2019 Update: Check out our latest discussion on the 2019 fashion trends we hate.
There was a lot of interesting discussion on the weekend open thread about the wedge sneakers — it feels great to know I’m not the only one who isn’t totally on board with them. I thought today we might have a discussion about which trends we’re totally sick of, and which trends we’re actually liking/looking forward to. For my own $.02, here’s my list:
– Leggings/skinny jeans (although a friend once argued they were staying because “people have spent way too much on boots,” which I agree with — but I’ll still be surprised if they stay.)
– Boxy blouses
– Crazy nails (pictured)
– Sequins for day
– Short suits (pictured)
– Bold lip color
– Jewel tones
– Braids (pictured)
– Graphic prints
– Quilted details
– Lucite details on heels (pictured)
So let’s hear it, ladies — what trends are you sick of? Which ones are you liking?
Generally I agree with all Kat’s picks, except I’m not too fond of lucite shoes.
Peplum. UGH. It’s not bad in and of itself but it has been DONE AND DONE AND DONE.
Also high-low skirts.
Totally agree on the high-low skirts and dresses! I don’t get that look at all.
I also am sick of leggings, a lough I’ve felt that way basically since they came into style this time around anyway.
I’ll add exposed zippers to the list of trends that I wish would just go away already.
I agree with you on exposed zippers. Don’t like them at all. I especially hate it when it’s on a dress or a blouse that I otherwise really like. Stupid zipper is the deal breaker.
Yeah I wanted to go back an add peplum to my list – HATE it!
Agree with the peplum. It’s very flattering on certain types, but it’s everywhere to the point that a dress with a peplum feels less “special”.
High-low *anything* for me. Skirts and dresses are bad, but so are the mullet blouses.
+1 million on the mullet blouses. WTF. But I do like those wedge sneakers.
I agree I am over cheap or cheap-looking fabric used for boxy, ill-fitting pieces. And mullet style anything, makes me feel like I am in a dance costume.
I don’t like the high-low hemline either. It always ends up looking sloppy.
Totally agree with the skinny jeans/leggings. I’m also sick of ultra low rise pants – I’m short waisted and a lot of pants are too low rise for even me!
I cant WAIT to be abel to get into skinny jean’s again! With my tuchus getting better every day (my dad was pleased to see my tuchus smaller b/c of the fitbit), it wont be long until I can wear skinny jean’s again and jeggings! YAY!!!!
But by then it will be SUMMER, and it will be to hot to wear them. I will be happy to be abel to wear SHORTS in the summer when I walk around the CITY! YAY!!!!!!
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a short suit in real life?
I can’t remember seeing a shorts suit in real life, but I did see a guy wearing a Thom Browne suit with the shortened pants. He was actually totally working it, but I can’t imagine it working on many people.
I’ve seen one. It wasn’t pretty.
Actually, I take that back. The outfit was objectively cute. Would’ve looked great going out for an evening. But in a law office ? H*ll to the no.
I’ve actually come to accept skinny jeans and am okay with them. I don’t like the super ultra painted-onto-your-legs skinny jeans. But not all skinny jeans are created equal. Besides, leggings-as-pants are a far more egregious sin.
Agreed! Lucite was fun when I was in high school, and that’s about it.
I have a funny story about leggings-as-pants. I showed my husband that graphic about “are you wearing pants?” and he actually saved it to his phone…and “jokingly” shared it with some receptionists / women is some of the high rises in Beverly Hills that are totally guilty of leaving their houses without pants!! So funny. He shows them and says “look what my wife found on one of her favorite blogs, isn’t that funny!!”
Yes. Lucite shoes seem super tacky to me. Maybe I’m crazy but they remind me of the ’90s.
I used to work with a woman who wore a seersucker short suit to meetings on the Hill. She looked completely inappropriate, but she was senior to me so I couldn’t say anything.
I’ve only seen them on celebs, but they can look cute for a casual look (NOT at the office).
