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What are some of the fashion disasters you remember wearing as a teen?

Asked by ucme (45760points) February 19th, 2010

Depending obviously in what era your teen years were spent.Do you cringe at the thought of some of the monstrosities you wore or do you remember them with fondness?Do you still own any of these clothes & maybe they still fit no?

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Berserker's avatar

The aftermath of the eighties, which involved neon yellow hats with happy faces on them and black and bright pink Spandex shorts.

Oh gawdz.

DominicX's avatar

I pretty much still wear the same thing I did in high school (shoes with really short socks that don’t show, all those preppy brands, 7 jeans, etc.) But I’m only 18…

Bright magenta polo shirts might not be in style anymore, but I would totally wear one again. :)

ucme's avatar

@Symbeline Not forgetting the obligatory sunglasses to block out the glare.

erichw1504's avatar

Had myself some of these pants.

ucme's avatar

@erichw1504 Well fuck me sideways.They look like refugees from Liverpool to me,poor souls.

erichw1504's avatar

Also, I used to sport a pigtail in the back of my hair. Like this only not as long.

ucme's avatar

@erichw1504 Ahh the Genghis Kahn look.

Berserker's avatar

@ucme Haha yeah, I had those big pink sunglasses that looked kinda like a pair of fly eyes lol.

ucme's avatar

@Symbeline Wasn’t it me who made the sunglasses remark?

Berserker's avatar

@ucme Yes it was. Sorry bout that, just clicked on the wrong name I guess.

these glasses are too dark.

ucme's avatar

@Symbeline Easy enough to do.I’ve clicked on my own name & consequently sent myself a message before. Doh!

PapaLeo's avatar

Ready for this? A Nehru jacket.

And that’s not even the best part. Ready? My Mom made it for me. Can you imagine anything more wannabe hipster?

ChocolateReigns's avatar

You poor souls. I’m 13 and from all these descriptions, I feel really sorry for you guys that you had to endure the 80s.

ucme's avatar

@PapaLeo Mums can be so cruel.

erichw1504's avatar

During my “freak” days as a high school student I used to wear these insanly wide jeans that flopped all around when walking. Wish I could find a pic or remember the brand of some of them. Anyone know what I’m talking about? They definitely sold them at Hot Topic.

LunaChick's avatar

Ahhh, the 80’s. I graduated H.S in 1989 – what wasn’t a fashion disaster, in that decade? Acid washed jeans, spandex and neon, oh my!

I also attended an awesome 80’s prom – I’m on the right, in the green lamé ball gown (yes, it was actually lamé). I love the description of the fabric, in my link – “Gorgeous Fabric for Costumes, Crafts” – they forgot about 80’s prom gowns!

ucme's avatar

@ChocolateReigns Could have been a lot worse.Have you seen some of the shit they wore in the 70’s. Wow!

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

As a teenager, I had a members only jacket.
* Hangs head in fashion shame *

augustlan's avatar

80s prepster, here. So, this is too funny… I just realized that I am wearing an outfit right now that was totally in back then (if you were a prep). I’m 42 years old, and I’m currently wearing skinny jeans with fake chucks (mine are white, though) and a polo shirt.

For a hot pink winter preppy look, see my 10th grade photo.

DISCLAIMER: That is not my body in the first photo. I wish!

MissAusten's avatar

I had me some awesome 80’s big bangs and a spiral perm. That’s my sophomore year of high school. I look at that picture and cringe!

Luckily by the time I was in college, I had drastically improved. I’m the one on the left.

ucme's avatar

@MissAusten & @augustlan Can I just say as a teenager of the 80’s myself.I loved those days & would’nt change a thing.Well maybe the perm I had.

MissAusten's avatar

My teen years weren’t as much of a disaster as my younger years, when my mom made my clothes and sent me out into public like this. She swears it was the height of 3rd grade fashion, but I’m skeptical.

LunaChick's avatar

The only thing I wore back then, that I still wear now, are Chucks. I can remember being made fun of for my “weird colored shoes” but I didn’t care – I was an outcast anyway. I was the first person, in my Jr. High to wear funky colored Chucks and I love them to this day. Here is a somewhat recent picture of my feet.

Val123's avatar

Well, the 70’s were a disaster for the men, but not so much for the women. I don’t think. Mostly I wore jeans with the hems picked out and with patches sewed on all over them. And I was barefoot 95% of the time.

ucme's avatar

@Val123 What in the park with Robert Redford?

Val123's avatar

Um…Barbara Streisand? Trees? Squirids?? I don’t know!

augustlan's avatar

Oh, I found a good bad one! My rainbow dress, with a FEDORA! WTF was I thinking?

@MissAusten We called those “mall bangs”. I have no idea why…

aprilsimnel's avatar

Hairspray. Loads of it. Otherwise as a teen in the 80s, I was pretty fly. OK, except for that shirt with the asymmetrical buttons I wore for a few months in 1983 – but that’s the only fashion faux pas!

Everything else I wore then passes muster today, including my Forenza orange sherbet coloured shaker knit V-neck sweater that I would wear backwards with my Guess jeans that had the ankle zipper and light orange pointy-toed flats. If I could find outfits like I had in 1986, I would be the envy of every chick in Williamsburg right this second.

Val123's avatar

@augustlan Go ask Alice!

casheroo's avatar

Two words: pleather. pants.

augustlan's avatar

@aprilsimnel Oh, how I loved Forenza… and backwards shaker sweaters! They are selling some shaker knits at Lands’ End these days, but it’s a turtleneck. :(

@casheroo I had those! Black, skinny, ankle length with the zippers at the hem. For my ‘bad girl’ look. ;)

casheroo's avatar

@augustlan Mine had this faux snake print, and were black. Dear lord, I don’t know why my parents let me leave the house. Probably so I could look back on it and be humiliated.

filmfann's avatar

My Dad, who looked good in anything, convinced me that the cool thing to wear was Plaid Pants with a striped shirt.
I still wince when I see pictures.

Supacase's avatar

Jams – all I can do is shake my head.

I don’t know what these are called, but there were some pants that were popular for a while. You could tuck the pockets in and they would be very baggy at the hips (skinny at the bottom) or you could pull the pockets out, cross them in the front and button the two sideways triangles together. They weren’t hammer pants because the crotch was in the normal place.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@augustlan – That sweater screams “soccer mom”. Eesh. Pass.

Val123's avatar

@augustlan For Vice President of the US!!

augustlan's avatar

@casheroo Mine were just plain black, and I wore them with black patent leather stilettos. What the hell were our parents thinking?!?

@Supacase JAMS! I loved those. One of my first jobs was as a dental receptionist/assistant, and my boss let me wear Jams and flip flops at work. What an awesome guy he was. :)

@aprilsimnel I agree. Blech.

@Val123 Huh? For my really bad style sense? ~

Val123's avatar

@augustlan Cause somebody said you look like you’re a soccer mom, and that is the only qualification you need. Well, that and you have to be a Republican.

augustlan's avatar

@Val123 Ah! Now I get it. But I think she was talking about the sweater at Lands’ End that I linked to up there… not one I was wearing. ;)

Val123's avatar

@augustlan Oh well. I get confused when Palin talks too! :)

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