Fashion

The Worst Fashion Trends of the Last Decade

2010

Wedge Sneakers

At this point we were still playing Chatroulette on our iMac, so we’ll give ourselves a small break. The cringe-worthy wedge sneaker became popular early on in the 1940s when Salvatore Ferragamo introduced the first version, but it wasn’t until 2010 that designers like Isabel Marant popularized the sneaker format, and the rest is history.

2011

Harem Pants

We get it, they were comfortable. Another trend stemming from the early 20th century, this time by Paul Poiret, harem pants became popular (again) in 2011 due to an uprising of interest in yoga culture. What celebs who rocked the look didn’t take into account is the way it made their body seem oddly shaped, and made it very hard to walk properly.

2012

Feather Extensions

Becoming popular in the 1970s and having a (very) quick re-emergence in 2012, the feather extension trend was here, then gone before anyone really noticed. Mainly a summer staple, it became popular due to celebrities like Selena Gomez and Kesha sporting the ‘do at events. Bigger question: where were these feathers coming from?

2013

Ripped Jeans

The exact time when worn frayed jeans became popular remains debatable. We think the trend started somewhere between 2012 and 2013, but, who knows? One thing for sure is that this trend is confirmed to be atrocious, no matter who’s wearing them.

2013

Crop Tops

2013 was shaping to be a bad year in terms of fashion. Made popular at some point in almost every decade, the crop top made its return with the younger generation. We hope this is it’s final appearance for a while.

2013

Normcore

Starting off as an anti-fashion trend and quickly becoming an in staple, normcore is probably the funniest on this list. Normcore means wearing very simple non-labeled clothing usually with basic colors. It started off as a way to explain why Jerry Seinfeld dressed the way he did and what models preferred to wear when off-duty. It quickly turned into a lifestyle. Luckily as of 2019, normcore peaked and is quickly fading away.

2014

Google Glass

This funny pair of glasses launched to the public in May of 2014 and the world was changed forever… not really. Initially pegged as a game changer in the way people interact with wearable technology, the Google Glass was slated to change the future of fashion and technology. Only 831,000 units were sold during its launch which resulted in a shutdown of the program in 2015. Don’t worry though, Apple is working on a version of its own…

2014

Designer Parody Shirts

Initially made by groups protesting the overpriced items of some luxury retailers, the designer parody shirt trend took off when the parody actually became the cool thing to wear. By 2014, parody shirts were coming in all different shapes and forms and even the designers being mocked were creating their own, but of course at a much higher price tag, essentially defeating the purpose.

2015

Single Cross Earrings

George Michael (bless his soul) was the pioneer of this trend back in the 80s, and back then it was cool. Movies like The Lost Boys glamorized this trend and made it a must-have. In 2015 things took a weird turn…the earring came back and was heavily associated with the selfie culture.

2016

Unicorn Anything

Remember the good ol’ days when unicorn decorations only popped up for birthday parties or casual strolls around the roller discotheque? We don’t. in 2016, the trend exploded with everything from Starbucks drinks to (actual) unicorn toast, and even bled rainbow into our wardrobes and hairstyles. The history of this trend is muddled somewhere between an infinite obsession of mythological creatures and nostalgia. We’re glad it’s magically fading into the background. That and Bronies, too.

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