It’s a good thing that fashion is cyclical because it means we’ll never have to say goodbye to our favorite trends for good. Whether it’s 1920s flapper dresses or ‘90s grunge plaid shirts, there will always be some styles from the past that make a comeback.
But that doesn’t mean everything—no matter how briefly it was in vogue—is worth keeping in our closets again.
Here are nine examples of fashion faux pas that thankfully won’t be gracing runways anytime soon again. Regardless of what you may think about the current state of fashion trends, one thing is certain: There are quite a few things out there right now that should never have been in fashion in the first place.
If you’re thinking about revamping your wardrobe or simply want to know what not to wear so you don’t make any fashion faux pas, read on for the top 9 types of clothing that should not be in fashion again.
No More Sweatshop Fashion
If you have an old sweatshirt or t-shirt, you might notice an unusual tag sewn into the collar: “Made in Honduras.”
To many consumers, the words “Made in Honduras” aren’t just the name of another country, but a symbol of everything wrong with the fashion industry.
So, what’s wrong with “Made in Honduras”?
For starters, the country has been cited by the Department of Labor for numerous health and safety infractions, including the use of child and forced labor.
The garments produced in these sweatshops often use incredibly cheap material, which means that the quality of the product degrades quickly, and the garments themselves rarely last more than a year—if you’re lucky.
Animal Prints Are Out
Animal prints are a wonderful way to add a bit of wildness to your wardrobe, but the fake, cheap-looking prints made out of unnatural fabrics have been proven time and time again to be good for nothing other than cluttering up your closet.
However, real animal prints are quite expensive, and the only way to get them is to kill an animal. There is no way around this.
So, why not go with synthetic prints? They are easily obtainable, cheap, and look just as good as the real thing! Plus, they’re cruelty-free, so they’re a much better option for your wardrobe and for the environment.
These days, the only real place you’ll see animal prints are in the accessories section and on Halloween costumes. Instead of going for the real deal, try synthetic prints. They’re just as nice and way cheaper!
Shrink-to-Fit Cotton Is a Thing of the Past
Shrink-to-fit cotton t-shirts were a great idea: They were made of lower-grade cotton, which meant they would shrink to a smaller size after washing.
However, shrinking fabrics have become a thing of the past after environmental legislation outlawed the practice.
Because shrinking fabrics causes them to break down faster, leading to holes and tears, non-shrinking fabrics are used more frequently these days.
If you have an old sweatshirt or t-shirt that was made of shrinking cotton, it’s probably more holes than a shirt by now.
Pastels Are 100% Off Limits
You can’t go more than five minutes without seeing a pastel-colored top or dress in a trendy boutique.
Unfortunately, there is a good chance these items came straight out of a mall shop, which means they’re probably made of cheap material that has been cheaply dyed.
But not all pastel dye jobs are bad. Dyes can be quite expensive, and cheap materials need cheaper dyes that don’t last as long or look as nice.
So, on nice, expensive fabrics, pastels are a lovely choice. On cheap fabrics, however, they are a disaster waiting to happen.
Print Mixing Was a Mistake
When designers started combining more than one pattern at a time, they probably thought they were being really creative. Now, we can only think of the cringe-worthy outfits that resulted from this unfortunate trend.
Because we are not professional designers, we can’t be expected to pair two or more patterns with each other and make them look good.
Humans have to make up their own patterns when they’re creating a garment, and they’re not always going to play nice with others. So, if you want to wear a patterned garment, go for one at a time.
Leg Tights Won’t Be Coming Back
Once upon a time, women wore tights for two reasons: to keep their legs warm during winter and to add a pop of color to their outfit—not to keep their legs warm.
Unfortunately, synthetic fabrics have become way better at keeping you warm than cotton ever was. This means that, in order to keep your legs warm, you have to wear (and wash) cotton tights.
This has been a trend for a while now, and it’s not going away any time soon. However, the only time anyone really wears tights nowadays is for dancing, Halloween costumes, and sporting events.
No More Super Short Shorts
Once upon a time, shorts were the go-to summer outfit. But now, they’ve become a bit of controversy due to their extremely short length.
Because you can’t change the laws of physics, it doesn’t matter how much you hem your shorts or how short you want them to be—your thighs will still be visible.
Unfortunately, most of us weren’t blessed with model-esque thighs, and short shorts reveal this unfortunate truth that many of us are trying to hide.
Because of this, no matter how much the fashion industry argues that the short shorts trend is here to stay, we just can’t see them still being in fashion next summer.
Big Shoulder Bags Are (Hopefully) Dead for Good
Remember when people wore those huge shoulder bags that looked like they could hold a small child inside them? Well, they’re still out there—and they’re still being worn.
Big shoulder bags have been a trend for a while now, but we think they’re on the way out. Because these bags are so oversized, they can make you look more like a bag lady than a trendy, stylish woman. Moreover, they make it difficult to access your belongings quickly.
All in all, these are the types of clothing that should not be in fashion again. Whether it’s the fabric or the design that’s responsible for the item being on this list, there’s a good chance it’s not worth keeping in your closet.