It's easy forget the days when we took our fashion cues from Avril Lavigne and 'Late Registration'-era Kanye West, but they were very real.
A recent Reddit thread asked people to name the huge trends everyone forgot about. The results are a cornucopia of cringe.
I was at a wedding for a family friend when it was a thing. Our table was close to the edge of the dance floor for watching people make drunken fools of themselves. But then the Harlem Shake comes on. Most people just kept dancing not really aware of the song/meme.
During the build up I got up from my table and slowly made my way to the middle of the dance floor bobbing my head, while at the same time a guy 2 tables down from us also got up and was making his way to the dance floor.
There we were together on the dance floor and when the drop hit we both busted out our best Harlem shake. After about 20-30 seconds we both turned around, walked back to our tables, and sat down. Didn’t even know the guys name. - Nervous_NPC
It was massive and then suddenly it vanished. - Doomwaffle9
Planking - tokenbisexual
Mustaches on absolutely everything - drinkitinmaaaan
I actually really liked them. Someone randomly gave me one once (I'm 31 but I look quite young so maybe they thought I was a teenager or something?)
I'm quite fidgety when sitting down anyway so it was quite satisfying to spin it around while I was watching films etc. - banananey
The shoes with the wheels in the heels. And the ones that lit up when you walked. - wa444
It went from 'everyone has one and must clean up their s***' to 'what the f*** was wrong with us' very quickly. - inckalt
All business up front, party in the back...
Popped collars. Back in 2007 and around that time frame for a few months it was very big, and cringe. It didn't last long and I think everyone has forgotten it. - Prepper2086
Making things out of duct tape, preferably mustache printed duct tape - _ravioli_buster_
That thing in 2016 with the killer clowns - AmberMetallicScorpion
Pogs, f*** I miss those things - Borealis_sailor
Early 2000's denim everything trend - Enchanter177
Frosted Tips - REO-tabaggin
Early 2000s Brooklyn dudes wearing denim that was skin tight and looked like it was previously owned by a mechanic. - math-yoo
Parachute Pants - encogneeto