A Recent History of Style Trends That Freaked Out Old People

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    Jean sagging

    In the famous words of General Larry Platt, “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looking like a fool with your pants on the ground,” There is no other style that makes old people’s heads explode like jean sagging. How many times have you heard an older person tell you to “pull your pants up?” Probably more times than you can count.

    Popularized in the ‘90s, this style often involved keeping your jeans way below the waist, past your butt. And nothing freaked older people out more than your boxers showing. To them, that is a style sin that will make them reconsider if you get an invite to a family party or not.

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    Massive sneaker collections

    Unless you’re Imelda Marcos, older people can’t fathom the fact that one person can own multiple pairs of shoes. They see the hours you spend lining up to get a new pair as a waste of time and money. On top of that, the stacks of boxes deserve their own room in the house. Try telling them that you won’t even wear the shoes and watch their faces turn red. They will tell you stories about back in their days they would be glad to even own just a pair of slippers for a year. A big shoutout goes to those who have understanding parents or even grandparents who will line up for you to support your sneakerhead hobby.

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    Funky hair styles

    Maybe at one point you decided to get a mohawk, dye your hair, or even have crazy patterns shaved into your head. Either way, if it wasn’t a safe buzz cut or wholesome looking combover you were going to get a few dirty looks from older people. They might think you’re a hooligan up to no good, but in reality you’re a great person who volunteers at retirement homes on weekends. You just happen to appreciate a cutting edge hairdo.

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    Skinny jeans

     The trend on skinny jeans went as far as guys buying women’s jeans because the men’s jeans weren’t tight enough. The style might have freaked out more than just old people, but a whole list of dudes who were scared of losing themselves.  But not even science or disapproving list of parents stopped a brave many tacking onto the leg-hugging trend. Do you, guys. Do you.

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    All baggy everything

    There was a time when buying clothes a size or two bigger was a thing. If you regularly wore a medium, buying jackets, hoodies, and knits in XXL was normal. For those who wore size-30 waist jeans, it wouldn’t be stylish unless you rocked a 36. It wasn’t cool if the clothes weren’t big enough to swim in. Classmates would have called you out if you wore something skinny. And what did old people know; they only believe in clothes that fit.

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    Long tees

    Long tees were so ridiculous they deserve a category of their own. We’re not talking about the recent trend of long tees, because those ones old people won’t actually mind.  We’re talking about the early 2000s trend of wearing a fresh, crisp pair with a hemline that reached the knees—Soulja Boy style. Old people might have called them gowns, and the style was pretty much close to it.

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A style trend isn’t a style trend if it doesn’t give anything for people to talk about. If your outfit hasn’t caused a buzz once, well you need to start taking some weird style tips from people like Macklemore. After all, one of the reasons everyone tries to dress differently is to get noticed. There are some that may compliment your new look, and some might even copy it. However, there will always be a percentage that will be scared because they can’t understand how fire your outfit is. More often than not, it will be the older generation.

Looking back through the years, you can see that old people have a long record of hating certain styles. People your parents’ age are jealous because they have to adhere to strict office attire every day, except the occasional Casual Fridays. And grandparents might not be feeling your clothes because they’ll always compare them to how much better it was during the good old days. So unless you dress like them, be prepared to get an earful.

With the weather getting extra crispy over the past few weeks, we have rounded up some notable styles that have caused some blood to boil. Styles like long tees are making a comeback, and so are a host of other things that we thought were dead forever not too long ago, but there were always darker days when it looked a lot different (*cough* size-42 jeans *cough*).

So without further ado, here is a Recent History of Style Trends That Freaked Out Old People.

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