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15 Beloved Fashion Trends That Used to Be Tacky

High Waisted Jeans

With the growing popularity of ultra low-rise jeans in the 2000s, high waisted jeans started to take a bad rap. They were seen as old-school and unflattering. Now, designers have created cuts that are universally flattering. The “mom jean” is officially back again!

 

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One Piece Swimsuits

Back in the '90s, the only people who wore one piece swimsuits were grandmas! Today, designers are churning out one pieces that easily rival the sexiness of bikinis, with a more sophisticated look.

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Flatform Sneakers

People always used to bash flatform sneakers because they looked reminiscent of something a Bratz doll would wear. Modern fashion lowered the flatform to only an inch or two, which enticed nearly every street-style star to wear them. 

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Turtlenecks

When we were in middle school, we only thought nerds and teachers wore turtleneck shirts and sweaters. Now, literally every style influencer on Instagram is wearing turtlenecks. The only difference is that they’re made out of luxe cashmere, rather than cheap, cotton yarn.

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Kitten Heels

Kitten heels were once the most hated trend, but they’ve been given new life. Thanks to manufacturers like Zara, this once-tacky trend has been transformed into a true footwear masterpiece that features fresh textures and embellishments.

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Sweatpants

Sweatpants, track pants, and leggings were once looked down upon for being sloppy. With the reinventions of each of these styles, now made with quality materials and flattering cuts, you can wear them to a club or fancy restaurant without feeling out of place.

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Denim Skirts

The denim skirt took a bad rap in the '90s and 2000s for being unflattering and frumpy, but it has recently been rejuvenated to look extremely flattering on the body. Take a look at the version from Khloe Kardashian’s new line, Good American, and you won’t be able to resist buying one for yourself!

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Pleather

Leather is classic, but pleather has always been seen as tacky because it looks more like plastic than leather. Now, textile technology has advanced so much that even inexpensive, fake leather looks almost as good as the real thing.

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Flood Pants

Every middle school kid who wore pants that were a bit too short got made fun of for wearing “flood pants.” Now, they are the most fashionable style of pants! They’re figure flattering and allow you to fully show off your shoes, which has made them a favorite in the eyes of many.

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Brown and Black

It used to be a big no-no to wear black and brown together, but the rules have changed! If you want to wear these two colors at once, you just have to mix up textures and hues. Pair a light brown (camel) faux suede moto jacket with a cream top and a pair of black skinny jeans. You will feel completely in style!

 

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Visible Bra Straps

Ten years ago, one of the biggest fashion faux pas that a woman could make was leaving her bra straps visible. Today, women are embracing this trend by buying bras and bralettes that have chic, lacy straps that are meant to be shown off to the world.

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Ripped Sweaters

If you tried to wear a ripped sweater in the 2000s, people probably would have thought you were homeless. The rips today have a design that creates an edgy look, rather than a cheap one. Now, they’ll think you’re a street-style star! 

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Overalls

A couple decades ago, if you were wearing overalls, you’d better have been working on a farm. Recently, this style has been given a new look that features more flattering cuts and ingenuitive layering, such as wearing a bralette, crop top, or even a sweater underneath the overalls.

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Graphic Tees

High school in the 2000s burned many of us out on graphic tees, but designers are making this trend chic again by incorporating iconic and modern graphics. These look particularly chic when paired with something unexpected, like a pencil skirt.

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Mixed Patterns

Wearing clashing prints was a surefire way to get laughed at in the past, but it’s not anymore! Just take a look at the runways from Paris and Milan fashion week. You’ll see that there’s a beauty in clashing prints that simply cannot be replicated.

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