In 1992, T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli hit the scene in denim and spray painted Tees in their Hat 2 Da Back video. And just as their lyrics say, they were “doing what they please.”
The group was proud to be seen and heard. Left eye, wearing a condom on her lens as a safe sex statement, Chilli with her funky bandanas and the whole trio in a clash of borrowed-from-the-boys style like oversized T-shirts, baggy pants, boxers and Doc Martins stood out from any other girl group around.
In the 90s, Cross Colours was the brand du jour. T-shirts with word play and denim galore in a medley of colors were the singer’s style staples.
The ladies were innovative with their music and their style. It wasn’t enough to simply wear overalls like everyone else, their DIY skills took it to the next level by adding a personal fringed flair and attaching condoms to boldly proclaim their support of safe sex.
If you thought this season’s midriff-baring trends were hot, you can thank TLC who were the purveyors of belly-baring fashions. As always the trio adds their tough twist with baggy pants and Dolce & Gabbana boxer briefs.
TLC were never following the trends, they were setting them. At MTV’s 20-year celebration they hit the stage in double breasted blazers and ties with shredded skirts that resembled looks straight off the Jean Paul Gaultier runway.
Their fashion sense was every bit of their tag line: Crazy, Sexy and Cool. At The American Music Awards, the ladies shook things up in larger than life Mongolian-style fur coats, crush velvets accents and Moon Boots –– a look only TLC could pull off.
What better place to fully unleash their quirkiness than at the Kids Choice Awards? The trio played up their initials in 1999 by wearing colorful custom mesh ensembles, parachute pants and platforms.
At the annual Blockbuster Awards these fly girls look like they were caught in the matrix rocking leather looks we’d totally wear today.
Fully embracing their femininity, the ladies show off their killer physiques in custom black and white cut-out looks with their signature futuristic twist at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards.
At the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, the ladies continue to keep it customized in coordinating off-white pieces that express their individual taste.
Up until the early 2000, white continued to be a recurring theme for the group, both on and off the carpet. At the Tommy Hilfiger Rock Style Exhibit at The MET Museum the group went clad in rockstar-status studs, crystals and fur, always making for memorable fashion moments.