Brits’ 30 unforgivable fashion mistakes…and the 10 greatest comebacks


SHELL SUITS, Crocs, Uggs and ‘mullets’ have been named as the most unforgiveable fashion mistakes of all time.

Originally intended for sports use, the shell suit emerged in the 1980s but rapidly became ‘lounge wear’.

It topped the fashion faux pax above tattoos, flares, Crocs, fake tan, platforms, oversize jeans, Ugg boots, tracksuits and ‘bell bottoms’.

The poll of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned to launch anCnoc Scotch whisky’s collaboration with award-winning fashion designer Patrick Grant, who has designed a bespoke print for their new limited edition ‘Blas’ single malt.

The infamous ‘mullet’ hairstyle was voted 11th biggest fashion mistake, ahead of corduroy, ‘sagging’ and ‘low-rise’ pants, camouflage wear and Hawaiian shirts.

At the other end of the catwalk, Doc Marten shoes and boots were named as the most successful fashion comeback.

While ‘traditional’ items such as braces, pocket squares and tweed blazers were also high in the list – along with jumpsuits, Fred Perry shirts and crop tops.

Stephanie Allison, anCnoc brand manager, said: “This survey shows how some fashions are able to transcend time and sub cultures.

“Those that have successfully been transported into the 21st century are classic styles such as braces, tweed blazers and pocket squares which are now as popular as they ever were.

“These ‘modern traditions’ have parallels with our new limited edition expression Blas which has been crafted using traditional production methods, but features a new contemporary design by Patrick who has interpreted anCnoc’s history and tradition in a thoroughly modern way.”


1. Shell suits
2. Tattoos
3. Flares
4. Crocs
5. Fake tan/excessive tanning
6. Platform shoes
7. Oversize jeans
8. Uggs
9. Tracksuits
10. Bell bottoms
11. Mullets
12. Corduroy
13. Sagging pants
14. Low-rise pants
15. Camouflage
16. Hawaiian shirts
17. Sweater vests
18. Embellished jeans
19. Printed nylon/polyester shirts
20. Rat tails (thin ponytails)
21. Tube tops
22. Hammer pants
23. Miniskirts
24. Chokers
25. Mood rings
26. Flashdance (leg warmers, ripped sweatshirts)
27. Parachute pants
28. ‘Mum’ jeans
29. Overalls
30. ‘Ghetto fabulous’ (hip hop style)


1. Doc Martens
2. Jumpsuits
3. Fred Perry shirts
4. Neck chokers
5. Braces
6. Silk neck scarves
7. Turtlenecks
8. Tweed blazer
9. Crop tops
10. Pocket squares

According to the survey, 56 per cent of us wear items now that they would never have dreamt of wearing in the past.

Almost half of us keep items of clothing in the vain hope that they will eventually come back into fashion.

The Patrick Grant Limited edition, Blas, retails at £50 for 70cl and is available from independent and specialist retailers throughout the UK.

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  1. I never understood those fashionable body warmers around 5 years ago. In the 1970s body warmers were cheap things your mum bought you from the market and you hated them. I would try to slip out the house but she would hear the door and chase me out screeching “have you got your body warmer on?!!” So embarrassing, but now they wear them as a fashion accessory.


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