The Best and Worst Fashion Trends from Every Decade Since the 1950s
Much like history, fashion is bound to repeat itself. And while we love a good comeback story, some trends are best left in the past (we’re looking at you, tube tops). Here are all the styles from the past 70 years that we’d gladly wear again, as well as those we’d rather not revisit.
1950s’ Best: Skinny Jeans
Oh, you didn’t know? Your favorite denim style is actually almost 70 years old.
1950s’ Worst: Bullet Brassieres
We’re not sure who decided that breasts should resemble warheads, but we’re definitely not on board with it. (Unless you’re Madonna, of course.)
1960s’ Best: Miniskirts
The new BFF of petite ladies everywhere. Or anyone hoping to show off their stems, actually.
1960s’ Worst: Space-Age Fashion
Look, we love a good metallic as much as the next girl. But you should always be able to tell the difference between a belt and a toaster.
1970s’ Best: Wrap Dresses
Universally flattering, easy to wear and comfortable to boot—DVF really knocked it out of the park with this one.
1970s’ Worst: Head to Toe Plaid
Followed swiftly by tube tops, crocheted swimwear and roller-Disco rompers.
1980s’ Best: Statement Earrings
The bigger the better, in our opinion.
1980s’ Worst: Padded Shoulders
We’re not just talking about blazers with a bit of structure. We’re talking full-on linebacker levels of padding.
1990s’ Best: Slip Dresses
They’re simple, elegant and having a major comeback right now.
1990s’ Worst: Shrunken Sweaters and Baby Doll Tees
Maybe leave anything with the word "baby" in its name to actual babies, OK?
2000s’ Best: The Rise of Fast Fashion
H&M, Zara and Forever 21: Thank you for your service.
2000s’ Worst: Low-Rise Jeans
Don’t even get us started on the whale tail trend that followed.
2010s’ Best: Peplum Silhouettes
The easiest way to fake an hourglass shape, even if you’re wearing pants.
2010s’ Worst: Wedge Sneakers
Neither functional nor fashionable. We’ll stick with our classic Keds, thank you very much.