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Katy Perry’s “Salute To the Mid-90s” long program is expected to get high scores, even from the Russian judge.

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  1. Tiffany
    +9

    :: Tiffany’s jaw drops ::

    I wore a blue version of this to my first dance in 7th grade (but no belt).
    This isn’t a nod to the 90s, it IS the 90s!

  2. Robin
    +16

    I would have sold my soul to wear this in 1993. Maybe with more opaque black tights, even.

    •  Chasmosaur
      +16

      I have very similar Doc Martens even now.

      We diss 90′s fashions, but I’ll take a cute little swingy dress (floral, velvet or otherwise) with tights and comfy shoes over sheer dresses or crop tops and sky-high platforms.

      • HelenBackAgain
        +3

        I think there’s a place in any era for a cute little swingy dress with tights and comfy shoes.

  3. AM
    +8

    Like: the color on her. Would like: kneeish length, so it’s less figure skater’s dress, neckline iis just a regular neckline, instead of Flashdancey. Not wearing that in August, but in December.

  4.  Squirrel!
    +8

    Oh, the crushed velvet/velour/velveteen reminds me of many a packaged Halloween costume!

  5. kickassmomnyc
    +12

    It’s hard for me to admit that 90s is vintage — but damn it is (they are?). She looks perfect.

    • ortenzia
      +1

      Yeah it’s legitimately creeping me out that the 90′s are back. I was happy to leave grunge. I can’t go back. I just can’t.

  6. kittenmittens
    +13

    I owned that exact dress and wore it with Doc Martins and opaque tights.

    • Claire1
      +18

      Because you ROCKED!!

      • kittenmittens
        +12

        I really miss the days when comfortable shoes were cool instead of stripper shoes. I also liked how dark tights let you wear mini skirts without fear of exposure.

    • Eden75
      +4

      I had it is well, in this colour and in hunter green. I also paired mine with a number of pairs of Doc’s. Sometimes dark tights, sometimes fishnets. Ahhhhh, the 90′s. :D

      • Other Emily
        +2

        I had exactly those two colors! Although my red one (if we can call it red, exactly) had a mock turtleneck with buttons up the back. It was hot. And I had black tights and boots and I rocked it. I bought the dresses at Contempo Casuals. Yes I did.

    • Kris
      +2

      I did too, but I wore it with suede boots. Because teenager, that’s why.

    • HelenBackAgain
      +1

      I had a top like this, not a dress. I wore it with a textured Spandex mini, leggings, and, of course, boots.

      Mine were Rockports though – Doc Martens never made my width.

  7. DelusionalLeggings
    +1

    I wore an age appropriate version of this in the 4th grade to go see The Nutcracker! Memories…

  8. HKS
    +9

    I also owned a version of this dress. It was in black, because of course I only wore black. Man I loved that dress. And I kind of like it on Ms. Perry here. I mean, if it’s an homage, she’s doing a wonderful job with it – the belt, shoes, hair, and bra strap – all pretty spot on.

    • Claire1
      +1

      right?!
      Then again….. 90% of my closet is still black….
      You can take the girl away from backstage…but you can’t take backstage away from the girl….

  9. Claire1
    +6

    Want the boots….
    to wear with my faded ripped up jeans….. ( you know, the kind you did yourself) and my black “have you heard of this microfiber?” tank…..and my scrunchy around my wrist….because you never know when you’re going to need it…..

    ……OK… but no, seriously I really do want the boots.
    ( the rest was just a fun skip down fading memory lane)

    • Sajorina
      +3

      I recently looked at a picture of 16 y/o me and there was a scrunchie around my right wrist! Memories…

  10. Maria L.
    +2

    Oh crushed velvet, I have missed you.

  11. Mel
    +5

    Maybe I shouldn’t have tossed out the lilac version of this that I wore to the semiformal in 8th grade. Then again, I made that one myself, and 13-year-old me was no sewing prodigy, so it’s probably just as well it’s gone.

    Also, we went through the ’80s revival in, what, about 4 or 5 years, and are now speeding into the ’90s? I tried to figure out how long it’ll take at this rate for the current fashion throwback to catch up with actual time, but it felt like the “train A is traveling at 80kph, and left 30min before train B, which is traveling at 100kph” type of problem, and I’m pretty sure I tossed my 8th grade math notebook way before my 8th grade semiformal dress.

