8 Of 2013′s Ugliest Fashion Trends

miley's jean sweats

While you should never listen when a hater tries to cut you down for rocking a certain look, you don’t have to like everything. Sometimes certain trends that you dislike are going to get popular anyway… even if they’re objectively hideous. Here are 8 ugly fashions from 2013 that I just can’t wrap my mind around.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

1. Ponchos. I can’t believe these were ever a thing, and I can’t believe they became a thing again. They were all over Forever 21 this year. And all over my shit list.

cara in a peplum


2. Peplums. It’s kind of a requirement that to write for The Gloss, you have to be peplum intolerant. Unfortunately, they were a big part of NYFW, so we’ll probably have to deal with them for another year. (Even CARA DELEVINGNE looks weird in them!)


Via Etsy

3. Mustaches. Not on people’s faces; those can stay. I’m talking about the extremely overdone and confusing trend of putting mustache graphics on things to make them quirky. It’s like Portlandia‘s “Put A Bird On It!” sketch came to life.

nerd glasses ring

Via Etsy

4. Nerd glasses. While we’re talking about dumb symbols that have been seriously overused on costume jewelry and t-shirts, allow me to express my hatred for oversized black glasses. I didn’t think they were horrible until they became utterly inescapable.

faux leather forever 21

Via Forever 21

5. Faux Leather. This trend isn’t always ugly, but it’s… usually ugly. I’d be a lot more forgiving if it didn’t usually look cheap.

Selena Gomez performs during the halftime of a Thanksgiving Day game between the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington


6. Whatever this weird (polyvinyl chloride?) material is. It looks like a cheap raincoat. It contributed to Selena Gomez looking flat-out crazy and it contributes to my headaches.



7. Asymmetrical high-low skirts. These just make you look like the little bird from Seussical The Musical who only has one feather on her tail. Eve said it best: “This is a dress with a tail for nine thousand dollars.”

Via Getty

Via Getty

8. Jean-Sweats. Okay, maybe these aren’t so much a “trend” as they are “something Miley Cyrus wore once,” but I remember Joan Rivers saying something positive about them on Fashion Police and I just can’t let that slide.

Seriously, what will our grandchildren think if they ever find these pictures? These trends are just not going to stand the test of time.

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      Jean-Sweats = jeats? But, seriously, never understood the mustache craze.

    • La

      On the faux leather bit, maybe you have to look closely at the quality, like you do for everythig lese you want to buy. but at least you’re not wearing the flesh of a cow. I think it’s worth the effort that it takes to simply look at what you’re buying to save some lives.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        I don’t think she was advocating wearing actual leather, though. Her point is valid. Pleather isn’t always hideous, just usually. This is why I stay away from the look all together, unless I find a great faux-leather piece. ,

    • StephC12

      I buy faux leather because I can’t afford the real thing. I really don’t care how others see it.

    • Lauren Hess

      I think The Gloss gets me psychologically.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      How are janties not on here? I call shenanigans!