11 Trends We Hope Never Come Back In Style
If there’s one thing that remains the same in fashion, it’s that nothing remains the same. Fashion is a cyclical tale of ever-changing preferences, with trends coming and going as fast as the seasons change—but just as interesting as fashion’s constantly shifting landscape are the things that do come back.
Some trends—‘90s halter tops, we’re lookin’ at you—are destined to make a resurgence, and are welcomed back into the collective unconscious as part of the modern style lexicon. This story is not about those trends.
From trucker hats to giant furry boots, scroll down for 11 trends we hope never come back in style.
Back in the Victoria-Era days, women wore corsets so tight that they would often endure damage to their internal organs, broken ribs, and fainting spells. Thanks to women like Coco Chanel, we escaped the bonds that broke us and hopefully will never be forced back into rib-breaking styles of any sort.
Try instead: Equally sexy—but infinitely more comfortable—lingerie pieces like bralettes and lace tanks.
Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears were at the forefront of the Daisy Dukes movement, pioneering the belief that undergarment-length denim cutoffs were totally acceptable as “pants.”
Try instead: A pair of denim shorts in a flattering cut and length, worn with a crisp white button-up or your favorite flannel.
We’re just going to say it: there is not a woman in the world who looks good in a tube top. At best, they look passable for real clothes—and at worst, they’re bad news bears.
Try instead: A billowy silk camisole in a pretty, feminine color—try pairing it with a set of high-waisted trousers or your favorite pencil skirt.
These accessories once hit such a popularity peak that rapper Flo Rida wrote a song about them. Fortunately for all of us, a rap song does not a forever shoe icon make.
Try instead: A pair of chic Chelsea-style boots in sublte pony hair.
There was a time when every starlet from Angelina Jolie to Christina Aguilera held up their hip-hugging jeans with belt buckles large enough to double as dinner plates. This is a look only cowboys can successfully pull off.
Try instead: A barely-there belt around your natural waist.
Thanks to Britney Spears, insanely low-rise pants had a significant moment in the sun in the mid-2000s. And also thanks to Britney Spears, they quickly faded out. May they never return!
Try instead: A pair of high-waisted or mid-rise skinny jeans in a slimming wash.
There’s a reason Carrie Bradshaw railed against these insanely popular hair accessories—unless you’re a five-year-old girl, they tend to make you look a bit too girlish.
Try instead: A sleek and grown-up headband, or a vintage designer ponytail tie.
The ‘80s were almost entirely defined by this blouse style—women took to creating blockier frames for their upper body to emphasize ther waists. Unfortunately, this tactic also made them look like football linebackers.
Try instead: A more modern, less blocky version of a boxy blouse.
Now-defunct loungewear brand Juicy Couture built an empire on the popularity of velour tracksuits, which were worn by everyone from Paris Hilton to Kim Kardashian. And hopefully, the velveteen matching sets of days of yore will never return to haunt our dreams.
Try instead: A chic and comfortable romper perfect for casual daytime trips to the store and just as easy to dress up for nighttime affairs.
If a fashion trend’s main arbiter is Ashton Kutcher, you know you’re probably in trouble.
Try instead: A classic and comparatively timeless baseball cap in a chic fabrication.
Believe it or not, there was a time when women wore these on red carpets with heels and sneaker wedges. It was a dark period, and we’d prefet it remain only in our memories.
Try instead: A pair of graphic socks worn at a reasonably moderate height, with sleek pumps or your favorite sneakers.