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31st Jan 2017

18 Things Irish Men Used To Wear That Should Quite Simply Never Have Been Legal


The noughties was a dreadful time for all fashion, but particularly men’s. 

Now we’re not here to judge, we’ve all been there. But now that we’ve lived through it and survived to see another day, we can certainly all have a laugh about it and hope to God it never happens again.

We live and we learn, guys. 

Now deep breath, this list is going to take you on the trip down memory lane that you never agreed to…

1. Anything Crosshatch

Dem jeans.

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2. Brown Wranglers

Just the thing to put that pep in your step.

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3. These T-shirts


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4. These runners

Asics: great for your feet, terrible for your eyes.

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5. Bootcut jeans

Sometimes, just sometimes, you can still see these around Dublin city centre.

And if you do, call the guards.


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6. Pukka shell necklaces

Flimsy and pointless. 

Just, why.

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7. Short-sleeved checkered shirts

In every bloody colour.

None of which were nice.

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8. Cargo shorts

So many pockets, so little time.

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9. Zip-off trousers

Practical? Yes.

Hideous? Also yes.

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10. Frosted tips

Long live the yellow blonde.

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11. No shoe was too large

The world just wasn’t ready.

And it never will be.


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12. And no jean leg was too wide

Why did no one stop the madness?

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13. Jean chains

Bitches love jean chains.

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14. This haircut

Spikes or die.

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15. Showing 85% of your boxers

And point black refusing to look at, think about or put on a belt.

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16. Paddy caps

For a brief stint somewhere during the noughties, thanks to Fergie, paddy caps made their way into the Irish fashion scene again.

And it was the worst.

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17. Dubes

The upmarket brown Wrangler.

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18. And finally, these exact tracksuit bottoms

Worn until they were a light shade of grey. Ah, the good old days.

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