I still like skinny jeans and sequins…I think those are both kind of timeless. Jeggings can go, though. And I’m super sick of braids and chevron! (more for the house than clothes, but sick of it on both). Also sick of “hipster” glasses…they are okay on the 2 people in the world that actually look good in them, but the rest…not so much. And they just keep getting bigger, boxier and more ridiculous. I do, however, love crazy sunglasses and always will. :)
Oh, and I still like lace, even though it’s everrrrry where. I think it can still be beautiful and feminine when well done.
I’m totally on the leggings/skinny jeans train and don’t want to get off.
leggings are just so comfortable. Never giving them up.
Me too! In snowy, wet weather I live in leggings/skinny jeans and boots.
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me too — I think leggings and skinny jeans are so comfortable and yet fashionable at the same time. Plus its way easier to wear flat shoes (boots/ballet flats) w/ them, which i prefer to wear on the weekend.
I also love lace, lucite, and peplums, and Im never one to turn down a good sequin (though wouldnt spend much time in sequins at the office)
In general, however, I feel like to each her own — why do i care if a style or trend goes out? I’ll wear what Im comfortable in and/or feel good about myself wearing, and others should do the same!
It’s nice to be warm AND comfortable AND reasonably stylish on the weekend and in the evening after work. I’m not sure what I would do without skinnies and boots in the winter since I mostly get around by bike, public transit, and walking.
Ditto. I have a hard time finding jeans with a long enough inseam, and skinny jeans that hit right above the ankle look much nicer than a flared pair that floats about the ground.
I also like tucking my jeans into boots, so they’re great for that too :)
Anon in NYC
Me too. Not getting off any time soon!
Ditto! Now whenever I wear “normal” pants, I feel like there’s way too much fabric!
Love (and will always love) my skinny jeans, especially since, like Kat’s friend, I have too many boots to ever jettison them from my wardrobe. Love jewel tones. Love braids. Love bold prints. Love florals. Love bold lips–I recently realized that lipstick is the only kind of makeup I look forward to buying and wearing. Love over-sized and/or flowy tops. Love leopard. Love peplum details. Love the black-and-white prints I’m seeing for the spring and summer. Love chunky nerd glasses.
Will not embrace sneaker wedges, cropped tops, lucite heels, massively wide-legged silk trousers, high-low skirts or dresses, microscopic Daisy Dukes, anything neon, anything pastel, those weird rings that go over like three fingers, or knock-off Native American designs.
Wow, a., are we style twins?
Every single thing you said above, I could have said….except that I don’t own enough boots.
And on lucite heels: every time I see the word “lucite”, an image of Courtenay Stodden pops up in my mind. Yeuchh.
Well, I don’t own *enough* boots either, ’cause that would be impossible :)
I don’t know if it’s like this everywhere, but in the South, the J. Crew bubble necklace (and assorted cheap knockoffs) is the tacky bauble that WILL NOT DIE.
OMG YES. Somebody please make that necklace die already!!
I feel bad for the early adopters who bought the expensive JCrew version. It’s so ubiquitous that getting the cost per wear down while looking unique is probably really tough.
Me too. I’m glad I didn’t buy it when it first came out.
YES YES YES YES YES. DIE, BUBBLE NECKLACE.
I am pretty well sick of everything mentioned in this video:
Mullet (high-low) anything. Can’t get behind it.
And on the topic of shoes: (okay, not really on topic at all) Is there a sneaker out there that can be possibly worn with dress or business casual pants? I have to do site visits (think, muddy construction sites in the mountains) on the same day as meetings (not full suit, but I like to at least look like a professional). I can change shoes between, but not full outfit, so I need something that can be plausible with the dress pants. Black lace-ups? Particular brand I should be looking at?
I’d look in the dansko/clog category. They aren’t really noticeable under pants, and will give you more sure footing.
I was thinking dansko/clogs, too. I have a pair of Merrell clogs that are really comfortable and work better for me than Danskos.
Also, Born makes clogs that could be options as well.
Dansko makes some other shoes (try Zappos) that are not clogs but are just as comfortable and suit-worthy; my favorite pair (I think) are called the Bett.
Or maybe the “dressier” styles of Crocs? They can be rinsed off! Link to an example to follow.
