculture queen, yet she could make anything look good when she put her stamp on it. Boyish band tees? Mannish tailoring? Pretty dresses? Head-to-toe vintage? All made infinitely more covetable when worn by Winona. There isn't a Winona Look in the land which hasn't been aped by a thousand copycats. So without further ado, cast your eyes over the most memorable outfits of the supreme 90's darling we've all wished we were at one point or another...


Some of the best go-to oufits of today? Winona wore them first - the Ramones tee, cardy and wayfarers...


Velvet blazer and floral dress...


Double denim...


And all-black leather skirt-and-turtleneck combo.


Winona's hair looks were always legendary - this shaggy crop was the stuff dreams are made of...



As was this sleek shoulder-length style...


This 60s bouffant...


And this centre-parted cheek-length bob...


Plus even, strangely, her bonkers Beetlejuice do with extreme piecey fringe.


And then there was the pixie cut which just made her look even more beautiful, which we could never have thought possible.


Of course, every second sentence Winona's mentioned in includes breathless oh-my-gah-ing over the hyphenation that is Winona-and-Johnny, history's coolest celebrity couple, fact. (Though Winona was definitely winning when she outstyled Johnny and his questionable yellow suit; a rare off-day for him)







She wore the hell out of leather...





Her iconic movie looks need no introduction...
















Plus she had the coolest friends in the industry. Here's Winona with BFF and Little Woman co-star Claire Danes


And the ubiquitous 90s style icon accessory recurring throughout this series, Gwyneth Paltrow...


With Girl, Interrupted co-stars Brittany Murphy, who she was very close to, and Angelina Jolie, who she perhaps wasn't so close to going off what she's said in a few interviews...


And even looking uh-mazing in this crazy Victorian getup at the Dracula premiere (any excuse to get Gary Oldman in there)...


Who even remembered she went out with Matt Damon?!


Winona was a big fan of masculine tailoring and shoes, and somehow managed to look even more adorable in them - maybe she'll think about selling her secret once the acting thing slows down?





But as covetable as her grunge, tomboy and power-masculine looks were, she could still work an evening gown with the best of them



- two strong colour blocking efforts we can only dream of pulling off...


But she was somehow just at her most Winona in black.


- Oh just the most perfect purple velvet maxi dress on earth...


And a jaw-dropping original 1920s vintage dress which could never have imagined it would end up looking so smoking hot in decades to come.


And finally, utterly perfect pretty-goth vibes from the woman who trademarked the look.

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Winona, you are the 90s queen - but you remain in our hearts and wardrobes forevermore.






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