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The Top 12 Worst Fashion Trends

June 5, 2007

There have been hundreds of fashion trends over the years, with some being not too bad, and an equal amount being downright awful. I’ve touched on it briefly once before, but this time I’m going to take a more complete look, and rank what I think are the top 12 worst fashion trends in recent memory.

12. Backwards clothing

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In the early 90’s there was a young Hip-Hop group called “Kriss Kross”. To appear unique, they wore all of their clothes backwards. It looked ridiculous, but I do give them credit for coming up with something unique. Although in this case, unique = stupid looking.


11. Baggy Jeans

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This trend started in the early 90’s, and sadly is still around today. Thankfully, it has progressed whereas the pants don’t hang quite as low as they used to. I remember when this was going strong, and I always wondered why it was popular. Your pants would be continually falling down (or someone was yanking them down). Also, it looked like you had just taken a big dump in your jeans. How is that supposed to be cool?


10. Popped Collars

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About two or three years ago, when the “metro sexual” look was starting to hit off, it seemed every other guy was “poppin’ his collar”. And every one that did looked like a complete tool. I still see this once and a while, and get a good laugh out of it every time.


9. Parting your hair down the middle

Nearly every guy who was alive during the mid-90’s is guilty of this. I know I was. Looking back, I cringe seeing pictures of me with parted hair. Guys would comb their hair and part it right down the center leaving a big white scalp line. It looked awful, and thankfully the trend ended (however, it still lasted just long enough for me to end up with hundreds of graduation pictures showing off the horrid hair-do).


8. Uggs/Fuzzy Snow Boots

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These were mega-popular among girls just a few years ago. The girls that wore them, loved them, and the girls that didn’t, despised them (but probably secretly wanted a pair). Another one of the ridiculous trends women have had over the past few years. They made women look like some sort of abominable snowman. For some reason, women seemed to often wear them with skirts, which only increased the awfulness of them. They are so freakin’ ugly, and the fact they are actually called “Uggs” says it all.


7. High-Waisted Jeans (aka “Mom Pants”)

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These aren’t necessarily a trend as much as they are an actual style. However, in the 80’s and early 90’s, nearly every pair of jeans that women wore were “mom jeans”. Everyone knows what they look like… jeans that ride right up around the mid-section, and make your ass look gigantic. They are quite possible the most unflattering pants ever created, yet Moms around the world continue to wear them.


6. Big High-Waist Belts

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I said all I needed to say about these, here.


5. Grillz

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It started out with a gold tooth. Then multiple gold teeth. Every rapper is always trying to “out-bling” the next guy, and that’s what gave us “grillz”. Grillz are perhaps the ugliest accessory you can add to your face. I can somewhat understand why male rappers would get this done… it adds to the whole “bling” image. But lately, even women are getting this done. I guess some people like looking ridiculous.


4. Shoulder Pads

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When I think of a sexy woman, I definitely think: “football linebacker”. What the hell were women thinking when they decided that shoulder pads were a good idea? One of the most infamous trends ever, as it’s easily one of the ugliest and most absurd of all-time. I’ll never understand how this became popular. Then again, there’s a lot of things I’ll never understand about the 80’s.


3. Mens cut off jerseys / belly shirts

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What the hell was this? It’s some sort of football/fruit cake combination. During the 80’s, men (usually ones in good shape) would cut off a football jersey (or t-shirt) to show off their toned stomachs. As far as I’m concerned, all it did was raise questions as to their sexual preference. One of the worst trends men have ever come up with.


2. The Mullet

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Oh, the mullet. The mullet is without a doubt, the ugliest hairstyle of all time and that is saying a lot. The funny thing about the mullet though, is that it was so bad, that people actually embrace it now. It’s become such a joke, that some men or women will grow one just for laughs. If you see someone with a mullet, you don’t look at them like “what an idiot”. It’s more like “wow, this person is awesome!”


1. The Emo

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I may get some negative comments about this choice, as this fad is currently at it’s peak. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing more ridiculous than the recent “emo” look. It’s not just one particular style, it’s the complete package. From the ridiculously styled hair, to the make-up, to the guys that weigh 93 pounds, to the skin-tight jeans with the bottoms so small they must cut off ankle circulation, to the incredibly ugly checkered shoes. The entire style is mind blowing. It seems it’s more the “outcasts” trying to be unique that take up this look. It’s the new “goth”. However, instead of looking unique, they all look like clones of one another. What an utterly horrid look.

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31 comments

  1. Honorable mention goes to:

    Leather Jackets with tassles

    Tie-Die Shirts


  2. hahaha i loved your parted hair in those grad photos!
    You looked so young and innocent!! What happened?


  3. I hate the emo trend, way to sock it to em!

    By the way, Im looking for a writer to help me with my OnHockey.ca blog, if anyones interested email me (danny@onhockey.ca)


  4. Nice list. I especially liked Mom Pants. The emo thing is pretty funny. It actually goes back to the NY punk movement in the late seventies (think Ramones). Somehow it mixed with Goth and depressed teenagers and we ended up with Emo. I blame AFI.


