The world of fashion can be brutal, as brands fight for the limelight and struggle to make their new looks the next big trend. But sometimes, a designer will miss the mark so badly that there's nothing we can do but laugh - and wonder what the heck they were thinking when sketching out their latest pants, dresses, or shoes. So don't be afraid to let out your inner style critic as we scroll through the best of the worst and the utter and complete clothing disasters.
Jeans Plus Thong Equals the Jong
Whether it's jorts (jean shorts) or it's the jong, we're of the opinion that it's just plain wrong. Denim isn't even that nice of material to make clothes out of. Sure, a good pair of jeans for working or going out is great, and a good jean jacket is a perfect addition to almost any outfit. But, when it comes to undergarments, we'll be sticking with a nice, soft fabric like cotton.
What do you think? Are those buttons actually functional, or are they just for show? Also, do people normally wear a belt with this, or are the belt loops just for show, too? Whatever the answer is to these questions, this is a complete fashion disaster and they should have never been created.
Can You Spot Santa?
Tis' the season to be jolly, as they say, and in the picture below, it looks like Santa Claus has quite a lot to be jolly about. Thanks to a flaw with the fabric on this woman's pants, she wound up with two Santa Clauses smushed together, right in the crotch of the leggings, which makes it seem like Santa is, well, clawing his way out. It's not exactly what we'd call "In the holiday spirit."
When a mistake like this is so blatant, it almost makes us think it might've been intentional. Are you telling us that no one at the factory noticed these rolling off the line? Although we can be lenient considering that some clothing fails can only be noticed once they are actually fitted on a person.
That's a Beautiful Flower You Got There
Spring is finally here, and that means it's time to break out our warm-weather dresses and all those floral prints. Just make sure that if you're going to be wearing a new item of clothing in the next few weeks, you take a look at the whole thing before going out in public. This woman learned that the hard way when her new, beautiful flower dress began drawing laughs from a crowd.
If you're having trouble understanding the joke: the flower looks like a butthole. It's a very colorful and pretty one at that, but that's still what it looks like. Why wouldn't they just put the flower on her hip? The terrible placement of this flower, especially when the wearer of the dress bends over, makes this an embarrassing clothing disaster.
Don't Slip on the Banana, Just Wear It
Remember that trend a while back where everything was cake out of nowhere? Apparently, there's a new one: everything is fruit. Just look at these banana sandals and tell us we're wrong! To be fair, these are actually kind of cool compared to other sandals we've seen. We just hope they have a little more grip than an actual pair of banana peels might have. Hopefully, they smell a little better too.
These look like fun pairs of shoes, but we probably wouldn't take them to the beach. Have you ever met anybody that wants sand in their food? This is a clever and creative idea, but at the end of the day it is more of a fashion fail. Who wants to wear banana peels on their feet?
His Grandma Bought Him This
The young man you see pictured below goes by the name Brodie Jonas, but his friends just call him BJ. Obviously, that's not what BJ means to everyone since poor Brodie Jonas is stuck sharing that abbreviation with another, much more intimate term. But Brodie's grandmother is just a sweet old lady, and she has no idea about all that other nonsense. She just wanted to get her grandson a nice shirt to show how she feels.
We're sure plenty of people out there agree with you, Grandma. But Brodie would probably do himself well not to wear that shirt around on his college campus or anything like that. Hopefully the young man realized the serious repercussions of wearing a shirt like this and didn’t let this clothing disaster make his life disastrous as well. That is a nickname that would stick for a long time.
Where Is Uranus? Ask These PJs
We think this onesie is pretty out of this world, and apparently, the baby that's wearing it loves wearing the stars and planets. Mom, on the other hand, is not so pleased because when she turned her baby, she found a design flaw on the onesie in the exact perfect spot. Apparently, with the way the fabric was sewn together, the first half of Uranus was cut off, and the second was put right on the child's behind.
