What goes around always does seem to come back around, particularly when you’re talking about fashion. Designers are constantly taking inspiration from vintage looks and reinterpreting them as the newest fad. Generally, the resulting trends are chic, fun, and maybe most importantly, harmless–we’d be lost without our 1960s shift dresses and 1970s maxi skirts! But what about a trend that potentially references a fascist regime? The New York Times reported that young men all over New York (and basically every metropolitan area worldwide) are asking their barbers for the “Hitler Youth” haircut – buzzed on the sides, floppy on top, and swooshed back with a bit of pomade.
We’ve certainly seen our fair share of culturally offensive fashion lately, from American Apparel’s tasteless “Asian Conical Hat” to Forever 21′s cheapo Oriental Girl Necklace – and who could forget the whole Navajo trademark infringement fiasco involving Urban Outfitters, Barneys and everyone’s mother (including us). And while most wearers of the “Hitler Youth” cut probably aren’t out to offend anyone (it was a really popular look in the 1930s, not just for little Nazis), the trend has certainly raised a few eyebrows.
It definitely got us thinking – what other offensive hairstyles should never, ever come back? Here’s a list of some of the greatest offenders of the past half-century. It’s always amusing to reminisce, but really, how would you react if your sig other came home with a middle-parted mushroom?? That’s what we thought. Read on.