We all knew it was coming. “Ratchet” has replaced “ghetto” as the go-to word for all things gawdy. And mainstream retailers are churning out accessories to match faster than you can say Trinidad James.

The latest brand to cash in on the ratchet trend is Forever 21 with a $7 chain-link necklace, much like the nameplates of the ’90s. But instead of a name, it reads “Ratchet.” They’re calling it “street chic.”

Can we really blame them, though? Lady Gaga and Beyonce both wore Ratchet hoop earrings and posted their curious fashion choices on Instagram.


It was only a matter of time before trendy stores caught on.

So here’s the real question: would you ever be caught dead wearing this?


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