Grown-Ups Reveal The Most Cringeworthy Trends They Followed As Kids

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of Grown-Ups Reveal The Most Cringeworthy Trends They Followed As Kids
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Vote up the embarrassing youth fad confessions that require the heaviest adult penance.

The preteen and teen years are a time of angst, hormones, and trends that seemed so important at the time - however, with the help of a tasteful adult perspective, many of these trends lead to regret years later. The most embarrassing fads tend to involve fashion, and are often influenced by whatever band was in the Top 40 or alternative-music scene at the time. Jewelry and hair are also prone to ill-conceived trends, as anyone who overdid Dep gel could tell you. 

Adults took to Reddit to share, with shuddering shame, the trends they bought into as kids and adolescents but now want to ban from their memories, yearbooks, and defunct MySpace pages. Reddit provides a place to confess the sins of the past, from Miami Vice and Spice Girls fashion statements to '90s toys like Tamagotchis.

Your penance for succumbing to cringeworthy trend weakness is one full day of wearing a Livestrong bracelet.

Most divisive: Ralph Lauren Polos

  • 1
    145 VOTES

    Perms And Sun In

    From Redditor /u/CFL-74:

    F*cking perms and Sun In that I put in my red hair that made it a crazy orange color. Ugh.

    145 votes
  • 2
    133 VOTES

    The 'Miami Vice' Look

    From Redditor /u/cadomski:

    Miami Vice pastels. Sport jacket with sleeves pushed up.

    133 votes
  • 3
    139 VOTES


    From Redditor /u/overlyattachedbf:

    I honest-to-God had a mullet and I wore cut-off tank tops.

    139 votes
  • 4
    119 VOTES

    Nylon Zipper Pants

    From Redditor /u/BanalPhaser:

    Those nylon breakdancing pants with all the zippers.

    Those zippers hurt.

    119 votes
  • 5
    154 VOTES

    JNCO Jeans

    From Redditor /u/HorseMeatSandwich:

    JNCO jeans, bleached spiky hair, and a puka shell necklace.

    154 votes
  • 6
    119 VOTES

    Members Only Jackets

    From Redditor /u/TransposingJons:

    Members Only jackets. Turns out, they'll let anyone in.

    119 votes