Maybe this kind of thing would be helpful for new parents! We're pretty sure doctors at the hospital are supposed to cover this, but you can never be too sure. This is actually less of a clothing fail and more of a perfectly imperfect placement.
The Best Accident Ever
This has to have been on purpose, right? We can't imagine any fashion executives saw this design and signed off on it unless, of course, they were expecting people to buy based on shock value. The idea behind these pants seems to be pretty solid too. The fabric displays some of the most famously recognizable buildings from around the world; we just never realized how much the Leaning Tower of Pisa looked like someone's private parts.
This is one of those articles of clothing that'll make you do a double-take if you walk by someone wearing it on the street. Hopefully this woman noticed what was up before walking outside and letting the whole world see this fashion fail.
The Only Way Anyone Should Wear This Sweater
Clothing designers have a tough task on their hands, as they need to constantly come up with ideas that are desirable, comfortable, and unique, all at the same time. Every once in a while, though, a designer will get wrapped up while making their clothes perfect, and they'll fail to properly field test the clothes. It looks like that's what might've happened with this magically and mystically unfortunate design mishap below.
It really looks like Mickey Mouse has his head stuck in that woman's posterior, but we're pretty sure this shirt is supposed to show him with his head stuck in a wall instead. Sometimes you need to be careful about how you wear clothing that isn’t meant to be worn in different ways. This woman probably would have never noticed what a complete fashion fail this was if it weren’t for this photo with proof.
Someone Should've Seen This Coming
It's so nice once you find a good local pub to spend evenings at. With good food, good drinks, and better company, everyone should have a local spot like this one to hang out. But, if you become friendly with the bar staff, and see something like this happening with their uniforms, make sure you say something. We want people coming to the pub to try the ales, not anything else. Anything else is for later.
We're pretty sure if you went searching online, you could find both versions of this shirt readily available. Still, we're having a little trouble thinking of the appropriate functions a person could wear a shirt like that too. Who created and designed this shirt and did not think of what a complete clothing disaster it would be when worn?
Pants Inspired by Really Old Soccer Balls
Not to get overly specific, but the texture on these pants totally looks like an old soccer ball, doesn't it? Or maybe, instead, they look like the bark of a tree. Or, as another person in our office put it: lizard skin! But, what they don't look like is pants, and we can't really understand why someone would go around wearing this monstrosity in the first place. They don't even look comfortable!
If anyone has an upcoming trip to the swamp planned, they might want to look into grabbing a pair of these. That way, they can fit in with all the other alligators. Although they do offer a cool and unique look, the comfort level makes them able to be classified as a clothing fail.
Elf on a Shelf but Better
It's always cool to be out wearing merch from one of your favorite movies or shows. Who doesn't love to represent good media and spread the word? What's even cooler is that this guy gave everyone around him a good laugh for a whole day and didn't even realize how he was doing it until he got home! Elf is one of our favorite holiday movies, and if we owned a shirt like this, it would get worn pretty much all year round.
And now that we know this style trick, we wouldn't wear the shirt any other way. This seems to be less of a clothing disaster and more of an intentional joke.
The Red Dye Should Have Gone Somewhere Else
We tried, people, we really tried. We took our time, and we analyzed this photo a few times, but at the end of the day, we still just can't understand what the designers were trying to do when they created these women's underpants. They look like a pair of underpants on top of another pair of underpants! Plus, what's up with the staining on that lace at the bottom of the crotch?
Pretty much every woman we know has said that getting their period in public is not only uncomfortable but totally nerve-wracking. Yet still, we somehow don't feel like this pair of panties would help that situation. Maybe they are trying to make the concepts of period and period stains more acceptable in society. Maybe this is not a clothing disaster but actually a social cause and PSA.
It Feels Like That Butt Is Staring at Us. Oh, Wait...
Whether it's going to work, hanging out with friends, or just going to the grocery store, there's no wrong time to let your personality shine, and your clothes are a great way to do that. Just ask this woman! She decided to wear her favorite pair of Alice in Wonderland pants to the supermarket and wound up making so many people smile and laugh. We all could learn a thing or two from her, don't you think?
