As a fellow millennial growing up, don’t tell me you didn’t have one of those plastic stretchy chokers, or that fascinatingly odd toy called a yo-yo. At some point in our childhood, these were among the must-haves but have since vanished without a trace.
Many trends, tendencies and crazes (fancy participating in a flashmob, anyone?!) that were getting all the buzz at one point seem to have had an expiry date.
“What was a huge trend everyone forgot about?” someone asked on Reddit, and the thread soon turned into a walk down memory lane merged with a healthy dose of cringe.
#1If you are old enough, you can't beat mood rings.
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#2Yo-yo's had a big resurgence when I was a kid in the 90s. They were all the rage for like half of one school year, and then they just kind of vanished. It was fun playing with them with my dad for a while, and i did learn a few tricks.
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“There is not really a golden rule to recognize whether something is a trend or a fad,” Lina Survila, the founder of Abstract Stylist magazine and creator of metaverse news newsletter The Wearables Daily, told Bored Panda.
It really depends on the context and every trend. But when talking about fashion, the industry which is largely ruled by tendencies that change every season, many unexpected things happen, Lina argues.
“I think about trends and fads in fashion the same way I think about art - the truth will shine after a long time when we will be able to realize if this thing is really something that will stay within our generation.”
#4Toe socks. Very uncomfortable but very fashionable in the 90’s
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#5I feel like we, as a society, have collectively decided to just pretend like JNCO pants never existed.
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One of my aunts still does this. We don't talk.
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Today, many trends are inevitably influenced by the advancement of technology. From AI to Metaverse and Web3, the way we experience the world around us is rapidly changing. And so are art and fashion. Virtual try-ons, video games, metaverse fashion shows, and NFTs paved the way for a new concept of digital fashion, and experts say there’s no telling what will come next.
For many fleeting trends, the biggest challenge is to remain relevant. The only way to do so is to hold or raise its value for years to come. But how could we know that? Lina says she takes into account a few things before making her decision about a purchase.
“First, it's the people who made it, because people always bring the biggest value. Just think about it, H&M is not a collectible brand, but once they collaborate with a famous designer, it's another story, and those items sell at a higher price than the original sale.”
People would get real sh**ty when you told them you didn't play and couldn't trade strawberries or some s**t.
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#8Those plastic stretchy chokers that also doubled as bracelets.
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#9Super thin eyebrows and jeans that defy the concept of a pubic line
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Another important aspect is timing. “Is this thing a copy or something I have never seen in the space? For example, even though IKEA is full of functional minimalistic style designs, Dieter Rams' designs will always sell at a higher price. They will be valuable in time because he was a pioneer in space,” Lina explained.
And the third aspect to think about when making an investment is the item’s technology availability. “Is this built on something that will change fashion or any industry forever?”
Lina gave an example of Prada's iconic nylon bags. “Those were one of the first nylon bags on the market at a time when nylon was huge news in fashion. Nobody used nylon before in that way. I understand cryptocurrencies the same.” The creator of the metaverse newsletter draws a parallel between Ethereum technology and nylon material, saying “it’s new and exciting, and available for others to build off.”
This is a shame. I always thought they were fun!
Good they’re so cringe.
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#12The “challenges” like cinammon challenge, the ice bucket challenge, condom challenge, etc.
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#14Pokémon go. I know some people still play. But it was huge when it first came out.
Closest we ever got to world peace.
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#15Pet rocks. Dude made bank
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#19Furbies, tickle me elmo.
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#20Smelly Stickers, my fav was Buttered Popcorn..
Ugh that was the best 3 weeks before my school banned them. We would have our friends pull us into jousting fights between classes… okay i guess i understand why they were banned but they were still fun as sh**t
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I loved the Harlem Shake, it was wholesome. Also i feel like my life was happier during that era when it came out.
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#23Vine, old short-video social media.
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I’m the proud owner of several pairs of leg warmers and I wouldn’t give them up even after death. Those mfs are getting buried with me
#26Wearing overalls with one strap unbuttoned like Fresh Prince
#27Spinning rims on cars. Those were BAD.
#28My mom lived in the 80’s as a young adult and according to her it’s 100% aerobics. Worldwide. So huge in fact that you can’t pretty much escape it as it was EVERYWHERE. TVs, electrical appliances and outfits, movies, songs, competitions, HECK a lot of corporate workplace including my mom’s even had a dedicated aerobics routine.
And you’d think gym culture today is already wack enough…..
#29Lower back tattoos.
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#30Hacky sack tricks.
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#31Beaded animals. Any other school have a craze where people made animals from beads and string? I remember having someone make me a lizard and hanging it from my backpack
#32This might be a bit of a regional thing: Puka shell necklaces.
