In a previous article about odd fashion trends from history, we brought you quite a few examples of that latter kind. But apparently, we had a blind spot. Several blind spots actually. Blind spots we wish had stayed blind because they were too much of an eyesore to look at. But, if we have to, then so do you. Enjoy (or don’t) these fashion trends that should never have happened, but somehow did.
Fashion really is cyclical, as we see with this trend that looks like it's straight out of the 60s. From dizzying designs that look a little psychedelic to graphic shift dresses, this look is bold and colorful with a dash of nostalgia.
But of course, every time a new style reinterprets another one from the past, it takes on its own flavor, and not always a good one.
Skin is in again it seems and as a result clothes are now being fashioned with cleverly-placed cutouts. Think dresses with bare shoulders or blazers with a cut that exposes your waist.
Even jeans and jumpsuits are being taken over by this trend that's not only a little subversive but also a little strange.
If you like the fashion from the 1920s then you'll love the newest trend that's been aptly termed 'regencycore.' This style embraces blouses with peter pan collars and pearls, frilly skirts, and just a more modern approach to Victorian fashion.
The look is meant to be polished and meant to look a little quirky but if you ask us, it's actually just a little bit weird.
Today's runways are full of oversized, fleece-lined sweatpants that look super comfortable but also out of place as they're often paired with high heels or other pieces of formalwear.
There seem to be many different styles of sweats out there though, from knitted flares and flowy culottes, but these seem to be here to stay, mostly thanks to the new normal of remote work setups.
If anyone has ever found themselves between styles and unintentionally pairing random items of clothing, they could be considered a hipster. Like wearing a fedora hat with flannels, or maybe a vintage leather jacket with brightly colored trousers.
At its most universal, hipster fashion is about intentionally dressing in a gaudy or ironic manner that mixes different styles to look like you couldn't care at all how you look when you actually do.
Puffy Sleeve Trend
From oversized balloon sleeves to pure puffy sleeves, this fashion trend has gone beyond our better judgment. We're not exactly sure when this style came into being but it seems the last few years have been filled with blouses that flare out at the sleeves.
With rounded shoulders and balloon sleeves that leave a spherical statement, these garments create a silhouette we doubt would look good on anyone.
Is it possible for a trend to be both innovative and basic? You've probably seen all these pieces flood your Instagram feed by now, with trippy prints, swirly dresses, and clashing designs.
Welcome to the trend of "Avant-basic." That so-bad-it’s-almost-good allure is probably why this look is on the rise right now, it's so unique and somehow it still manages to circle back to being simplistic.
Sleepy Time Chic
With casual chic becoming more of a thing all over the world in the last few years, it seems that Japan has taken it a notch too far.
With many people wearing their PJs all day, Japan started this streetwear trend as another offshoot of Japanese culture, with oversized pajama bottoms and old tees incorporated for that bedtime look.
This is a trend that's hard to find the exact origins of, but ever so slowly it has seeped into the fashion scene. We've seen it more in the last few years as people use their creativity to accessorize their outfits, with all sorts of embellishments and trimmings for a DIY look. The unfortunate thing is that not everyone has the craft skills to execute their vision, which sometimes ends up with... unfortunate results.
People cut up big squares, add big fabric patches, draw their favorite anime characters, write some poetry, and whatnot – it’s all up to you, but the most important thing is, it’s edgy, and it’s all under your own terms.
Fashion trends come and go and then they come back again. Think baggy tracksuits and bell bottoms, which means there is nothing wrong with borrowing from the past. As long as you do it with tact, that is. Fashion really seems to be cyclical as this trend from the 80s is back in style now.
If you love wearing trends from decades past but feel like they look dated on you, then recycle them and look for more updated versions. Do you still have those bell-bottom trousers? Pair them with a tucked-in, button-down shirt. Maybe you have a knitted cardigan that's back in style, wear it with some sleek jeans.
Whoever said that jeans need to cover your backside obviously had never heard of denim boots. If you are getting tired of the same old boring footwear, give these a go. These denim boots pretty much look like jeans that start at your toes and end at your knees, but who cares. For over $1,000, people actually buy these things.
