What are the UK’s most-hated fashion trends?

If you’re a regular Fashion Police reader, we’re sure you know by now what types of things WE deem to be crimes of fashion. What about the rest of the country, though? What do THEY hate to see people wear? Well, thanks to a survey carried out by Debenhams, we can now find out the answer to that question. They surveyed over 1,500 of their customers (OK, so not QUITE enough to give us the views of the entire country) in an online poll, and asked them what they considered to be the biggest fashion faux pas ever. And the answer?

socks with sandals

Image: ASOS

It’s our old friend – or foe, rather – SOCKS WITH SANDALS!

Well, we can’t say we’re surprised. We recently declared socks with sandals to be one of the biggest style crimes of the summer, and we stand by that assessment. As for the rest of the Top 10, meanwhile, it ran as follows:

1. Socks and sandals
2. Platforms for men
3. Low slung trousers
4. Velour tracksuits
5. Harems
6. Crop tops
7. Bum bags (Fanny packs)
8. Shell suit
9. Trucker hats
10. Scrunchies

The only one of these we were really surprised by was number 2: platforms for men. Is that really a thing now? We know SOME men wear platforms, of course, but we wouldn’t have thought it was enough of a trend to have made it into a “worst fashion trends” list. Maybe we haven’t been associating with the right kind of men? Or maybe we have? Who knows.

The same could be said for shell suits and bum bags (“fanny packs”, if you’re American): sure, they’re horrible, but they haven’t been in widespread use since the 80s, as far as we’re aware, so we wouldn’t have considered them to be a huge threat. Looks like we might have to reconsider that assessment, though, if this list is anything to go by.

Low slung trousers? A fashion crime if they’re SO low slung they create a “builder’s butt” (or if they’re simply the wrong cut for the person wearing them), but some people can definitely get away with them. And as for crop tops, we have to admit to quite liking them, when they’re styled well. As with most things, they don’t suit everyone, but we think they’re perfect with high waisted skirts, so we’re not prepared to dismiss them as crimes of fashion completely.

What do you make of this list? Any surprises? Any omissions? What would YOU have votes the biggest fashion crime ever? 


  • August 1, 2013

    andrea green

    Crocs! The most hideous ‘fashion’ of all time. Roll neck tops with no sleeves! If its cold enough for roll neck its cold enough for sleeves. Thongs purposely on show, especially grey/white ones! Onesie! Its a giant romper suit, yuk.

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  • August 1, 2013

    andrea green

    P.S I love my bum bag on holiday, saves having to juggle a bag when walking up mountains, getting on and off boats, and exploring.

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  • August 3, 2013


    Flatforms- my eyes die a little bit every time I see them!

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  • August 4, 2013


    I am surprised. 1) socks with sandals can be extremely cute, if sandals have generous platforms (wedges are better) and if socks are multicolor and funny. It’s ’70 nostalgia and it CAN work flawlessly. 2) I think the most horrendous trend today is the army of women and men that believe Birkenstocks are now trendy. Just because Bierkenstocks now come in different colors (and not only in its old rat-color) it doesn’t mean they are any inch better. They are the most disgusting thing I can see on a person, still I meet dozens of people every day that wear them even like they were decent shoes. And, bear in mind, I live in ITALY!

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    • August 5, 2013


      I love my Birkenstocks – around the house. And I live in GERMANY. Like Crocs, Birkenstock sandals are not meant to be “brown shoes”, or “street shoes”, but are for people who have to stand a lot, like doctors, nurses, lab technicians, homemakers, cooks or whatever. That’s all they are good for – standing. They are not even good for walking other than short distances because you need to claw your toes to keep them on.

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  • August 5, 2013


    Anything pre-ripped, pre-torn or dirty-washed is hideous to me.
    One thing which you probably don’t have in the UK is the “instant tie”: Something that looks like a men’s tie, tied already, but with a rubber band to put it on. It is for men who are too lazy or clumsy to tie a tie. When the collar has the wrong shape, one can see the rubber band. This is, in fashion, the worst thing in the world.

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  • September 26, 2013


    Acid wash. I am seeing it coming back and am horrified.

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  • October 8, 2013


    Totally agree that crocs are the ugliest. But I cant get enough of all kinds of Jackets. I’m also loving the idea of a Bond inspired look for the fall. There’s a video about it on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf4dTrTcgN8 and I’m looking forward to rocking my new wardrobe this fall!

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