Some Fashion Trends Of The 2010s Were Horrendous, Nevertheless We Wore Them: 18 Fashion Fads From The 2010s You Forgot You Loved
The 2010s will be missed. With less than a month left of this decade, the nostalgia is setting in. So we’re looking back on some of the accessories and fashion pieces that we were obsessed with in the last 10 years. Some of them seem strange now, cartoonish almost. They were exaggerated, wild and others were downright dangerous (platform heels, we’re talking to you). While the decade might be remembered for its divisive politics and the accelerating climate crisis, we want to remember it for its ugg-wearing, flower crown-clad fashion fads.
At the turn of the 2010s, who didn’t want various shapes of colorful rubber bands to wear on their wrists like cheap jewelry? A big hit during the earlier part of the decade, these animal/princess/anything-you-can-imagine-shaped rubber bands were all the rage.
Super skinny jeans
Sure, boot-cut jeans were considered cute in the ’90s, but once the clock flipped on a new millennium, suddenly every cool girl fell in lust with her skinny jeans. The flattering, goes-with-everything jeans style had a resurgence not seen since the ’80s and—despite the recent comeback of wide-leg jeans—it became a wardrobe favorite throughout the 2010s.
Ah, hair feathers, another gift of the early ‘10s. They were all the rage if you were in middle school at that time, and in the land of pop culture, celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff were embracing them the way fashion girls rock maximalist barrettes today.
These completely useless, absurd glasses were also one of the best trends and fads ever. Why wouldn’t you want a pair? Everyone looked good in them. I’m going to shoutout Kanye here for these.
Leggings as pants
Patterned leggings and leggings in general absolutely took over during the 2010s and I feel personally victimized by my choice in leggings. Did you ever fall victim to the see-through kind? Yeah, me too sis.
Flower crowns were definitely IT during the 2010s.
Remember those dresses and tops which were pretty much a mini length at the front, and the back went almost to the floor? Don’t remember why we were all so obsessed with them though.
The neckwear trend came in strong around 2015 and 2016 and it has pretty much stayed that way. From neckerchiefs to ribbons, to dainty chains and the classic 90s-era plastic ‘tattoo’ choker, we’ve seen them all.
Another gift from the 90s that made its grand return around 2017 and has stayed in the spotlight. The tiny sunglasses trend, evocative of The Matrix era, came out in full force and is still a thing.
Crop tops boldly came back in style around 2013–2014 and are still a pretty hot trend now.
Often sported by the decade’s best dressed (Michelle Obama, and Blair Waldorf, we’re talking to you), the oversize necklace had all of us believing bigger was better. Paired with classic crew-neck tees and tailored work shirts, the conversation-starting accessory proved itself a statement worth making.
Ankle-breaking Platform shoes
Heels with chunku platforms that reached to crazy heights made perfect sense in a Lady Gaga-loving world. While the runways saw many models topple courtesy of such gravity-defying shoes, celebs—and, OK, we’re guilty as charged too—continued to go wild for the extra inches.
Girly, comfy ballet flats quickly gained wardrobe-staple status this past decade. No surprise: Cool girls like Sofia Coppola and Sienna Miller showed us how great they looked in that not-trying-too-hard kind of way when paired with everything from work clothes to weekend wear to fancy dresses.
Oversized, over the top statement rings
Style icons like Blake Lively’s fashionista character Serena Van der Woodsen, Fergie and Alexa Chung introduced us to the joy of sporting egg-size blingy rings not seen since our grandma’s generation. Faux or real, a big cocktail ring is the accessory version of the exclamation point (!!!).
Despite runway designers’ best efforts, years from now, fashion lovers will likely remember the decade for its comfy, fuzzy footwear: The Ugg frenzy and our insane passion for all other forms of furry winter boots was so 2000-2010. The snow-ready boots turned up coast to coast, far from any mountain—from sunny L.A. to the streets of NYC.
Remember the times when tops had a little frill at the bottom? Something like an in-built skirt?The last time peplum had its heyday was circa 2012, when it really was the reigning silhouette among trendy women everywhere.
Hidden Wedge sneakers
All high topped and puffy tongued, like a basketball/skater shoe hybrid with a child’s developmental building block jammed underneath. The shoe silhouette was first popularized by a luxury design by Isabel Marant —and boy, did we lose our minds for these. Maybe because the wedge sneaker offers us a magic formula: heel height plus comfort.