They're becoming more and more popular as we speak with high-end designers such as Versace coming out with these crazy denim boots — along with more affordable pairs from places like Forever 21.
We are totally on board with hoodies, and maybe even cropped hoodies (which are totally trendy right now), but this latest fashion trend is a little too extreme. This is a hoodie that is so cropped, it is basically just sleeves that are connected by an attached hood.
This sleeve-only hoodie will not keep your torso warm, but it will keep those arms cozy. A more applicable name for this may have been a scarf with sleeves. Whatever you decide to call it, I think we will pass on this one and go for the full-bodied hoodie instead.
Crocs With Platforms
Crocs were known, undeniably, as the most hideous breakout trend of the 2000s. Somehow, they have made a comeback, but not in the same way you may think.
In 2018, the high-end fashion designer Balenciaga came out with their own spin on the platform Croc. This basic, yet somehow cool, rubber shoe sold out in record-breaking time and sold for a whopping $850 a pair! A steep markup from the original Croc, which you could grab at your local discount shop for about $30. Those of course wouldn’t have the Balenciaga brand behind them, so naturally, they were not as cool.
Talk about lazy fashion, if you are too tired to put on your pants, your socks, and your shoes, then the newest craze might be the perfect item for you! Let’s shrink your getting dressed routine into one simple step. Introducing, shleggings! Shleggings are leggings (or pants) and shoes in one huge piece.
We may have made that name up, but we think shleggings could really catch on! I mean, why not? They are very convenient, after all! The best part about shleggings is that they could also save you money. You no longer have to buy socks, shoes, and pants, you can get them in one piece!
Big Knit Sweaters
Big chunky knit sweaters are all the rage these days, but this one is just a bit over the top! It looks like those big knit throw blankets that are all over Instagram and Pinterest these days, you know, the ones that are knit using your arm instead of a knitting needle, since the yarn is so darn thick.
We are all for those thick blankets, but we think wearing one would be a little too much. Not to mention heavy! We have to admit it would be cozy to wear one of these, but maybe not out of the house. It would be a great blanket house sweater, kind of like wearing a mobile sleeping bag. Okay, maybe we are on board after all.
RompHims — The One-Piece Jumper for Men
If the romper is too feminine for you, let us introduce you to the RompHim. The RompHim is a romper made especially for men. You may be wondering, what is the difference between an ordinary romper and a RompHim? Let us tell you! The RompHim has a zip fly so you do not have to get fully naked (like women do) to go to the bathroom.
RompHim’s also come equipped with adjustable tabs on the waist area, to improve your look. Somehow, the first release of the RompHim sold out entirely in just one week. Apparently, there was a huge demand for a male romper. Who knew?
In the ’80s, high-waisted jeans were all people wore! Then in the 90s, super low-waisted pants were all the rage and knocked the high-waisted pants out of the park. Now, high-waisted pants took back the spotlight and people everywhere started rocking high-waisted jeans and even high-waisted leggings once again.
These pants, though, take high-waisted to a whole new level, literally. These high-waisted pants are so high that they are also a shirt. You don't have to wear anything else, just these pants. It is basically a jumpsuit that is marketed as full-body pants. Weird!
The See-Through Skirt
For some reason, clear clothes are becoming a thing. There are several examples of them featured on this list. CLEAR-ly, there is a trend here. This time, we bring you this plastic scrap, also known as, a plastic skirt.
We are not sure what this one is made of, but it looks like regular old plastic. Nothing says runway ready like being draped in trash! This clear skirt will draw attention to you for sure. If you decide to get yourself one of these, make sure that you are wearing something under it that is presentable, because it will leave absolutely nothing to the imagination.
An Optical Jean Illusion
Are you interested in becoming a real-life optical illusion? If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect pair of pants for you. This pair of jeans has the illusion of being two pairs of jeans. Why? We have no idea.
These jeans are not just regular jeans, they have two zippers, double sets of buttons, and double pockets. Retailing at $880, these double jeans are showing up all over lately. Maybe the retail price is so high because you are getting two pairs for the price of one? Either way, it seems like a steep price to pay to look ridiculous.
