Look, I am no fashion expert. I buy my clothes at one of the few convenient stores within driving distance of my apartment. I like to be comfortable and look presentable. I’m not up on the latest hip trends or what have you. But I will venture to say that I can tell when fashion is bad. When it has failed miserably. Honestly, you do not need a degree in fashion design to know that the pictures you are about to see are truly hot messes.
These bad outfits and embarrassing clothing fails are enough to make anyone cringe.
Dress fails, shirt fails, and everything in between. Designing an outfit is hard work, and these fashion fails are proof that outfit fails are easier to find yourself wearing than you’d expect.
Whether it is poorly placed words or graphics, confusing design placement, or just straight-up ugliness, these fashion choices are sure to blow your mind. And not in a good way. You would think with clothes that are mass-produced, like most of the designs in this gallery, a team of people has thought about it, played with the design, figured out what worked and what didn’t. Clearly, that didn’t happen with these.
Scroll through this list of the ultimate fashion fails and see some of the worst outfits ever! Think of this as a helpful guide that will help you avoid making similar fashiona fails and outfit blunders in your future.
These photos are cringe-worthy.
They’re terrifying. They’re ugly on a level that you might not even realize was possible.
Animal Cruelty Club
This is why you don’t put graphics too far up on a hoodie! You have to wear your hood up if you don’t want people to think you club baby seals for fun. Fashion fail!
That’s an odd placement for those — dare I say it — mighty saggy bunny ears. Embarrassing clothing fail if you ever saw one!
Leave these for the rabbits, because for humans this is an instant outfit fail.
Message unclear, please repeat.
What… what are we saying here? Do you cat ats? I don’t know what I’m supposed to take away from this. I’m gonna lie down. Outfit = fail.
Do not make this fashion choice unless you want to regret it down the line! Embarrassing fashion fail.
The ad guy’s pitch: “What if we made our new product instantly disgusting?”
These socks have a design that makes it look dirty.
Dirty by the dozen! Don’t get caught wearing these gross, crusty socks unless you want to be branded as an outfit fail with no fashion sense for life!
Avoid costly fashion fails like these and buy yourself some socks that looks clean.
Lookin’ more like a hippo to me.
My friend’s panda socks.
Everybody loves pandas, but mostly when they look anatomically similar to the actual animal. Don’t get caught wearing these instant fashion fail socks out in public.
You want the hearts on your socks to look cute, not painful.
Heart Socks that make you look like you bleed from ankles.
These socks are a design flaw from start to finish. Fashion fail on all counts.
You want to head into the movie theater a little queasy, right?
My favorite socks – POOP!
Announce to the entire theater what you intend to do after the movie. Luckily, you’ll be sitting in the dark, but outside the theater you might get some sneers and jeers when others see you wearing these embarrassing socks. Instant fashion fail!
Even a broken shoe is right twice a day.
This shoe is supposed to be a clock.
For when someone asks you what time is it, and all you have to do is look down at your feet.
This shoe is weird, and definitely an outfit fail and style fail. But to each their own. At least the owner will know what time it is…
The shoe designer just had all these extra metal rings lying around…
There is a metal ring inside the shoe. Love my new blisters c:
Cool, a useless task to do every night!
I didn’t notice my shoes had tiny holes in the bottom until I heard scraping. Very convenient for tiny stones. Some are so lodged in them, I have to get a knife or a pen to get them out.
When you have to take a pocketknife to your pair of shoes, it’s time to go shoe shopping.
This is the very definition of a fashion fail and clothing design fail.
Where’s the rest of them?
Tell me one thing — one thing — these “shorts” are supposed to cover. Unless this is a new take on a belt, I’m gonna have to pass.
Unless you’re wearing these on top of a swimsuit, this announces to the world that you are short on fashion sense. Instant fashion fail! These are embarrassing shorts to be caught wearing in public. Just say no!
Saw this in Venice last summer… What did the fashion industry become?
Dress fail dress fail dress fail. Say that three times in the mirror if you ever find yourself wearing this hideous monstrosity. Outfit fail!
It does kinda of sound like Batman and Robin’s couple name.