This is another great reminder not to take ourselves too seriously. If you've got some funky pants that you want to try out on the town, go ahead and do it! If she didn’t know what these pants looked like from the back, they could easily be classified as a fashion disaster, however she seems to be rocking the funny look.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone to hear that fascism went out of style a while ago. But, with that being said, it seems that nobody gave the message to the creative team over at Puma. They made the unfortunate mistake of producing a sneaker that, when viewed from above, looks exactly like an infamous historical figure whose last name starts with H! It's so not funny, but it still made us laugh. Maybe the shoe was meant to be an homage to Charlie Chaplin instead.
We might want to give Puma a little leeway here. When most of us are looking at sneakers, we check out the profile of the shoes. Our parents always told us to stop staring at our feet anyway.
Once You See It, You Won't Be Able to Unsee It
As we all know, when a mommy flamingo and a daddy flamingo love each other very much, they make a flamingo baby! And where does that flamingo baby come from? Well, it comes from the place on these leggings where the two flamingos meet if you hadn't noticed already. The question now becomes, is every pair like that, or is this just an unfortunate mistake? Or maybe it was meant to teach some street smarts?
The symmetry in this image almost looks like the editors edited this photo and mirrored it too perfectly. But we'll never know unless we buy a pair of these pants. Even if this was just one pair that happened to turn out a little funky, why would they put this fashion fail as the cover image of their product? Unless it wasn’t a fail at all and was completely intentional.
Balenciaga’s $2,145 Bag Looks Like an IKEA Tote Bag
High fashion is a complicated world. There's no telling what the next trends will be or what shockingly-simple idea has been there, just waiting to be snatched up by designers. A few years ago, that shockingly-simple idea was something that even we couldn't have thought of because Balenciaga decided the new trend in high fashion was to do everything IKEA style. And no, we don't mean you had to build the clothes yourself.
The two tote bags on the left and the right look pretty much identical to us. Maybe a little extra blue paint on the IKEA bag, and you've got yourself a name brand!
Women's Pockets Vs. Toddler Boy's Sweatpants
One of the biggest travesties in all of fashion is that the pockets in women's clothes are woefully small. It's almost comical how consistently small women's pockets are, yet companies continue making them and pretending they actually serve a purpose! On behalf of his wife, this husband decided he'd had enough and put a picture online to show off the pocket disparity. Just look at his phone sticking out of his wife's pocket versus his 18-month-olds.
We feel for the woman on the left, but it's pretty cool that the little guy on the right has so much extra room to carry things. You never know what a kid might need!
Shoes Inspired by the Worst of Nature
Have you ever seen an uglier pair of shoes? We'll wait while you think about it, but we doubt it'll take long. These are, without a doubt, the strangest, ugliest, and maybe dirtiest shoes we've ever seen! It looks like they were dumped into a clay pit, then tossed into a kiln, and then thrown right onto the shelves at the store. Who would actually want to wear something like this?
Fashion, like any of the other arts, is incredibly subjective. But, subjectively, we do not like these shoes. We'd always just be worried about tracking dirt into the house.
When You Don't Have Time for a Pedicure
Painting your nails doesn't take all that long, but if you don't have the time, have no fear! We've got a solution for you that'll save you time and energy and will have everyone talking about your gorgeous feet– that is, if they're not looking too closely. We still can't understand what would motivate someone to wear a pair of socks like this instead of just painting their nails, but hey, you do you.
Do you think these come in different colors as well? That red is a little powerful, but if they're offering pairs in green, we might have to buy a few for some people around the office. This is not only a horrible and terrifying clothing disaster and fashion fail, but it is also quite creepy. It looks more like a Halloween costume than an actual piece of clothing.
This Brand Desperately Needs a Rebranding
We always thought it was perfume and cologne companies who came up with the weirdest names for their products, but this one might take the cake. This kids' clothing brand was trying to find something it could connect with its young consumers about, so they picked a name that'll be plaguing anyone who wears these clothes for years to come! Maybe if you buy five of these anxiety shirts, you get a free therapy appointment.
