Blind spots we wish had stayed blind because they were too much of an eyesore to look at. But, if we have to, then so do you. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and explore some of the most questionable fashion movements that have emerged over the past 100 years. Enjoy (or don’t) these trends that should never have happened but somehow did.
Fashion really is cyclical, as we see with this trend that looks like it's straight out of the 60s. From dizzying designs that look a little psychedelic to graphic shift dresses, this look is bold and colorful with a dash of nostalgia. But of course, every time a new style reinterprets another one from the past, it takes on its own flavor, and not always a good one.
Some fashion enthusiasts are calling this trend "neo-psychedelic," as it's a modern take on the psychedelic fashion of the '60s and '70s. The trend features bold colors, trippy prints, and playful patterns, and it's making a comeback in a big way.
Skin is in again, it seems, so clothes are now being fashioned with cleverly-placed cutouts. Think dresses with bare shoulders or blazers with a cut that exposes your waist. Even jeans and jumpsuits are being taken over by this trend that's not only subversive but also strange.
The cutout trend has gone beyond the usual places with more daring pieces featuring cutouts in unconventional places like the sides of pants or even on the chest. This trend is about showing some skin unexpectedly and adding a touch of edginess to an outfit. While it may not be for everyone, cutouts can add an interesting element to an otherwise plain garment.
If you like the fashion from the 1920s, you'll love the newest trend, aptly termed 'regency core.' This style embraces blouses with peter pan collars and pearls, frilly skirts, and just a more modern approach to Victorian fashion. The look is meant to be polished and meant to look a little quirky but if you ask us, it's actually just a little bit weird.
The "regency core" trend has become popular thanks to the hit Netflix series "Bridgerton," which is set in the regency era. The trend takes inspiration from the show's costumes but modernizes them with current fashion trends.
Today's runways are full of oversized, fleece-lined sweatpants that look super comfortable but also out of place as they're often paired with high heels or other pieces of formalwear. There seem to be many different styles of sweats out there, though, from knitted flares and flowy culottes, but these seem to be here to stay, mostly thanks to the new normal of remote work setups. Despite their casual appearance, they're often paired with formalwear or high heels for a relaxed yet polished look.
Additionally, some designers have taken the sweatpants trend to the next level by adding luxurious fabrics, intricate details, and bold prints, making them suitable for more upscale events. It seems that comfort is becoming a top priority in fashion, and sweatpants are leading the charge.
If anyone has ever found themselves between styles and unintentionally pairing random items of clothing, they could be considered a hipster, like wearing a fedora hat with flannels or maybe a vintage leather jacket with brightly colored trousers. At its most universal, hipster fashion is about intentionally dressing in a gaudy or ironic manner that mixes different styles to look like you couldn't care at all how you look when you actually do.
Hipster fashion is often associated with vintage and retro styles, with a focus on sustainability and ethical clothing production. It's all about looking effortlessly cool and unique, with an emphasis on individuality and creativity.
Puffy Sleeve Trend
From oversized balloon sleeves to pure puffy sleeves, this fashion trend has gone beyond our better judgment. We're not exactly sure when this style came into being, but it seems the last few years have been filled with blouses that flare out at the sleeves. With rounded shoulders and balloon sleeves that leave a spherical statement, these garments create a silhouette we doubt would look good on anyone.
They can add volume and drama to an outfit, but they can also look comical or overwhelming. Whether you love them or hate them, it's hard to deny that puffy sleeves are a bold fashion statement.
Is it possible for a trend to be both innovative and basic? You've probably seen all these pieces flood your Instagram feed with trippy prints, swirly dresses, and clashing designs. Welcome to the trend of "Avant-basic." That so-bad-it’s-almost-good allure is probably why this look is on the rise right now, it's so unique, and somehow it still manages to circle back to being simplistic.
Avant-basic is the perfect combination of innovative and basic fashion. The trend is known for trippy prints, swirly dresses, and clashing designs, and it's a rising trend that has flooded Instagram feeds all over the world.
Sleepy Time Chic
With casual chic becoming more of a thing all over the world in the last few years, it seems that Japan has taken it a notch too far. With many people wearing their PJs all day, Japan started this streetwear trend as another offshoot of Japanese culture, with oversized pajama bottoms and old tees incorporated for that bedtime look.
The "pajama fashion" trend in might be one of the most comfortable fashion statements ever made, but it's also one of the most questionable. This trend is definitely not for everyone, but for those who are into it, they can enjoy the ultimate in comfort and style.
This is a trend that's hard to find the exact origins of, but ever so slowly it has seeped into the fashion scene. We've seen it more in the last few years as people use their creativity to accessorize their outfits with all sorts of embellishments and trimmings for a DIY look. Unfortunately, not everyone has the craft skills to execute their vision, which sometimes ends up with... unfortunate results.
People cut up big squares, add big fabric patches, draw their favorite anime characters, write some poetry, and whatnot – it’s all up to you, but the most important thing is, it’s edgy, and it’s all under your own terms.
Fashion trends come and go, and then they come back again. Think baggy tracksuits and bell bottoms, which means there is nothing wrong with borrowing from the past. As long as you do it with tact, that is. Fashion really seems to be cyclical as this trend from the 80s is back in style now.
