Fashion trends come and go – some come back around eventually and become popular again. But what about the trends we don’t want to see ever again? What were those about? Think of the worst fashion atrocity you’ve ever seen. Would you want to see that all over the world? It makes sense you wouldn’t. So, let’s talk about some of the worst-ever fashion trends that were all the rage.
In the 1960s, free spirit was a trend in itself. People were encouraged to cover up their legs with bright colors and the wackiest patterns they could find. Essentially, exercise clothing was repurposed and used as everyday wear to make things more “fun” than simple black leggings. Black leggings may be considered to be boring, but this trend is one we’re glad is nowhere to be found these days.
Back in 2002, the worst part of footwear came to be in the form of Crocs. We aren’t sure if they were meant to mimic the famous wooden clogs worn by people collecting tulips in the Netherlands only made of plastic and with holes, but either way, they are an abomination. Sadly, we all know what happened next: Crocs became one of the most popular shoes in the world for a long time. In fact, they’re still around to this day.
Whenever you would do any kind of aerobics in the 1980s, you’d be wearing leg warmers to match your stylish outfit. Whether you chose to sweat it out to the Oldies or keep up with Jane Fonda, there apparently was a deep belief that exercise would somehow chill your ankles and calves. We now know that simply is not true and that leg warmers should not have been made in the first place.
In 2005, these terrifying shoes were introduced by a rubber sole company named Vibram. They called them “FiveFinger” shoes. They were meant to be a way to interact with nature in a way that’s closer to nature itself. Almost as if the wearers were walking or running barefoot. However, as copycats entered the scene less than a decade later, Vibram set money aside to settle a health-claim lawsuit.
The babydoll dress came around at the turn of the 20th century. It started out as nightwear but by the time the 60s rolled around, it transformed into daywear. With their loose fit and structured form, these dresses became a renowned style everywhere. All the same, we find the trend rather creepy: adults dressing like children despite the fact that adulthood is no walk in the park, to say the least.
The dad sneaker has come back with a vengeance as of late, and it’s been a massive love/hate trend. The one brand that truly made the trend popular is Balenciaga. They came out with the ultimate dad shoe that blew up all over the world. Ever since then, countless brands on the low and high-end spectrum have been creating all kinds of dad shoes to be part of the hype. These sneakers might be comfortable, but it’s a no from us. No amount of comfort can excuse such hideousness.
Let’s go back in time a little and talk about the terrible trend that was chopines. They were shoes with a very tall wooden or cork platform sole that was placed right in the middle. They had practical and symbolic functions but we have a feeling they were terrible to wear. These shoes were designed to protect the foot from unevenly paved or wet and muddy streets. The person wearing them was soon affected by the height, however, and would be thrown off balance. Go figure.
This abomination, otherwise known as clear boots, is a rather recent trend we don’t quite enjoy. Brought into style by the fashion house, Yeezy, these PVC clear boots are by no means practical in any which way. They might look okay when styled well, but the fact remains that the illusion soon dissipates. As we know, humans’ bodies radiate heat. When wearing boots made of plastic (even with ventilation holes) the feet will soon get sweaty and fog up the entire boot. If you don’t believe us – look it up. People have tried these boots out and have detailed all the issues with them. That’s not even mentioning the health hazards of wearing such shoes for prolonged periods of time.
Sandal Straps Wrapped Around Jeans
Another recent trend, we’ve started noticing that many people choose to wrap the straps of their sandals around the leg of their jeans instead of, well, their legs. For some reason, this trend has taken off and can be seen pretty much everywhere. Online, people seem to be conflicted when creating opinions about this trend. It’s split down the middle – some people hate the trend while others adore it. We have to say we’re on the side that does not like it.
You know how some people can compliment others by saying things along the lines of “that dress is to die for”? Well, in this case, it’s very much true in every sense of the word. In the Victorian era, bottle-green dresses were a huge hit. But to achieve such a color, the fabric would be dyed using large amounts of arsenic. Some women experienced all kinds of nasty side effects as a result like nausea, impaired vision, and skin reactions to the dye. These dresses were only worn on special occasions, but many people still died bringing this trend to the world of fashion at the time.