Nude Pants That Look Like No Pants
Today's fashion trends are pretty weird, especially when you consider this next trend. We are totally on board with the leggings as pants movement, but when we spotted these leggings, our jaws dropped! This pair of leggings is not a basic color, they are nude. They are nearly the same color as her skin.
It has been an ever-growing popular trend to wear athleisure in everyday life. This is where these nude leggings start to pose a problem. It is hard to tell if she is wearing pants, from a distance it looks like she is completely naked walking down the street. The woman in this photo said that she thought the color of the pants was cute, but then she realized that it made her look naked. #Fail.
We love a cozy long-sleeved hoodie or sweater. Long sleeves are great for keeping our arms warm and even look really cute with certain outfits. However, designers have gone a little overboard here, and have been creating these extra long sleeves that seem to never end!
These long sleeves could be good for keeping your hands warm on cold wintery days, but other than that, we can not seem to find a good purpose. Our consensus is that these never-ending sleeves are not practical and look really silly. We will give it a hard pass.
Don’t wear this new trend to your office party or the HR department will have a word with you! These sheer shirts are sure to get someone in trouble. Somehow, sheer shirts that came out in the last few years are gaining popularity and fast. While they may look pretty cool, they are definitely not suitable for most situations.
Celebrities and models everywhere are rocking sheer shirts, and some even go so far as being bare underneath! While we probably would not recommend going totally bare under these sheer tops, there are definitely ways to make this wild trend work and look pretty good.
Love him or hate him, Kanye West is constantly all over the news. These bizarre boots were released in 2018 as part of Kanye’s famous Yeezy collection. At $700 a pair, we are genuinely baffled how these sold out.
These clear boots made of PVC made their way all over social media, popping up in the feeds of all our favorite Instagram influencers. Everyone wanted to be the first to show off these ridiculous boots. In addition to the see-through vinyl boot, the heel is also completely see-through and made from Plexiglas. These can't be comfortable.
More modern-day designers had this strange idea. They decided to make jeans that looked filthy. Yes, they created jeans with mud stains already on them. We are not sure what is baffling us more, the fact that these bizarre dirty jeans were actually put into production or the fact that they were totally sold out at Nordstrom where they were being sold.
Hopefully, only a few were made and those were purchased as a costume idea or a silly joke. Nonetheless, these Barracuda jeans with a straight leg in natural brown color are lurking on legs all over the country.
Butt Zipper Jeans
This new fashion statement is plain dangerous! This may look like an ordinary pair of jeans, but do not be fooled. There is a zipper going right in the middle of the backside of these jeans! When wearing these cutting-edge jeans, you must be aware at all times. At any given moment someone could just walk up behind you and unzip that strangely placed zipper.
We are not sure what this zipper is supposed to be for, but we have to wonder how anyone could comfortably sit in these things. That zipper looks painfully placed. Ouch!
The Asymmetrical Jeans
Can't decide if you're in the mood for 70s-style wide-legged pants or modern-day skinny tight-legged ones? Worry no more! We have a solution for you! Well, actually, a Ukrainian fashion brand does. One of their latest creations, we present to you the asymmetrical jeans — the pants with one fitted, tight leg and one wide leg!
Perfect for when you can't decide what jeans to wear, these pants combine the best of two fashion worlds, and times, in one hideous garment! Would you wear these?
The One-Legged Jeans
Apparently, jeans are the ultimate fashion craze, and regular jeans just won't cut it anymore. Take these one-legged jeans, for example. A fashion trend that started in 2019, you can already spot quite a few women wearing these in Eastern Europe. Apparently, two-legged jeans were becoming way too conservative.
Personally, we prefer the old fashion, two-legged denim jeans. But hey, to each their own.
These controversial boots were a sensation in the early 2000s. While many thought U.G.G was an acronym or stood for something, the name actually stands for ugly, which they are.
But despite their marshmallow appearance, these sheepskin boots became popular after Oprah had them on her list of "Favorite Things."
Toe shoes might seem like an obscure invention but these shoes were actually intended to be a more natural way to interact with the outdoors, basically the next best thing to being barefoot.
Surprising as it is, these unmistakably strange toe shoes managed to shift to trendy footwear, even being seen worn by celebrities.