If you love wearing trends from decades past but feel like they look dated on you, then recycle them and look for more updated versions. Do you still have those bell-bottom trousers? Pair them with a tucked-in, button-down shirt. Maybe you have a knitted cardigan that's back in style, wear it with some sleek jeans.
Whoever said that jeans need to cover your backside obviously had never heard of denim boots. If you are getting tired of the same old boring footwear, give these a go. These denim boots pretty much look like jeans that start at your toes and end at your knees, but who cares. For over $1,000, people actually buy these things.
They're becoming more and more popular as we speak, with high-end designers such as Versace coming out with these crazy denim boots — along with more affordable pairs from places like Forever 21.
We are totally on board with hoodies and maybe even cropped hoodies (which are totally trendy right now), but this latest fashion trend is a little too extreme. This is a hoodie that is so cropped, it is basically just sleeves that are connected by an attached hood.
This sleeve-only hoodie will not keep your torso warm, but it will keep those arms cozy. A more applicable name for this may have been a scarf with sleeves. Whatever you decide to call it, I think we will pass on this one and go for the full-bodied hoodie instead.
Crocs With Platforms
Crocs were undeniably known as the most hideous breakout trend of the 2000s. Somehow, they have made a comeback, but not in the same way you may think. In 2018, the high-end fashion designer Balenciaga came out with their own spin on the platform Croc.
This basic, yet somehow cool, rubber shoe sold out in record-breaking time and sold for a whopping $850 a pair! A steep markup from the original Croc, which you could grab at your local discount shop for about $30. Those of course wouldn’t have the Balenciaga brand behind them, so naturally, they were not as cool.
Talk about lazy fashion, if you are too tired to put on your pants, your socks, and your shoes, then the newest craze might be the perfect item for you! Let’s shrink your getting dressed routine into one simple step. Introducing, shleggings! Shleggings are leggings (or pants) and shoes in one huge piece.
We may have made that name up, but we think shleggings could really catch on! I mean, why not? They are very convenient, after all! The best part about shleggings is that they could also save you money. You no longer have to buy socks, shoes, and pants, you can get them in one piece!
Big Knit Sweaters
Big chunky knit sweaters are all the rage these days, but this one is just a bit over the top! It looks like those big knit throw blankets that are all over Instagram and Pinterest these days, you know, the ones that are knit using your arm instead of a knitting needle since the yarn is so darn thick.
We are all for those thick blankets, but we think wearing one would be a little too much. Not to mention heavy! It would be cozy to wear one of these, but maybe not out of the house. It would be a great blanket house sweater, kind of like wearing a mobile sleeping bag. Okay, maybe we are on board after all.
RompHims — The One-Piece Jumper for Men
If the romper is too feminine for you, let us introduce you to the RompHim. The RompHim is a romper made especially for men. You may be wondering, what is the difference between an ordinary romper and a RompHim? Let us tell you! The RompHim has a zip fly so you do not have to get fully naked (like women do) to go to the bathroom.
RompHim’s also come equipped with adjustable tabs on the waist area to improve your look. Somehow, the first release of the RompHim sold out entirely in just one week. Apparently, there was a huge demand for a male romper. Who knew?
In the ’80s, high-waisted jeans were all people wore! Then in the 90s, super low-waisted pants were all the rage and knocked the high-waisted pants out of the park. Now, high-waisted pants took the spotlight, and people everywhere started rocking high-waisted jeans and even high-waisted leggings again.
These pants, though, take high-waisted to a whole new level, literally. These high-waisted pants are so high that they are also a shirt. You don't have to wear anything else, just these pants. It is basically a jumpsuit that is marketed as full-body pants. Weird!
The See-Through Skirt
For some reason, clear clothes are becoming a thing. There are several examples of them featured on this list. CLEAR-ly, there is a trend here. This time, we bring you this plastic scrap, also known as a plastic skirt.
We are not sure what this one is made of, but it looks like regular old plastic. Nothing says runway ready like being draped in trash! This clear skirt will draw attention to you for sure. If you decide to get yourself one of these, make sure that you are wearing something under it that is presentable because it will leave absolutely nothing to the imagination.
An Optical Jean Illusion
Are you interested in becoming a real-life optical illusion? If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect pair of pants for you. This pair of jeans has the illusion of being two pairs of jeans. Why? We have no idea.
These jeans are not just regular jeans, they have two zippers, double sets of buttons, and double pockets. Retailing at $880, these double jeans are showing up all over lately. Maybe the retail price is so high because you are getting two pairs for the price of one? Either way, it seems like a steep price to pay to look ridiculous.
Nude Pants That Look Like No Pants
Today's fashion trends are pretty weird, especially when you consider this next trend. We are totally on board with the leggings as pants movement, but when we spotted these leggings, our jaws dropped! This pair of leggings is not a basic color, they are nude. They are nearly the same color as her skin.
It has been an ever-growing popular trend to wear athleisure in everyday life. This is where these nude leggings start to pose a problem. It is hard to tell if she is wearing pants, from a distance it looks like she is completely naked walking down the street. The woman in this photo said that she thought the color of the pants was cute, but then she realized that it made her look naked. #Fail.
We love a cozy long-sleeved hoodie or sweater. Long sleeves are great for keeping our arms warm and even look really cute with certain outfits. However, designers have gone a little overboard here, and have been creating these extra-long sleeves that seem to never end!