I would check with the contractor. Many job site will not allow certain shoes on the site. Typically sneakers are not allowed at all. Some contractors are very particular. It’s a safety issue like wearing a hard hat.
Agreed. I work in Oil & Gas and have to go onto job sites, too. I do khakis and a knit/ponte blazer with Doc Martens safety toe boots. Yes, I have to resist wearing flannel (ah, the 90’s…) but in that environment everyone understands the clunky shoes…even when I get back to the office.
I just picked up some black leather Sketchers that are still basically sneakers, but have a little wedge to them. Rubber sole, would be appropriate for any job site except those that require steel toe, and are pretty cute. I also like my black leather Keens, but they don’t really seem to be making the style I like anymore. They have a black leather style but it didn’t quite fit my foot right.
I’d also second Merrells or Danskos.
Doc Martens. I’m a lawyer who occasionally does inspections with our fire and building guys, and I’ve never gotten kicked off a site in my Docs.
I keep a pair of steel-toed boots and jeans in my office just in case (I got caught having to go for a building inspection when I wore a dress to work one day – not fun…). If I have a site visit, I usually change in to the jeans and wear the steel toes (it’s a requirement by law here on most sites) and get changed back in to my dress pants once I’m back in the office.
They’re not beautiful, but I usually wear something along these lines:
With a pair of straight leg jeans or khakis and a blazer, they look professional enough. For larger construction sites we typically need the a sole that is hard and has a decent tread. Doc Martins would be a great option, too. Most of the female contractors do hiking boots. I keep a pair of boots and jeans at the office, too, but often start my day on site before I head into the office and all of that changing is a hassle.
these discussions always make me laugh b/c everyone’s “sick of it” ends up being someone else’s “loving it!” But for my 2 cents…
I still like skinny jeans with blousy tops, though I wear straight jeans just as often as skinnies and would welcome more options offered in stores in the non-skinny pant area.
Beachy waves (as the ubiquitous s*xy/fashion blogger/celebrity hairstyle, not as natural texture)
Platform heels (or worse, Flatforms, which remind me of the sandals-on-blocks I wore in middle school) and heavy/complicated summer sandals
Giant necklaces / collars — I’m liking more delicate opera length styles now.
Neon colors (hopefully on way out, judging by what’s on sale at jcrew)
Pretty over exposed zippers (still). I thought they were going away, but I’ve seen them on too many spring clothes to be convinced.
At what point do you think something ceases to be a trend and just become a regular part of our fashion lexicon?
I’m thinking particularly of skinny jeans. I don’t really see them as a trend anymore. They’ve been around for a few years now and are still pretty popular. To me a “trend” is something that lasts for a couple seasons, maybe a year and then fizzles out. Thoughts?
I think skinny jeans are a trend in the sense that as fashion changes, they’ll fall out of fashion then come back in. Mom jeans weren’t mom jeans, after all, until people who were wearing them when they were in style grew up and kept on wearing them. Maybe skinny jeans will be the “mom jeans” of my generation, who knows?
But I don’t think skinny jeans are “trendy” in the way that (for example) neon is now, or nautical themes were a couple seasons ago. Those things I think come in and out with one season.
So I view calling something “trendy” as viewing it as something pretty short lived, but a “trend” as something that can apply to an “era” of clothing, like skinny jeans will for the early 2010s.
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Yeah, but skinny jeans have really been around for a while now — way more than a few years. I bought my first pair shortly after my son was born, and he now 6 (with a gift card from MIL for christmas — i figured what the hey) and that was at least a year into the trend, which I was not a fan of at the beginning.
I’ve been thinking about that too. My guess is that eventually they’ll become less prevalent and it will be a way to know the era a picture was taken, like the midriff focused Britney years or babydoll dresses with Doc Martens. They sort of go with the very top-heavy silhouette that’s popular now — big necklaces, lots of layers and scarves, skinnier bottom (whether jeans, leggings or pencil skirt). So in the grand scheme, yes, a trend, but more decade-defining than others.
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ohh baby doll dresses with doc martins. That was a favorite look of mine, along with baggy jeans with a body suit and an extra-large flannel shirt unbuttoned. I was hot.
