The 5 Most Tragic Fashion Trends

By Danielle Bagworth

Fashion: An ever-rotating wardrobe of unique designs, eye-catching patterns and ideas that we live to regret. In the moment, we love to wear on-trend items. However, fast-forward a few years and our most prized fashion pieces often become the cause for a cringe-induced headache. Regret sinking in our stomachs, we live in hope that nobody finds the dreaded photo album that emphasises our fashion disasters. Here are the top 5 most tragic fashion trends in history:


Hypercolour T-shirts


If you were around in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s you’ll remember the craze for Hypercolour T-shirts. Hypercolour T-shirts were a novelty garment that changed in colour when exposed to heat. This meant that by touching your T-shirt you would leave an imprint of your hand. Impressed fashion followers loved this innovative trend. However, it soon became obvious that heat-sensitive clothing looked dreadful if you got hot and sweaty. Hypercolour T-shirts were also easily damaged if washed, and the heat from the washing machine would often left the T-shirts useless.




Crocs. Crocs. Crocs. They’re shower shoes that are worn in public. In 2002, Crocs were originally designed as a “spa shoe.” A few years later, sales of Crocs rocketed and they soon became a fashion must-have, with celebrities such as Adam Sandler, P. Diddy and Angelina Jolie falling victim to the rubber hoof. Crocs are known for being completely comfortable; however, the phrase “fashion is comfort” does not exist. Therefore, nobody will ever be able to pull off a pair of plastic clogs.


Velour Tracksuits

DanielleBagworth--Velour Tracksuit (1)


Yes, they are comfy, but this does not mean that they should be worn in public. Tracksuits were originally designed as sportswear, and that is where they should stay. However, with the fashion company Juicy Couture introducing their signature velour tracksuits, they soon became a fashion statement. In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s it was impossible to walk through an airport without spotting a glamorous girl in a velour tracksuit. However, an outfit made out of towels should never be worn outside of the house.


Invisible Bra Straps

DanielleBagworth--Invisible Bra Strap

In my mind, the word invisible means “unable to be seen.” However, even though I’ve got pretty awful eyesight, I can always see an invisible bra strap. You may think you’ve worked your way around a strapless or halter neck top, but you haven’t. The shiny plastic strap is there for the world to see, and there’s no getting around it. As an alternative to “invisible” bra staps, try a strapless bra instead.


Shell Suits

DanielleBagworth--Shell Suit

The shell suit: a bizarre fashion faux pas. Based on the tracksuit, the brightly colored polyester trouser and jacket combination soared in popularity during the ‘80s and early ‘90s. As a variety of garish shell-suit designs and colors hit the shops, everyone raced to get their own suit. If a variety of fluorescent colors were thrown together, or your whole outfit clashed, it really didn’t matter! However, they were extremely unflattering. The material often made you look like a cross between marshmallow and hot air balloon. This fashion should be banned, unless you’re going to an ‘80s-themed fancy dress party.


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This article was written by Danielle Bagworth, an avid lover of anything fashion-related. She recommends ChicksRule for their completely quirky style, including their awesome womens slogan T-shirts—no fashion disasters in sight!

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