These long sleeves could be good for keeping your hands warm on cold wintery days, but other than that, we can not seem to find a good purpose. Our consensus is that these never-ending sleeves are not practical and look really silly. We will give it a hard pass.
Don’t wear this new trend to your office party, or the HR department will have a word with you! These sheer shirts are sure to get someone in trouble. Somehow, sheer shirts that came out in the last few years are gaining popularity fast. While they may look pretty cool, they are definitely not suitable for most situations. .
Celebrities and models everywhere are rocking sheer shirts, and some even go so far as being bare underneath! While we probably would not recommend going bare under these sheer tops, there are ways to make this wild trend work and look pretty good
Love him or hate him, Kanye West is constantly all over the news. These bizarre boots were released in 2018 as part of Kanye’s famous Yeezy collection. We are genuinely baffled at $700 a pair how these sold out. These clear boots made of PVC made their way all over social media, popping up in the feeds of all our favorite Instagram influencers.
Everyone wanted to be the first to show off these ridiculous boots. In addition to the see-through vinyl boot, the heel is also completely see-through and made from Plexiglas. These can't be comfortable.
More modern-day designers had this strange idea. They decided to make jeans that looked filthy. Yes, they created jeans with mud stains already on them. We are not sure what is baffling us more, the fact that these bizarre dirty jeans were actually put into production or the fact that they were totally sold out at Nordstrom where they were being sold.
Hopefully, only a few were made, and those were purchased as a costume idea or a silly joke. Nonetheless, these Barracuda jeans with a straight leg in natural brown color are lurking on legs all over the country.
Butt Zipper Jeans
This new fashion statement is plain dangerous! This may look like an ordinary pair of jeans but do not be fooled. There is a zipper going right in the middle of the backside of these jeans! When wearing these cutting-edge jeans, you must be aware at all times. At any given moment, someone could just walk up behind you and unzip that strangely placed zipper. We are not sure what this zipper is supposed to be for, but we have to wonder how anyone could comfortably sit in these things. That zipper looks painfully placed. Ouch!
some fashion-forward individuals have embraced this trend, claiming that it adds a unique touch to any outfit. However, for those who prefer to keep their behinds covered, this is definitely a trend to avoid.
The Asymmetrical Jeans
Can't decide if you're in the mood for 70s-style wide-legged pants or modern-day skinny tight-legged ones? Worry no more! We have a solution for you! Well, actually, a Ukrainian fashion brand does. One of their latest creations, we present to you the asymmetrical jeans — the pants with one fitted, tight leg and one wide leg! Perfect for when you can't decide what jeans to wear, these pants combine the best of two fashion worlds, and times, in one hideous garment! Would you wear these?
We think that asymmetrical jeans are a unique fashion trend that can be a bold fashion statement for those who like to experiment with their style. However, the asymmetry might not appeal to everyone's taste, and it's always up to personal choice and comfort level.
The One-Legged Jeans
Apparently, jeans are the ultimate fashion craze, and regular jeans just won't cut it anymore. Take these one-legged jeans, for example. A fashion trend that started in 2019, you can already spot quite a few women wearing these in Eastern Europe. Apparently, two-legged jeans were becoming way too conservative. Personally, we prefer the old fashion, two-legged denim jeans. But hey, to each their own.
They are often worn with shorts or skirts to show off the unique design, which features one pant leg and one exposed leg. While they are not the most popular trend, they have gained some traction among fashion-forward individuals who like to push the boundaries of traditional fashion.
These controversial boots were a sensation in the early 2000s. While many thought U.G.G was an acronym or stood for something, the name actually stands for ugly, which they are. But despite their marshmallow appearance, these sheepskin boots became popular after Oprah had them on her list of "Favorite Things."
The popularity of UGG boots continued to soar as they became the go-to footwear for celebrities, college students, and anyone looking for comfortable and cozy shoes. They were even worn with denim shorts and skirts during summer, which wasn't exactly practical but still caught on as a trend.
Toe shoes might seem like an obscure invention, but these shoes were actually intended to be a more natural way to interact with the outdoors, basically the next best thing to being barefoot. Surprising as it is, these unmistakably strange toe shoes managed to shift to trendy footwear, even being seen worn by celebrities.
not everyone is a fan of the toe shoe trend, with some finding them unsightly and unappealing. While they may be practical for outdoor activities like running or hiking, they don't exactly scream style.
The Cage Pants
Los Angeles-based fashion brand, Fashion Nova, is known for its bold and daring creations, but it may have gone too far this time. Behold, the cage trousers! It does defeat the whole purpose of wearing pants in the first place, but it's still an interesting concept. This trend is relatively new, and while it hasn't exactly caught on in mainstream fashion, some celebs have been seen wearing versions of this.
The cage trousers trend seems to have been influenced by streetwear and athleisure trends. This style is definitely not for the faint-hearted, as it requires a certain level of confidence to pull it off. While it may not be the most practical trend, it is undoubtedly eye-catching and perfect for making a fashion statement.
Patched Togehter Jeans
Probably one of the most sustainable fashion trends on our list, these are jeans that have been given an edge. Made to look like they've intentionally been sewn together using a few different denim fabrics, it looks a little like patchwork. Patchwork jeans first soared in popularity in the '70s, which mostly involved hand-stitched patchwork, but nowadays, the look can be either seamless or a little rugged like they were crafted at home.
