5 fashion items we hope are gone for good

Lynnette Peck / 01 July 2016

Hopefully, these five former fashion favourites are gone for good – although the cyclical nature of fashion means we can never be too sure.



Pointy bras

The cone-shaped ‘bullet bra’ was popular in the 1950s and worn by film stars such as Marilyn Monroe. Actress Lana Turner was even named the ‘Sweater Girl’ after she wore one under (you guessed it) a tight sweater in her debut film They Won’t Forget.

This bold look quickly became much-sought after, and saw ordinary women on the street wearing pointy bras under their sweaters.

The look was briefly revived by Madonna in 1990 during her Blonde Ambition world tour, but this time it wasn’t quite such a hit with the general public, and much to everyone’s relief, we aren’t expecting the average woman to stride around with her chest jutting out again any time soon.

Shell suits

At some point in the mid-1980s, the shiny, fluorescent, matching jacket-and-trouser combination of a nylon 'shell suit’ somehow stopped being something only athletes in sports stadiums wore as ‘track suits’, and became de rigeur for everyone on the high street.

If we’re being honest, the 1980s were a time when we all apparently woke up one morning without a shred of fashion self-respect, but it’s pretty safe to say shell suits were the worst of a bad lot.

Let’s hope designers don’t decide this a must-have revival in the near future. I always wondered whether people get a bit hot wearing one, like a boil-in-the-bag meal…

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Cropped denim jackets

Unless you wore a cropped denim jacket as a lean teenager then this was a trend that never suited anybody. Denim and cropping = wishing to be youthful and looking a bit try-hard.

A longer line denim jacket under a classic polo neck sweater or crisp white shirt is just about fashion acceptable.

But I’m pretty sure that any kind of crop top should be consigned to the fashion history bin.

Over-the-knee boots

If you want to look like a swashbuckling pirate, then go ahead and continue wearing over-the-knee boots. 

Granted they looked cute on Biba shop girls in the 1960s, less so when they were came in scruffy black suede in the 1990s. They need to be retired and only worn in pantomime in our view.

Bell bottoms

Hands up who spent the 1970s wearing oversized, flared, bell-bottom trousers? On the naughty step you go. They didn’t look good then, plus they made us all trip over our feet frequently, and they certainly wouldn’t look good now either.

Fortunately, probably because of the high price of fabric now it seems clothing manufacturers aren’t keen to revive this trend for oversize trews either. RIP extreme flares…


Are there any trends you’re pleased to have seen the back of? Or perhaps you disagree with this list – let us know in the comments!

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