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Ever look at a picture of yourself and wonder what you were thinking with that outfit? Don’t worry, everyone has regrets about fashion choices they’ve made in their lives. What was a cool trend at the time may be completely out of date or just totally bizarre now. To prove it happens to everyone, we’ve rounded up 20 of our worst “what were we thinking” fashion moments.
A workout just wasn’t complete without a velour tracksuit. We thought we’d look more glam than sweaty in our matching zip-ups and hip-hugging sweats. Bonus points if you had a rhinestone design on the back of your jacket or on the butt of your pants! And if you're like Paris Hilton and haven't gotten the memo that these tracksuits are old news, you can still buy some. Juicy Couture, of course.
Ornate Monogram Velour Original Jacket, $138, juicycouture.com
Ornate Monogram Velour Pant, $108, juicycouture.com
Sure, Crocs are a great for a light hike through a wet area,
but when it comes to fashion they’re a big no-no now. We wore them all the time in their cool
variety of colors and personalized them up with charms that you could stick
through the shoes’ many holes.
The boyfriend’s tank trend quickly evolved to rhinestone-decorated beaters. Your tank top was deemed boring if it didn’t have the right amount of bling. (Ed Hardy, and tigers, and skulls, oh my!)
A big part of the grunge look was a rebellious kilt.
However, these days, kilts are found more commonly on Catholic schoolgirls and
bagpipe players than fashionistas.
Thanks to Kanye West, shutter shades were all the rage for a
bit. However, it was a major challenge to actually see out of these shades, so
this trend quickly ended. Phew.
Honk, honk! These hats were a huge hit. Even top-name
designers made their own versions. Blinged
out with rhinestones or a cool saying, everyone wanted one of their own. Thankfully, this trend was returned to its
rightful owner: actual truck drivers.
Puka shell jewelry
To get the surfer-chic style without actually having to go to a tropical island, we bought puka shell necklaces and earrings. We sacrificed comfort for fashion with this scratchy shell jewelry—that we never took off ('til now, that is).
Ok, so maybe they're still a li'l practical at events like music festivals, but fashionable too?! Once the must-have staple of any traveler, fanny packs were the perfect store-all bags while on the go. We’ve taken that weight off our waist now with store-all totes and crossbody bags.
Cell Phone Fanny Pack, $35, walmart.com
A cowgirl take on knitwear; ponchos used to be everywhere. We wore it with a turtleneck underneath and flare
jeans and the more fringe, the better!
We soon traded in this look for something that freed up our arms and actually kept us warm.
Ok, maybe not quite as bad as the matching denim look Justin and Britney sported at the AMAs in 2001 (we're still trying to forget the horror), but the pageboy hat is def a close second style no-no that Brit-Brit helped popularize. A more stylish version of the baseball cap, the pageboy hat was especially popular with young celebs. The rest of us followed in their footsteps with knitted, suede and hounds tooth styles.
Chunky heels combined with easy slip-on style once equaled perfection for girls everywhere. Now they are seen much more on moms or, er, eccentric fashion bloggers.
Tank tops over long sleeved
Two shirts were better than one, or at least that’s what we used to think when layering a tank over your long sleeved shirt was the latest trend. Now, when the temps cool down, we keep our summer tanks tucked away in our closets where they belong. (On another note, how adorable does mini-Miranda look?!)
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The trendiest new take on jewelry used to be the choker. It seemed to
add a bit of edge to any outfit in our closets. Different designs, from flowers
to small beads, made everyone want to pull one on.
Tattoo Stretch Choker Necklace, $3, amazon.com
Was that a bug in your hair? Nope, it was a butterfly clip! One butterfly clip was never enough; you had to have at least five for a complete look, just ask Lizzie McGuire, the queen of the butterfly clips and cause of hair-envy everywhere. We used them to clip back bangs or pesky pieces of hair falling out of a ponytail, or sometimes even created a butterfly crown.
Butterfly Hair Clips, $4, amazon.com
Are they jeans? Are they leggings? Nobody could tell, and that’s what we loved about them. But eventually this confusing style was too much for the average girl to handle.
Curvy Fit Pull On Jeggings, $49, macys.com
was once hailed as jungle chic. It could be found on plush pillows, scrunchies,
and even prom dresses. Thankfully, now cheetah print seems to be taking over
Sleeveless Zebra Print Clubwear Dress, $37, overstock.com
we all walked around with stacks upon stacks of these rubber bracelets on our
wrists. Comparing shapes and colors was a blast for both teens and kids, but we
think they were a little too tight to last for long. Ouch!
Silly Bandz, $3, sillybandzglobal.com
beyond staying warm during the winter when they began to show up during warmer
months. Long sleeve, short sleeve or no-sleeve, turtlenecks were everywhere,
even on the red carpet! We think they’re now best left to ski season.
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