The Cage Pants
Los Angeles-based fashion brand, Fashion Nova, is known for its bold and daring creations, but this time, they may have gone too far. Behold, the cage trousers!
It does defeat the whole purpose of wearing pants in the first place, but it's still an interesting concept. This trend is relatively new and while it hasn't exactly caught on in mainstream fashion, some celebs have been seen wearing versions of this.
Patched Togehter Jeans
Probably one of the most sustainable fashion trends on our list, these are, again, jeans that have been given an edge. Made to look like they've intentionally been sewn together using a few different denim fabrics, it looks a little like patchwork.
Patchwork jeans first soared in popularity in the '70s which mostly involved hand-stitched patchwork, but nowadays, the look can be either seamless or a little rugged like they were crafted at home.
The Sock Sneakers
Two famous brands, Vetements and Reebok, joined forces to create the ultimate sock and sneaker combo — the sock sneaker. These first arrived a few years ago but luckily it hasn't become as much of a thing as other items on our list.
Literally looking like a sock that grew sneaker soles underneath, the sock sneaker is for those people that really can't be bothered to put on cold shoes on their warm socks in the morning, or for those that always forget to wear a pair of socks with their sneakers. Practical? Maybe. Fashionable? Not so much.
The See-through Plastic Shoes
A trend that has been around for a few years now, these transparent, plastic shoes have been making a solid comeback since 2018. The only problem is, while some people like how their feet look underneath, they're not really comfortable, or breathable, for that matter. Which makes sense, because we can't imagine who had the brilliant idea to make an entire shoe out of PVC!
And yes, we do realize that the transparent heels may look chic and futuristic, but once you walk in these shoes for an hour and start to feel the sweaty mess, you'll feel differently, we promise.
The Denim Look
Not many people have could have made this look this iconic. Britney and Justin, back in those days could get away with just about anything, but even this was difficult to get on board with. Overwhelmingly denim, the famous pop power couple possibly overdid it. Also, the bejeweled neck and denim fedora? Guys.
Denim definitely had a comeback in the early 2000s thanks to celebrities, but it has certainly changed a lot since its heyday in the 70s when it was called the 'Canadian Tuxedo.'
One of the least sensical fashion trends on our list, we're sure if any working woman from the 40s or 50s saw this on the street she would be absolutely horrified. There was a time when even the tiniest rip in a stocking was seen as a sign of unkemptness. No more, ladies.
Ripped stockings started to become a symbol of 'indifferent coolness' in recent years, you might even spot this sloppy/sexy fashion trend on the street. Oh, how the times have changed.
Shut Everything Out
No item in the history of fashion has ever made less sense than the shutter shades. Somehow these things shot into popularity in the early 2000s, flying off the shelves, especially for parties and various club events. And we are still trying to understand why.
These glasses don't really do much, they block out the sun, but they also block out your vision. Good luck to you and your eyes with this one.
The phenomenon of trucker hats quickly became interchangeable with the Von Dutch brand. While the company had many branded items of clothing, its trucker hats were the most popular.
The style was popularized by famous celebrities and rappers and soon enough, everyone in the 90s fancied themselves as truck drivers.
Camouflage designs are great. They allow you to traipse through the bushes completely unnoticed. You can strategically combat your enemies if you're well-hidden, or if you're out in the wild, your clothes will help you blend in with the background, making it harder for animals to spot you. Unless of course, you're Paris Hilton.
Camo-styled clothing first appeared in the late 90s and thank heavens it hasn't made a return since. We sincerely hope these don't come back into style in the near future.
The classic handbag is iconic. It is one of those timeless staples that everyone seems to have or want. But some brands have decided to capitalize on their fanbase and come out with a new bag, that is really, really big. Like, enormous and impractical.
Huge handbags and purses first appeared in the 90s. Certain brands seem to know that people these days have a lot of stuff and want to be able to carry all of their belongings with them at once. These bags are so ridiculously huge, that they should come with a medical disclaimer!
On par with patchwork skirts and paper dresses, there are several strange trends that have come and gone for the better; but worst of all is the dark lip liner trend that doesn't blend well with your lipstick.
This trend from the 90s really knew no bounds when it came to making women look a little silly and very thin-lipped.
