Created By: DragonQuestZ on September 17, 2009
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I Was Quite A Fashion Victim

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"I can't believe I thought that looked good. I must have been high."

This trope is when people used to get caught up in the fashions of a certain time, and just cringe thinking about it today. This can be any time, but The '70s and The '80s are popular subjects for this.

Sometimes it's the character acknowledging how dumb he/she looked, but just as often it's their friends laughing at how dumb he/she used to look and that character not denying it. Or once in a while we just see the character back then and get a good laugh out of it.

Often shown during a Flashback, home video, or Embarrassing Old Photo.

Compare Old Shame.

Contrast Fashion Dissonance, I Was Quite a Looker (when a character looks better in the past), Outdated Outfit.

Examples:

  • Death in Family Guy, as seen in the picture.
  • Friends did this any time there was a flashback to when they were teens or in college.
  • Expecting some Troper Tales here.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • September 13, 2009
    Fanra

    First of all, anyone got a picture of Death from Family Guy when there was a flashback to when he had an afro?

    I wouldn't hot link a image from off site for a trope entry but for a YKTTW it didn't seem to make sense to upload an image that might never be used.
  • September 13, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Actually I meant a screencap, and I found one, but thank you anyway. Also, don't hotlink images from off site.
  • September 14, 2009
    Arilou
    Lots of superheroes tends to mock their more... Unfortunate, costumes. I seem to remember Nightwing's Disco collar, the Wasp's... Well, everything and Kitty Pryde's Sprite outfits to be particularly common victims.
  • September 14, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Fanra, next time just put the picture url like a Pot Hole, and then we just click the text to see the picture.
  • September 14, 2009
    BlackDragon
    In Spiderman: Web of Shadows, Spidey encounters Luke Cage, who has the temerity to joke about his full-body-spandex costume. Spidey, of course, retorts with a full critique of Cage's original costume... ya know, the one with the tiara. Cage's defence is, of course, "It was the 70's! What's your excuse?"

    Also, there's an ongoing story in Irregular Webcomic, concerning a time-traveling younger version of the Mythbusters-crew... from the 70's. Complete with ridiculous big hair.
  • September 14, 2009
    Arilou
    We do have a trope for being into particular pop-cultural fads? Something about disco?

    Deader Than Disco?
  • September 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In a Berenstain Bears story about school dress codes, much of the tension is deflated when Grandma Bear displays photos of what Mama and Papa Bear wore back when they were in school.
  • September 15, 2009
    dilbert719
  • September 15, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ It only counts if the character later on laments how he looked.
  • September 17, 2009
    dilbert719
    @DQZ: I'm pretty sure he did just that, in a couple issues of Generation X. I don't happen to have screencaps of those to back it up, though.
  • September 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In Harry Potter, during a Pensieve Flashback, Harry and Dumbledore witness a younger Dumbledore's inexpert attempt to dress as a Muggle.
  • September 17, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    dilbert719, that is enough to count. As long as we know he later laments what he wore.

    "In Harry Potter, during a Pensieve Flashback, Harry and Dumbledore witness a younger Dumbledore's inexpert attempt to dress as a Muggle."

    That is not this trope. He would have to successfully take on a muggle fashion trend, and then later note how ridiculous he looked.
  • September 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Willis Mark's "Nineteen Somethin'"
    Lookin' back now, I can see me
    Oh man, did I look cheesy
  • September 17, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I forgot about that song. Although the formatting doesn't work with it now, that will be the page quote.
  • September 17, 2009
    Earnest
    These characters can at least boast they aren't wearing an Outdated Outfit decades after the fact.
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