At the end of the day, if a kid can't read, we guess it doesn't really matter what the tag on their clothes says. But nobody wants anxiety, so we're still puzzled about this choice.
These Jeans Are Wearing an Invisibility Cloak
Nowadays, companies will make you pay a premium for clothing that's been pre-ripped or pre-worn. Apparently, faded clothes and retro stylings are what's hip right now, so companies can upsell to consumers after barely changing anything about an item of clothing. In the case down below, this store is charging a boatload for jeans that barely even exist! Are we sure that these even qualify as a pair of pants anymore?
We'd like to be able to say that these jeans are flying off the shelves, but we honestly can't tell if they are or not. We can't even tell how many pairs are on that rack right now. Ripped jeans have been a controversial fashion piece for a long time, but we think everyone can agree that this was taken a little too far and can be classified as a clothing fail.
Fisting Is Very Different From a Fist Bump, Walmart
We've seen a few occasions before where logos on kids' clothes can get unnecessarily R-Rated, but this is an entirely different situation. This just looks like an instance where someone in the graphics department got a little confused. Classically, a fist bump is a way to say hello to someone– almost like a high-five. Fisting is a different thing entirely. We don't need to go any further, do we?
What always amazes us when we see products like this is that for them to make it to stores, they needed to perform well in trials and testing. But, like, who saw this shirt and thought this was ok?
We Dare You to Wear These to a Party
People make fun of Crocs sometimes because they're not the most stylish shoes. But, these people fail to realize Crocs are functional, have great grip, and they're durable to boot. Still, what if we told you about an entirely new product that's even more functional, even more grippy, and even more durable than the Croc. You'd be all-in, right? Well then, brace yourself because we're here to tell you about: The Lobsters!
How cute are these shoes? We can just imagine waddling down to the pool wearing them or washing them in the tide pools while we walk along the beach. They actually are less of a fashion disaster and more of a creative and unique idea for shoewear.
That Red Flower Should've Gone Somewhere Else
If a person is finding blood in their stool, they need to go see a doctor immediately and find the root cause of the issue. Thankfully, even though it looks like that's the case, this woman isn't dealing with those types of issues. Unfortunately for her, she just needs a different stylist, because this dress she's wearing now is a total disaster! It looks like this woman's entire bottom half is covered in blood!
With the way she's walking around on the phone, it seems she couldn't care less what people think of the dress. But, the person walking behind her found it funny enough to snap a picture, and we're incredibly glad they did. At least if she did happen to get her period while wearing this, she could just blame it on the fashion fail of a dress.
Every Pair Of Jeans Pictured Is A Size 12
Finding clothes that fit can be a nightmare, especially when you have to account for changing seasons and trends. But, what's even worse is when you're online shopping, and the clothes you're so excited to try on don't fit. It would be easier if we all knew our exact sizes, but as this picture shows, even that isn't enough sometimes. Just look at all of these women's pants; every single one is allegedly a size 12.
What's a girl got to do to find a good pair of pants! We're actually pretty sure they made a movie about that back in the day. Does anyone remember the title? Something about a sisterhood.
Finally, Some Realistic Advice
Bobby McFerrin's classic song, "Don't Worry Be Happy," is a classic anthem that reminds us all not to sweat the little things. Unfortunately, it seems like these fashion designers weren't sweating about anything at all, and they forgot to check these shirts out before they came off the line. Now, instead of "Don't worry, be happy," this company is telling people that they should not be happy. Instead, they must worry!
Even though this shirt doesn't exactly say what it's supposed to, we still might wear it. There's something really catchy about the phrase: "Don't be happy– worry," wouldn't you agree? As this is most likely not the message that they were trying to portray, this can definitely be classified as a clothing fail.