I will always love leggings. They are comfortable and look good with a longer shirt (or at least, I think they do!). I know there’s the whole “leggings are not pants” thing but when I’m not at work or at a place that requires dressing up, I’ll be wearing leggings, thanks.
I said it before and I’ll say it again:
Leggings were pants when I was five. Why can’t they be pants now?
I love leggings on the weekend for running around doing errands. Of course, I wouldn’t wear them to work or to a gala, but for wandering around shops on a Sunday afternoon, with a tunic top that covers my butt and tall boots? So comfortable, so cute, so easy.
PEOPLE! For the last time- the leggings are not pants means cover your but when you wear them. It doesn’t mean you can’t wear them! But there are a ton of young ladies out there wearing them with a fleece that hits the hip and does not cover the but. Wear them with tunics, with sweater dresses, with long tee shirts. But the leggings is not pants is for those ladies that are wearing them like jeans. They are not jeans, they stretch, they are too thin, and I can see your underwear and way to much of your butt and area.
but see the proper use of the term “butt”
gosh so many typos in there, I apologize! I am very passionate about this as you can see lol. So many people are like no leggings are fine that I think the message is getting lost that YOU HAVE TO COVER YOUR BUTT.
Right! Please continue wearing leggings! But please do so in a way that I have no chance of seeing the outline of your bits.
YES to saying no to bits! Front and back bits should be covered – nobody wants to see camel toe walking towards you.
Terrible flashback – high/low top with tights improperly used as leggings….
AND bits should be covered when you sit down, or lift your arms or put on your backpack! I don’t know how many people I’ve seen recently where the top was an ok length with leggings when standing still, but flashed bits when they moved around even slightly. Just barely covers your butt = asking for a wardrobe malfunction.
Also – lighting in public places tends to be brighter than in your home. If you have any question about if its too sheer when lookimg in your mirror, its probably too sheer.
Another trend I’m sick of “tissue weight” clothes. They are too often sheer under bright light/sunlight and get holes in them too easily. I don’t want to have to layer 3 shirts just to get appropriate coverage, or relegate holy items to “bottom layer only” after 1-2 washings.
Hear, hear! I live in a college town, so I’m constantly surrounded by other women’s lady parts outlined in spandex. It really is tmi, especially for those of us who represent Sir Mixalot’s ideal. I’m sure many of them don’t realize that thin leggings can stretch almost to the point of transparency. I absolutely adore the ease of leggings with short dresses, tunics, etc, but they simply are not pants.
“LA face with the Oakland booty…” I love him.
The girl children wear leggings because they are thicker than tights and don’t get holes in the knees as readily. I had to explain to the husband that leggings + long shirt or tunic or dress = OK, but leggings + mere shirt = they are not leaving the house like that.
LOL’d when I thought you were referring to the grown nitwits in leggings as “girl children.” Got a little sad when I realized you were actually referring to children that are girls.
Well, its certainly unpopular around here, but I definitely wear my athletic leggings (Zella and Zella crops) with tops that are not tunics. I wear them with casual sneakers or Toms and tees, but I do it. I have a nice bum and I don’t care.
I like lucite, but I don’t think I will end up buying into it.
It has nothing to do with having a nice butt. I have nice abs but I don’t wear half shirts to the grocery store. You can show off your butt in jeans but making the world see all your nooks and crannies bc you think you look hot is inappropriate
First of all, nobody can see my nooks and crannies any more than they can in a pair of jeans. Leggings in a thick fabric and that are a proper size cover that stuff. And I don’t wear it because I think I look hot. I wear it because I like the aesthetic, I think I look good (different from hot — I don’t dress to look “hot”) and I feel comfortable in it.
Its hardly inappropriate. That’s just silly. You can’t see any undergarment through them, I’m not showing any skin or parts that shouldn’t be seen.
Oh sweetie. That’s what everyone thinks! That you can’t see everything. I assure you, WE CAN SEE EVERYTHING.
