7 Loved And Forgotten Fashion Trends

Scott Thompson
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Did you know Von Dutch Originals Trucker caps doubled in price after Paris Hilton wore one on The Simple Life TV show?

Isn’t it amusing how many fashion trends are popular worldwide at any given moment?

Everybody in the world knows and adores this design, and everyone has to have one at any cost!

The craze is real. People everywhere anxiously pull away at their shiny paper-covered gifts on Christmas morning, hoping and praying to have that ultimate item!

But wind forward a year or two later, and it’s totally forgotten about. “Wait, a what now?”

Let’s roll up our sleeves and take a look at some truly loved but sadly forgotten fashion trends of the last few decades.

How many do you remember?

Tear-Away pants.

A basketball player wearing Tear-away pants

Remember in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when tracksuit pants started sporting snappable buttons, running vertically right along the legs?

It took me a while to find them, but they were called Tear-Away pants or Snap Pants.

The design was initially made for basketball and track and field athletes.

The idea was that they could easily be removed during training when things got heated.

I remember my pair fondly; many people I knew back then owned at least one pair. They were obsessed! Kappa and Adidas made the two most popular.

Although the idea was incredible, the novelty wore off quickly because wearing them was a golden ticket for opportunists who would go out of their way to pull at them.

After the embarrassment of exposing one’s bare legs in public, it took time to replace the buttons. Needless to say, they were banned in my school on non-uniform days.

The snap pants were so popular that in the year 2000, Britney Spears chose to sport them at the MTV Music Video Awards.

As she transitions from her song Satisfaction to Oops I did it Again, she somewhat messily rips off her Tear-Away pants to reveal… well, very little underneath.

The Von Dutch Originals Trucker Cap.

A pink Von Dutch Trucker cap

Von Dutch Originals has been around since 1999.

The unforgettable classic trucker caps soared in popularity immediately after celebrities Paris Hilton, and Nicole Richie wore them in 2003 on their (then popular) TV show called The Simple Life.

The duo could be seen sporting the famous Von Dutch caps while working as milkmaids. How classy?

Shortly after that episode was released, the Von Dutch trucker cap TRIPLED in price. Just like that – at the drop of a hat, the Von Dutch cap would set you back $42 to $125.

Other notable celebrities who wore them include; Jay Z and Justin Timberlake.

There was a wide selection of designs to choose from, including some very special limited-edition releases.

Von Dutch Original’s tried to make a comeback in 2016. I take my hat off to them for their efforts, but it never really quite took off like before.

Rock punk fashion.

Vivienne Westwood and models wearing her 80s fashion

Punk fashion was trendy in the 70s and 80s. The style itself incorporated clothing and accessories, hairstyles, makeup, and even tattoos and piercings.

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood revolutionized this subculture trend into a commercialized, more accessible fashion trend that’s still popular today.

Wearing punk fashion wasn’t just a trend but a true statement. It was all about being unique, and different, standing up for something you believe in, or having something important to say.

Denim overalls.

The Fresh Prince of Bell Air in denim overalls

Denim overalls, are more popularly remembered as dungarees, are generally baggy denim trousers with a bib over your torso and are held together with straps over the shoulders.

In the wonderfully wild and crazy colorful hip-hop era of the 90s, denim had become a staple in the wardrobes of much of the western world’s younger generation.

What do you expect when top stars like Queen Latifah, TLC, Tupac, Aaliyah, and even the Spice Girls were all showing off this trend?

80s High-top sneakers.

Nike High-top sneakers from the 80s

Like many designs, high-top sneakers, or simply “High-tops,” were born from sports.

They were initially designed with basketball players in mind. This is because High-tops rise just above the ankles providing additional support to the wearer.

High-tops became incredibly popular in the 1980s with the release of designs such as Nike Air Forces 1, 2, and 3, Reebok Freestyle, and Nike Air Yeezy.

Special mention has to go out to the Converse. They created their first High-tops in 1917. Converse All-Stars have managed to remain a classic staple in wardrobes around the world today.

Jelly bracelets.

A woman wearing lots of jelly bracelets

The jelly bracelet or gel bracelets are cheaply made silicon bracelets that have been popular on and off since the 1980s.

Usually costing just $1 to buy, they came in a wide range of colors and thicknesses to cater to everyone, and you can wear more than one on each arm.

Jelly bracelets aren’t all just about fashion, as they’re often used to promote charities and encourage awareness.

The Livestrong Foundation is a non-profit US charity that helps people affected by cancer. In 2004 the charity released a yellow Livestrong wristband, and by 2013 Oprah claimed that a staggering 80 million bands had been sold!


Two women rocking fabulous pairs of denim flares

Last – but not least, the Flare (or Bell-Bottoms)! Flares are a type of pants that is tighter at the knee and spread out at the bottom to create a “flare.”

Would you believe it if I told you that these originated in the early 19th Century? It’s true; they were a top choice for many US sailors!

But in more recent years, the modern flare was trendy between the 1960s and 1990s.

With the help of Sonny and Cher, they were brought into the mainstream in the 1970s, after wearing them in their popular TV show called Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.


There we have it, seven past fashion trends many of us will remember quite well.

There’s no telling if any of these past trends will make a comeback or not.

I’ll leave these with you… I’m going to see if I can dig out my old tear-away pants.

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Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson

I started my writing career working for the UK National Press, and now I'm a digital nomad going wherever the wind takes me. When not writing I’m usually found running super long distances and having a beer… not at the same time obviously.

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