Scientists have discovered data that suggests homo sapiens were the first humans to wear clothing around 100,000 years ago. They made clothes mainly from plants and animal skins to stay warm while migrating into colder climates.
Humans have been using clothes for hundreds of years to keep warm. However, the reason why they wear clothes has drastically changed.
Nowadays, people use clothing and hairstyles as a way to express themselves. Some questionable fashion trends have evolved over the years. What was interesting and fun back then is outright embarrassing now. Despite these bad fashion trends, they will never be forgotten.
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis invented overalls in 1890s to be worn as protective work uniforms by farmers. Through the years, overalls were commonly worn by farmers in the southern United States. As a result, at the end of the 1960s, overalls became a rising fashion trend among young American men. Actor Will Smith turned the overall trend on its head by wearing a one-piece overall on his back.
2. Parachute Pants
It is believed that break dancing began in New York City during the 1980s. The clothing company Bugle Boy jumped in on the fad and manufactured a pair of pants that would allow break dancers greater flexibility and movement. It is rumored that the rise in popularity of these pants in the mid-1980s was due mainly to the influence of rapper M.C. Hammer.
3. Frosted Tips
Historians say people started dyeing their hair in the 1860s to cover gray hairs or just to change up their appearance. Synthetic dye can make a person look younger or more sophisticated. During the mid-1990s, men started bleaching their hair tips. This new fashion trend was called “frosted tips” or “guy lights”. Fortunately, the “highlighting fad” became obsolete around the early 2000s.
4. Backward Baseball Hat
Over the years, both men and women have worn baseball caps to protect themselves from harmful ultraviolet rays. The cap was first worn by the Brooklyn Excelsiors in 1860. Almost 40 years later, the hat became a popular fashion trend for everyday people. A person wearing their hat backwards thwarts its purpose. (And wearing it sideways is even worse.) The movie Clueless has been credited with kick-starting the backward hat trend.
5. Skater Boy Hair
Since then, there have been numerous teenage boys seen wearing hair like Ryan Sheckler’s in the 90s. The pro skater cut his hair short and swept it to one side. It is not unheard of for even grown men to rock this adolescent hairstyle. Famous celebrities like Justin Beiber, Zac Efron, and Harry Styles each sport the “skater boy” hairstyle.
6. Puka Shell Necklace
Native Hawaiians began making pendants and necklaces out of puka shells around the 1960s. But when the 1970s rolled around, these necklaces became exotic and expensive. Everyone wanted a set. Unfortunately, the puka shell craze ended some time in the ’90s. However, those captured wearing such contraptions will always be haunted by photos.
7. Track Suits
With the popularity of tracksuits the late 1970s, velour manufacturers started to emerge as a plush material, resembling velvet. Velour is styled after the classic fabric, but in a knitted, stretch material that actually looks like velvet. People began wearing the velvety tracksuit even when they weren’t exercising because their comfort made it a popular fashion trend. Unfortunately, velvety tracksuits remain popular in modern times.
8. Round Sunglasses
During the 1960s, everything seemed as if it was centered around rock and roll. Perhaps because John Lennon, a member of The Beatles, was seen wearing round glasses in 1966. As a result, the quirky round sunglasses became a symbol of the decade as well as of his public image. Sixty years later, people are still rocking those shades. As odd as they may appear, they have stayed on trend.
9. Large Belt Buckle
Belts were first used by people in the 1920s to prevent their trousers from falling down. Since then, they have been mainly worn as an accessory. In modern society, one could say they are now used both as a way to keep pants in place and as an accessory. I think an excessively large belt buckle is a fashion trend that should stay in the past.
10. Fanny Pack
The fanny pack made its debut in the 1980s as a fashion item. The easily accessible object was made from synthetic material. It was intended to be worn around the person’s waist. Almost 40 years later, the fanny pack is still seen in popular fashion magazines such as Vogue. It seems that the trend is back and this style might be here to stay.