Low Rise Jeans
Functionally, low-rise jeans are fine; but unlike most pants, these were not meant for everyone. Low-rise jeans were only flattering for professionally beautiful people and despite very few wanting to expose their hip bones, many did so in an attempt to fit in.
For a handful of years, low-rise jeans were the coolest thing you could wear. But luckily, the advent of social media meant that cultural influence had much more to say about the matter and spread the idea that maybe it wasn't good for women to despise what they were wearing.
Color Tinted Sunglasses
We first saw these in magazines, then we saw them featured in our favorite TV shows, and soon enough they were everywhere. From Johnny Depp to the Spice Girls, shady-chic eyewear was all the rage of the late 90s.
While we admire their attempts to capture the hopeful atmosphere of the early 90s, these color-tinted glasses only proved that the world didn't look better through them.
Typically board shorts were worn by surfers but that didn't stop teenagers and young adults from wearing them in the 90s. Brands like Billabong, Roxy, and O'Neill were everywhere but the ocean.
At least they were practical as the zippers were replaced with velcro and the material didn't mind getting wet.
Wearing jeans is for posers, true revolutionaries wore these bad boys to signify just how cool they were. But believe it or not, everyone wanted to look cool, from preppy high schoolers to punk rockers, they all wore these bleached-out jeans.
Nothing epitomizes the extreme contradictions of the '90s quite like acid-washed jeans.
The Puffy Jackets
Seen alongside big poofy hair, these jackets are quite the sight. We're not sure what to focus on, the guys' indecisively designed jackets that seem to present just about every pattern out there in one item of clothing, or the horrendous pink and blue ones on the ladies that look like a disco party.
If ever there was a photo that epitomized the 80s, this might be it. There is definitely a lot going on in this picture that we might run out of time discussing the brightly colored patterns. Let's just skip it all. Next!
Sweater Over Your Shoulders
If you find yourself too warm to wear a sweater but too cold to go without it, this was a nice compromise. Plus, you'd look polished without really trying.
This look was supposed to make a statement about casual breeziness — a tennis date, freedom from suit-and-tie events — and yet, nothing in male fashion had more distasteful baggage. There was once nothing worse than the guy who sported this look.
This particular trend doesn't really make sense to us, but then again nothing from 80s fashion really does. We guess they needed to show off their abs by removing unnecessary torso fabric.
And this trend wasn't just for women, even the men cut their sweatshirts to expose their midriffs. If they wanted to go full 80s, then they also cut off the sleeves to bare as much skin as possible.
These utilitarian pariahs have been social outcasts ever since the late 90s, but back in the 80s, they were the bee's knees and seen as the perfect accessory.
They came in various neon colors with a variety of patterns and fabrics while appealing to those who wanted a functional accessory that could keep all their essentials in one safe place.
From bell bottoms to skinny jeans, pants have come a long way since their arrival in the modern era, but we can't forget to include parachute pants that MC Hammer featured in his music video for "U Can't Touch This."
These pants were affectionately named Hammer Pants after the artist and pretty soon everyone looked like they were wearing oversized diapers.
The fashion from the 80s placed a lot of emphasis on bold styles and big poofy hair which could only be achieved with lots of hair spray and a perm. The fascination we now have with 80s hair and how it defined that decade cannot be overstated.
If the ’80s had a hair slogan, it would probably be “big hair, don’t care”. Both men and women went to great lengths to tease and perm their hair for a wild look that was full of curls and waves to get that voluminous look.
Fashion was at its most daring in the 80s and in an age of big hair and excess, the trends reflected the mood perfectly. Oversized blazers and loose-fitting slacks were in as everyone was trying their best to look like Gordon Gekko.
Even though oversized power suits are back in fashion now and trending like crazy, we still think it's a weird trend.
Believe it or not, neon was a sign of good taste in the 80s and everything that was even remotely cool was made fluorescent so you could spot it from a mile away. Everything and anything was now made with bright neon colors, with the most important thing being to be seen from outer space!
There was no shame in mixing colors or styles, it was all good as long as it was all neon.
