Fashion is always changing and trends fall as fast as they become famous. Articles of clothing or accessories that are deemed trendy now will likely be banned from appearing on the runway and Instagram feed years later.
Today, society considers turtlenecks, high waisted flare jeans, big hoops, and cropped sweaters to be “in,” but in fact, the trend is relative.
Much like the last decade, the Roaring ’20s isn’t immune to exciting fashion moments either. Here’s a summary of fashion trends that are emerging, or resurfacing, that aren’t really:
I think we’ve finished with the whole “limit-women-to-very-tight-clothes-to-fit-body-nonsense” phase spanning the 1500s. While corset not terrible if done well, mostly impractical and does not fit into modern fashion trends. Some things belong only to the past era.
Apparently sweater vests, which used to be a staple of men’s clothing in the 1930s, are now an item? People wear it over a button-up shirt or just by itself. Not going to lie, it’s reminiscent of something Emma Chamberlain would wear (even though there’s no color for Emma, she can literally pull off any outfit combination).
But with the resurgence of this trend, it feels as though we’ve exhausted every possible option and moved on to the styles we abolished years ago.
Who even found out this? The heel is quite uncomfortable because of that. I don’t understand why anyone would add a plastic coating to increase the discomfort and stickiness.
A plastic pump is like a pair of shoes that would have fascinated me as a child, trying to balance a woman-sized heel on my little toe among a sophisticated audience. While the nude and transparent tones come back in, how about we agree to keep them in the vault.
How minimalist do we want to go? Doll size, micro bag now in, first introduced by a French designer in the fall of 2019. But, the style is insignificant and absurd. If you’re like me and an expert at leaving essential items in public, this handbag won’t last a day.
Do not take it wrong. I’m not trying to ignore the power of accessories, but a mini handbag won’t make or break your outfit.
Like all the trends of the 90’s, waist bags have recently returned to popularity. Originally functioning as a small synthetic bag for tourists, cyclists and travelers, this bag is now sold in luxury materials by designer brands and worn by fashion influencers. Fanny packs can look great when laid out correct, but they are not very fashionable themselves. Do you really want to carry your essentials around your waist or chest? The sling bag exists for a reason!
Bike shorts as a sportsman
Okay, I have mixed feelings about this one. 2020 has launched athleisure into its own business, from print sports sets and casual pants to comfortable tracksuits and now, bicycle shorts. They are immensely popular with the Los Angeles influencers and the Kardashian family, who popularize whatever they wear.
But I appreciate the emphasis and comfort, bike shorts should be limited to physical activity. People wear them while traveling and pair it with almost anything and the only comment I have is: Why?
Fashion is basically a cycle of past trends that come and go, with people working to style it to suit modern tastes. You may not have seen any styles or have given up on several styles. My take is decidedly subjective, so wear whatever feels most comfortable and right to yourself. A sweater vest won’t make you ugly, believe me.
Ultimately, fashion isn’t about sticking to what’s in Vogue Magazine, it’s about finding pieces that excite you and make you feel good about yourself. Trends don’t always dictate what looks good, so don’t be afraid to stray from the norm and experiment! After all, trends only become trending because someone decided to make them one.