Clothes can be a wonderful thing. They let us express who we are through the material we wear on our bodies. As time passes, so do the styles of their clothes. We have taken a look at some of the best options for your personal wardrobe, but now we’re going to shake things up a bit. We would like to discuss some of the worst fashion trends in history. Some of these fads have only lasted a few years, while others have lasted centuries. Let’s begin.
Parachute Pants: In the beginning of the ’80s these pants rose with popularity when breakdancing started to hit the streets. All teenagers needed back then was a piece of cardboard to dance on, a boombox to bump Rockit by Herbie Hancock, and that stylish pair of parachute pants. Well, this fad didn’t even last to the mid-80’s and we’re grateful it came and went that quickly.
Extremely Ripped Jeans: This is a trend I was actually old enough to see first hand, and fortunately was never involved. This fashion statement started in the ’90s grunge era and kept pushing its limits well into the 2000’s. It started with smaller rips and ended up looking like more skin was showing than denim. Why people bought beat up and ripped jeans, we’ll never know. We can just only hope we never see it to this extent again.
Bell-Bottoms: It is crazy to think that people actually wore these for a span of about twenty years. Bell-bottoms are the fashion trend your parents are probably most embarrassed about wearing. They started out in the ’60s, looking like ordinary pants from the waist to the knee. Then, the material explodes outward, ending in a bell-shaped catastrophe we refer to as bell-bottoms. The hippies claimed these pants as their own in the late ’60s, and the pants somehow lasted in the ’70s. This may be one of the worst fashion trends of all time as no designers want to try to resurrect this awful piece.
Kipper Tie: As seen in Why We Wear Ties, these are a less popular but equally disastrous style that came from the ’60s. A decade earlier, it was a common trend to not wear ties. The ’60s took that to the other extreme, creating ties that were as wide as six inches! Obviously it didn’t stay long because ties have kept getting thinner and thinner throughout the years. Hopefully it’s a good sign that these ties will never come back.
Powdered Wigs: Taking a look now at our longest trend, the powdered wig, or peruke, lasted two centuries. These are the headpieces that are so commonly seen by our earlier world leaders. It actually started because of the same disease we learned about in sex education: syphilis. In the late 1500’s, this STD became the worst sickness since the Plague, causing sores, rashes, blindness, and yes, hair loss. To compensate (or over-compensate) for their baldness, people started wearing these big wigs with a scented powder to cover up any odor the syphilis was leaving behind. They left the fashion industry when the Brits were taxed in 1795 on hair powder. After two centuries of having no wigs, let’s hope we don’t transition back into another two centuries with them.
Crocs: Yes, I said it. Crocs were a primarily American footwear trend that happened in the 2000’s; so, for my international readers, you are lucky if you have never seen them. Now Crocs makes a variety of shoes now that actually look wearable, but these hole-covered, sandal-like shoes got them where they are today. The shoes felt like they were made out of the same material as the candy peanuts that you can get from the local grocery store. We laugh now at these ridiculous, colorful pieces of footwear, but the same trend is coming into existence with another sandal: Chacos.
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