Tracksuits first became popular around the late 1970s, made out of colorful fabrics like cotton and polyester, or a mix. The trend of wearing athletic gear continued into the early 1980s. Back then, many couldn't understand why you looked like you were on your way to the gym when you were having pizza with friends. Now, looking cozy and feeling comfortable never looked so good.
And now with its enduring popularity, it seems athleisure, along with many other sporty looks, isn't going anywhere.
It was a time when people first became determined to look trendy while breaking a sweat. Believe it or not but nothing looked better than wearing bright lycra leotards over tights while at the gym.
Honestly though, who wants to be a hot, sweaty mess in a leotard after an intense cardio session?
If someone was doing aerobics in the 1980s, the chances are good they wore leotards and leg warmers. The rise of this '80s trend had a lot to do with affordability, as there are leg warmers available for less than $10, and if you're into knitting, you can easily make your own.
But we have a burning question that we can't help but ask: is it even humanly possible for a person's calves to get cold while working out? Please let us know.
Something strange transpired in the 70s: people grew paper airplane wings on their collars and somehow nobody seemed to mind.
These groovy cuts were called disco shirts and soon started sprouting out from under vests and even sports jackets around the time Tom Jones and Elton John ruled the music scene.
Men's fashion was always known for being functional with a no-frills policy, but the 70s tell a different story when it comes to silk shirts. Sure, an older generation may have raised an eyebrow, but don't they always?
Either you loved these frilly shirts or you hated them, and now they have certainly seen a return in contemporary times thanks to the likes of rappers like Drake and Wiz Khalifa who were seen wearing floral silk shirts.
The Canadian Tuxedo
Long-lasting, understated, and classic, denim jeans are an indispensable item you’ll find in most wardrobes. But some people in the 1970s may have overdone it by wearing outfits made entirely out of denim.
They just couldn't get enough of it and would pair denim with even more denim. This trend was called double denim or the Canadian tuxedo.
Along with the rise of the miniskirt came another trend that went well with it. This is where knee-high socks came in. These were cute, came in a variety of patterns and stripes, and weren't quite as outlandish as other trends from the past.
Unfortunately, they can make grown women look like schoolgirls.
Platforms have been a thing since the 70s. While platform shoes and boots were obviously intended to add height, they were also a fashion statement that both men and women wore.
These shoes often came in dazzling colors and glittering embellishments that were meant to stand out in discotheques. The thing is, they also made you fall flat on your face in discotheques.
If you really wanted to make an entrance in the 70s at a PTA meeting, then you'd arrive in one of these patchwork skirts. It showed off your talents as a seasoned seamstress while also being so colorful, there's no way you'd miss it.
While quilts are still popular, back in the 70s, they liked them so much that they decided to wear them as skirts. Regardless of whether you actually like quilts or not, you should never actually wear one.
Back in the '60s, tie-dye was embraced by an entire generation of rebellious youngsters, and basically became part of their uniform. Distinctive for its eye-catching design, the style became a symbolic representation of the free-spirited and psychedelic.
The 60's tie-dye trend was electric, bold, and came in bright colors, often taking the popular swirl form that made all the grownups groan their disagreement. If one thing remains true for tie-dye, it's that the bold and bright colors became a cultural phenomenon that still symbolizes the era of peace and love.
Cat Eye Glasses
Glasses with a frame that extends the natural boundaries of the face? Good golly, how unusual! But it didn't stay unusual for long.
The 1960s started off as the dawn of a golden age, defined mostly by the counterculture and the civil rights movement, but we can't forget about the fashion that saw trends become progressively more casual. This is when cat-eye glasses first arrived on the scene and they've stayed ever since.
Sometimes you just want to remember what it feels like to dress like you're in middle school again. For those who fell into this camp, babydoll dresses were a hit but looking back on it now, it was terribly creepy.
Babydoll dresses are their own special subgenre of weird fashion, and these still exist today.
Fashion in the 1960s became progressively more casual and while there are many trends from the 60s that we still love today, patterned tights are certainly not one of them.
A pair of multicolored tights might add a fun dose of color to any look, but they weren't flattering and might even hurt your eyes.
These dresses were initially a part of a marketing campaign that turned into a fad. The paper dress had brightly colored designs and patterns and was literally made of paper, to promote a paper company.