$490 To Look Like You're Wearing Upside Down Glasses
When using American slang, saying something is "All Gucci" means that it is all good or all alright. It's a way of saying that everything is fine. So, if you asked how we're doing today, we could say we're all Gucci. But, if you asked us how we feel about these new upside-down glasses, made by Gucci, we'd have to honestly say that they are not Gucci. They might be Gucci, but they are not Gucci in the slightest.
Remember when we used to have opposites day at school, and everyone would wear their shirts backward and their backpacks on their chests? That's what these remind us of.
Smile at the Milf, Please
If you're planning on wearing a graphic t-shirt, and you're also going to be wearing a jacket or sweater on top of it, do us a favor: go look in the mirror with your sweater on top of the t-shirt, and ensure that knocking a few letters off that motivational phrase doesn't drastically change its meaning. This woman found that out the hard way when she realized everyone who had been smiling at her "Smile" shirt had actually been laughing at where it said "Milf."
For anyone who doesn't know, "milf" means a mother someone would like to get intimate with. It's not a term that many people wear with pride. Oops!
No One Should Be Leaving the House in This Mask
No. No, it doesn't say that. It says CU– as in Clemson University– and then there's an emoji of a fist. Why? What did you think it said? Actually, don't answer that; we know what you think it said. But, even though, at first glance, this photo looks overtly inappropriate, it really just shows a poorly designed mask. Maybe next time we have a global catastrophe like this, people will be a little more careful with their sewing, though! It’s almost too perfect to believe that it was not done intentionally. This is not actually a fashion fail, but a brilliant and hysterical joke!
The best part of this photo is that you can tell how funny the young woman thinks this whole thing is. Behind that mask, she's smiling ear to ear.
Soul Mate or Soma Ulte?
We're all for creative design, but if you're going to include text on your clothes, maybe make it readable? These shirts below are a perfect example of an instance where the exact opposite happened. When these two people are standing next to each other, it's supposed to say "Soul Mate." But, it also says "Soma Ulte" or "Sul Omte A" if you go by the colors. Also, what if they go stand on the other side of each other?
Here's a crazy idea, what if both shirts just said, "Soul Mates." Then, two people wearing the same shirt would clearly be soul mates. Too complicated?
Women Want The Rest Of the Pocket, Too
We always figured that the issue with pockets in women's jeans was that the companies couldn't fit enough fabric in the pants to make the pockets. Naive, we know, but it's what we believed. As you'll see in the picture below, though, they had plenty of extra fabric to make pockets with! These companies just chose to sew the pockets closed and make them totally useless instead. Who does something like that?
We guess if somebody wanted to badly enough, they could pull those threads and resew the pocket to fit more items. But that sounds way harder than just buying pants that have pockets, no?
Someone Made Stranger Things Knock-Off Merchandise
It's always exciting when a new phenomenon sweeps across the globe, giving us all something to unite over and talk about. It happens pretty frequently with TV shows, with recent shows likeThe Handmaid's Tale and Game of Thrones leading to plenty of water cooler talk. That's why this photo cracked us up so much. It promotes everyone's favorite show of the past few years, the 80s-style Netflix sci-fi hit: Thinger Strangs.
Obviously, this shirt was supposed to say Stranger Things, but for trademark purposes, or just because of a general misunderstanding, that isn't what it says at all. If this other show is anything like the original though, we're still willing to give it a try.
Business-Style Crocs Are a Thing
Crocs lovers will be happy to hear that the comfortable shoe style no longer has to be limited to household shoes or weekend outings. You can now buy these business-style crocs fit for any occasion: a wedding, a business meeting, a meet and greet with the president - you name it. Crocs haters, close your eyes because this will take the crocs invasion to a whole other level, and you won't want to see it.
Personally, we think these are ugly. But that's also what makes us love them so much.
Boys Versus Girls Shirts Leave Us Speechless Sometimes
When we see examples in life of men and women being separated and stereotyped for no reason, it definitely bothers us. That's why this section of baby clothing at a popular department store had so many people up in arms. Why do these clothes seem to claim that little, pre-pubescent boys are already heartbreakers, and baby girls are so self-conscious already that they're worried about diaper butt?
