Fashion is constantly-revolving, with new trends and fads popping up each decade. In the past, we have seen many different trends, including the "flapper style" of the roaring twenties, military style wear for women during the Great Depression, and the 1960s hippie movement. Some of these trends are fashionable classics that will always be in style. While there are other trends make us wonder how something that dowdy could ever be considered "in." Indeed, there are a lot of fashion trends that we hope never come back.
1. Disco Fashion
The disco suit became popular during the 1970s. The reason why disco fashion was so popular was because it was, and still is, very fun and flamboyant. The "disco fever" movement became even more famous when the movie, Saturday Night Fever, was released in 1977. This movie, directed by John Badham, was made in an attempt to widen disco's popularity and definitely accomplished it's goal of doing so.
Men began to wear three-piece suits that had wide flaps, broad legged trousers, and high-rise waistcoats. In Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta popularized the white polyester three-piece suit with a matching waistcoat. Women, on the other hand, started wearing hot pants, which were very tight and short shorts; platform shoes, which were raised at least 2-4 inches from the ground; and flared trousers, which became a must have item among women in the early 1970s. The Disco trend eventually died out when it was replaced by Punk Rock anti-fashion in the late 70s. Many Americans, who were rock fans, even began wearing anti-disco slogans on their shirts.
2. Sagging Pants
The sagging trend is simply wearing one's pants below the hips, hanging low enough to show underwear. It began in the prison system, where belts are not allowed to be worn due to the fact that they can be used as weapons. Hip-Hop artists eventually took up this trend in the 90s and many youth quickly became attracted to it. Rappers, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Lil Wayne, commonly had their pants sagging below their hips in their music videos.
Even though this was a very popular fashion statement, many parents and adults were not pleased. As a matter of fact, some towns in the United States passed laws that have actually banned the sagging of pants. Well, many people agree that this definitely isn't a bad thing because sagging pants are considered a very sloppy fashion. Men who wear their pants below their hips are often depicted as jobless and careless. While this may or may not be true, we are glad that the art of sagging is over and done with.
3. Shell Suits
Sportswear meets fashion! The shell suit was based on the original track suit and was very brightly colored and made of polyester. Many were often very shiny on the outside and had distinctive blends of colors. Shell suits became popular during the 1980s and early 90s and were worn by many people, including Sir Jimmy Savile. They were also extremely popular among hip hop artists and breakdancers.
Shell suits have actually been voted "the worst fashion item of the past 50 years." This suit was a very odd fashion statement in particular because track suits are often associated with exercising. But ironically, most people who wore shell suits never exercised at all. This trend eventually died out when manufacturers began making unattractive, more cheaper looking versions. Once everyone started wearing them, including those with limited income, shell suits died out almost instantly.
Crocs were released to the public in 2002. These colorful, plastic shoes were once very popular among people of all ages. They became an instant trend, then a fad, and then soon slipped into oblivion. One reason why people stopped wearing them is because they turned out to be hazardous, causing children and adults to have a lot of accidents. Some of these accidents occurred from children getting their Crocs caught in escalators when they would get trapped at the bottom and top comb plates. So, apparently, Crocs didn't live up to their "no-skid" promise.
Overall, Crocs are simply "stubbornly unstylish" according to Emma Elwick, a fashion feature assistant for Vogue. It is obvious that people didn't wear them because they were fashionable. The public mainly liked Crocs because of the fact that they are easy to wear, very practical, and are insanely comfortable. However, the whole Crocs trend eventually died out anyway and today, the only ones that you will see wearing these shoes are children in grade school who are not concerned with the look of them.
5. The Trucker Hat
The trucker hat, which is a kind of baseball hat, originally came to be as an advertising give-away from farming supply companies. The front section of the hat above the bill is foam, and the rest is plastic mesh, which distinguishes it from regular ball caps. Trucker hats were available in many colors and many varieties. They became a mainstream fashion trend in the early 2000s among suburban American youth. But, the trucker hat revolution eventually became less popular and we can safely say that it has officially ended.
Trucker hats became cool for both men and women when celebrities like Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher started wearing them. Once this happened, instead of containing farmer logos, trucker hats started having silly phrases printed on them such as "billionaire." Wearing one of these hats made people look unfashionable and quite silly. Eventually people stopped wearing these hats and they are now considered by many to be a "hot mesh."
6. Shutter Shades
Shutter shades are simply louvered sunglasses. They were and still are to some degree, marketed towards both men and women and are available in many colors. They were released in the 1950s, but became popular in the early 1980s once a modern design was created. Many youth of the 1980s started wearing shutter shades, establishing them as a fashion trend.
Most of these shades don't even function as sunglasses. In addition, it is often hard to see through them. The main reason people wore them was to simply look cool. But in reality, they didn't really look cool at all. It seems that many people think that wearing shutter shades make a person look silly. Why would a person want to casually wear them anyway? They basically impair a person's vision by looking through blinds all day. If you want to look cool, just buy a pair of sunglasses. This will save you the risk of tripping and falling because you can't see properly.
7. Shoulder Pads
Shoulder pads were worn during the 1940s, 1980s, and late 2000s in men's and women's clothing to give the appearance of wider, less sloping shoulders. This trend eventually died when people figured out that shoulder pads did not make their appearance any more fashionable. Many shoulder pads were worn with short, tapered skirts, and a drawn in waistline, in an attempt to get a geometric shape to one's body. However, most of the time, this just made the head look too small. For quite some time, it was very difficult to find a shirt or dress without shoulder pads. This led women to cut them out at home with scissors, which resulted in even more unattractive shoulder holes.
