One of the great hobbies that became a huge fad was the CB Radio craze which became big during the 1974 Oil Embargo among truck drivers but become popular with citizens coast to coast, including the First Lady Betty Ford.
Young boys enthusiastically played with Model Trains and later Slot Cars and while they have diminished in popularity over the years, they have both grown into their own hobby industries. Other hobbies included raising pets and one of the great fads in this realm were Sea Monkeys, a type of brine shrimp that could be “freeze dried” in suspended animation until its new owner was ready to raise them.
After few hobbies were seemingly fraught with danger, however. As seen in the movie “The Exorcist” playing around with a Ouija Board could be fun and exciting, but could have unexpected results. Even more interesting was the Dungeons and Dragons frenzy which let some enthusiasts to cease playing the board game and create a realistic version for themselves, often sinking into the sewer systems in major cities to play out their scenarios. Legends and folklore surround both of these but they are examples of how serious some people take their hobbies, until they are hobbies no more… but lifestyles instead.
One of the earliest fashion fads to focus on was the short-lived Zoot Suit of the 1940’s, but that time period also saw the emergence of Tattoos, which would move up and down in popularity, but have remained a fashion statement for more than 60 years.
The 1950’s saw the coming of the sugary sweet Poodle Skirts as well as the birth of the Bouffant Hairdo that would become popularized by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The 1960’s gave us the sexy and sassy Miniskirt as well as the laid back, flower power Tie-Dye T-shirt, but nothing could compare to the 1970’s.
The Seventies saw the appearance of fashion fads that would overwhelm and transform the wardrobes of seemingly everyone on Earth. The hugely popular polyester Bellbottom Pants and Leisure Suits and Platform Shoes went from fashion dreams to fashion nightmares almost overnight, only to make comebacks during the 1990’s.
Fashion fads have come and gone (and come and gone again), but they have provided praise and embarrassment for people that will last a lifetime.
While the name of this site is BAD FADS, please note that this is neither an indictment nor an endorsement of any of the fads mentioned. As you know, during the ’70s the word “bad” could alternately mean “good!” Thus, this site was created to take a fun and nostalgic look at fashions, collectibles, activities and events which are cherished by some and ridiculed by others.
Come back soon and remember that these are the fads you wished would stay forever (or never come back)
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