I’m with you MB. Athletic leggings are definitely thick enough that they aren’t see through, and I refuse to stop wearing them because they are super comfortable. Mine main leggings are the exact same fabric as yoga pants, but they’re black and tapered and end above my ankle. I don’t see how they’re not just a different cut of yoga pant. Plus 9 times out of 10, I’m wearing them because I’m stopping at the grocery store after a workout, or I’m stopping to pick up wine on my way to hang out at a friend’s house. So, too bad, I will wear leggings until you pull them off me, at which point, you really will be able to see everything.
Oh sweetie, no you can’t. I obviously know what you can see, since I wear them, and see lots of other people people wearing them at road races, out running, at barre class, at yoga class, in the airport, out for coffee, etc. Get a grip.
And yes, the athletic ones are the exact same weight and fabric as a bootcut yoga pant, just in a different cut.
I mean a yoga pant is different than a legging. If you are wearing just ankle length yoga pants that’s one thing. But I don’t understand the its the grocery store excuse. I’m at the grocery store too but I still don’t want to see your ass crack. I mean obviously no one is going to tear them off you. But if you are wearing leggings as pants you look totally insppropriate, same as if you wore bikini bottoms shopping. So that’s why everyone is staring
Anonymous @6pm- no one stares when I wear leggings because they are worn by everyone. And what don’t you get about the grocery store excuse? The way home from the gym goes past the grocery store, so I stop in to buy food after the gym, because that is the most convenient time for me to buy food. I shouldn’t have to alter my schedule, go home, shower, and put on pearls,etc. simply because you think black yoga pant-material leggings are equivalent to bikini bottoms.
ok actually no one wears just leggings. its a huge faux pas. Yoga pants are different. I don’t understand why people get so defensive about this. 90% of people agree you can’t wear just leggings. Everyone stares when someone does it. You can see a woman’s underwear, buttcrack, and vag*na. Its so inappropriate! If you do it fine, but don’t tell me oh its ok. Its not. Its not asking you to wear pearls to point out that it is inappropriate to wear a bikini top to the grocery store, or leggings, or just a sports bra. Again, YOGA PANTS ARE DIFFERENT THAN LEGGINGS. IVE SAID IT A MILLION TIMES PLEASE STOP SAYING YOU ARE WEARING YOGA PANTS. if you are wearing lu lu lemons or whatever, you are not wearing leggings. if you are wearing a long shirt that covers your but, you are not wearing leggings. this is a no- http://www.google.com/imgres?q=leggings+as+pants&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1172&bih=612&tbm=isch&tbnid=R9KAwgvASPmFKM:&imgrefurl=http://andnowiblog.com/2012/09/17/angry-letter-monday-if-leggings-arent-pants-then-tights-definitely-arent/&docid=DlXFn_6onFCoMM&imgurl=http://andnowiblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/olivia-wilde-wears-leggings-as-pants.jpg&w=399&h=656&ei=xV8-UdmrI-iZ0QHk6oCYCA&zoom=1
When I see women in leggings, I think about those dreams that we have all had where we leave the house without our pants on.
@Anonymous “if you are wearing lu lu lemons or whatever, you are not wearing leggings.” I’m confused, are Lulus ok? cuz i consider those leggings and i’m okay with wearing them same as MB described.
Not so much what I’m sick of, but what I wish wasn’t coming back is pointy shoes! :(
Oh gosh, yes! Ouch, and do we big-footed girls really need an extra 3 inches of length!?
I’m all about the platform (which I note Cat above hoped would go away). Gives me more height and less painful for the balls of my feet as can’t feel every single rock/piece of chewing gum/twig I step on.
I have size 7 feet and I still think pointy is bad, so I totally sympathise with the larger-of-foot ladies.
But they are showing up in the shops and, well, just ugh.
Oh please no! I will never own a pair of pointy shoes (at least the really pointy ones, I’ve seen a few flats that are ok).
You know what I’m glad is back? Stiletto heels. I like my wedges / chunky heels too, but sometimes you just need a pointy heel. There was a period of time you couldn’t hardly find anything but a chunky heel.
