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What not to wear: the worst fashion trends ever!

Ruff collarAt Fiore, we're all about fashion that has a lasting appeal; we ensure that all the handbags we stock never go out of style thanks to their elegant aesthetic and versatility. However, fashion trends can be a tricky business, and history is laden with pieces of fashion that, in hindsight, are embarrassing to behold.

Today, we'll be looking at some of the worst fashion trends in history, and reliving our own fashion faux-pas.

Double denim

Despite some people suggesting that double denim is back in fashion, this is a trend that has been far too tainted by that notorious image of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake to make a successful and forceful comeback.

The problem with double denim is that it’s a difficult look to pull off, and precariously balances the line between tasteful and embarrassing. Is double denim back? We hope not!

Chokers and Ruff collars

ChokerRuffs and chokers are both accessories that inhabit the fashion category of “things to wear if you enjoy having a hard time breathing.” While it’s extremely improbable that any of our customers were alive when ruffs were in style in the mid-sixteenth century, it’s much more likely that they were around for the choker necklace craze in the 1990s. We’re still unsure what compelled people to wear such restrictive accessories when you can highlight your neck, and have no problem catching your breath, by wearing a simple necklace.

Parachute pants and Sagging trousers

Parachute, or harem, pants were first made popular by MC Hammer, and they’ve been just as ridiculous as a piece of clothing ever since. The same goes for sagging trousers, which tend to make people look as they got bored half way through putting their clothes on. The general rule of thumb is that if you’re not utilising the entirety of a piece of clothing, or if a piece of clothing is designed in a way to make you look bigger than you actually are, then it’s a fashion no-no.

Zoot suits

Zoot suitWe’d hate to give the impression that we think all oversized pieces of fashion are bad; they’re not, and we love an oversized handbag as much as the next person, but when it comes to zoot suits, well… they’re just too large!

Zoot suits are an oversized suit that was a fashion mainstay for men in 1940s America, it is a style of clothing that inspired the Teddy Boy subculture in Britain. Nobody looks good when it looks like their clothes are trying to drown them.

Shell suits

It would have been impossible to write a blog about the worst fashion trends in history without mentioning the 1980s, and it was a toss-up between including shoulder pads or shell suits, but in the end it was decided that while shoulder pads only made one part of the body look questionable, shell suits were an all-body mistake.


Unless you’re a detective in a 1950s film, fedoras are a no-go. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing it at a jaunty angle, there is almost nothing redeemable about wearing a fedora. Stay away.

Do you have any fashion trends that you think need to disappear? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below! Remember, for a timeless fashion fix, we have a range of gorgeous handbags for any occasion. For more information, contact us online or visit us at our store in Abergavenny.

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