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The 30 Ugliest Dresses of 2017

Let's leave these hideous dresses behind when 2018 rolls around.

Fashion is, for the most part, subjective, with beauty being largely in the eye of the beholder. However, in many cases, you can't argue with ugly. While 2017 has seen numerous well-received fashion trends—from elevated athleisure to delicately embroidered dresses—it feels as though the year has given us more misses than hits.

From the streets to the runways, 2017 has offered up some of the year's worst dresses we've ever seen. These fatal fashion faux pas have attempted to reinvigorate trends from Cosby sweaters to velvet, failing every step of the way. Before you toast 2018 in something you'll regret, make sure you've checked out the ugliest dresses of 2017. And if your New Year's resolution is to clean out your closet, make sure you're ditching these awful style trends from the past year, too.

Nasty Gal Red Blazer Dress

Nasty gal red dress

It's such a relief to have finally found Carmen Sandiego after all these years. Unfortunately, even a seemingly conservative blazer dress becomes something a woman should never wear to work when it's this ugly.

Opening Ceremony Space Dye Maxi Dress

Opening ceremony dress

Like nobody in their right mind has ever said, asymmetrical is the new symmetrical.

Anna Sui Corset Dress

Anna Sui corset dress

A dress for those times when the Renaissance Faire and Valentine's Day sync up. Better yet, the loose corseting on this bad boy gives you plenty of room to fill up on mutton and mead.

Ted Baker Mallie Porcelain Rose Body Con Dress

Ted baker dress

We love a woman who wears her heart on her sleeve and her privates right on the front of her dress.

Custo Barcelona Sweater Dress

Custo barcelona sweater dress

Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear their metallic cummerbunds over dresses made of muppet fur, apparently.

Current/Elliot Hi-Lo Plaid Cotton Shirt Dress

Current elliot plaid dress

Jordan Catalano called. He wants his clothes back. Sadly, not even a pair of the sexiest new shoes for women could save this look.

Dion Lee Blazer Dress

Dion lee blazer dress

A versatile look you can wear in your time machine back to 1992, or on the short walk to your trash can.


BCBG velvet dress

The color of a '70s shag carpet, made out of velvet, and adorned with comically oversized breast pockets, this dress truly couldn't be worse if it tried.

Anna Sui Zodiac Dress

Anna Sui dress

With tie-dyed stars, clashing patterns, and a woven belt, even a beauty like Bella Hadid can't make this hippie nonsense look good.

Johanna Ortiz Under New Mexico Skies Plaid Gown

Johanna ortiz dress

This dress is what would have happened if, instead of drapes, Scarlett O'Hara had tried to make her ballgown out of tablecloths from a Cracker Barrel.

Custo Jersey Dress

Jersey dress

Sometimes, you want to be fashionable. Sometimes, you want to fit in at the big game. And sometimes, you just want people to see your nipples. When all three coincide, this Custo monstrosity is here for you.

Gucci Pink Silk Viscose Dress

Gucci pink dress

Well, at least now we know what a Malibu Barbie would wear to her own funeral.

Ivanova Princess Dress

Ivanova blazer dress

A dress that finally answers the question, "What would your favorite Disney princess wear if she worked as a legal secretary in 1985?"

Zadig&Voltaire Camo Dress

Zadig & voltaire camouflage dress

For those hunting trips when you want everything but those headlights to be under wraps. Bonus points for oversized, JNCO-esque pants.

Slava Zaitsev Checkered Dress

Black and white checked dress

Designer Slava Zaitsev's foray into motion sickness couture has been dizzying, to say the least.

Nasty Gal Ribbed Sweater Dress

Nasty gal sweater dress

When you want to wear something workplace-appropriate but still let your crush know that you're wearing weird underwear, Sophia Amoruso's Nasty Gal line has got you covered.

Jeremy Scott Fishnet Dress

Jeremy scott dress

This is why we don't play Candy Land on acid.

Tory Burch Gold Silk Dress

Tory burch gold dress

Finally, a dress with pockets! Now, if only we could do something about the track stripes and off-kilter nipple tassels.

Dennis Basso Fur Dress

Dennis basso dress

The good thing about this dress is that it won't even be recognizable once it's covered in red paint.

Trina Turk Jaine Paisley Silk Dress

Trina turk silk dress

Like your mom's awful '70s maternity wear, but somehow much, much worse.

Vivienne Tam Shirtdress

Denim shirt dress

Two different lengths, two different sleeves, and a piece of rope—wow, our college boyfriends were right: stuff you find in the lost-and-found at the Y is pretty much the same as high fashion.

Vivienne Tam Denim Apron Dress

Vivienne Tam denim apron

Backwards dress shirt? Check. Asymmetrical denim apron piece? Check. A shocking disregard for what looks good or fits? You betcha.

Missoni Long-Sleeve Patchwork Knit Maxi Dress

Missoni dress

Finally, a $3,000 dress you can wear to a Widespread Panic concert.

Tibi Clear Corset Dress

Tibi dress

An outfit for when you've been working hard on your diet and you'll be damned if you let a flowy garden party dress hide your tiny waist.

Cadenza 3/4-Sleeve Renaissance Paisley Maxi Dress

Lafayette paisley dress

That Stevie Nicks collaboration with Madame Chiang Kai-shek just didn't live up to our high expectations.

Custo Barcelona Sweater Dress

Custo Barcelona sweaterdress

Finally, a dress made to look like Las Vegas casino carpeting.

Victoria Beckham Flounce Shirt

Victoria beckham dress
When you can't decide which of his button-downs to put on the morning after, just get drunk and sew them all together.

Vivienne Tam Shirt Dress

Vivienne tam shirt dress

Finally, a dress that combines the two best fashion trends of all time: children's drawings and incomprehensible scribbles.

Zadig & Voltaire Sweater Dress

Zadig & voltaire sweater dress

A perfect outfit for those chilly fall days cold enough for a sweater, but not so frigid that you don't want to wear something see-through.

Givenchy Denim Overall Dress

Givenchy overalls

If you've got a few grand to blow, why not spend it on this tiny denim overall dress, perfect for adult preschool, or a worst-dressed list. If you want your own kid to have better luck, fashion-wise, make sure to follow this royal guide to dressing your child.

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