When spotted on a celeb or printed in a mag, even the most questionable of trends can climb the ranks, achieving "viral" status just as any YouTube video or summer anthem might. We've all caught the bug at some point... and lived to regret it. Thankfully, we've moved past the days of Lycra gauchos, platform flip flops, and too-literal fur toppers, but as the old adage says, if we don't learn from our past, we're bound to repeat it. So, in the interest of public service, we're revisiting 10 once-on-fire trends that we hope to never see again.
Reminisce a bit with the following trends, and tell us, what viral fashion trends have we left off the list?
• Drop-Crotch Pants & Leggings The phenomenon that was the loose-fit-hip/tight-fit-leg pant was a somewhat recent occurrence in '10 and '11. However, we soon learned that even women with the fittest of bods couldn't make a saggy seat look chic.
• Von Dutch Hats — One can easily correlate the appearance of Von Dutch trucker hats around 2003 to the on-air debut of Punk'd. Thanks, but no thanks, Ashton Kutcher.
• Stretchy Gauchos — While gauchos are typically considered a trend of the '60s, these Lycra spandex versions were, for a short time, a staple of the 21st century. Tightly hugging your body, falling right below the knee in a bell-shaped leg, these gauchos were a body's worst enemy. Was anyone else temporarily convinced these were flattering?
• Embellished-Booty Denim — These jeans possibly worked better back in their heyday when we matched them with a rhinestone-encrusted logo tee. But no more.
• Belly Chains — We'll admit it: We kind of liked Beyoncé's link love when she sported a chain over her pregnant belly at the beach last September. But, we'll admire from afar if that's what it takes to make sure this trend doesn't catch on quite like it did when Britney, Christina, and Jessica still topped the pop charts.
• Platform Flip Flops — Oft accompanied by the aforementioned stretchy gaucho, these elevated slip-ons served as the resort footwear of choice for many women. The craze died down and we suspect it had something to do with the poor aesthetics and overall risk factor of these clunky, chunky sandals.
• Terrycloth —This material most certainly has its place, but it's not on our clothes. Perhaps it was seen as the lighter, summery sister of the early-2000 velour addiction (the Juicy Couture track suit famously went viral thanks to Madonna, who the matchy-matchy set was first made for, with a little help from Paris Hilton), but terry hoodies, dresses, and even handbags were much better left in the washroom.