Many vintage-inspired styles we see today have appeared a number of times over the decades albeit modified to suit the trends of the time.
|A silk dress, worn with the hobble skirt|
But then, fashion hasn’t always been that impressive and some were unbecoming. And though we might have thought that some of them were 'cool' styles during their era, in all honesty, many of them were not!
Clothing Styles We Hope Never Make a Reappearance
So which styles were the worst of the ‘pack’ and what is the reason why we’d rather not see them in today’s fashion houses and shopping malls? Which fashion trends do we hope never ever make a re-appearance in our clothing collections?
Hobble skirts of the 1910s – This style was a terribly restrictive skirt with a narrow hem that seemed intentionally designed to impede a woman’s stride. Wearers actually walked funny, hobbling to and fro. Luckily, this item of clothing was a short-lived fashion trend.
Paper dresses of the 1960s – These were another short-lived clothing style of the 60s. Whoever first designed the paper dress must have wanted to create some awful marketing stunt that went awry. However, paper dresses, made completely out of paper, was short-lived.
Utterly quirky and often featuring eye-catching patterns and shapes, including Yellow Pages and newspaper type prints, this trend never really took off, for practical and understandable reasons.
|The paper dress style hardly took off before it disappeared from the fashion scene.|
Sailor dress - The sailor dress is a vintage dress style that is fashioned after a sailor’s suit, particularly its bodice and collar design. It not only looked a childish, but it was also unbecoming and made women look like dressed-up little girls. Sailor dresses were popularly known as Peter Thomson dresses (the naval tailor credited with designing the style).
Hammer pants or parachute pants – I used to have a couple of pairs of these styles and thought they were actually hot! Today, will I wear a recreated copy? Definitely not!
Certainly, this clothing style also referred to as Aladdin pants (or drop-crotch pants) has to take the cake in terms of absolute ugliness.
Come to think about it, I can’t remember getting any compliments whenever I wore those pants! Don’t they remind you of diapers on toddlers? Well, those certainly look cute on the little tots but not so good looking on an adult woman.
|Aladdin Pants also called parachute pants were one of the most unbecoming styles and a staple of the 1990s pop culture. It is said that these billowy pants had their roots in Switzerland's sanitariums.|
Poke bonnets of the 1800s – Many variations of the poke bonnet existed through much of the 1800s but now, a couple of centuries after, why would any woman want to wear a reproduction of this fashion accessory? You’ll barely see a wearer's face, well, not unless you stand right bang in front of her or poke your head through, but even then, they are gross and such an inexcusable headpiece.
|Poke Bonnet - French Satire "Les Invisibles en Tête-à-Tête"|
Crinoline skirts of the 19th Century – This is a hoop skirt made from thread, steel, and horse-hair and was worn as innerwear (underwear) beneath a dress or skirt to make it spread out like a cone. But this fashion trend can be aptly described as a ‘fashion death trap’ (if the 21st-century woman had to describe it).
Built like a cage of sorts, the crinoline skirt is narrow at the waist and extremely wide at the hem. Ladies had to lift them askew to pass through very wide doorways. If this vintage fashion trend has to make a comeback, it should be termed as a hazardous piece of clothing.
|The 1860s women's ball gowns worn over crinoline skirts|
A terribly unflattering item of lingerie (in my opinion), I doubt if enough women of today will even give it a second glance if it resurfaces in the stores. A cone bra is not the same as a bullet bra. One thing about the cone bra is that it may look eye-catching if worn under a sweater, pointing forward like two arrows, but it certainly didn't look sexy. Far from it!
|A silk corset with cone bra made by Jean-Paul Gaultier|