Patchwork jeans can reduce waste and create unique pieces by upcycling denim scraps. This trend has also become popular as a DIY project, where people can customize their jeans to fit their style and take part in the sustainable fashion movement.
The Sock Sneakers
Two famous brands, Vetements and Reebok, joined forces to create the ultimate sock and sneaker combo — the sock sneaker. These first arrived a few years ago, but luckily, it hasn't become as much of a thing as other items on our list. Literally looking like a sock that grew sneaker soles underneath, the sock sneaker is for those people that really can't be bothered to put on cold shoes on their warm socks in the morning or for those that always forget to wear a pair of socks with their sneakers.
Practical? Maybe. Fashionable? Not so much. The result was a strange hybrid that made people look like they were trying too hard. Thankfully, sense kicked in, and the Sock Sneaker remains a hidden part of fashion history.
The See-through Plastic Shoes
A trend that has been around for a few years now, these transparent, plastic shoes have been making a solid comeback since 2018. The only problem is, while some people like how their feet look underneath, they're not really comfortable or breathable, for that matter. This makes sense because we can't imagine who had the brilliant idea to make an entire shoe out of PVC!
And yes, we do realize that the transparent heels may look chic and futuristic, but once you walk in these shoes for an hour and start to feel the sweaty mess, you'll feel differently, we promise.
The Denim Look
Not many people could have made this look this iconic. Britney and Justin, back in those days, could get away with just about anything, but even this was difficult to get on board with. Overwhelmingly denim, the famous pop power couple possibly overdid it. Also, the bejeweled neck and denim fedora? Guys.
It is still remembered as a fashion disaster, and despite being a pop culture moment, it's a look that hasn't stood the test of time and is now widely regarded as a fashion faux pas. Denim had a comeback in the early 2000s thanks to celebrities, but it has changed a lot since its heyday in the 70s when it was called the 'Canadian Tuxedo.'
One of the least sensical fashion trends on our list, we're sure if any working woman from the 40s or 50s saw this on the street, she would be absolutely horrified. At a time, even the tiniest rip in a stocking was seen as a sign of unkemptness. No more, ladies. Ripped stockings started to become a symbol of 'indifferent coolness' in recent years, you might even spot this sloppy fashion trend on the street. Oh, how the times have changed.
The trend has evolved, and today, ripped stockings can be found in many styles, including fishnet stockings and distressed tights. Despite the criticism it receives, this trend has remained popular among many fashion enthusiasts.
Shut Everything Out
No item in the history of fashion has ever made less sense than the shutter shades. Somehow these things shot into popularity in the early 2000s, flying off the shelves, especially for parties and various club events. And we are still trying to understand why. These glasses don't really do much, they block out the sun, but they also block out your vision. Good luck to you and your eyes with this one.
Shutter shades, with their narrow vertical slits, became popular in the early 2000s, thanks to celebrities like Kanye West and Paris Hilton. Despite their limited functionality, they were embraced by the fashion-forward youth, who wore them to concerts, clubs, and music festivals.
The phenomenon of trucker hats quickly became interchangeable with the Von Dutch brand. While the company had many branded items of clothing, its trucker hats were the most popular. The style was popularized by famous celebrities and rappers and soon enough, everyone in the 90s fancied themselves as truck drivers.
The trucker hat trend was especially popular among those who wanted to look laidback and cool, and it quickly became a symbol of casual, effortless style. However, as with most trends, it eventually lost its popularity and became associated with a dated, nostalgic era of fashion.
Camouflage designs are great. They allow you to traipse through the bushes completely unnoticed. You can strategically combat your enemies if you're well-hidden or out in the wild; your clothes will help you blend in with the background, making it harder for animals to spot you. Unless, of course, you're Paris Hilton. Camo-styled clothing first appeared in the late 90s, and thank heavens, it hasn't made a return since.
We sincerely hope these don't come back into style in the near future. While some may still appreciate the style, it's safe to say that it has lost its mainstream appeal. It has made occasional comebacks but has yet to achieve the popularity it once enjoyed in the late 90s.
The classic handbag is iconic. It is one of those timeless staples that everyone seems to have or want. But some brands have decided to capitalize on their fanbase and come out with a new bag that is really, really big. Like, enormous and impractical. Huge handbags and purses first appeared in the 90s. Certain brands seem to know that people these days have a lot of stuff and want to carry all their belongings with them at once. These bags are so ridiculously huge that they should come with a medical disclaimer!
While large handbags may be stylish and practical for some, others argue that they promote over-consumption and can be harmful to our health, and some fashion experts recommend downsizing to smaller bags and only carrying the essentials to reduce the burden on our bodies.
On par with patchwork skirts and paper dresses, several strange trends have come and gone for the better; worst of all is the dark lip liner trend that doesn't blend well with your lipstick. This trend from the 90s really knew no bounds when it came to making women look silly and thin-lipped.
It seemed like every woman in the 90s had the same dark liner on their lips, regardless of their lipstick color. It was a beauty faux pas that was hard to ignore, and thankfully, it eventually disappeared from the fashion scene. Looking back, it's hard to imagine why this trend ever caught on in the first place.
