There are two types of clothes in your closet: the versatile investment pieces that you’ll be able to pass down to your future son and those apparel and accessories that make you ask yourself, “What was I thinking?” Anyone with a pulse on fashion knows that the biggest trends are cyclical; however, some fads are so awful that we are praying they never see the light of day again. Read on for five pieces that are no longer in style.
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1. Graphic T-shirts
These tops are kind of like the weird co-worker you have who insists on making everyone a little uncomfortable. Instead, opt for a regular T-shirt: A versatile black or white tee will offer more mileage and no awkward double takes. If a simple solid shirt is simply too boring for you, up the ante with a striped top.
2. Sweater vests
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In our opinion, sporting this to any event from work to a first date will either immediately age you five to 10 years or have you looking as if your mom styled your outfit. But that doesn’t mean you should write off all layerable sweaters as a sartorial pariah: Sporty half-zips are a great alternative.
3. Anything logo-mania
Now you may be wondering what the difference is between graphic T-Shirts and logo-ed apparel, so allow us to give you a quick lesson: Graphic tees can be awkward, but pieces adorned with flashy brand names tend to be materialistic and read as if you are bragging about shelling out hundreds of dollars for an Hermès belt. And since we doubt you want to be labeled an arrogant snob, toss out those logo-ed pieces.
4. Velcro sandals
Sometime between your childhood and adulthood, you most likely had a (not-so) brief run-in with Velcro sandals. Please, for the love of the fashion gods above, burn these shoes already. Sure, womenswear brands like Prada and Marni presented their own takes on the typical Velcro sandal a few seasons ago, but we hope that you stayed clear from any menswear iterations.
5. Baggy jeans
Sometimes, a little bag to a pair of jeans can be a good thing. But when your pants are on MC Hammer-level baggy and/or need a miracle belt to keep them in place? You’re in trouble.