25 Unfortunate Fashion Trends That We Can’t Believe Happened

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent

Ah, Fashion. The things we wear to be seen, to stand out, or to blend in with the cool kids (of any age). We all have some fashion choices we confidently made in the past that we perhaps wouldn’t share on Facebook today. This post a celebration of those things we maybe would have, should have told our past selves, or in some cases our ancestors, was not the most timeless of choices. Proof that fashion faux paus know no age, here’s a humorous and sometimes shocking look back on the looks of yesteryear and back on our high school selves. Perhaps we can have some gratitude for how far we’ve come with these 25 Unfortunate Fashion Trends That We Can’t Believe Happened.


The early 2000's gave us a few interesting fashion trends, but possibly the most cringe-worthy was the "Whale Tail," which is what it's called when the top of your thong sticks out of the top of your jeans.

Whale-tail-feamale-male-thongSource: http://www.fashionmagazine.com/ Image Source: commons.wikimeida.org

Waist training - using a corset or clincher to make your waist look smaller - used to be a thing of the past, but thanks to celebrities like the Kardashian sisters, it's making a comeback via things called waist trainers. Corset training, waist training, and tight lacing are all the same thing, and as far back as the 1500's women started using garments with "bones" (no, really, many were made from whale bone) to train their waists smaller, sometimes resulting in internal injury.

ANatural_-_BTight_lacingSource: http://www.usatoday.com/ Image Source: en.wikipedia.org

Bullet Bras were a thing in the 1950's, designed to make a woman's breasts look, well, pointy. We're still not sure why. Madonna took this look to the extreme in 1990 with her now infamous golden cone bra.

Bullet braSource: http://www.pinuppassion.com/ Image Source: en.wikipedia.org

Back in the 1400's, before pants were common, men would wear hose to cover their legs, and a fabric pouch - called a codpiece- to cover their genitalia. Eventually, these pieces became more than utilitarian and started to become decorative to exaggerate a man's masculinity. Thankfully, they died out around the time Elizabeth I became ruler of England.

Giovanni_Battista_Moroni_009Source: http://www.fashionencyclopedia.com/ Image Source: en.wikipedia.org

Trucker Hats are another gem of the early 2000's. They're literally the kind of hats truckers and farmers used to wear and that brands like John Deere Tractors would give away for free. Then, a company called Von Dutch started making them, and celebrities starting wearing them, and suddenly everyone had a trucker hat.

TruckerhatSource: http://www.today.com/ Image Source: En.wikipedia.org

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