Low Rise Jeans
Functionally, low-rise jeans are fine; but unlike most pants, these were not meant for everyone. Low-rise jeans were only flattering for professionally beautiful people, and despite very few wanting to expose their hip bones, many did so in an attempt to fit in. For a handful of years, low-rise jeans were the coolest thing you could wear. But luckily, the advent of social media meant that cultural influence had much more to say about the matter and spread the idea that maybe it wasn't good for women to despise what they were wearing.
As a result, the popularity of low-rise jeans eventually waned, and people began to shift their focus towards more body-positive and inclusive fashion choices. Today, high-waisted jeans have made a major comeback, offering a more comfortable and flattering option for everyone.
Color Tinted Sunglasses
We first saw these in magazines, then we saw them featured in our favorite TV shows, and soon enough, they were everywhere. From Johnny Depp to the Spice Girls, shady-chic eyewear was all the rage of the late 90s. While we admire their attempts to capture the hopeful atmosphere of the early 90s, these color-tinted glasses only proved that the world didn't look better through them.
The popularity of colored glasses soon faded away, but it left a mark on the era's fashion scene. Nowadays, they might seem like a questionable trend, but they still make an occasional appearance on the runway or the streets.
Typically board shorts were worn by surfers, but that didn't stop teenagers and young adults from wearing them in the 90s. Brands like Billabong, Roxy, and O'Neill were everywhere but the ocean. At least they were practical, as the zippers were replaced with velcro, and the material didn't mind getting wet.
The bright and bold designs were eye-catching and helped define the era's beachy vibe. Even today, board shorts remain popular for anyone looking to embrace a fun and carefree summer style. Whether you're a surfer or just love the beachy aesthetic, board shorts are a must-have in any summer wardrobe.
Wearing jeans is for posers, true revolutionaries wore these bad boys to signify just how cool they were. But believe it or not, everyone wanted to look cool, from preppy high schoolers to punk rockers; they all wore these bleached-out jeans. Nothing epitomizes the extreme contradictions of the '90s quite like acid-washed jeans.
It was a fad that gained popularity due to the influence of rock stars like Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica. While the trend eventually faded away, acid-washed jeans continue to have a place in fashion, with occasional comebacks and updates to keep them relevant.
The Puffy Jackets
Seen alongside big poofy hair, these jackets are quite the sight. We're not sure what to focus on, the guys' indecisively designed jackets that seem to present just about every pattern out there in one item of clothing or the horrendous pink and blue ones on the ladies that look like a disco party.
If ever there was a photo that epitomized the 80s, this might be it. There is definitely a lot going on in this picture that we might run out of time discussing the brightly colored patterns. Let's just skip it all. Next!
Sweater Over Your Shoulders
If you find yourself too warm to wear a sweater but too cold to go without it, this was a nice compromise. Plus, you'd look polished without really trying. This look was supposed to make a statement about casual breeziness — a tennis date, freedom from suit-and-tie events — yet nothing in male fashion had more distasteful baggage. There was once nothing worse than the guy who sported this look.
It was also known as the "preppy" look. It was often associated with wealthy college students who belonged to exclusive social clubs, and the look was meant to be effortless and casual. However, the trend was criticized for being elitist and pretentious and often mocked in popular culture.
This particular trend doesn't really make sense to us, but then again, nothing from 80s fashion really does. We guess they needed to show off their abs by removing unnecessary torso fabric. And this trend wasn't just for women, even the men cut their sweatshirts to expose their midriffs. If they wanted to go full 80s, then they also cut off the sleeves to bare as much skin as possible.
Whether you were heading to a workout or a night out, there was a crop top for every occasion. Everything was about showing off the skin; crop tops were the perfect solution to stay fashionable and stylish.
These utilitarian pariahs have been social outcasts ever since the late 90s, but back in the 80s, they were the bee's knees and seen as the perfect accessory. They came in various neon colors with a variety of patterns and fabrics while appealing to those who wanted a functional accessory that could keep all their essentials in one safe place.
It's hard to believe that something so practical and sensible was once considered fashionable. Today, they are coming back to life, and they come in a variety of styles, from retro to modern, and are perfect for carrying essentials on the go.
From bell bottoms to skinny jeans, pants have come a long way since their arrival in the modern era, but we can't forget to include parachute pants that MC Hammer featured in his music video for "U Can't Touch This." These pants were affectionately named Hammer Pants after the artist, and pretty soon everyone looked like they were wearing oversized diapers.
The Hammer Pants trend was all about baggy, billowy, and comfortable pants that were perfect for dancing. The pants were made from parachute material, hence the name, and had an elastic waistband that made them easy to put on and take off.
The fashion from the 80s placed a lot of emphasis on bold styles and big poofy hair, which could only be achieved with lots of hair spray and a perm. The fascination we now have with 80s hair and how it defined that decade cannot be overstated. If the ’80s had a hair slogan, it would probably be “big hair, don’t care.”
Both men and women went to great lengths to tease and perm their hair for a wild look that was full of curls and waves to get that voluminous look. Indeed, the 80s were all about being big, and it was an essential part of the fashion culture of that decade. The hairstyles were often accessorized with scrunchies, headbands, and hair clips, making the hairdo look even more extravagant.
Fashion was most daring in the 80s, and in an age of big hair and excess, the trends perfectly reflected the mood. Oversized blazers and loose-fitting slacks were in as everyone was trying their best to look like Gordon Gekko. Even though oversized power suits are back in fashion now and trending like crazy, we still think it's a weird trend.
