It”s so easy to step back and laugh at all the weird things our parents did, said and wore back in the day. But our turn is coming, guys. And remember, the 90s weren”t too kind to us.

At least we can all probably agree that fashion fads from past decades out-weird any recent trends. Even parachute pants don”t hold a candle to these strange style choices. These fashion statements all say one thing: yikes.

1. Scented Cones

Scented Cones

Before you could swipe some deodorant on and be good for the day, these clever Ancient Egyptians used scented wax cones to mask their body odor.

2. Chopines


The first attempt at platform shoes was a symbol of wealth in the 16th and 17th century. The taller the shoes were, the more money that person had.

3. Powdered Wigs

Powdered Wigs

In the 16th century, these wigs became popular around the same time syphilis did. Instead of finding a way to protect themselves from contracting the disease, or simply keeping it in their pants, noblemen and women treated the common symptom of balding with these powdered solutions.

4. Bombasting


The padding was popularized during the Elizabethan era and was embraced by both men and women looking for those “leg of mutton” curves.

5. Stilt-walking


Residents of Langes, France, in the 19th century took the tall-shoe fad to new heights with their 5 feet tall stilt-shoes. They were used for the more practical reason of wading through the marshy countryside.

6. Hobble Skirts

Hobble Skirts

Restricted movement was all the rage for women rocking these cinched-in skirts at the turn of the 20th century.

7. Symington Side Lacer

Symington Side Lacer

Flapper style didn”t favor the curvy, so this brassiere was invented to squish rather than support women”s bosom in the 1920s.

(via Mental Floss.)

I suddenly feel less embarrassed by my overalls and Starter jackets.