5 Trends That Should Stay Dead

Fashion is cyclical. Whatever is popular right now will fall out of favor, maybe stay dead for as long as a decade or two, and then get revived by our kids or grandkids. That’s exactly why vintage is so chic at the moment. We are bringing back the styles of the generations before us. It’s something we do naturally as a society, and it’s pretty fascinating.

But there are some trends that should just stay dead.

  • Shoulder Pads


I think I understand what people were trying to go for when shoulder pads were a thing. The emphasis on the shoulders definitely helped to define the narrowness of the waist and that coveted hour-glass silhouette.

But I don’t think it was a success.

Anything that changes your body’s natural shape just looks weird.

Here’s an extreme example. One look at the wasp-waist corset, and you know it was a bad idea.

If you don’t have squared, masculine shoulders, trying to make it look like you do…doesn’t do you any favors.

  • Bell-bottom Pants

I really don’t understand what was going on with these. I mean, pretty much everyone was on drugs in the 70s, so I guess that could explain it.

All I see when I look at bell-bottoms is something to trip on. Or, you know that icky feeling when it rains and your hems get wet? Imagine stepping in a puddle wearing a pair of these… Bleh.

On top of not seeming all that functional, they are just heinous to look at. Let’s keep this trend deep in its grave, shall we?

  • Fanny Packs

I can understand the lure of practicality. A purse that you don’t have to constantly keep up with? That just straps right on to you? How could we resist?

But listen, we need to resist.

Unless you’re about to go on some kind of tactical mission, there’s just no reason to wear a fanny pack.


Over the last year, this trend has actually started to reanimate. The modern version straps across your abdomen instead of around your waist. Don’t be fooled. It doesn’t matter if you buy designer or if you find it at Walmart. It’s lame no matter what.

  • Tie-Dye

This one brings back a lot of childhood memories. Tie-dye was huge when I was a kid. Remember the big trend of doing it yourself with Kool-Aid and a plain white T? That was good fun.

But if I’m being honest, the only reason I ever liked it was because I was really attracted to bright colors as a child. Just like every child usually is.

Anything that’s exceptionally loud, or covered in a bunch of clashing colors, really turns me off nowadays. If you want to wear every single color of the rainbow…


…just wear a rainbow.

  • Bling-y Jeans

We’ve all seen the jeans with the heavily decorated back pockets. I even owned a couple pairs when I was a teenager. And to this day, they are still pretty big among certain demographics, especially in the south. It’s a “country girl glam” sort of thing.

But unless you’re performing in a rodeo, it’s time to let them go.

I don’t like being harsh, but there’s no getting around it sometimes. Bling-y jeans are gaudy and overstated. They’re unnecessary. If you want to make a statement, if you want to draw the eye…why did we ever think slapping something bold on our asses was a good idea?

We can do better.

I’ve learned in recent months how to be open to way more styles than I ever thought I could be. People wear old things in new ways, and I’m so often surprised by what works. Like, for example, the color beige. I always thought I hated it. But it’s super trendy right now, and my mind has changed. Beige can actually look great.

But, alas, some trends were just mistakes to begin with.

As with the powdered wigs of old, let’s keep them a thing of the past.

So, what do you think?

Do you agree? Have I gotten it right? Or do you think there’s still hope for some of these old styles?

It’s not a debate, of course. For me, everything on this list is irredeemable. Downright ugly. And I want them all to remain forever in their graves.

But everyone is entitled to their own personal taste. You can like and wear anything you want. That freedom produces endless variety–that’s what makes fashion the art-form that it is. And your right to self-expression is more important than any list that a blogger puts up on the internet.

Still, whether we agree or not, I hope you’ve been entertained.


Have a beautiful week.

One thought on “5 Trends That Should Stay Dead

  1. I agree with everything on this list, except maybe tie dye, I’m not the biggest fan but I think it can be fun sometimes. I must admit that I do really hate bedazzled jeans though.


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