It’s easy to romanticize the style of past decades as always inspiring, elegant and magical but in reality, bad fashion has been around since the start of mankind. From jumpsuits for men to exercising in leg warmers, here’s a roundup of the most cringe-worthy fashion trends from the 1970s and 1980s.
1. Patchwork Peasant Skirts (1970s)
Very few people can manage to pull off wearing a quilt as a skirt.
2. Sweater Vests (1970s)
Aside from really serving no purpose whatsoever, sweater vests are truly flattering on no one.
3. Jumpsuits for Men (1970s)
The jumpsuit isn’t for everyone and that’s okay.
4. Safety Pin Face Jewelry (1970s)
The whole punk rock movement went a little too far at times; let it serve as a general life lesson that we should never pierce our cheeks with office supplies.
5. Leg Warmers (1980s)
Is it even humanly possible for someone’s calves to get chilly while working out? Please advise.
Why? Why, why, why?
7. Everything on Madonna in This Photo (1980s)
Colored leggings. Mini skirt layered on top of said leggings. Neon everywhere. The worst colored makeup in the history of makeup. 600 rubber bracelets to weight train your wrists. It all hurts so much.
8. MC Hammer Pants (1980s)
When not even the founder of a fashion trend can manage to pull the look off, that’s when you know there’s a problem (Sorry, MC, you’re still great).
9. Sweatbands (1980s)
Just when you thought the act of sweating couldn’t get any more unappealing, this “accessory” became a thing.
10. Sweaters Tied Around The Neck (1980s)
Put the sweater on or take the sweater off.
(via Harper’s BAZAAR)