Clothing & Style

Strange Fashion Trends From History

We often hear that everything old is new again, especially when it comes to historical fashion trends. They come back in a bizarre manner, with ridiculous outfits, and out-of-this-world updates. Some of them don’t take root in fashion, while others become a new era, metaphorizing some old good pieces of closing in an absolutely different way.

So, today, we’re gonna have a look at some weird fashion trends from history, which have been twisted by contemporary designers and turned into real trendy must-haves.

The Flannel

Today, everyone knows how to wear a flannel in order to look stylish and on point – its popularity transcends social gaps and gender and never seems to fade. However, it wasn’t always so. In the far 17th century, this modern fashion trend emerged as a replacement to Welsh wool garb to keep them warm and dry. In the USA it was a kind of improvement of a working man’s uniform, later on, the flannel became a cheap and tough material for soldiers’ underwear and the ideal fabric for workmen.

Showing Off Your Socks

This rising trend of wearing crew socks and demonstratively showing them over the jeans, trainers, and even wearing with skirts and dresses, has evolved with the passage of time. From the 1920s spatter dashers, which were previously worn by men in order to protect their shoes and pants, and the 1940s medium size socks that fall somewhere between the ankle and the knee, to modern crew socks with and without patterns, worn both with sneakers and with elegant heels.

The Sagging

The sagging is maybe the weirdest fashion trend that has ever occurred. It is the way of wearing the pants just below the waist to reveal a large area of underwear. However, the balance is required in order not to let them drop. So popular with men in the beginning of 21st century, sagging is believed to begin in American prisons, where the prisoners weren’t allowed to wear belt due to fears they could use them to commit a suicide.

Pointy Shoes

Shoes with long pointy tips were popular in the 2000s, later their popularity declined, and now we can notice a new rise of this strange fashion.

It all started from the Crakows in the 15th century – a style of shoes with extremely long noses (the length of the shoe soles was usually more than 50 percent of the length of the foot). These shoes wore up quickly and were very uncomfortable, so people often adjusted whalebone or a string, linking the end of a shoe and a knee to enable easier walking.


The earliest mention of the fishnet closing dates back to the very beginning of the 20th century in the story about a pleasant daughter, who was challenged to come to the king “not clothed, not naked” and wrapped herself in a fisherman’s net.

During a long time, the fishnets were favored only by movie stars, models, and Hollywood celebrities, as they lack practicality and are overly glamorous and extravagant. And only by the end of the century, the fishnets became a part of women’s casual style – bright, but still wearable.

Today, the fishnets are at the peak of their fame again. Fashion-hunters wear them under the ripped jeans, showing the net above the waistline, in the tears, and at the ankles.