  5. Okay…wait just one minute. Did I see something about “Mom pants!!” I oughta #$%^&*#$@$&^&
    Kiding!! Must admit….wore the mom pants!


  6. I think I’m too old to understand the emo look. It is bizarre, unflattering and hopefully will pass soon. Good call.


  7. I have to completely agree with you on every one of those, especially number 1.

    …stupid emo kids.


  8. Matt,

    I have to admit that I get googly for the fuzzy snow boots. Get some Canucks fan chick in them and *meow*

    The ’emo’ thing…I totally agree with. It’s not just a look, but a whole ‘lifestyle’…it’s funny that these people think they are being unique and counter-culture when they look just as dumb as every other emo-clone. What do you have to whine about?

    One thing you didn’t mention is the big sunglasses look (This Paris Hilton). If you wear these glasses, it pretty much says you are a bitch. The style didn’t look good on 75-year old women (who usually wear them), and it doesn’t look good on anyone else.

    Mullets rock. How can a hockey fan say anything bad about them? No, I’d never wear one, but I don’t begrudge those who do.


  9. the grill look on brooke hogan totally rocks leave her alone AND paul wall


  10. FUCK U THE EMO LOOK IS N AND ITS FUCKIN KOOL DONT GO DISSIN THE EMOS CUZ U WISH U WAS 1 AND U NO U CANT B ONE SOO BAC THE HELL OFFF THE EMOS WE R JUST LYK U UR JUST 2 AFRAID TO EXPRESS UR FEELING 2 N E 1 AND WE R NOT AFRAID 2 UR JUST A JELOUS FUCKER WHO THINKS THEY NO STYLE OK EVERY ONE HAS THEIR OWN STYLE DONT GO FUCKIN SAYING WATS N AND WAT ISNT


    • Case and point. Sorry bit anyone who:

      types in caps
      can’t spell
      wishes they were ghetto (yep, I went there)
      wears GIRLS jeans
      wears GIRLS makeup
      wears GIRLS hairstyle

      Does NOT incite jealousy in me. Just makes me laugh, because honestly, Mr. Idiot, it’s not an original look.

      While your clan of 12 and 14yr old friends think they’re the first ones to be “oppressed” and “raging against the system,” they’re not.

      So grow a pair and grow the hell up.


      • you said it!!……they can’t grow a pair because their jeans are sooo tight that it prevents anything to move hahaha, in 20 years they will just say “why the hell did we do that?”


  11. I believe it’s spelled “in”, no?


  12. THERE IS ALSO NOTHIN WRONE WIT THE GRILLZ OR THE FUCKIN ABOVE THE WAIST BELT AND YES IM FUCKIN EMO AND UR A CUNT GET THE FUCK OVER THE FASHION TREND NO ONE REALLY CARES AND 2 ALL THE EMO HATAS…FUCK U BITCHES GO FUCKIN DIE GOD UR SOOO RETARTED U WISH U WAS LYK US


  13. An emo with grillz and wearing a waist belt? This I gotta see.


  14. I’m sorry but, the emo part:
    In which way EXACTLY do the emos look like clones in the picture you have chosen??
    This is ridiculous at least some people have a fashion sense unlike some of u old timers here =/


  15. yeah i totally agree and that emo kid needs to learn how to spell before he you know defends his “counter-culture” or slits his wrists which ever is first so yeah uhh… good list i like it its true the mullet is bad no matter how much of a hockey fan i am


  16. hey err velvet tears person,

    err with you saying all we are the same as you stuff, why are you saying i bet you wish you could be us, your implying that your different, everyone is entitled to their own veiws on emo ”fashion”, just like you entitled to dress the way you want, and dw im not some mom pant wearing 47 yr old, im 13 i went thru the same phase but in england 9whee i live) we see it as a fashion maybe not a particularley good one but stil a fashion, not a way of life and a excuse to kick up a fuss when people dont aggreee with us and when they finally do aggreee start calling them wannabee’s and posers…

    so before you start spinning all your ‘you dont express your feelings stuff’ looks at what he wrote his DID express his feelings but towards fashion, so take back all you have said, and stop trying to outcast yourself from society when your actually the sucker of the society…..
    (here comes a bad catchprase…..)

    face it….. your society’s bitch 😀


  17. terrib;y sorry about spelling and grammar my keyboard has got really bad stcky keys at the base grrr!