#33Anyone else remember Koosh balls?
#35Tight-rolling your jeans.
Wearing 2 different coloured pairs of socks at once, & rolling them down, so that the underneath sock colour showed.
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#38Kriss Kross and backwards pants, circa 1990.
They performed on In Living Color and the next day half the boys in my fifth grade class came to school with their clothes on backwards.
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#39Giant wallet chains
#41Cabbage Patch Dolls
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#43The little finger skateboards and trick bicycles toys.
#44Fidget spinners and the dab.
30 year old substitute teacher here. I dab sometimes when the kids say something dab worthy, which is either met with cringes or laughter. Either one gives me strength.
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#45I don't think I could tell you the last time I saw UGG boots in person.
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#46The hair poof in the front girls used to rock.
#47Wearing an arm full of (chunky or thin) rubber bracelets from different fandoms. So many girls did it as conversation starters,, I still cringe.
#483D tvs and curved computer display monitors.
They kept saying, "3D TV is the future!" They've been dead for a few years now.
#49The run on Beenie Babies.
They were buying them literally as an investment worth thousands of dollars... I literally saw them the other day being sold at Speedway
#50W.W.J.D.? (What would Jesus do?)
My religious middle school friend would take of her wwjd bracelet off if she had something sinful to do, like cursing or lying to her parents. I'm not sure that's how it works but idk, I never read the Bible
#51Rainbow loom, people even made clothes with it.
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#52Swatch watches, even wearing two at a time.
#53That odd period when everything was themed around a mustache.
Girls who got the mustache tattoo on your pointer finger...how's life going?
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#54I feel like the trend of neon clothing and accessories was a huge one that everyone seems to have forgotten about.
Remember when everyone was rocking those neon green snapback hats and neon pink crop tops?
I still have some neon pieces in my closet, I might have to bring them back.
#56Garbage pail kids.
#57Angry birds and cut the rope on a way too small phone screen.
#58It's been a long time since I've seen Chuck Norris memes.
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#59Hoverboards. Every mall kiosk was selling them. Everyone was getting them for Christmas. People were selling them out the trunk. I’ve still never set foot on one. They were everywhere.
Not sure if this was a international trend though. Early-mid 1990s, small colourful plastic pacifiers that we would trade and exchange.
I wouldnt mind a comeback, they were rather cute.
#62That week everyone was obsessed with sea shantys for some reason
#63Miami vice pastel jackets and brutini shoes. Don't forget about Michael Jackson jackets 2000% markup on those.
#65Clowns randomly showing up in places and freaking people out. I feel like it was just a few years ago.
#66Wearing colorful knee high socks over you pants… middle school was a dark time.
I feel personally attacked haha. Been a huge fan for 15 years and it's definitely here to stay at this point, it's just not in the mainstream as much anymore, which I actually prefer, because it's more like it was when I first became a fan.
#68Those sockem boppers. They are more fun then a pillow fight! But really as kids it would turn into an all out brawl and our parents would take them away. Because one kid would be bruised and crying.
#69When corporations were trying to make the best virtual assistants. Like clippy and bonzi buddy.
#70Palm pilots and other PDAs. Former Handspring Visor user here.
#71Tiger Electronic games, nobody remembered them until the AVGN episode about it.
#72the really cool computer mouse you could get that had water or other things in it. Tried getting one and I can't seem to find it anywhere! Honestly there was a lot of cool technology like that back then.
#73Y’all remember silly bandz? Those little animal shaped rubber bands? Those things took over my middle school. Ended up being treated like a controlled substance which only made them even more valuable. Then one day they just vanished.
I accrued about 2 million Neopoints over a few years during its prime. Sunk so many hours into those 3-per-day games (especially the pterodactyl and bullseye games!). And I loved reading the stories/fanfics written by users, several of them became multi-entry sagas that spanned months. Came back a year ago to find my account hacked ?
#75The cup song.
#76Vuvuzela’s. Man they were annoying!
#77Baby on Board signs in car windows.
#78That dress where you never knew the color
#81Can we start bottle flipping again? You never miss something until it's gone...
#82Filters on Instagram. It feels like all photos were sent through ‘Valencia’ in 2014
For all the hype, he's still never been caught.
#84Those purses made out of old Kool-aid packets. Also the purses with the sequins all over them.
#85The playlist feature on MySpace pages.
#86Does anyone remember popcorn shirts? Those were a huge thing when I was in like 4th and 5th grade
#87POW bracelets in the 1960s or 70s. I was a kid, I wore one. Don't know if he ever made it home.
#88Braiding your barrettes with ribbon and letting the ribbon hang down ala 1981.
And Pokemon Go