The history of fashion is an area that we all look at from time to time, usually in the form of old photographs of trends long since passed. We've all heard the expression that fashion 'comes back around eventually', well, we thought we'd dig up the worst trends we could find throughout the illustrious history of fashion, as a cautionary tale...
1. The Ruff Collar
That does not look comfortable. And I bet he spent a lot of time tripping over his own feet. Thankfully, the only place we see the ruff today is in the history books.
2. The Trucker Hat
Trucker hats. Yes 90's kids, we're talking to you: you looked like a hot mesh! Especially if you left the sticker on the brim.
3. The Leisure Suit
The leisure suit. We applaud the idea of trying to smarten up your casual wardrobe, but, not like this. Please. And the colours, oh my stars, the COLOURS!
Crocs may be comfortable, but they look awful. Possibly acceptable for a small child exploring a rock pool for the first time, but not on grown adults. Escpecially in this range of, ahem, lovely colours.
5. Shutter Shades
Shutter shades. Because you didn't need unobscured vision, right?
6. Stop, Hammer Pants
MC Hammer and his pants have a lot to answer for. It's not bag enough that they are a terrible shape, but they've got to be in seizure-inducing colours and patterns too?
7. The Victorian Bathing Suit
Thankfully, times and bathing suits have changed. We don't know if it's conditioning, but it just looks ridiculous to us. Also, does anybody know why that had to be as bright as a lighthouse?
Sadly though, for a time, swimwear became this. The Speedo. No image for this one. You're welcome.
9. Velour Tracksuit
Velour Tracksuits. Tacky, tacky, tacky. And women's fashion got stuck with this one too.
10. Beanie Hats - at the height of summer
Wooly hats in summer. No. Your head will sweat, it will be disgusting. Find yourself a season and temperature appropriate hat and we are all for it, but this is like wearing a parka in the Bahamas.
11. Aloha Shirts
Loud, brash and favoured by Elvis, the Hawaiian shirt is a monstrosity of colour and pattern that is capable of stinging retinas at 20 paces.
12. Layered Polo Shirts
Layering polo shirts. We don't know what this trend was. Bizarre, unnecessary, hot and heavy would be our guess.
13. Justin Bieber (the hair, specifically)
Bieber hair. Still out there sadly. Get rid of it, even Justin Bieber himself has gone for the chop now. Trust us, you'll be amazed at the difference peripheral vision makes to your life.
14. Frosted Tips
Frosted tips. Permanently grown-out highlights that made you look like a close relation to a skunk or badger in their bright whiteness contrasted with the dark roots. At least a good trim got rid of the whole thing though.
15. Powdered Wigs
Powdered wigs. One guy gets a little sensitive about his receding hairline and suddenly everybody gets to wear giant, curly wigs. And they're still about today on judges and the like. This is a trend that seriously escalated, and example of how influential and, consequently, how dangerous fashion can be.