Ick. Can’t stand ’em. If they are coming back, well, I guess I just won’t be buying shoes for a while, much as it pains me to say that…
Business, Not Law
High/Low anything (and the trend seems to be getting stronger, not going away)
FLATFORMS (GAH!!! – these look like geriatric sandals)
Hi-low tops and skirts
Not an annoying trend, just an annoyance: clothing with multiple closure devices. I’m currently wearing AT pants that have a zipper, a button, an extended tab that must be threaded through a belt loop and two metal slide closures. If I were wearing a belt, to take the pants down I would also have to undo the buckle and unthread it from the first belt loop to get to the metal slides on the tab. I do not have this kind of time to spend just going to the bathroom.
Wow, AT really does not want you to take off those pants.
for the modest lady in you.
omg I love you ladies. I am dying over here
This made me snort green tea.
On the leggings-are-not-pants issue, see the piece by Amanda Hess from Friday’s Slate. The leggings in the photo she links to in her last paragraph must be seen to be believed — and once seen, you’ll need brain bleach to get rid of the image.
On the plus side, you can just pull leggings down whenver you want — anti-chastity pants!
That’s utterly horrible. I am on team “Leggings are not pants:” I don’t want to see your underwear, or lack thereof. They look great under dresses, tunics, etc., that cover the butt; however, most people do it wrong.
What’s even worse about those leggings – if you click through to the original BuzzFeed article, there are two pictures of what appear to be two completely different people wearing them. MORE THAN ONE PERSON BOUGHT THEM!!!!!
I have those too!!!
I mean I have the Ann Taylor chastity pants. Not the leggings you need bleach to unsee.
Thanks for clarifying!
I will forever be on team leggings are not pants.
One thing I’ve noticed over the past 2 years or so are pants without belt loops. Sometimes I don’t want to get every single pair of slacks altered, but if they don’t have belt loops I can’t “cheat” and use a belt to close the gap in the back!
As some with strong Eastern European roots,I think I’m genetically predisposed to love sequins. We ex-Soviet-types like a little dazzle. Daytime, nightime, whenever:) I have never actually worn anything sequined to the office (save maybe holiday party days), though, so don’t worry about me too much.
Love skinny jeans, hate leggings. Leggings are not pants! I do agree that people have spent a lot on boots and that is why they are staying. And while skinny jeans can be very unflattering to some, they can also be very flattering to others. I like them. I also like them a lot more since I dropped some weight, so it’s all relative.
I didn’t think lucite details on heels was a trend. I don’t love that. I never thought sequins for day time was appropriate. Boxy tops I like, however like a lot of tops I’m seeing lately, they look best on thinner frames (unfortunately).
More stuff I don’t like: anything distressed, tops and bottoms. Blouses incorporating multiple trends at once: sheer, lace, studs, peter pan collars.
Trends I like: chevron print, anything with stars (casual only). Chunky sweaters, some colored skinny jeans (though I wonder how long this will stick around), statement necklaces, gem tones (ahh they work so perfectly with my skin tone).
Liz in the City
Maybe I’m in the minority (or maybe because they’re not exactly officewear), but I’m so sick of platform heels — like these http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/jessica-simpson-shoes-given-platform-pumps?ID=635908&cm_mmc=Google_Nongender-_-Apparel_Brands_PLA_Jessica+Simpson-_-48662454783-_-mkwid_ao9SLwyg.
I get it that you’re short (I am too) and would like to add a few inches. But I’m done. Enough. And I think they’re ugly.
Also, leggings are not pants. And I say this because most of the people who wear them as pants (I’m not saying you, fine ‘rette commenters) should definitely NOT be wearing them as such, since the wearers are usually testing the tensile strength of the poor lycra spandex.
See my comment below. The platforms are a symptom of the insane heel height trend (started primarily by male designers). At some point the heel is so high your foot wouldn’t touch the ground without a platform. Cuz not being able to walk is s3xy.
it’s foot binding for the modern era. If you can’t walk unaided, you’ll need a man to support you. Also, it’s harder for you to run away…
agree!!! hate, hate, hate platforms as well as any heel over 4 inches. I wish these would go away. I’m so glad pointy kitten heels are making a bit of a come back. They look 10000x more ladylike to me. Also, no matter the heel height, if you can’t walk in them, you shouldn’t wear them, period.
