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Kids Fashion Trends We Hope NEVER Come Back

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I enjoyed denim overalls like the best of them and I love a good retro revival as much as the next fashion lover, but some trends just need to remain in the past. If you’re not convinced, take a look at some of the biggest kids style trends through the years, after the jump. Would you want to see any of these come back?

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  • 1. Stirrup Pants 1 of 22
    1. Stirrup Pants
    Even if Miley Cyrus tried to bring back the stirrup pant, this is a trend that doesn't need to reappear. Stirrups belong on horse riders and cattle wranglers — period.
  • 2. Jelly Shoes 2 of 22
    2. Jelly Shoes
    I remember one thing from these plastic shoes of the '80s/'90s: blisters. Although we've seen a few jelly shoe summer remakes pop up in recent years, jelly shoes aren't cute enough or comfortable enough to warrant a full-on second craze. I mean, who would want to wear plastic shoes nowadays?
  • 3. Crocs 3 of 22
    3. Crocs
    ... Oh, right. Well at least the comfort problem is solved — but not without seriously sacrificing style. While Crocs are still alive and well in 2011, the overwhelming Crocs Mania has thankfully died down. We clearly need to stop trying to perfect the plastic shoe.
  • 4. Tamagotchis 4 of 22
    4. Tamagotchis
    Yes, I'm calling this a kids' fashion trend. Why? Because I remember kids clipping their tamagotchis to their overalls, and stringing them (along with their Giga Pets and Nano Babies) into necklaces.
    Photo via Mass Mirage
  • 5. Face Glitter 5 of 22
    5. Face Glitter
    Somewhere in that Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera late-'90s pop explosion, young girls were over-using glitter gels around their eyes and on their skin. They were passing them around in the back of the bus, reapplying in the bathroom, and overdosing before school dances. It was a shiny, tacky mess.
    Photo via Children of the '90s
  • 6. Hair Mascara 6 of 22
    6. Hair Mascara
    This was a short-lived '90s trend, but memorable nontheless. It was sticky, it was unattractive, and it didn't work all that well. Let's permanently retire the hair mascara with the glitter body rollers.
  • 7. Snap Bracelets 7 of 22
    7. Snap Bracelets
    If you remember snap bracelets, then you remember them being banned. But that's not why I'd rather side-step another snap-bracelet craze. It's because they're so ugly .
  • 8. Shirt Clips 8 of 22
    8. Shirt Clips
    Anyone who grew up in the '80s remembers the iconic shirt clips — and would rather not see them ever again.
  • 9. The Clueless Phase 9 of 22
    9. The Clueless Phase
    When Clueless came out in the mid-'90s, middle school and high school girls tried to emulate their mini skirt, knee-highs, and sweater vest looks. (Made even sexier by Britney Spears' Hit Me Baby video.) But the sexy school girl look is a little too sexy when it's actually on school girls.
  • 10. The Blossom Hat 10 of 22
    10. The Blossom Hat
    I think of this flipped-hat-with-oversized-flower style as being characteristic of the early-'90s TV show Blossom, but it was seen all over the place. (Heck, I had a denim one as a kid.)
  • 11. Scrunchies 11 of 22
    11. Scrunchies
    I think we can all agree the scrunchie had its time in the spotlight, never to return.
  • 12. Neon Clothes 12 of 22
    12. Neon Clothes
    While neon had its moment this past summer, there's a whole lot of horrible kids fashion going on in this screenshot of Clarissa Explains It All. (Proof that neon trends should be turned off.)
    Photo vis Nostomanic
  • 13. Fanny Packs 13 of 22
    13. Fanny Packs
    Just because they're sold at American Apparel does not make them cool. They have their usefulness, sure, but they're way too cliché to make a comeback.
  • 14. Crimped Hair 14 of 22
    14. Crimped Hair
    Crimped hair on little girls is never a pretty sight.
  • 15. Plaid Bellbottoms with Matching Jackets 15 of 22
    15. Plaid Bellbottoms with Matching Jackets
    While there are certainly some redeeming kid fashions from the '70s, this isn't one of them.
  • 16. Mullets/Rat Tails 16 of 22
    16. Mullets/Rat Tails
    If you need me to elaborate, just look at this gallery. The poor, innocent children ...
  • 17. Denim on Denim 17 of 22
    17. Denim on Denim
    Especially with light, faded, bedazzled denim.
  • 18. Acid-wash Jeans 18 of 22
    18. Acid-wash Jeans
    The '80s just keep trying to make a comeback; acid-wash jeans are not invited.
  • 19. Raver/UFO Pants 19 of 22
    19. Raver/UFO Pants
    Quite possibly the single worst design in the history of pants — seen all over middle schools and high schools in the '90s.
  • 20. Vanilla Ice Graphic Hair 20 of 22
    20. Vanilla Ice Graphic Hair
    Kids begged for two lines (or other geometric shapes) to be buzzed into their hair during the Vanilla Ice frenzy. It was an awkward phase, with many childhood photos burned, I'm sure.
  • 21. Kris Kross Backwards Clothing 21 of 22
    21. Kris Kross Backwards Clothing
    While it was a short fashion trend, you have to hand it to these two kids for their unique style approach. Too bad (for them) it was ridiculous.
  • 22. The Bieber 22 of 22
    22. The Bieber
    This one will go down in the books, I'm sure, for being as iconic as The Rachel. But thank goodness Justin Bieber recently cut off this unattractive (yes, I said unattractive!) side-swept hair, sending herds of tween boys to the barber shop. (Give it 10 years, kids; then you'll understand.)

Did I miss any? What fashion trends do you hope never come back in style?

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