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11 things people were wearing 25 years ago

We did well at the World Cup, but how did we look?

ONE OF IRELAND’S greatest sporting and cultural moments happened on this day 25 years ago.

That’s right, the nation held its breath and we beat Romania in the 1990 World Cup.

It was great. But we probably have less affection for the mortifying fashion choices like:

1. Jumpers with patches of pastel everywhere

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Sported by a young Ray D’Arcy here on The Den in 1990. So much pastel, so little time to interview the President.

2. This hairstyle

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Tom Dunne singing Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello with the most 1990 head of hair you will ever see.

3. Baggy stonewashed denim jeans

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In this one celebratory scene from the Walkinstown roundabout – six people can be seen sporting the popular style. Given only nine people’s trousers are visible, this shows an enthusiastic loyalty to questionable baggy pale jeans by the Irish public in 1990.

4. The humble oversized flowery shirt

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Caught during these World Cup celebrations in Balbriggan. Epic.

5. Patterned ties were all the rage

PACKIE BONNER WAVES TO THE CROWD IN COLLEGE GREEN WORLD CUP IN IRELAND

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6. Ill-fitting jacket and tie combinations

As shown off to the world by our Eurovision entry for 1990:

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The shot from the side shows just how poorly fitted jackets were in 1990:

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7. Jerseys. Jerseys everywhere

IRISH SOCCER FANS AT THE ITALIA 90 HOMECOMING IN DUBLIN WORLD CUP IN IRELAND PEOPLE IRISH TRICOLOUR FLAGS YOUNG CHILDREN

Beautiful.

8. Gas World Cup headgear

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Something, anything, on your head so everyone knew you were backing the boys in green.

9. The glasses

TV Hosts Pat Kenny

WHY?

1990 Presidential Elections Campaigns Eamonn Farrell / Photocall Ireland Eamonn Farrell / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

10. Subtle Italia 90-themed t shirts

The more oversized the graphics, the better.

Soccer - Republic of Ireland EMPICS Sport EMPICS Sport

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11. “Classy” evening wear looked something like this

FASHION IN DUBLIN Photocall Ireland Photocall Ireland

Sensational.

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A good time was certainly had by all.

More 23 things that will give you extreme Italia 90 feelings>

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