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|21 Jun|4 mins

Our Worst Fashion Faux Pas Are Back to Haunt Us

And the scariest part is we’re kind of okay with it...
Eliza Concepcion
21 Jun
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Some things yo-yo in and out of style faster than we can say “leopard print shoes”, and others come back and stick around for good (we may have neglected the slip dress for a brief moment, but now we’re never letting it go).

On average, fashion tends to repeat itself every 20 years or so, giving us enough time to reflect on where we went wrong in the past so we don’t make the same mistakes again. Looking back at what we were wearing in the late nineties to early noughties though has got us a little worried.

If you don’t remember, it’s probably because it was so bad you’ve erased it from your memory, but twenty odd years ago these were some of the best-worst trends we all fell victim to and now they’re back in the spotlight.

News
|21 Jun|4 mins

Our Worst Fashion Faux Pas Are Back to Haunt Us

And the scariest part is we’re kind of okay with it...
Eliza Concepcion
21 Jun
Share:

Some things yo-yo in and out of style faster than we can say “leopard print shoes”, and others come back and stick around for good (we may have neglected the slip dress for a brief moment, but now we’re never letting it go).

On average, fashion tends to repeat itself every 20 years or so, giving us enough time to reflect on where we went wrong in the past so we don’t make the same mistakes again. Looking back at what we were wearing in the late nineties to early noughties though has got us a little worried.

If you don’t remember, it’s probably because it was so bad you’ve erased it from your memory, but twenty odd years ago these were some of the best-worst trends we all fell victim to and now they’re back in the spotlight.

Army Pants

We had a good run avoiding bulky cargo pockets but recently, “I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip-flops, so I bought army pants and flip-flops”. Okay so we’re not ready to wear our Havaianas as religiously as we used to but camo print and cargo pants are back on our radar. This time we’re going full Tomb Raider like Kendall Jenner at Coachella, pairing baggy army pants with fitted crop tops and even heavy-duty boots. Will we look back and cringe? Maybe, but it’s a step up from the days we wore them with overly sharp-toed pumps.

Matrix Sunglasses

Every It-girl on Instagram is wearing Matrix-esque sunglasses like Keanu Reeves’ character Neo, and we can’t help but be swayed by their cool “I don’t care that the sun is still in my eyes” attitude. We’ll go with the flow for now but there’s something about these super-slender shades that has us half agreeing with Mindy Kaling’s recent tweet: “I think we will regret this tiny sunglasses look”.

@adwoaaboah via Instagram

Slippers Outside

International model Adwoa Aboah hinted at an UGG boots outdoors revival on her Instagram earlier this year and made them look effortlessly cool with an oversized trench, so naturally we’re making it socially acceptable to expose our home boots to the rest of the world, again. The originals are an Aussie icon and even the faux fleece varieties are just as irresistible on cold winter days, so why not? The only thing we’re doing differently this time round is not styling them with micro mini skirts - our house slippers are only making an appearance when comfort is essential, like going to and from your friend’s house or en route to the airport.

Bike Shorts

These bad boys have taken a little longer than twenty years to make a comeback but we’re just shocked they’re even having a second time to shine at all. You can thank Princess Diana or blame Kimmy K, depending on how you feel about the situation, but if we’ve learnt anything from history repeating itself it’s that some trends should never make it full circle. Including, but not limited to, these other early noughties fads: flowy dresses layered over flared jeans, cropped satin pirate pants (the ones that ballooned at the knees), sparkly belly-button rings, handkerchief hemlines... you get the drift.

Eliza Concepcion
Fashion Editor
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