Some felt that the exaggerated proportions were unflattering, and the business-like style was not accessible to all. Nonetheless, the trend has seen a resurgence in recent years, with modern updates such as bold colors and unique tailoring making the look fresh again.
Believe it or not, neon was a sign of good taste in the 80s, and everything that was even remotely cool was made fluorescent so you could spot it from a mile away. Everything and anything was now made with bright neon colors, with the most important thing being to be seen from outer space!
There was no shame in mixing colors or styles, it was all good as long as it was all neon. The brighter, the better, and the trend even extended to hair, with neon hair dye becoming popular among both men and women. The 80s were all about standing out and being bold, and neon was the perfect way to do just that.
Tracksuits first became popular in the late 1970s, made out of colorful fabrics like cotton, polyester, or a mix. The trend of wearing athletic gear continued into the early 1980s. Back then, many couldn't understand why you looked like you were on your way to the gym when you were having pizza with friends. Now, looking cozy and feeling comfortable never looked so good.
With its enduring popularity, it seems athleisure and many other sporty looks aren't going anywhere. High-end designers have even put their own spin on the classic tracksuit, elevating it to a luxury fashion item. But whether you prefer a retro or modern look, there's no denying the enduring appeal of the tracksuit.
It was a time when people first became determined to look trendy while breaking a sweat. Believe it or not, nothing looked better than wearing bright lycra leotards over tights at the gym. Honestly, though, who wants to be a hot, sweaty mess in a leotard after an intense cardio session?
In the '80s, fitness fashion was all about making a statement. Neon colors, bold prints, and skin-tight silhouettes were all the rage. While the trends have shifted over the years, the legacy of '80s fitness fashion lives on, inspiring new generations of fitness enthusiasts to express themselves through their workout clothes.
If someone was doing aerobics in the 1980s, the chances are good they wore leotards and leg warmers. The rise of this '80s trend had a lot to do with affordability, as there are leg warmers available for less than $10, and if you're into knitting, you can easily make your own. But we have a burning question that we can't help but ask: is it even humanly possible for a person's calves to get cold while working out? Please let us know.
The trend was popularized by movies like "Flashdance" and TV shows like "Jane Fonda's Workout," and it's still possible to find leg warmers for sale today and remain a fun and nostalgic reminder of a bygone era of fitness and fashion.
Something strange transpired in the 70s: people grew paper airplane wings on their collars, and nobody seemed to mind. These groovy cuts were called disco shirts and soon started sprouting out from under vests and even sports jackets around the time Tom Jones and Elton John ruled the music scene.
While the trend may have faded along with disco music, vintage disco shirts are still highly sought after by collectors and fashion enthusiasts. Whether you're a fan of the retro style or simply looking to add some fun and personality to your wardrobe, a disco shirt is a fun and unique way to make a statement.
Men's fashion was always known for being functional with a no-frills policy, but the 70s tell a different story when it comes to silk shirts. Sure, an older generation may have raised an eyebrow, but don't they always? Either you loved these frilly shirts, or you hated them, and now they have certainly seen a return in contemporary times thanks to the likes of rappers like Drake and Wiz Khalifa, who were seen wearing floral silk shirts.
Silk shirts are now available in a range of patterns and colors, making them a versatile addition to any wardrobe. They can be dressed up with tailored trousers or dressed down with jeans, making them suitable for a variety of occasions.
The Canadian Tuxedo
Long-lasting, understated, and classic denim jeans are an indispensable item you’ll find in most wardrobes. But some people in the 1970s may have overdone it by wearing outfits made entirely out of denim. They just couldn't get enough of it and would pair denim with even more denim.
This trend was called double denim or the Canadian tuxedo. While the double denim trend may have fallen out of favor for a while, it has made a comeback in recent years with a modern twist, and the key to pulling off double denim is to mix and match pieces that complement each other without being too matchy-matchy.
Along with the rise of the miniskirt came another trend that went well with it. This is where knee-high socks came in. These were cute, came in a variety of patterns and stripes, and weren't quite as outlandish as other trends from the past. Unfortunately, they can make grown women look like schoolgirls.
To avoid looking too juvenile, it's important to pair knee-high socks with more mature pieces like knee-length skirts, tailored shorts, or ankle boots. Opting for neutral or muted colors can also help tone down the schoolgirl effect and over all knee-high socks can be a fun and versatile addition to your wardrobe if styled correctly.
Platforms have been a thing since the 70s. While platform shoes and boots were obviously intended to add height, they were also a fashion statement that both men and women wore. These shoes often came in dazzling colors and glittering embellishments that were meant to stand out in discotheques. The thing is, they also made you fall flat on your face in discotheques.
Platform sandals, sneakers, and even loafers have all made their mark on the fashion world. Whether you opt for a chunky, retro style or a sleek and modern version, platform shoes are a fun way to add some height and personality to your outfit.
If you really wanted to make an entrance in the 70s at a PTA meeting, then you'd arrive in one of these patchwork skirts. It showed off your talents as a seasoned seamstress while also being so colorful there's no way you'd miss it. While quilts are still popular, back in the 70s, they liked them so much that they decided to wear them as skirts.
Regardless of whether you actually like quilts or not, you should never actually wear one. Saying that, patchwork skirts have made a comeback in recent years, and whether you prefer a more subtle patchwork design or a bold, eye-catching statement piece, there is a patchwork skirt out there for everyone.