  12. Corina
    +2

    Didn’t Kelly Kapowski wear this EXACT same outfit in Save By the Bell: The College Years? Because I was in elementary school and thought this was very cool. Tuesday nights on NBC!

    • Amy
      +4

      I was thinking this looks like a tighter and slightly shorter version of the dress Angela Chase wore to the school dance.

  13. understateddiva
    +7

    good god, oldest commenter alert, I wore this in college. I hope she skates her program to something by Jewel.

    •  Chasmosaur
      +1

      Actually, I might be older than you. This was just coming INTO fashion while I was in college (vintage late 80′s/early 90′s). So don’t feel bad – we can sit in the corner and snark about how to our junior high dances, we wore the atrocious puffy sleeved dresses with pleated skirts…

      I will say I didn’t wear this exact model – I’m high and short waisted, so I can’t do belts. I wore the ones that buttoned down the front and hung from the shoulders. With tights and boots, natch.

    • kittenmittens
      +1

      I was an upperclassman when I wore it.

  14. Sandra
    +1

    I was thinking more “Tinkerbell at the prom” but I’ll take figure skating.

  15. Chris P
    +4

    On one hand, Katy does not look like a My Little Pony.

    On the other hand, I’m pretty sure Lisa Loeb rocked this at some point. And rocked it better, I might add. And as Katy also didn’t snatch Twilight Sparkle’s tail off her behind and affix it to her own head this time, I’m at a loss as to how to reference My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in this post.

    Tangentially related (since we’re talking about a Fug Favorite who just put out a new single): 2009 Fug Madness champion Aubrey O’Day is BACK, people. She has a new album. The song I heard from it (“Love Me When You Leave”) is…surprisingly kind of good, although I’ll admit that I secretly rocked out to Danity Kane a little back when they were a thing. (And I have some tolerance for dubstep-adjacent music.) She is autotuned within an inch of her life, though.

    The album art is…nothing less than you’d expect from our girl Aubs (who, I should remind you, once put her name on panties with “Bad Boys Make My Panties Drop” on the rear). This gives me hope for an epic Fug Madness 2014, with a faceoff between two past champions vying to become the first repeat.

  16. ChristieLea
    +8

    I ALSO had this exact dress. In fact, it might be lurking in a closet at my parents’ house somewhere.

    She just needs to ditch the belt (because superfluous belts were NOT cool, because they were 80s) add some sort of pewter pendant on a rawhide rope, and she’ll be straight out of 1995.

  17. Sajorina
    +5

    I’m sure I wore this dress in black in the mid 90s when Katy was around 10 y/o, but I wore it with 3″ velvet pumps!

  18. Heather
    +3

    Is she skaing to a Tori Amos song?

  19. Pegmn
    +2

    Oh, I wore that dress. I had a black on and an emerald green. I would wear them with black tights and chunky patent leather mary janes, or boots. Sigh.

  20. Feena
    +4

    Wow. Riverdance much?

  21. Amy
    0

    I can practically hear Jesus Jones in the background as I look at this outfit! (sadly, I think I had that same dress in black)

  22. Ares Marz
    +9

    You know, I think I’m completely fine with this, salute to the 90′s or no. It looks comfortable, she’s less naked than usual. It’s not in something eye-searing, does not appear to be partially motorized, and even has accessories.

  23. Big Hungry Shelby
    +2

    Huh. I didn’t know Michael Flately was doing a line for Kohls.

  24. HelenBackAgain
    0

    To me, this makes her proportions look very weird. Could be photo angle, I guess. But I’m seeing as much Katy Perry from the neckline up as there is Katy Perry from the hem down, and that is just not right.

  25. Aria
    +2

    I had a tunic that looked exactly like this, worn with faded denim mini, tights and combat boots.

  26. guest
    +1

    So first, someone needs to remind her how old she is. Why she can’t be age appropriate, I don’t know. Second, no one at any age is still wearing this now. Last if this is the KP interpretation of dark and edgy, she should have been paying more attention to KStew instead of RPattz

  27. Nancy
    +1

    Mid-90s nine-year old me would have gone ape-shit for this outfit. I would have worn it to my sister’s roller disco party and been the belle of the ball.

  28. Sara Johansson
    +1

    Aren’t you supposed to keep both arms down when you do the jig?

  29. Mariel
    0

    OMG! Perfect analysis by the FugGirls judges panel. The only question is, can she land a triple Salchow in that?