By Mandy Major
We've all been guilty of it: Flip through the pages of an old yearbook or family album and the proof of fashion crime is everywhere. From ill-fitting pants to sky-high hair, even today's best-dressed denizens are guilty of a few shameful style moments. The last two decades were particularly cruel, spawning enough bad trends for a lifetime of mockery. With that in mind, read our rundown of the very worst in '80s and '90s fashion.
According to Merriam-Webster, this garment is "a small fabric insert worn to fill in the neckline," but don't be fooled-it's much more than that. This odd scrap of fabric made a huge impact on '80s fashion and can still be found in action. Despite its good intentions-covering up ample cleavage and creating the illusion of layering without the bulk-there's just no getting around it: The Dickey should be called the Frumpy.
Z. Cavaricci Pants
The Z. Cavaricci brand is still in business, but it certainly doesn't make pants like this anymore! The antithesis of today's slim silhouettes, Z. Cavaricci trousers were the dress pants du jour of every young, style-conscious male in the late '80s and early '90s. Featuring a high waist, baggy legs and an inordinate amount of pleats, each pair was marked with an unmistakable small white label above the zipper.
Big, fluffy and available in as many colors and patterns as you can imagine, the scrunchie was the queen bee of hair accessories from the late '80s to the mid-'90s. Not only could you coordinate it with your outfit, but it provided a painless way of pulling your hair into a ponytail. Today, it stands as an iconic image of fashion gone wrong, and even became a punch line for the stylishly challenged in a pivotal fight between Carrie Bradshaw and her boyfriend Jack Berger on Sex and the City.
Whether you referred to them as "pegged," "French-rolled" or "tight-rolled," the look was unmistakable: loose-fitting pants that tapered sharply at the ankle, courtesy of a compact cuff with an off-center fold line. The origin of the pegged pant is difficult to pinpoint, but from the late '80s to the early '90s, it was the only (cool) way to wear jeans and khakis. Although efficient for cyclists, the look didn't do much for anyone else. Even though the style is back for 2010, it is much more flattering with today's skinny jeans. Photo: Sophia Vourdoukis/ Getty Images
Manufactured by Generra Sportswear Company beginning in 1991, Hypercolor shirts were an instant hit. The bright shirts could change between two colors, thanks to a temperature-sensitive pigment made in Japan that responded to heat. Emblazoned with a big logo across the front, they were a must-have for a year before the style faded out-just like the shirts after too many washes.
Harem pants continue to confound fashion critics. The pants, which are voluminous up top with a saggy crotch area and then taper toward the leg openings, made a comeback last year and are still considered ultra-trendy. Since they're flattering to no one and goofy on everyone, it's hard to understand why. For anyone 30 years old and over, these duds are nothing more than a modern take on the pants MC Hammer made famous with his 1990 music video for " U Can't Touch This." Photo: Mick Hutson/Redferns
It wasn't only women's hair that was chemically processed during the '80s. If you considered yourself at all stylish, you owned a pair of acid-washed jeans, too. The faded look was created with bleach, resulting in a mottled combination of white and indigo. Because the bleaching process weakens the denim fiber, acid-washed jeans ripped easily, sparking a second trend-torn jeans-which became the height of coolness in the late '80s and early '90s.
Launched in 1990 by designer and entrepreneur Carl Jones, Cross Colours became synonymous with urban style during the '90s. Originally popular with hip-hop groups and dance crews, the brand's street-savvy style inevitably spread through the suburban masses. With its bold circled-X logo, baggy jeans and vivid colors, the look was iconic and positive, with messages promoting education, racial unity and community activism. Photo: courtesy of eclipse_etc via flickr
It takes a special kind of man to pull off pink zebra-print pants. And since 1988, that's been the Zubaz man. Created by two Minnesota gym co-owners, the baggy drawstring pants were a sensation with their well-muscled clients, who liked the loose fit and, as the company says on its website, were the kind of people who "Dare to be Different." The pants quickly became a nationwide success, especially with athletes, gym rats and the WWE (formerly WWF) crowd. Although the trend faded in the mid-'90s, Zubaz experienced a resurgence when the company relaunched in 2007 with new prints and fabrics.
Though they're technically a more recent fad, we just couldn't resist including them on our list. Should you wish to turn all eyes to your behind, these hand-painted prints that lie strategically at the creases between your buttocks and legs will definitely do the trick. Whether you opt to add owl eyes or movie clap boards to your favorite pair of jeans, when you walk, your stride will cause them to "wink" at passersby. At $159 to $579 a pair, we're not sure what's more shocking: that Winkers are in such demand, that it takes three weeks to fill an order, or that people are willing to pay so much for it!Original article appeared on WomansDay.com
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