The strong silhouette of a 1980s-era businesswoman’s favorite jacket might have been cool then, but like the geometric prints and baggy overalls of the decade, shoulder pads are so out of style it’s ridiculous. If you see a pair, run as fast as you can to save your fashion reputation.
Dresses Over Jeans
Denim jumpers are trying to make a comeback. Let’s just face the music, though. They looked adorable on young Mary Kate and Ashley back in the '80s and '90s, but adult MK&A aren’t wearing them, and neither should we.
Thick Eyeglasses from the '80s
The days of decorating your hair with a plethora of barrettes in wild colors and designs are long gone. There might have been a few dotting the runways, but don’t try to bring barrettes to the street if you value your adult reputation.
Embroidered Vests, Sweaters, and Cardigans
Your grandma’s beloved holiday garments are not something you should try to wear. There’s nothing sleek, modern, or attractive about something dotted in beads and little Christmas-celebrating figures.
Jelly sandals were neither stylish nor comfortable. Sweating in them was terrible, and the blisters—oh, God, the blisters were the worst. Plastic shoes tried to make a comeback, but thankfully, it was shot down pretty quick.
Bullet bras popped up in the ’50s but disappeared when the ’60s rolled around. Madonna brought it back in the ’80s for a moment, and it didn’t last long then either (and for good reason). Bullet bras aren’t attractive. Chests just aren’t cone-shaped.
Puffy ’80s Sleeves
Acid Wash Denim
Here’s the secret about acid wash: it doesn’t look good on anyone. Thanks to the ’80s, acid wash blew up in popularity, but the trend looks terrible. Unless you’re wearing it during painting or something, leave them in the closet.
Visor hats were so ugly that they were a crime against fashion. “Cool dudes” wore them early in the 2000s, and we were all breathing a sigh of relief when they disappeared. Never come back, please.
Bikini Tops as Actual Tops
Designer Trucker Hats
This trend looked great in the ’60s, alright? Now, not so much. Things were tough in the ’60s, but now it isn’t difficult to find enough fabric for a skirt. The whole pieced-yourself-together look won’t fly today.
First of all, bustles are totally impractical. A woman wearing one can’t sit down, and it’s just all this extra fabric to haul around. We get wanting to have a big backside, but this layer upon layer of fabric will never work out today.
Crocs. Just…crocs. We had to put this on the list. It doesn’t matter if they’re comfortable. There are other comfortable shoes on the market. These shoes don’t go with anything, so it’s time to spend a little more and get real shoes.