Back in the '60s, tie-dye was embraced by an entire generation of rebellious youngsters and basically became part of their uniform. Distinctive for its eye-catching design, the style became a symbolic representation of the free-spirited and psychedelic. The 60's tie-dye trend was electric, bold, and came in bright colors, often taking the popular swirl form that made all the grownups groan their disagreement.
If one thing remains true for tie-dye, it's that the bold and bright colors became a cultural phenomenon that still symbolizes the era of peace and love. Today, tie-dye has made a comeback and can be seen in fashion runways, streetwear, and even in home decor. The trend has evolved to include more subtle, sophisticated designs with pastel colors and intricate patterns.
Cat Eye Glasses
Who would've thought that glasses could break free from the usual confines of the face? Talk about a delightful surprise! The swinging '60s not only brought us the counterculture and civil rights movement but also some seriously groovy fashion moments. And that's when the fabulous cat-eye glasses strutted onto the scene, stealing the show and winning hearts ever since!
These sassy specs embraced a playful rebellion, with frames that extended beyond the norm, adding an extra dose of flair to any look. Cat-eye glasses became the ultimate style statement of the era, proving that fashion could be both trendy and timeless, even when it comes to eyewear.
There's a certain nostalgic longing to revisit the fashion choices of our middle school years. For those who yearned for that throwback vibe, babydoll dresses emerged as a trendy favorite. However, in hindsight, it's hard to ignore the slightly unsettling undertones they carried. Babydoll dresses occupy a particular subgenre of fashion that manages to persist even today.
There's something undeniably strange about wearing a dress reminiscent of childhood innocence, especially when approached from an adult perspective. Yet, this peculiar style endures, perhaps because it evokes a sense of whimsy and playfulness. Babydoll dresses serve as a reminder that fashion can sometimes embrace the unconventional, even if it teeters on the edge of weirdness.
The 1960s witnessed a shift towards a more relaxed and casual fashion sensibility. While this era introduced numerous enduring trends that continue to captivate us today, patterned tights did not quite stand the test of time. Multicolored tights certainly injected a playful burst of color into any ensemble, yet they often fell short in terms of flattery.
Their intricate patterns and vibrant hues could sometimes be overwhelming and even uncomfortable to the eyes. Despite their lack of lasting appeal, patterned tights serve as a nostalgic reminder of the experimental and adventurous spirit of the 1960s fashion scene, where bold choices were embraced, regardless of the long-term aesthetic impact.
The dresses in question were initially part of a quirky marketing campaign that unexpectedly sparked a delightful trend. These paper dresses, designed to promote a paper company, featured bright and lively patterns that caught everyone's attention. However, when it comes to sustainability, well, let's just say they weren't exactly eco-friendly!
Wearing one of these dresses was a one-time affair, as they were prone to tearing and couldn't withstand multiple uses. It was the epitome of fast fashion before the term even existed! Despite their short-lived nature, these whimsical paper dresses left a lasting impression, reminding us of the fun and lighthearted side of fashion.
The 1950s marked a remarkable era that bestowed upon us numerous enduring treasures. Radio emerged as a beloved pastime, capturing the hearts and ears of people worldwide. The architectural landscape embraced a futuristic twist, with UFO-inspired designs captivating imaginations. Amidst this captivating time, young women found solace in the peculiar charm of poodle skirts.
These uniquely fashioned garments managed to bridge the gap between conservative parents and the free-spirited youth, serving as a compromise that delighted both parties. Today, the poodle skirt remains an emblematic relic of an era defined by innovation, cultural shifts, and the timeless pursuit of fashion that resonated with multiple generations.
White gloves often found tucked away in the depths of your grandmother's closet, exude an undeniable air of elegance and refinement. However, practicality has never been a strong suit of the fashion world. While they may not serve a functional purpose, these delicate accessories have garnered attention primarily through the iconic performances of the late Michael Jackson.
Paying homage to these gloves in his music videos and concerts, Jackson elevated their status from mere fashion relics to symbols of his artistic expression. In the end, white gloves remain a fascinating reminder of the intriguing intersection between fashion, style, and the world of entertainment.
Miniature Bowler Hats
In the 1940s, fashion took on a distinct uniform-like appearance, characterized by simple designs with boxy shoulders and fitted dresses. However, when it came to headwear, a rather perplexing trend emerged. Hats, which were already decreasing in size, reached new levels of miniaturization with the inclusion of tiny bowler hats. These miniature bowler hats, while intended to be a fashionable accessory, often had the opposite effect.
They were an unusual choice that failed to flatter the human head, leaving many questioning the fashion sensibilities of the time. Perhaps it was a daring attempt to experiment with new styles, but the miniature bowler hats remain a peculiar footnote in the history of fashion, serving as a reminder that even the most innovative ideas can miss the mark.
Strappy and Rounded Toe Shoes
In the 1930s, as fashion standards became more relaxed and women embraced a bolder sense of style, T-strap heels gained popularity despite their unconventional design. These shoes featured a round toe and a T-shaped strap that elegantly covered the heel and toes, exposing a significant portion of the foot. This style choice allowed women to reveal more of their skin, in line with the progressive and daring fashion trends of the era.
