Fashion Fads: The Most WTF Trends From the Past 5 Decades

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The Most WTF Fashion & Beauty Trends From the Past 5 Decades

You might think today’s hipsters have a monopoly on ridiculous fashion and grooming styles, but the truth is people have been making questionable choices for decades. Here’s a look at the most egregious trends of the past five decades.


Men’s jumpsuits

Safety pin face jewelry

Yarn swimwear

Outrageously large collars

Shag mullets

Tanning oil

Rather than burning yourself to a crisp, try sunscreen. Even if it’s a cloudy day, as much as 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can reach your skin. (1)

Bushy sideburns


Color overload

Parachute pants

Shoulder pads

Tight-rolled jeans

It’s not a great idea, but want to try it anyway? Here’s how to tight-roll your jeans:

  • Grab the inner seam and pinch.
  • Fold the fabric against your leg so it overlaps.
  • Hold the overlapped fabric together and roll the jean up 2-3 times.

Flock of Seagulls hair

Jelly shoes

Giant, teased hair


Hypercolor shirts

Backward clothing

Harsh, chunky highlights

Center-parted bowl cuts

Spikey, heavily gelled hair with frosted tips

Tribal/barbed wire tattoos

Americans with tattoos (2)

1936: 6%

2003: 16%

Enormous jeans

Oversized flannel

Bucket hats



Velour tracksuits

Studded belts

Belly rings

Ultra low-rise jeans

Huge flower pins

Icy eye makeup

Pencil-thin eyebrows

Kate Gosselin hair

Visible thong


Overly fitted suits

Mop-top hair

Handlebar mustaches

Grizzly Adams beards

Harem pants


$1.04 billion

2016 Crocs Inc. revenue (3)

Grills (on white girls)

Popped collars


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