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.
Out From Under Longline Triangle Bra Top ($29)
Worn under your clothes or as a crop top in its own right, this piece is super chic.
Free People Lace Cropped Bustier ($38)
We love the almost-but-not-quite nude color of this ladylike bustier.
La Perla Lace and Lycra Bustier ($288)
The geometric lace inserts give this piece a very modern edge.
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.
Frame Denim Le High Short ($189)
We love the mid-length on these shorts, and the exposed pockets add just the right amount of distressed appeal.
J Brand Raw Edged Denim Shorts ($95)
The frayed hem on these shorts is not only on-trend, but also quite hip.
Joe's Jeans Rolled Shorts ($97)
Every girl needs a staple set of rolled-hem denim shorts.
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.
Equipment Cara Camisole ($108)
The snakeskin print on this cami makes a statement without going over the top.
J.Crew Carrie Camisole ($98)
The pale blue shade of this cami adds to its already-stellar versatility.
By Malene Birger Kirah Silk Camisole ($245)
Also known as: the cami that can be worn a million ways.
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.
10 Crosby Derek Lam Charlotte Calf Hair Boots ($450)
We love the barely-there cutot detail at the ankle of these boots.
Rag & Bone Newbury Boot in Black Pony ($595)
The stacked heel makes these an easy accessory to dress up for a night out.
Joie Barlow Booties ($335)
The pinpoint print on these boots is just so charming.
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.
Nasty Gal Bar None Belt ($18)
The ultra-narrow cut of this belt lends a tremendously dainty vibe.
Keepsake Wallflower Belt ($50)
There's something equally utilitarian and badass about this all-black belt.
Mango Hook-Fastening Belt ($30)
The vintage-inspired hook-and-clasp has us swooning.
Steven Alan Braided Leather Belt ($38)
Every woman needs a great braided leather belt in her collection.
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.
Frame Denim Le Garcon Distressed Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($250)
These jeans achieve the perfect balance between slouchy and skinny.
Black Orchid High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($140)
If you don't have a pair already, you need this pair of high-rise skinnies in a dark wash. We love them with a billowy blouse!
Saint Laurent High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($595)
The vintage high-waist cut of these jeans is impossibly stylish and trés-modern.
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.
Jennifer Behr Laurel Leaf Headband ($298)
How lovely is this dainty gold headband?
Vintage Chanel CC Ball Hair Tie ($539)
This hair tie brings back many childhood memories, with a designer upgrade.
The Coveted Headband ($48)
When it comes to a day-to-day headband, the simpler the better.
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.
J Brand Earhart Sheer Stripe Blouse ($202)
We love that the stripes on this blouse, from a distance, appear like nothing special—but are actually totally sheer.
Rachel Comey Allegro Blouse ($345)
The fluttering sleeves on this blouse give its boxy shape a feminine touch.
Mango Linen-Blend Boxy Blouse ($23)
This is a great blouse for work and play.
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.
A.L.C. Twisted Drape-Back Sleeveless Jumpsuit ($695)
The draping twist at the back of this jumpsuit is the embodiment of elegance.
Jonathan Simkhai Short Pleat Denim Romper ($198)
This romper is a great casual go-to piece—but can also easily be dressed up.
Topshop Notched Neck Romper ($96)
With a pair of statement-making heels, this romper is sure to grab some attention.
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.
Forever 21 Painter's Baseball Cap ($9)
We're usually not much for paint splatter, but we've fallen in love with this cap.
Free People Goleta Leather Baseball Cap ($58)
If you don't already have a black leather baseball cap in your closet, the friendly price of this one should be encouragement enough.
Stella McCartney Felt-Wool Baseball Cap ($279)
We're completely enamored by the shape and fabric of this hat.
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.
Falke Irregular Cubes Anklet Socks ($13)
These cutout socks wold be great under a pair of barely-there sandals, or could even work for a more masculine vibe with loafers.
Happy Socks Small Dot Socks ($8)
When it comes to socks, you basically can't go wrong with polka dots.