Fashion is constantly evolving, with trends coming and going in the blink of an eye. Some styles, like grunge-inspired plaid, make a comeback and become a wardrobe staple. Luckily, styles like trucker hats made their way out of our lives and have yet to make it back since. Unfortunately, we’re forever scarred by some of the trends we've had to endure, especially in our elementary and middle school days. Here are some of the trends we’re thankful went out of style.
Jenna — Juicy Tracksuits
Juicy tracksuits became the “it” style in the 2000s when teenage girls started wearing the signature matching velvet jacket and sweats in every color in the rainbow. These go-to outfits were easy to assemble, comfortable to wear and luxurious to own thanks to their expensive price tag. I will never forget my first Juicy outfit — it was blue and had a huge design on the back of the jacket. I am glad these days are long over, because I don’t have to look like every other girl wearing the same outfit in a different color.
Nikki — Crocs
I can still remember the first time my friends bought Crocs when we were nine or ten. I crinkled up my nose and looked at them very seriously, asking one question: "Why?" To this day, even though I eventually caved and bought a pair, I still don't understand why Crocs happened. They squeaked any time you walked and made your feet more sweaty than the usual shoe (which was a nightmare in gym class.) I'm glad people finally came to their senses and began to choose fashion over comfort, even if Crocs tried, somewhat desperately, to design shoes that were more fashion-forward.
Angela — Side shaved hair
The side shaved hairstyle was edgy and fun in a way that made the person sporting it stand out. Even though I’m not a huge fan myself, it was popular among celebrities and students alike. In my opinion, if you want to shave your head, then you should shave it all off.
Itohan — Plastic butterfly clips
Fortunately, I was too young to partake in this horrendous trend of the early 2000s. For celebs like Hilary Duff and Gwen Stefani there are plenty of photographs that prove why these clips should rest in peace. There is no definite cause of death for this colorful hair accessory, but there are a number of contributing factors. Maybe people got tired of it getting tangled in their hair or maybe they finally realized they were wearing an insect on their head. Regardless of how it ended, I think we all can agree that we’re glad it did.
Caitlin — Shrugs
Shrugs are 25 percent of the size of a whole cardigan and zero percent cute. Shrugs bear a resemblance to the cropped jackets matadors wear, but they’re not as cool and definitely less suitable for bullfighting. In middle school I wore an unfortunate crochet shrug that knotted in the front over tank tops and dresses. They’re short, awkward and very 2007. Thankfully, the shrug trend will probably stay in the aughts, so we can stay warm in our beloved full-length cardigans.
Rachel — Plastic headbands
My middle school and early high school hairdos were severely inhibited by my bad habit of wearing hard plastic headbands. Whether it was the tiny plastic ones that came in packs at grocery stores or the thick ones with a small scarf attached, this then-trendy hair accessory led to flat, boring ponytail looks. As a brunette, I would proudly wear every color from the multipacks which were actually made to match different hair tones, including the headbands for blondes and redheads. I haven’t worn a non-fabric headband in years and am a much better person for it.
Steph — Wrist sweatbands
Unless you were a legitimate athlete stepping off the court, you had no business wearing a sweatband around your wrist. Yet, for reasons unknown, the teens of the new millennium decided to take this sporty accessory to the streets. Yes, 13-year-old me consciously strolled into Hot Topic and paid real money for this sweat-soaking piece of clothing. Back in the day, I tried to trick the world (and myself) into thinking I was a pop-punk princess and this trend helped me emulate that look. Luckily, sweatbands died among most musicians, faux-punks and emo kids shortly after 2010. Rest assured, this is a moment in my style history that I will tell my grandchildren with the utmost shame.
Maddy — Gauchos
I remember my first remorseful purchase like it was yesterday. I was 10-years-old and had just walked out of Limited Too with a new pair of army green gauchos with tiny studs along the fold-over waistband. Gauchos seemed to be everyone’s go-to piece in fifth grade and that was no exception for me. With their soft, flowing fabric and wide assortment of colors, what wasn’t to love about these versatile pants? But once I saw a teacher wearing them with high heel leather boots, I knew the trend wouldn’t make it more than a few months more in my wardrobe.
Nancy — Feather Hair Extensions
Although my pre-teen self is guilty of sporting this hairstyle trend, I’m glad it’s over. One or two feathers didn’t look too bad, but people went overboard. We raided hair salons, even fishing gear stores to find them. What’s worse, some people thought this was a quick DIY and inexpertly stuck way too many feathers in their hair, making them look like peacocks.