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The 11 Worst Fashion Trends Of The Decade

Submitted by on December 31, 2009 – 8:36 am11 Comments

Check out this hilarious list of the worst fashion trends for women from the past decade, compiled by the funny ladies over at The Frisky.

1. Harem Pants: Who had the wise idea to bring these ridiculously shaped pants back? Looking Aladdin-chic lasted about a hot second.

Harem Pant w/ Belt by Baby Phat

2. Carrie Bradshaw’s Flower: It would be easy enough to blame “SATC” for just about every girly trend over the past dozen years, but the most famous one had to be the appearance of Carrie’s giant flower accessories, starting in 2000 (Season 3). Did anyone actually manage to pull off this look? We’re talking about real people.

3. Hobo-Chic: Mary-Kate Olsen pioneered the homeless haute couture getup around 2006, during her brief stint at NYU. All you have to do is roll out of bed, throw on a cloak, and add some Louboutin heels to the mix.

4. Leggings As Pants: The trouble can all be traced to Lindsay Lohan, who jumped on this trend with a leggings line at a time when people still retained some ounce of curiosity in her. It then got out of control and produced all sorts of crazy offshoots—Tron-inspired leggings, sequin-adorned, “jeggings.” The worst offenders, of course, were those who took things a step further with hosiery. Tights are not pants, people!

5. Expensive-As-Hell Destroyed Denim: At what point did it ever make sense to drop hundreds of dollars on a pair of jeans that already look like they’re 10 years old?

Berkeley Straight Leg Jean by True Religion ($241.00)

6. Uggs: Once these boots became adopted by Jersey girls, Paris Hilton, and the “Laguna Beach” set, Uggs went from trendy to just plain Ugg-ly.

7. The Juicy Tracksuit: Reaching its height in popularity around 2003, the Juicy Couture tracksuit now serves as the base of many Halloween costumes.

8. Visible Thongs: Thank you, Britney Spears, for starting this awful trend. Now teenage girls think it’s hip to let their thongs hang out of their lower-than-low-cut jeans.

9. ’80s Re-Revival: How many times will we hear “the ’80s are back”? Just stop trying to make legwarmers and neon happen again. Please. For some reason celebs like Rihanna and designers like Marc Jacobs just can’t give up metallic fabrics, shoulder pads, and crazy hair. Once it trickled down into the mainstream, the racks at Forever 21 and Topshop looked like the wardrobe for Flashdance, and people joined in on the ironic fun with fanny packs and, worse yet, the Cap-Sac.

10. Jersey Everything: We blame Lauren Conrad for the diarrhea of draped jersey everywhere in 2007 and 2008.

11. “Ironic” Hipster Fashions: Granny glasses, mustaches, acid-wash jeans, plaid, Arab scarves, and pretty much anything American Apparel ever produced since 2000.

Would you agree on the top choices? Did they miss out on any?

Spotted at Shine via The Frisky

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  • meh says:

    I think this list just about covers it.

  • star da el says:

    no yall missed skinny jeans on men. how in the hell are you gonna wear skinny jeans and then try to make them sag? its sickening to me when i see men rocking that look. they could have kept that s!@# in the 80′s. what look are they trying to pull off the adam lambert look? i hate it when men wear nut huggers.

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  • DavE-40 says:

    I certainly agreed on the fact that men rock skinny jeans. that @#$% had to go. i noticed that this year, men rock skinny jeans but all of a sudden, they sag it. what is the damn point of wearing skinny jeans if u sag them. might as well rock a baggy jean in case.

  • willie eldorado (yung albino) says:

    there is no problem buying acid wash or pre-worn jeans id rather have the designers do it for me cause when i do it well those jeans, dont show up again. but skinnys gots to go

  • lulu says:

    skinny jeans make me sick

  • Yeah you forgot skinny jeans. I’m not going to mention the whole guys rocking way too much pink.

    But the thing that got me about juicy tracksuits were it was dry & flat in the back, the girls would actually have an attitude for you lookin. It’s like trick cmon, your commiting false advertising.

    Girls were giving themselves atomic wegies with them thongs.

  • Gelie says:

    you forgot the CROCS!…though its kinda comfy…

  • Gelie says:

    oh, you also missed the SUPERFIT tees

  • Jenn says:

    Jersey is probably the best and most flattering fabric for ALL body types. I can’t believe you would slam it.
    Plus it’s totally Chanel.

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