Folks listen, I'm somewhat of an authority on cringey trends. Way back in the before-times (ye olde late 80's - early 90's) there was a trend for stacking/layering different colored slouch socks to coordinate with your sneakers and outfits. I was the master of this trend. The undeniable slouchy sock queen. Most "amateurs" would stack 2 colors - but I, being both extra and insane, would stack 4 - 5 pairs of socks regularly. Reminder: I lived in South Florida. The foot sweat. Oh dear lord the foot sweat.
Reddit user CommunistTurdWaffles asked:
All I'm going to say is I feel way *waaaaaay* better about my sweaty 90's feet now.
I had a shirt that said "You laugh because I'm different, I laugh because you're all the same". The irony here is that I was still trying to fit in with the "alternative kids" and the shirt was part of the uniform.
I used to wear those black button down shirts with fire at the bottom, like the kind Guy Fieri wears. I don't know if it was an actual trend or not but it still makes me cringe.
You were in Flavortown and didn't even know it.
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I bought into the classic 90s trends that immediately come to mind. the butterfly clips, frosted lips and eyes, platform shoes... all very spice girls. I am having to relive it because my 12 year old is now into the same things. Except instead of pulling back strands of hair with butterfly clips, she's clipping them haphazardly throughout her entire mane. I cannot wait for the trend to die!
The emo/scene trend of the early 2000s. I was in high school, I'm black (female), and wearing band t-shirts, going to tiny, packed concerts, jumping around in the "mosh pit" and meeting band members made me feel unique. I even met Brendon Urie when he was a baby-faced 18 year old on their first big tour with Fall Out Boy and felt really cool talking about it after they blew up.
I remember taking "emo" pictures of myself with my flip phone and putting them on Myspace. I even titled them "emo pics of me."
Nothing said suave like a popped collar on a Ralph Lauren polo shirt.
You mean you only had one collar? All the cool kids I knew wore at least two polos. The coolest wore three, usually hot pink, neon green, and electric blue.
Polo shirts are actually meant to be worn with a popped collar. They were designed to be easy to play Tennis in and to protect the neck from sun.
Culturally, we think of popped collars as "douchy" since the polo shirt is associated with a Frat bro image. It's actually very functional.
They aren't terrible work out clothes either, since they're short sleeved and breathable. Granted, popping your collar indoors is just posturing.
"Tinted Green and Caked With Glitter"
I used Bath & Body Works roll on glitter religiously (Cucumber Melon obviously). But I used so much of it that instead of having a little sparkle under my eyes, my skin was tinted green and caked with glitter.
Thinking that hating popular things made me cool.
When I was like 13 I wore Jean shorts, a black band t shirt, torn up suit jacket, an old knotted mustard yellow tie and Chuck taylors. One day a girl I liked said that I must be a huge Avril Lavigne fan and I almost died from embarrassment.
Fun When Your Parents Are Spending Their Money
Sagging my pants because a kid told me "you don't have to wear them that high" and I was afraid of being bullied for high waters after that, thinking that my clothes HAD to have a Polo (couldn't be USPA) logo on it, or be plastered with Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle (still wear their jeans though lol I love the stretch ones they make) or Hollister logos all over it for it to be considered "swag". Also, my obsession with Jordan shoes, often dreaming of the day Id be able to buy 100s of them.
I was so obsessed with trying to dress a certain way to appear trendy. Now I couldn't care less about that stuff lol. I rock clothing from Wal Mart (those color assorted t shirt packs are great lol) and H&M and until my shoes (usually vans) give out entirely, imma keep wearing them. It's all fun when your parents are spending their money but as I got older, I realized I didn't have money to be wasting on useless stuff like a Jordan collection right now lol.
Edgelord In a Fedora
I wore a f*cking fedora for over a year. People had no clue what my hair looked like because I never took that f*cker off. When I took it off one day in English to scratch my head, my teacher stopped mid-sentence and just said "I've never seen your hair before....you have such gorgeous curly hair that any of these girls in here would kill for and you cover it with that hat??" and honestly that was a turning point. Literally taking off that fedora for the last time really helped me out of my edgelord phase.
Mom Was Right
Neon fishnet fingerless gloves. Mom told me I'd be embarrassed about in the future. Mom was right.
Totally. My mom would often take pictures and say "Oh, you're going to love this picture when you're 30"
Me last year with my daughter. Trying to take a nice sibling photo on one of the kids birthday's, there she is smack bang in the middle, Whipping some siiiiicc fidget spinner moves and poses 😂
We are told that, if you're not confident, you should just "fake it til you make it."
This is great--in theory. In practice, sometimes "faking it" can have extremely real and terrible consequences, which these people found out the hardest of hard ways.