There is no doubt a renaissance going on within the culture of hip-hop. Rappers, who pride themselves now on knowing the latest high-end wares, are differentiating themselves using knowledge of Alexander Wang and others. No matter how deft one can be on the M-I-C, an emcee’s unique and compelling sense of style can make or break any act.
As the culture recently celebrated its fortieth year of existence, there have been many iconic moments in fashion within the genre. Gold ropes, Kangol hats, Dapper Dan suits, and fresh Adidas have buoyed hip-hop’s history over the ages. These powerful works (see: Flavor Flav‘s clock) were just as equal to creating their magnificence as their musical contributions were. If you think about any rapper from the past 20 years, their signature style is one of the few things that comes to mind—after a memorable verse.
While today’s “new legends” are trendsetters in their own right, we wanted to take a look back at the misses from some of hip-hop’s heavy hitters. Call them mistakes, or even lapses in judgment, but these “what the heck” moments in hip-hop fashion still managed to create trends that cannot be denied.
With that in mind, it is our hope that you click through and enjoy a look back at The 15 Worst Hip Hop Fashion Trends over the recent course of history.
Sure, Kriss Kross managed to stand out in the game wearing this trend, but you’ll have no luck being social if you follow in their (oversized) wares.