Trends: once upon a time, it might have been the highest, most admirable trait to keep up on them and follow them, no matter what they might be. Could, perhaps, even be considered a status symbol. As time progresses, it’s coming more apparent to many that trends can, yes, sometimes be fashionable and fun, but that they also can be a trap; a trap to fool you into maybe thinking something is your style, a trap to maybe get you to wear something that consciously isn’t your style, or even a trap to get you to wear something that, though once stylish, will just make you look back and say, “What WAS I thinking?!” Because, that’s often what trends are: they come and go, lack staying power, and the reason they usually only ever can be considered trendy is because they don’t have that, let me get a snooty phrase out here, that je ne se quoi. They usually seem like a good idea to many in the moment, but they don’t have the power to change with the times and keep that certain something that attracted the buyer in the first place.
After that mini-ramble, I’m ready to share some trends that I think need to go. I’m not opposed to wearing a trend if I truly like it and think it’s something that will work well for me, but otherwise, my style isn’t something I’m willing to compromise for it. This is about to get bluntly honest. If you’ve worn these trends, remember that this is just my opinion and I encourage people to wear what they want. But, here we go…
1. Bubble Necklaces
These are EVERYWHERE! They’re typically fake-looking and due to how excessively people have chosen to wearing them with everything, for me it’s hard to find any originality in the outfit as soon as one of these gets spotted. Since starting Twitter and eventually a blog, I have yet to see a trend pop up so non-stop since these necklaces, and it is horribly unoriginal and lackluster, both as a trend or on its own as just a jewelry piece.
2. Chevron Print
This, like bubble necklaces, is something I see very often… and I can’t, for the life of me, understand it. I don’t have to like something in order to appreciate it. Well, I don’t like this nor appreciate it. One reason retro can be a good idea is because it’s either a dose of chic current times lack, or it’s so timeless that it was just waiting to return to our present. This looks like a blast from the past that should have been put away a while ago. I see it with clothes, even furniture and bedding. It’s not very flattering and it’s wonky, in the bad way.
3. Mustaches… ON EVERYTHING
This was a trend originally started by hipsters that went beyond mainstream. That makes me really curious. Do they stop wearing the trends they started if they go so ‘mainstream’? Anywho, it’s everywhere. Nails, cupcakes, bandages, shirts… you name it, there’s probably some form it comes in. Something about this trend seems so out of place no matter where it’s placed. A mustache has only ever looked appropriate on a face. Seeing it on so many objects is mind-boggling with no true deeper meaning, no visual importance or appeal. They need to go.
4. See-Through Purses
I’m a self-confessed, biased shoe-lover. But, if I find a purse I love, I love it. Even if I don’t, I often see why it works. However, see-through purses?! First of all, they lack creativity. Secondly, they add nothing to an outfit. Third, why would a person want everyone to see what they’re carrying in their purse? It either makes them a really good candidate for getting mugged or being embarrassed, or perhaps both.
5. Bulky Scarves
I love fall, I love scarves. What I don’t like is overly bulky scarves, especially when they’re used to try and contribute to a more ‘fashionable’ look. They’re one thing, and one thing only: bulky. Too big, too out of place, too heavy. I feel my own neck hurting when I just look at them. I love scarves, light-weight or heavier, but there’s a line.
6. Matte Nails
Nail art. I never did it because I never had the patience or took the time. That doesn’t mean I don’t love experimenting with colours and glitter. But, matte nails? Save matte for the lips. Matte nails look dry and generic with a complete lack of any shine, the very trait that captures the eye when spotting a good set of nails.
7. Gladiator Boots
I’ve seen gladiator boots on Rihanna, Selena Gomez, the Olsens… and, I think it needs to have a note attached. These boots, however artistic they can come depending on how they’re done, seldom look flattering or fitting on most people. Often, they look out of place and even sometimes can make it seem as though the person wearing them is shorter than they are. I love a good boot and heel, but these just should have been gone as quickly as they came.
8. Heel-Less Heels
WHAT IS THIS?! I thought this was a bit out there from the start, but could see the artistic approach in music videos and photo shoots(depending on the design); after seeing them in person, I really don’t get it. I personally don’t think they should be sold and, if they are, should come with a warning label attached. If I saw someone wearing them out and about, I’d probably look a little longer than normal, and not in a good way.
9. Duck Face
If you haven’t seen what “duck facing” is, do a Google search. It never stops! I’ve never been one of those people to force people into smiling for a photo by saying “cheese” and all of that, but lordy– say no to duck facing! No explanation needed except that it looks ridiculous.
The form of coral above is one of very few ways I’d enjoy it. Often, coral doesn’t flatter many, especially when it comes to wearing it as a lip colour. As for my personal opinion regarding its appearance, I just often find it cheap-looking when it comes to apparel. Whereas colours like red, black, deep blues, etc. can exude a vibrant and luxurious feeling, coral seems to represent the very opposite for me.
…and there’s my very blunt opinion about some trends I think need to go!