  18. I am emo and i love my look so kiss it up my but and around the corner JERK!!!!!!!!


  19. FUCK U THE EMO LOOK IS N AND ITS FUCKIN KOOL DONT GO DISSIN THE EMOS CUZ U WISH U WAS 1 AND U NO U CANT B ONE SOO BAC THE HELL OFFF THE EMOS WE R JUST LYK U UR JUST 2 AFRAID TO EXPRESS UR FEELING 2 N E 1 AND WE R NOT AFRAID 2 UR JUST A JELOUS FUCKER WHO THINKS THEY NO STYLE OK EVERY ONE HAS THEIR OWN STYLE DONT GO FUCKIN SAYING WATS N AND WAT ISNT
    **************
    cheer up emo kid. dont go slitting your wrists over some poor “old farts” idea of fashion sense.
    by the way, im a youngin’ too, and i happen to agree with every single fashion opinion on this list.
    at least goths knew how to mix it up- you emo’s cant decide on whether you want to be female or male. you all look the same^^


  20. Umm, not to say that emo is the coolest thing ever but, this whole emo criticism thing is getting old… I recommend you find new stuff to make fun of. Emo has been overused, and honestly, making fun of it has become as tacky and outdated as Michael Jackson’s nose jobs…
    BTW, i fail to see how any of the people in the picture you’ve provided look even vaguely clone-like.
    i would also like to know if this is really about the fashion, or if this is about the way it is believed emos act. for those of you who have stated something along the lines of emos cutting, I’ll have you know that being emo does not mean you cut, and cutting does not mean you are emo.
    If this is about the associated sensitivity, as much as the clothing, then it is a sad day when men are given tear ducts without the freedom to use them.
    I would also like to mention that calling emo hair ridiculous is like telling Slash to shave his head: pointless, and with terrible consequence! You’re right, you will be getting plenty of backlash for the emo comment…
    This is not to say that you aren’t entitled to your own opinion but, please, be a bit more sympathetic to those who might be reading this thing!
    BTW: AFI rocks… responsible for goth/emo or not.


    • I totally agree with you here, although I’m not an emo fanatic. Though I do respect it. I suppose I’d much prefer this than the huge baggy jeans, clothes trend of the early to mid ’90s. The baggy stuff was the trend I had to grow up with during that time (many of us Echo-boomers). Needless to say, I look nothing like that beacause, like many of us that matured with time, we formed our own opinions and decisions, and create our own style based upon our sytnhesis of the fashion environment around us. So for instance, myslef, I no longer wear baggy clothing, neither do I wear “skin-tight” jeans. I do however, do try to be “creative” and “fashionable” if you will. Blending a unique style of patterns colours, and shapes to defy today’s “common” trends. So yeah, I give you the credit for staning up for your “style”. Not many people can do that. 🙂


  21. i think the uggs and fuzzy boots are really comfy and i like em a lot, but i agree with everything else except for some of the emo stuff i mean i LOVE emo hair its awesome but the idea of being emo-emotional or suicidal? what velvet tears said about how we all wish we could be emo, well i most defiantly do not i am a happy person and i am not saying that all emos are unhappy im just saying that most are. i have 2 friends that are emo and they are AWESOME i love them to bits but the fact that you would cuss everyone out because they are stating their opinion on emo style or scene or goth dosnt mean that they are contradicting you or all emos.


    • some uggs and fuzzy boots actually look “cute” on some girls given the right “combo”, colour and style. But it just depends on that person’s personal pref. Then again, some people can look “not so convincing” with a air of uggs. It really depends, however.


  22. A friend & I just watched a group of mid twenties men walkin around with their shorts literally at their knees. Do these kids not know that this trend was in FACT started by prison in-mates that intended to “advertise” their sexual agreeability.


  23. nice article and very good post thanks for this wonderful


  24. :O
    i LIVE for highwaisted anything!!!!!

    If you knew what you were actually talkingg about than you’d know that highwaisted is back in….
    trust me i know what im talking about…
    i’m a fashion designer!


    • actually, I don’t know “exactly” what you are talking about, but I can imagine that there are a group of young women (or teen girls) who reflect on the old days of 1950s and early 1960s, and some 1980s female actresses and stars. The style of pants rode up to the waist to highlight the contrast between the curvature of the butt and the slenderness of the actual waist itslef, if you will. Well, I don’t know if this is what you gals mean, but I can imagine. So what do you think of the high-riding pants? I mean, certain styles of it actually look good, but I have to agree that certain styles of high-riders look too “mom-esque”. So perhaps that’s why some men comment against it. But given the right style, combo, colours, and “theme”, it can be “gorgeous”. But….errr, whatta you think?


  25. In the end, fashion (whether counter-culture or high mainstream) is a matter of personal taste and reference, regardless of the mockery and “culture” wars going about (yes many out there already know that). I respect many facets of fashion. But I will be honest, there are some fashions (i.e baggy jeans, grillz, uggz, emo, etc.) that I do not like. But you know, to each is own, and I suppose that’s what makes everyone different. But I’ll have to admit, today’s present trend appears to be a battle between the emo-punk look and the bling/hip-hop, and glamour groups. As we speak, I can’t imagine the various counter cultures trying to deviate against these current trends, with whatever resources available to be “unique”. But you know, to each is own, that’s how I look at it.


  26. well actually if high waist anything is done correctly it can actually be very pretty and flattering….creating that very vintage hourglass look without all the corsets and stuff, its a fashion illusion really, but it can be done wrong which then its a fashion don’t in my



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