The first thing that comes to mind when you look at this trend is a football linebacker. Many are chunky, unflattering, and totally 80s! Hopefully, we have shrugged shoulder pads away for good. But even so, celebrities like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Beyonce have attempted to bring back the old shoulder pad trend, much to our displeasure.
8. Harem Pants
Harem pants were popularized by MC Hammer in his 1990 hit "Can't Touch This." Their main defining characteristic is the excess material in the crotch area, which results in a saggy look. Because of this, harem pants are actually also known as the diaper pants. We're glad that this particular style is no longer in fashion.
Many people wouldn't be caught dead in a pair of Harem pants. So, why were they once so popular? Many people wore them because they were, and still are, a very comfortable pair of pants. They are also easy to just slip on and go. But even though they are comfortable, thefashionpolice.com confirms that harem pants are indeed ugly. Some fashion trends can come back, but we hope that the "hammer pant" trend remains in the 80s!
9. Clear Bra Straps
Clear bra straps were made for practical reasons. Many women have limited options while wearing halter tops and spaghetti straps. One option is to wear a strapless bra, but some women don't like them due to the constant slipping down and the uncomfortable feeling that comes along. Clear bra straps function the same way as regular bra straps, but are supposed to be "invisible." Nevertheless, you can still see the straps when wearing one. So, the whole idea is rather counterproductive.
Clear bra straps also tend to look cheap and tacky. So, thankfully, there are other options which include wearing stick-on cups, double-sided tape or bra converter, or a racerback sports bra. In addition, another option is wearing jewelry, gem-line, or sparkling fabric straps, which look much prettier than clear bra straps. So ladies, do your best to avoid wearing clear bra straps unless you absolutely have no other option.
10. Platform Sneakers
Platform shoes definitely have a long history. They actually began when the Greeks wore 6-inch cork platforms to make actors appear taller. In the middle ages, these shoes were worn by almost everyone while walking in the streets because of sanitary reasons. Platform shoes didn't modernize until the 1930s, when the rainbow-colored cork sandal was created. Sometime after then, the platform sneaker was created. The platform sneaker became a very popular fashion symbol among women in the late 80s, early 90s.
Platform sneakers are a cross between the classic platform shoe and the regular sneaker. These unique type of sneakers were worn in the mid 1990s when the Spice Girls popularized them. Unfortunately, these sneakers in reality are very uncomfortable and unsightly. Many people have actually sprained their ankle while wearing these particular sneakers. The only thing positive about them is the fact that they make you appear taller than you actually are.
11. Adult Onesies
Adult onesies were inspired by the one-piece pajamas that infants commonly wear. OnePiece, a company from Norway, thought it would be a smart idea to make an adult version. Surprisingly, many Scandinavians adored them and the company became very successful. The onesie eventually became popular in the UK and in the United States, and became a new trend. Although they are great for indoor lounging and sleeping, many people actually started to wear them outside of the house.
Onesies are great for babies, however, on adults, they are a bit bizarre. But even so, many celebrities started venturing out in onesies. The famous all boy band One Direction were one of the first celebrities to wear them in public. However, just because a celebrity wears something, doesn't make it any more attractive. If you want to wear a onesie, stick to wearing it inside your house. Chances are, once you step outside your door, you will receive stairs from opened mouth individuals.
12. Popped Collars
A popped collar is simply a collar that has been turned upward. It is mainly associated with polo shirts, but any shirt with a collar can also be "popped." This trend has been around for quite some time. It was actually very common in the 1850s to see men in public wearing popped collars. The popped collar modernized in the 1960s but became very popular in the 1980s among high school and college students. Many people popped their collars in the past because they wanted to look "cool." Some people even took it to the next level and popped two or three collars at once. Furthermore, people that had a lot of money wore popped colors to show the world that they were rich. However, popped collars are no longer linked with being cool. Today, you will barely see anyone wearing one, unless you are at a Halloween party, and the theme is "dress up like a 1980s prep."
Many people have very strong opinions about those who pop their collars. Many people believe that these type of people are trying too hard to look fashionable, and thus are being obnoxious. However, the overall opinion is that they simply look bad. Like the general public, we hope that the popped collar will keep it's place in the fashion graveyard!
13. Lensless Glasses
Lensless glasses, which are also known as "hipster glasses," became super popular back in 2012 during the NBA final. But, these glasses were also quite popular in China in the 90's. Lensless glasses are simply wide black frame glasses with the lenses taken out. They were popular mainly for appearance and fashion purposes. These glasses had no function in vision correction or eye protection what-so-ever.
Many people ask, "why would anyone wear glasses unless they have to?" Glasses can sometimes be a burden and slip down the face. Many people with prescription eyeglasses wish that they didn't have to wear them. So, why would anyone want to put up with that? Even though these glasses definitely counteract common sense, many people believe that they are cool anyway. Thankfully, most people have stopped wearing these "hipster glasses" and figured out that they can be cool without them.
14. Deep V-Neck
Deep V-Neck shirts are basically a v-neck shirt that stretches half way down a man's chest. There is a huge debate on whether these shirts actually look good or not. Some people absolutely love them while others hate them. According to complex.com "deep v-necks are like the sweater vests of summertime: impractical, really hard to pull off, and its existence is pretty unjustifiable." Andy Samberg and Ben Stiller actually made a funny Saturday Night Live skit about them.
A blog on Kempt claims that the deep v-neck is a "misguided ode to the dude sternum." In conclusion, it appears that while these shirts look great on women, they don't look as appealing on men. Guys, it is better to stick to regular v-necks that don't stretch down your chest. Regular v-necks are practical and are way easier to pull off than deep v-necks are.
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