But without a platform, heels always hurt the ball of my foot. The extra shoe means more padding.
Yes, yes, yes. How are stripper shoes appropriate for um, not stripping?
Men not wearing socks. Worse, wearing short pants to expose the fact that they’re not wearing socks. Socks are there for a reason. WEAR THE STUPID SOCKS.
platform sandals (flat, without the heel)
Boxy tops (I’m pear-shaped, or tinkerbell-shaped, as I like to say, so a box on top makes me look 3 sizes bigger)
Leggings, if worn appropriately (aka, with a shirt or sweater that’s long enough to be a short dress)
Skinny jeans, as long as they’re not painted-on kind of tight
Bold colors, including bold lips
Straight-leg ankle pants
Oh, and Lucite- really? I feel like those would look really bad if either the shoe or the foot is not kept in perfect shape.
No one’s mentioned hair trends yet – but I am over ombre!!
I’ve hated ombre from the start. Why would you pay to look like you forgot to get your roots done?
Nooooo!!! Ombre is my natural hair color and I refuse to dye it just because it looks like I forgot to dye it.
I would add sheer tops and tops/dresses with low neck lines. I am tired of having to wear camisoles under half my clothes to make them office appropriate.
+1! I like the look of sheer tops sometimes but some opaque fabric every now and then would be GREAT. It amazes me how common this is in professional clothing.
I like sheer tops, but I hate that so few of them actually come with a camisole in the same color, fabric, and style, so if you buy a shirt that’s an interesting shade of blue, green, purple, etc., it’s hard to find a matching camisole and one that fits well under the shirt.
I have a nude-for-me camisole that I wear under tops that don’t come with a matching camisole.
If you are wearing leggings, you must wear a top that covers your rear and cr*tch, ALL THE WAY. Unless you are 5!
Lucite makes me think of str*pper heels, which are also worn at fitness competitions. no thank you!
No, they are worn by women-for-hire, strolling nightly up and down the streets of kalakaua and kuhio avenue. that’s waikiki, for the uninitiated.
I’m in Paris for work and will have a couple of hours to shop. What places would you recommend? Or things that you can’t get in the US or are cheaper in Paris?
I visited Paris a few years ago, and while I didn’t do much shopping (the exchange rate at the time was not in my favor), I think it might be worth stopping into a pharmacy. The pharmacies there are full of all sorts of neat and interesting items and beauty finds, including stuff you don’t find here in the U.S.
I agree 100%! One of my favorite things to do when I travel is visit pharmacies to see what unique beauty products they have. In particular, Paris has great skincare products (Avebon, hand lotions, Avene, etc) and unlike the US they have full testers for “drugstore” brand beauty products. If you google paris drugstore products or paris pharmacy products, you’ll find a wealth of articles listing “can’t miss” beauty and skincare products.
This may just be me, but when I was studying abroad in France nothing was cheaper clothing wise than it was in the US. Especially shoes because they are usually better quality or not as mass produced. The only time I went shopping was during the Sales in June/July (they also have them in January) when you could get stuff for super cheap. I would look at buying unique items or splurges on stuff you can’t find in the US. I also second the pharmacy recommendation! They have awesome beauty products, unique lotions/solutions. The french have so many more beauty products per person than americans.
I would stock up at Wolford, and hit up some of the cute and unique lingerie shops in the Marais!
City-Pharma in Satint Germain des Pres is brilliant for heavily discounted French skincare brands like Nuxe and Caudulie. Also Galleries Lafayette is worth a visit, they have an excellent Lingerie and Sleepwear department and their own brand is reasonably priced and very nice quality.
Oh and of coure Pierre Herme for the crazy flavoured macarons!
