Prepare Yourself: These 5 Tacky Trends Are Coming Back

One of the overriding movements in fashion right now is that "tacky" is back. Items from the '00s and '90s that you would have scoffed at a few years ago or only have worn out of the house if you were attending a "bad taste" party are making an unlikely yet triumphant return. The Burberry checked baseball cap has managed to shake off its "ASBO" past, as for spring the brand is encouraging us to do our very best Daniella Westbrook impression and wear check on check on check. Always one to try a trend first, Rihanna has already worn a little black bodycon dress with a Burbs checked cap and coat. Proof that everything comes full circle.

Bad taste fashion trend: Rihanna in Burberry check


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Keep scrolling to see—and shop—the "bad taste" items that are coming back whether you like it or not.

Burberry Check

Bad taste fashion trend: Burberry check


Getty Images; PICTURED: Burberry S/S 18.

Back in the early '00s, Burberry check became more "hooligan" than high fashion, however, Christopher Bailey reclaimed the heritage Burberry check in the S/S 18 show with checked trenches worn with matching baseball caps. He upped the irony by pairing it with sparkly crystal earrings and argyle golfer socks. With Rihanna wearing the cap, you know it's a trend that is bound to take off.

Brash Prints

Bad taste fashion trend: Versace prints


Getty Images; PICTURED: Versace S/S 18.

Versace's show this year also revisited the history of the house, as the collection was a tribute to the late Gianni Versace. The collection reworked the iconic baroque, OTT motifs from the archive with models wearing the '90s more-is-more prints head to toe.

J.LO–Worthy Bling


Getty Images; PICTURED: Topshop S/S 18.

When it comes to accessories for S/S 18, it's all about chandelier crystal earrings, and don't be afraid of piling it on. At Topshop, Burberry and more, models wore sparkly, drop earrings and necklaces, confirming that diamanté is definitely back.

Strappy Stilettos

Bad taste fashion trend: Strappy stilettos


Getty Images; PICTURED: Saint Laurent S/S 18.

Speaking of sparkly accessories, sexy, rhinestone-embellished stilettos are another "tacky" buy to get the designer treatment—both Gucci and Saint Laurent are championing high, sparkly, strappy sandals. Think Tanya Turner in Footballer's Wives.


Bad taste fashion trend: Anklets


Getty Images; PICTURED: Victoria Beckham S/S 18.

Anklets are another accessory that has long been considered "trashy," however, chain bracelets worn around the foot are this year's answer to the choker. Even Victoria Beckham embraced the return of the anklets in her S/S 18 collection.

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