You're probably thinking that these couldn't have been sustainable and you'd be totally right! A woman could get away with wearing the dress only once before ripping it up and throwing it away. Talk about fast fashion!
The 1950s brought us a lot of things that we still love today, listening to the radio became a popular pastime, architecture was inspired by UFOs, and young women wore poodle skirts. Oddly specific but there isn't much we can do about it now.
Finally, a skirt that appealed to both conservative parents and young adults at the same time.
White gloves are only one of the few items you might only find in your grandmother's closet. Yes, they look elegant and refined but are they practical?
Of course not! But being practical was never one of fashion's strong points. The only person to pay homage to these was Michael Jackson and that was just for his music videos and concerts.
Miniature Bowler Hats
The typical fashion in the 1940s looked a lot like a uniform: simple with boxy shoulders and fitted dresses. Unfortunately, hats became smaller until miniature bowler hats also got thrown in the mix.
Whoever thought that miniature bowler hats would flatter any human's head was sorely mistaken.
Strappy and Rounded Toe Shoes
Weird for its time but popular today, women's T-strap heels became rather popular in the 1930s as fashion standards eased up and women started to show off more skin.
These shoes were round-toed and had a T-strap that covered just the woman's heel and toes but still showed a great deal of the foot, in keeping with the progressive styles of the time.
The 1930s were considered the gangster era that gave the world zoot suits and shoulder pads. While shoulder pads are often considered a fashion disaster of the 1980s, they were actually introduced in the 1930s.
Fashion designers began introducing them in their designs in 1931 and soon, broad, padded shoulders dominated the fashion scene, making any woman, no matter how dainty, look like a stray football player trying to find his way back to the field.
The 1920s were the first decade where women eschewed the more restricting fashions of the past and began to wear more comfortable clothes. Still, when we think about any kind of workout, we definitely don't picture doing it in such a dress.
Tennis was the most popular sport of the day, so it made sense that tennis dresses soon became the inspiration for those on and off the court. The look consisted of sleeveless vests and knee-length pleated skirts.
Much like the fashion in the 1920s, hair and accessories also began following a more boyish style. Short bobs soon replaced long locks and extravagant bonnets were abandoned for cloche hats.
These hats were made to snuggly fit your head with a barely-there cap that only slightly covered your eyes. Why anyone wanted to look like she was wearing a swim cap while going about her day is a question that remains unanswered.
Bathing Suit Dresses
We don't know what it was like to live in the 1920s but we can only imagine how dreadful it must have been to wear a bathing suit made out of taffeta fabric and still try to swim in it. How they managed to stay afloat is beyond us, but we will give them props because it could not have been easy.
Fortunately, times have changed and fashion has progressed enough to be less restrictive than it was back then.
Of all the fashion trends that came out of the 20s, the flapper dress remains the most notable. The style was anointed after the dancers who wore it and is distinguished by a loose shape with a drop waist that falls right below the knee.
The flapper dress was one of the first styles to bring a more androgynous look to womenswear and leave behind frilly dresses that were uncomfortable and impractical. Fun fact: The flapper is also known as la garçonne, or “boy” in French.
Hobble skirts were long and close-fitting skirts that were specifically designed to force women to walk with tiny steps. If this trend did one thing, it demonstrated how women were viewed at the time, not as people, but as objects to be restrained.
The hobble skirt is credited to Paul Poiret, a French designer who steered clear of petticoats and corsets for this sleek, crippling silhouette.
Smoking jackets were an appropriate variant of a standard dinner jacket that peaked in popularity in the 1920s but it took a few decades for it to fall out of favor.
These were basically glorified bathrobes that were made of velvety maroon fabric that men would wear when smoking. While they were the ultimate symbol of luxury for men, they were also saturated with smoke.
Women's fashion was arguably at its worst at the turn of the 20th century and thankfully, discussions around the corset being harmful to women’s health began circulating around the early 1900s when corset use was at its highest.
Corsets started off as a close-fitting sleeveless bodice that soon evolved into an undergarment that wrapped around the ribs to compress the torso area. Corsets were known to misalign the spine and squeeze internal organs, often leaving women uncomfortable and out of breath.