So COMPLETELY over the “nail art” trend. As a faculty member at a big medical center, there is no way that would ever work anyway, but still…so tired of seeing crazy nails on blogs. Never chic.
things I own and love:
jumpsuits (and rompers)
skinny jeans (and high-waisted skinny jeans)
sequined things that I wear in the daytime occasionally
sneaker wedges (just arrived friday from target, wore them all weekend)
things I would love if I owned (and I am hoping to own):
lucite heel shoes (but lucite HEEL, not clear lucite on the body/top of the shoe like Kat linked to).
oh well; I can live in the minority.
Who said something bad about jumpsuits? (I pity the foo!) I love them–I think that worn the right way they’re very Bianca Jagger.
I’m with you. I have/love flatforms, and I wore sneaker wedges AND the aforementioned Black Milk “eye bleach” leggings out dancing last Friday. On the other hand, I could go forever without seeing another waterfall/cocoon cardigan.
Noooooooooooo! Lucite heels are what the ‘tutes (ladies of the night) wear as they stroll up and down the streets nightly on the streets of Waikiki. Then they rotate to Seattle, L.V, and back to Waikiki. This is a world-wide phenomenon: high lucite heels=sad, hooker lady. Don’t make something so depressing “in” or “cool.” (Former defense attorney here.)
I love me some skinny jeans. I will not let them die! I will give you leggings (as pants). I don’t mind leggings underneath dresses and skirts (with boots).
I am, however, pretty impressed when a woman does wear leggings as pants but somehow has NO camel toe, VPL, or sheerness at all. I’ve seen this happen twice. And all I could think of was, “Shit, if you can prevent all those things from happening, by all means, wear your leggings as pants!”
I cannot get on the lucite trend.
I may be in the minority, but I hate 4+ inch heels!!! What’s so unglamorous about 3″ heels and the ability to walk? With a size 6 shoe, 4 inch heels means not even the entire ball of my foot is level. Frankly, for my shoe size, I think 3″ heels are more proportionate.
And back issues make it nearly impossible for me to wear the crazy high heels. But with the ridiculously high heel trend, I can’t find a single pair of non-orthopedic looking evening shoes. Okay, maybe that’s an exagerration, but I like expensive interesting shoes too…I just like being able to feel my toes and not thowing out my back better.
Notably, I can usually wear 3″ heels all evening (even while dancing), whereas everyone in higher heels ends up barefoot or in hideous flip flops…how’s that a fashion win?
I can’t wait til “ostrich” leather bags are over. It looks like warts or pimples.
Yes, I don’t like these, either.
TJ: Can I wear separates when appearing via ITV for oral arguments before a state Court of Appeals? I’m thinking, since I’ll be behind the podium anyway, no one will notice I’m wearing black skirt with my gray suit jacket? This winter has left most of my suits fitting even frumpier (more frumpily?) than usual, and I just want to wear the few pieces that still fit. FWIW, I am an outstate practitioner in the midwest.
Any other tips on not looking completely washed out when appearing via ITV? I am fair-skinned and tend to look like Casper under fluorescent lights. I don’t need to look like a tv anchor, but I’d also rather not look like I’m at death’s door.
Apparently, earth tones are the most flattering for your complexion when you´re on TV, so I´d go for a blouse or scarf in a colour like that.
Yes, go for it. Wear more makeup, especially blush or bronzer, than you normally do. I used to appear via ITV for bail hearings as an intern and I always looked washed out, but so did everyone else!
I really do not like the trend of sculptured high heels that look as though they defy the laws of physics. Case in point:
Parker - Boardroombelles
For my two cents:
Goodbye: Floral Print Pants, Peplum Shifts, Patterned Nails, Lace Dresses (can we be done already?), Aviators and Ray Bans (though I know they’re not going anywhere enough is enough)
Hello: Tuxedo Jackets, Ankle Strap Shoes, Flats instead of Heels, Over the knee/Calf Length Skirts for Casual Days, Cat Eye Sunglasses
Lucite shoes? Girl.
Can we talk about “cold-shoulder” tops/dress sleeves? Am I alone in my disdain for those? I fail to see the point, truly.
I agree with the high-low. I’ve seen a few that are tasteful but I don’t understand the purposes of clothing mullets. I can deal with the skirts BUT HATE mullet shirts. Why? Is it for girls who wear them with tights so their butts are covered?