1. Acid Washed Jeans
These were bad enough the first time around. This faded wash comes from stripping the fabric of its dye to expose the white underneath. It can be done all over or in bits and splotches. Either way, it’s hideous.
Here is the rule for fashion comebacks: If you were old enough to wear them the first time around, you’re too old to wear them in their resurgence. In the case of acid washed jeans, age is irrelevant. No one looks good in these.
This trend started back in ’08 and continues to force its way onto the scene. From dresses to shoes to leggings, fabric is being cut right out of our favorite items like it’s going out of style (and we hope it is). Is the recession to blame? Are designers saving money by skimping on fabric? Who knows?! What I do know is that this style always looks like a manufacturing flaw to me.
There are, of course, some exceptions. Mad Men’s January Jones wore a very elegant Versace gown at the Emmys that could technically be considered a “cutout” gown, yet it managed to be stunning in its art-deco glory. But a little black dress that looks like a paper snowflake? No, thank you.
3. Oversized Shoulder Pads
Joan Crawford first popularized shoulder pads her 1932 film Letty Lynton, and the style has made several comebacks ever since. But none has been more memorable than the shoulder pad craze of the 1980s, when the look became the single most defining feature in a decade known for full-blown power dressing. So it’s no surprise that in 2009 (as all things 80s resurface), shoulder pads are back on the scene.
And hey, we admit it—we’re liking the return of power dressing. We’re even coming around to the idea of shoulder pads, in the spirit of creating a more structured silhouette. But the “ear-brushing” look being sported by Victoria Beckham and Rihanna? These things look like something out of Star Trek. Or worse, Monday Night Football.