It's easy to romanticize the style of past decades as always inspiring, elegant, and magical—but in reality, bad fashion has been around since the start of mankind. If you're still having PTSD from the traumatic trends of the early 2000s, take comfort in the fact that every other decade has also faced many questionable sartorial choices. From squeezing into corsets to exercising in leg warmers to accessorizing every outfit with a Von Dutch hat, here's a roundup of the most cringe-worthy fashion trends from the past century.
Internal organ damage, broken ribs, hours to get dressed—there is such thing as doing too much for fashun and corsets are it.
Sure they look chic, but walking in these heavy and constricting floor-length hemlines is no easy task. Imagine wearing a tight, ankle-length pencil skirt and having no choice but to move at a glacial pace: no fun.
Unless you're going for the look of an overgrown infant, this hat trend is better left for newborn babies.
Props to all the women who managed to stay afloat whilst swimming in these taffeta dresses.
Listen, I know the people of the '30s were going through a lot of things but there was no reason to act out by wearing this tragic footwear, now better known as vintage Taylor Swift shoes.
Fact: miniature hats flatter very few heads.
Elegant? Yes. Practical? No. How is one supposed to indulge in finger food while wearing these?
Look, everyone loves poodles but that isn't good enough reason to embroider them onto a skirt.
Whoever thought that multi-colored, multi-patterned tights would flatter ANY HUMAN'S legs was seriously mistaken.
Let us all be grateful in knowing that the fashion of the future never actually ended up looking like this. These metallic skin-tight pants are nobody's friend.
Being an adult is pretty terrible but dressing like a small child is equally terrible and next-level creepy.
Very few people can manage to pull off wearing a quilt as a skirt.
Aside from really serving no purpose whatsoever, sweater vests are truly flattering on no one.
The jumpsuit isn't for everyone and that's okay.
The whole punk rock movement went a little too far at times; let it serve as a general life lesson that we should never pierce our cheeks with office supplies.
Is it even humanly possible for someone's calves to get chilly while working out? Please advise.
Why? Why, why, why?
Colored leggings. Mini skirt layered on top of said leggings. Neon everywhere. The worst colored makeup in the history of makeup. 600 rubber bracelets to weight train your wrists. It all hurts so much.
When not even the founder of a fashion trend can manage to pull the look off, that's when you know there's a problem (Sorry, MC, you're still great).
Just when you thought the act of sweating couldn't get any more unappealing, this "accessory" became a thing.
PUT THE SWEATER ON OR TAKE THE SWEATER OFF.
Proving the world doesn't always look better through rose-colored glass.
In retrospect, these '90s-favorite maybe weren't so cool after all.
I would follow Rachel Green if she jumped off a bridge but this I cannot find the logic in or get behind at all.
This was THE most impressive piece of clothing from the decade and in retrospect, we should all be a little sad about that.
And arriving at the most painfully terrible fashun decade of them all: the early aughts. Spearheading this time of bad sartorial decisions was the ubiquitous velour tracksuit. Everyone and their mother (literally) had a tracksuit to style with a cami underneath and a logo bag in tow. Bonus points if you had a pair with the word "JUICY" across the butt—super chic.
Perfect for showing off your thong or plumber's crack.
How could we let this happen to Beyonce?
Wow, can you believe that nobody thought to take style inspiration from truckers until the 2000s? From Ed Hardy to Von Dutch to your own DIY-airbrushed hats, there was no shortage of really chic trucker hats to choose from.
Okay fine, maybe this trend wasn't so bad after all.