Ah, fashion, what a fickle mistress she is. While we might think that we are super cool, on trend fashionistas, so too did our bell bottom wearing, platform heel doffing parents. We think, ‘but our fashion is awesome, we will never look back and think we look stupid. Alas, time makes fools of us all, and those 90’s school photos of you wearing trousers with 10 inch wide legs, and a Papa Roach t-shirt would beg to differ. Here we take a look at some of the most cringe-worthy fashion trends of the last few decades, and say a silent prayer that none of them make an ironic, retro reappearance in our high street stores.
These multi-coloured eye-sores were all the rage in the 60’s. Why anyone thought that these would flatter anyone’s shape is entirely beyond us!
There was a trend in the 60’s wherein designers envisioned what they thought the future would look like. Thankfully, they were wrong, but ‘Futuristic Fashion’ was a big thing at the time. Now it’s referred to as ‘Retro-Futuristic’, if you can get your head around that conundrum!
Jumpsuits For Men
Why, in the name of all that is holy, were these ever a thing? They are hideous! Completely unflattering, they make people look like matadors! Go home, 70’s fashion, you’re drunk!
Bay City Rollers Fashion
The Bay City Rollers were a hugely popular band in the 70’s. Unfortunately, so too were their fashion choices. Super high platforms, multi-coloured knee high socks worn with 3/4 length pants, and lots and lots of plaid. We get it, you’re Scottish, calm down on the tartan!
OK, so these were garish, and loud, and gaudy, and kind of awful, but we must confess to having a bit of a soft spot for these. These are actually coming back into fashion at the moment, so we can indulge our secret tacky shame if we really really want to.
MC Hammer Pants
Yeah, we are not as fond of these pants, though. MC Hammer was a rapper in the early late 80’s and early 90’s. These pants were his trademarks. Very handy if you ever needed a parachute, for your crotch.
Super Baggy Jeans
Oh the nostalgia is killing us with this one! These were really popular in the 90’s amoungst skaters and Nu-Metal fans. We’re not saying we did have 10 pairs of these and a whole wardrobe full of Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, and Korn t-shirts, but we’re not saying we didn’t either!
These were hats that fishermen originally wore, but they were popularised by Glastonbury goers and Oasis fans. Again, we are not going to say that we didn’t fall victim to this fashion faux pas.
A snow boot that wasn’t waterproof and slid off your feet sideways when you walked in them. Great! Thanks to the likes of Paris Hilton, ultra trendy girls everywhere had a pair of these. Most commonly worn with pale blue skinny jeans, a pink fluffy cardigan and a tiny dog inside a Louis Vuitton handbag . No, just no.
We’d like to think that we have come a long way in terms of haute couture and high street trends. Honestly though, ten years from now there will probably be another article, just like this one, featuring something you are wearing at this very minute! So maybe we shouldn’t be too smug about our fashion choices, and just wear whatever we feel most comfortable in.