The way you clothe and raise your children is nobody's business but your own, but if you're a clothing designer for kids, maybe you can try a little harder than this.
Get Pre-Destroyed Sneakers for the Low Price of $1425
The whole point of wearing sneakers, or tennis shoes, is that you are giving your feet and ankles some extra support and comfort against the stressors of the day. There's also a part of sneaker-wearing that has to do with fashion, but first and foremost, we're concerned with functionality. That's what we find so confusing about these Maison Margiela's that come pre-destroyed– how are you even supposed to walk around in those things!
The first time you wear these shoes would probably be the last, and then poof, that $1500 is just gone. We're going to continue sticking with sneakers that come pre-pre-destroyal from here on out. These fashion fail sneakers would fit in very well with the extremely ripped jeans. They could be combined for a very unique and falling apart look.
She Originally Bought It for the Pockets
There's nothing we hate worse in this world than a fake pocket. What kind of animal builds a piece of clothing and then intentionally adds a piece to look like a pocket, only for that pocket to be nonexistent! Just look at this woman's jacket and the chest pocket she was so excited to hold her wallet in. It turned out that instead of the pocket she'd been excited for, this was just an extra zipper sewed to her jacket.
It does still look like a cool jacket, but the designers lose a lot of points in our book as far as functionality and honesty go.
Pay $425 to Look Like You Rolled Around in Mud
Do you ever wake up in the morning, stare out your window into the morning light, and think to yourself, "Today, I want to wear pants with mud all over them." No? Neither do we. But apparently, there must be some market of people who like to look like they're covered in mud. There has to be; otherwise, why would Nordstrom make these ridiculous pants and sell them for nearly $500?
It's quite strange. Not to mention those dirty-looking pants clearly don't pair well with the polished shoes this model's wearing. Next time you want this expensive look, just go roll in the mud with some old jeans and you will accomplish the same thing…people will still think you are having a fashion disaster.
They Lost Us at "Is"
Plain and simple, this shirt confused the heck out of us. It looks like a simple motivational quote at first glance, but when you dive a little deeper, you'll actually realize that the words on this shirt equal out to complete and utter nonsense. What does "Girls is can the therefore change is world brave" even mean? Are any of you readers really good at those puzzles where you unscramble words and can help us out?
At the end of the day, whatever these people were trying to say, we're sure their hearts were in the right place. At least they didn't put anything overtly bad on the shirt!
But Why Didn’t They Use The Eagle As The V, Instead?
This guy's wife is so right: why didn't they use the eagle as the V on this sweatshirt? This is one of those designs that could've been so simple, but instead, the creators decided to make things entirely more complicated and confusing for themselves. Since this sweatshirt is almost twenty years old, we're pretty sure that they've fixed this mistake by now. But when was the last time anyone was in an American Eagle to actually check?
At least the woman has gotten a lot of good years out of that sweatshirt! Ridiculous design or not, it does look like at least it's pretty comfy.
This Portuguese Football Team Should Consider New Shorts
When we were younger, a lot of us wanted to grow up to be professional athletes. There's something about having your name on the back of a jersey and doing your job in front of thousands of screaming fans that just seemed like it would be the coolest thing ever. But, if you grew up in Portugal, you probably wanted to save yourself some embarrassment and make sure that you were going to play for a different team than this one.
We guess at the end of the day, there's nothing that wrong with the jerseys. That is if you don't mind walking around and looking like your butt won't stop bleeding. It’s not really clear what the red marks are even supposed to be on the shorts, but how did no one think of what a fashion disaster this would be?
Clothing is a very natural part of life and (just about everyone) wears it each and every day. However, as can be seen from this list, not all clothing is made equally and you have to be careful that you aren’t intentionally or accidentally creating a clothing disaster or a fashion fail by your outfit choices. Although it may be a funny story to laugh about a few years later, it never hurts to try to save ourselves from the embarrassment in advance!
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