Wanna buy a pair of “RATMAN” shoes?
They get worse the longer you look at them.
Pants that give you a bulge from the front and a loose private area from the back. Oh, and did I mention they are see-through?
Pants fail. These are embarrassing and make you look like you dropped something…back there. Please don’t wear these in public unless you want to be the laughingstock of the local fashion police.
These pants are no good! Stay far away from this clothing design fail.
Fake it until you make it!
This is cool, because sometimes it’s too cold out to leave the house in your boxers with your actual willy all hangin’ out.
Gonna tell my kids this is what we used before GPS.
I bought this shirt before my cross-country road trip thinking it would save me the money I would’ve normally spent on a map, and I am still lost in the desert.
Major clothing design fail and a T-shirt embarrassment.
So angry looking at this.
See, now the pockets are just taunting us.
Chalk this fashion fail up to clothing design fail. The flaws started at the beginning of production and never got corrected before this failed jacket hit store shelves.
Lot of info coming in here.
My best guess is that this shirt is suggesting you should “leave loves”? Is this shirt telling me to believe I’ll find love again and finally end this go-nowhere relationship? Hey, thanks shirt!
I too have known a love that is as great as Canada.
Blue font on a blue shirt.
This shirt reads like the unintelligible ramblings of someone who was hit in the head with a maple tree branch. Better stay up north for the free healthcare next time that happens!
Fashion design fail and total shirt fail. Don’t get caught wearing this if you don’t want people staring at your shirt trying to decipher the code.
Just a bad idea all around.
My tennis shirt looks like it is drenched in sweat even when it’s clean.
Impressive… Not a lot of shirts can actually hurt you.
Reflective stripe on a high-visibility shirt that heats up in direct sunlight.
Our favorite! Clothing design fails that were never fixed. Buyer beware for this dangerous reflective vest! Not to mention how corny it looks style-wise, too.
I knew I forgot to check something today…
Did you remember to check your shirt today? If you haven’t yet, do it now.
The Bornt Supremacy.
I suppose the word they’re trying to convey is “love,” but I can’t help but focus on “bornt.” What is a “bornt”? Is that what they call the people who fail out of the super-spy academy that Jason Bourne went to?
This shirt is not a huge fan of the 2020 seniors…
Can we just all agree to stop putting letters from one word on a different line? It’s never cool and never not hard-to-read.
This shirt is an instant fail from the factory to the floor! Major major shirt fail and a fashion no-no that will leave strangers confused.
Personally, I’d love to wear this shirt featuring the moment Captain America slowly begins to comprehend math.
But when it comes to this awful shirt, leave it on the shelves. This shirt fail is embarrassing for everyone associated with the Marvel universe.
It’s full of stars…
Do people like endless blasts of energy coming out of their legs? Is that the new trend? Cool, on it.
Pants fail! These leggings will lead to accidental astigmatisms in passersby who look too close.
Yo, Will Ferrel can get it.
Elf socks I got my dad for Christmas, when wearing pants just shows Will Ferrell crotch.
If you like it from the front, wait until you see it from the back. Sock fail!
This is good advice for when you’re applying for jobs that require 3-5 years experience.
My brothers shirt says “Lie that you can.”
Who says that life needs to be based in reality? Believe whatever you want
I like the way this shirt thinks.
“Never do your best, quit”? Well, if you say so…
Could come in handy if you fall off a cliff.
These drawstrings are almost as long as the pant legs.
Hey is for horses and, also, crotches.
Those pants are a must-have if you want horse hair right on your crotch.
Oh my goodness these are so awful. Please do us a favor and never wear these hideous pants, the very definition of a fashion fail. Goodness…what did we do to deserve this?
Now these are good for biking.
Look at these pants with TOTALLY matching legs.
Hey, if you really do have one leg longer than the other, get yourself a pair of these pronto! Turn an otherwise fashion fail into a fashion secret.
I mean, yeah, I would have more girl power too if I had five fingers on one hand and six on the other.
I will give up
I mean, at least whoever wears this shirt is being extra honest with themselves.
