Style is, of course, cyclical, but many of this year's most talked-about trends are things we thought would forever remain in fashion's Room 101. Items that have the power to make almost anyone shudder—kitten heels, rose-coloured glasses, skirts over dresses and stirrup leggings—have returned. Thankfully, however, they have had enough of a makeover to no longer be the pieces you should totally disregard or fear. By the end of this gallery, you might even be tempted to wear kitten heels with a pair of stirrup trousers. Scroll through the gallery below to see 11 of the worst fashion trends.
Then: Versace in the 1980s
Now: Jeanette Madsen wearing pastels at Stockholm Fashion Week
Then: Versace in the 1980s
Style Notes: Versace is one of the most exciting brands for this season and is bringing back plenty of neglected '80s fashion trends, including chain belts and OTT gold jewellery.
Now: Anna Vitiello wears a gold chain belt
Then: Keira Knightley wearing a colourful pukka-shell necklace
Style Notes: Anyone who watched The OC will know that shell necklaces were a '00s essential. The surfer necklace appeared in all good teen movies such as Bring It On and the Olsen twins' straight-to-VHS films. And Miuccia Prada is bringing them back.
Now: Seen at Prada's A/W 18 men's fashion show
Then: Sarah Jessica Parker wearing jorts in 2014
Style Notes: Jorts (aka denim pedal-pushers) that fall just above the knee are an unforgiving cut, but Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian West are determined to bring this controversial item back. Something tells us it might take a while for this to catch on when everyone's still so attached to their cutoffs…
Now: Gigi Hadid wearing her jorts in New York in April 2017
Then: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in matching denim-on-denim at the 2001 VMAs
Style Notes: You might assume that the denim-bustier top (or dress) would stay firmly with Britney Spears in 2001, but it also appeared on the runway during Paris Fashion Week last year. Dior has brought this tricky look back, and Bella Hadid (a fan of all things '00s) has been totally behind the revival, wearing Dior's denim bustier and the midi dress with a bustier top.
Now: Bella Hadid wearing Dior's denim bustier in London in April 2017
Then: Katie Holmes wearing stirrup leggings in 2008
Style Notes: While you might think stirrup leggings and tights should have stayed in the '80s, they have become a street style staple, thanks to Balenciaga, Fendi and many more runway leaders. The trick to wearing the look now is looping your stirrups over your shoes and opting for super-thick leggings or trousers (rather than the semi-opaque tights Katie Holmes chose in 2008 and tucked into her court shoes).
Now: Tamu McPherson wearing stirrup leggings to fashion week in January 2017
Then: Britney Spears in a Juicy Couture tracksuit in 2003
Style Notes: Tracksuits were the unofficial uniform for the socialite set in the mid-noughties, with Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and more living in their Juicy Couture velours. Not only is Juicy Couture back in fashion's good books, but trackies are once again the key look for the Hollywood set, as Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid even wear theirs to fashion parties with heels.
Now: Gigi Hadid wearing an Olivia von Halle cashmere tracksuit in 2016
Then: Carmen Electra in pink sunglasses in 2001
Rose-tinted glasses were huge in the early '00s, worn by the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and commonly seen on the red carpet. But instead of rectangular, small or frameless lenses, the styles Gigi Hadid and Selena Gomez are wearing now are far less overwhelming. If you're tempted to try the trend, we've put together an edit of the best around.
Now: Selena Gomez wearing rose-coloured sunglasses in 2016
Then: Charlize Theron wearing strappy kitten heels to the premiere of Monster in 2004
Style Notes: When Vogue declared last year that kitten heels were back, it sparked an outcry (seriously) on social media, with one of our own readers even claiming she would rather have a toenail infection than wear a pair. Thanks to Dior, The Row and many more reputable names, kitten heels are back (particularly in slingback form), and they are fashion editors' shoe style of the year.
Now: Natasha Goldenberg wearing kitten heels at fashion week in 2017
Then: Britney Spears wearing a wrap skirt over jeans in 2002
Style Notes: Skirts over jeans might give you flashbacks to the wrap-skirt-trouser hybrids many of us owned from Tammy Girl in the '90s, but at London Fashion Week, every other person was wearing a dress over jeans.
Now: Lisa Aiken wearing a Balenciaga dress over jeans at London Fashion Week in February 2017
Then: Melanie C, aka Sporty Spice, performing with the Spice Girls in 1996
Style Notes: Practical "ugly" trainers that reigned in the '90s (think Sporty Spice) are making an unlikely comeback. Gigi Hadid has been wearing clompy Reeboks—the type of trainers we wore to P.E. classes—on repeat outside of the gym.
Now: Gigi Hadid wearing her clompy Reebok Classics in April 2017
These trends don't seem so scary, do they now?
Opening Image: Rex Features
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.