The T-strap heels became a symbol of feminine confidence and sophistication, adding a touch of allure to any outfit. Today, fashion enthusiasts continue to embrace these unique and timeless shoes, bridging the gap between past and present with their distinctive charm.
The 1930s, known as the gangster era, brought forth distinctive fashion trends such as zoot suits and the infamous shoulder pads. Although shoulder pads often evoke memories of the fashion mishaps of the 1980s, they actually originated in the 1930s. Fashion designers introduced shoulder pads into their designs as early as 1931. Soon, broad and padded shoulders became dominant in women's fashion, creating a striking silhouette that defied traditional notions of femininity.
The exaggerated proportions of the shoulder pads had the peculiar effect of transforming any woman, regardless of her delicate frame, into a figure reminiscent of a lost football player on the hunt for the field. It was a unique and bold style choice that reflected the evolving roles of women in society and their growing desire to assert power and confidence through fashion.
The 1920s marked a pivotal moment when women started to reject the confining fashion of the past in favor of more comfortable clothing options. However, it's hard to imagine engaging in any kind of workout or physical activity while wearing the fashionable dresses of that era. Interestingly, tennis emerged as the most popular sport during this time, which naturally influenced the design of athletic attire.
Tennis dresses became a source of inspiration both on and off the court. These dresses typically featured sleeveless vests and knee-length pleated skirts, allowing women the freedom to move and participate in physical activities while still maintaining a sense of style. This shift in sportswear mirrored the changing attitudes toward women's participation in sports and their desire for functional yet fashionable garments.
In line with the fashion trends of the 1920s, hairstyles and accessories also underwent a transformation towards a more boyish aesthetic. Long flowing locks were replaced by short bobs, reflecting a desire for a sleek and modern appearance. Alongside the change in hairstyles, elaborate bonnets gave way to the popular cloche hats. These hats were designed to fit snugly on the head, featuring a close-fitting cap that partially covered the eyes.
The choice to adopt a hat that resembled a swim cap for everyday wear remains a curious fashion decision. Perhaps it was a reflection of the era's fascination with new and daring styles, as women sought to break free from traditional norms and embrace a more progressive and forward-thinking look.
Bathing Suit Dresses
We can only speculate on the challenges of wearing taffeta bathing suits in the 1920s. It must have been a cumbersome experience, trying to navigate in fabric that was not designed for swimming. How they managed to stay afloat and enjoy their time at the beach or pool is truly impressive. Thankfully, fashion has come a long way since then, and swimwear has evolved to be more functional and comfortable.
Modern bathing suits are made from materials specifically engineered for swimming, providing freedom of movement and allowing individuals to fully enjoy their aquatic activities. The progression of fashion reflects a greater understanding of the importance of practicality and comfort in clothing, ensuring that people can fully engage in their chosen activities without unnecessary constraints.
Of all the fashion trends that emerged in the 1920s, the flapper dress remains the most iconic and influential. The term "flapper" was derived from the lively and spirited young women who enthusiastically embraced this new style. The defining characteristic of the flapper dress was its loose and straight silhouette, featuring a drop waist that fell just below the knee. This departure from the traditionally fitted and restrictive garments of the past was revolutionary.
The flapper dress symbolized a departure from the conventional ideals of femininity, introducing a more androgynous look to womenswear. By discarding the frills and corsets of previous eras, women were able to embrace a sense of freedom, comfort, and practicality in their clothing choices. Interestingly, the flapper style was also referred to as "la garçonne," which means "boy" in French, further emphasizing its departure from traditional feminine norms.
Hobble skirts were long and close-fitting skirts that were specifically designed to force women to walk with tiny steps. This fashion trend, prevalent in the early 20th century, exemplified how women were perceived at the time, not as individuals with the agency but as objects to be constrained and controlled. The hobble skirt is credited to Paul Poiret, a French designer known for his innovative approach to fashion.
Poiret rejected the use of petticoats and corsets, opting instead for a sleek and restrictive silhouette. While these skirts may have been visually striking, they severely limited women's mobility and physical freedom. The hobble skirt serves as a stark reminder of the constraints placed upon women in that era and highlights the evolving nature of fashion as a reflection of societal values.
Smoking jackets were an appropriate variant of a standard dinner jacket that peaked in popularity in the 1920s. However, this style took a few decades to fall out of favor. These jackets were essentially glorified bathrobes made of velvety maroon fabric, designed for men to wear while smoking. While they were seen as the ultimate symbol of luxury and sophistication for men, they were also saturated with smoke due to their primary purpose.
Over time, as awareness of the health hazards of smoking grew and societal norms changed, the popularity of smoking jackets declined. Today, they are often seen as relics of a bygone era, representing a time when smoking was more prevalent and socially acceptable.
Women's fashion was arguably at its worst at the turn of the 20th century, and thankfully, discussions about the corset being harmful to women’s health began circulating around the early 1900s when corset use was at its highest. Corsets started as a close-fitting sleeveless bodice that soon evolved into an undergarment wrapped around the ribs to compress the torso area. Corsets were known to misalign the spine and squeeze internal organs, often leaving women uncomfortable and out of breath.
This awareness led to a gradual shift in fashion, with women increasingly rejecting the restrictive corset in favor of more comfortable and practical clothing. The early 20th century witnessed the rise of looser and more relaxed styles, such as the "S" curve silhouette and the introduction of the brassiere.