The next one is truly baffling…
Ah yes, New York City, the Big Apple, the famous home of…those red phone booths that are all over London.
Don’t touch this
Clearly, the dude (yes, dude) who designed this dress didn’t think about anyone walking behind the woman who wears it.
When I first saw this picture, my initial thought was, “Where’s the clothing? Also, ouch!”
Note to everybody: If you wear this shirt, maybe make sure it’s warm enough outside not to wear a sweatshirt.
Chlorine, the breakfast of champions
Well, this t-shirt sounds like it’s promoting people poisoning themselves for breakfast. Cool.
I can’t even with the next one…
Back of the donut
I doubt that whoever designed this donut costume meant for the back to look as dirty as it does, but here we are.
You cannot tell me that people watched this guy walk down the runway and were like, “Ah yes, very fashion. Highbrow. Intriguing.”
No. They were thinking, “Wow, those might just be the ugliest pants I’ve ever seen in my life. PANTS FAIL!”
Never the unknown
Let’s just all agree to stop crossing out words on clothing. We don’t ever seem to get it right. Ever.
Clothing design fail, and just an all-around fail on every fashion level.
Please go back to style school!
Maybe the designers meant for this to happen. If you purchase a shirt that says “Saturday” on it, you pretty much are a giant turd, so…
Turn it up on turd night! You can’t fail this outfit, it’s simply too stupid.
Zipper to nothing
Whut. This is so annoying. If there’s a zipper on my clothing, it better lead to a pocket or something.
We’re just heating up, folks.
Major clothing design fail and an embarrassing article to be caught wearing in public – or worse – when you’re trying to hide something in your pocket.
Function over style!
Keep it local
Hmm. If only there was a letter in the word “LOCAL” that actually looked like the shape of the state of Lousiana. Oh wait, there are two.
Sorry, the second you put these on, it’s going to look like you peed your pants. I don’t make the rules! I just laugh at them.
These jeans make it look like you have stick legs. And while it’s hilarious, it’s really disconcerting to see in real life.
A bunch of malarkey
This is too terrible to even pay attention to long enough to read.
I can’t believe it, but they get worse from here.
I know it’s supposed to be a cute cat or a fox or whatever, but it looks like that baby’s wearing a thong. Sorry.
Shoes get dirty. But that not dirt. That’s an unfortunate logo. I really have no words for this one, except fashion fail.
Putting black text on a mostly black shirt will leave you with a silver anchor full of random half words that make no sense together. I think Abraham Lincoln said that. He also said…FASHION FAIL!
I mean, you don’t have to iron it. I guess it technically doesn’t promise that it won’t wrinkle. Either way, this is a clothing design issue and a major outfit fail.
Not sure the people who designed this shirt know what introverts are. What it should say is, “I’m an introvert. Leave me alone!”
The next one is incredible.
Did hurt my your back knife?
Nothing about this shirt makes it something that a real person would wear. It’s just bad from top to bottom. This shirt was destined for fashion failure the moment it was envisioned by the designer.
All the comfort of Crocs without any of the comfort and an increased risk of spraining your ankle. How could you resist?
You can. Stay away from this embarrassing outfit fail and major style faux pas.
I’m sorry. I really am, but you just don’t put a flesh-colored patch on the back of a pair of pants. You just don’t. These pants are a style failure, and will only serve to embarrass the poor soul wearing them.
Keep these pants at a safe distance, and you won’t have to endure the slings and arrows of outrageous fashion failure.
I suppose they’re trying to highlight the “DO IT” portion of the words, but it’s not really working that way, is it?
No. All that’s working out is another failure in the fashion department. What are these designers smoking?
Pop goes the shoe
I’ve always wanted a pair of shoes that suction-cup me to the floor. Not.
If you get stuck wearing these, chances are you won’t make it very far before you find yourself suction-cupped to the ground in an eternal fashion fail, destined to be laughed at by the fashion police for eternity.
Even the athletes are embarrassed about these uniforms!
Without further ado, here are even more fashion disasters you won’t be able to look away from…
It’s just painful to watch. How embarrassing can these outfit design failures get?