New Year, New You, so say we’re happy to say adios to these nine trends from 2018. Many turn out to be sartorial disasters, and should not be allowed to make their way into 2019. From fishnet stockings to plastic shoes, here are some cringe-worthy looks that we should bid farewell to. After all, if you don’t let go, you can never move forward.
While they are fun and cute, these novelty pieces — like the Moschino’s biker jacket bag — are only fabulous for the party season. There are only so many events you can bring them out to before they go out of style. Lose the unconventional hard-to-match bags and stick to your trusted black tote.
Seen on celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen and Rita Ora, it’s undeniable that the plastic shoe was hot last year. But while we were bowled over by this novel see-through footwear (it does look riveting for the ‘Gram), we think this trend has run its course. Not only is the fabric not the most comfortable (hello, blisters!), showcasing your scrunched up toes is also not exactly, erm, visually appealing. Chuck them out and go for their opaque counterparts instead. Your companions will thank you.
Shoulder Cut-Out Anything
Let’s be clear, we ain’t dissing the Bardot top. Simple and sleek, this staple is a wardrobe must-have. What we have an issue with, however, are the various questionable mutations that emerged thereafter. While off-shoulder dresses and shirts can be sensual and fashionable, some variations such as the cold-shoulder tops (spaghetti or halter neck tops that bare both shoulders) come across as jarring and schizophrenic. We say stick to the original and give your shoulders a chance to shine.
This noughties trend made a comeback last year and it’s no surprise why this was such a hit. By cinching your waist, the corset belt helps create the illusion of an hourglass shape, which is what every girl dreams about. Still, with trends coming and going with such speed, we’re pretty sure this look will be deemed passé yet again once 2019 gets going. Besides, this look can be overwhelming, not to mention uncomfortable. We think you should embrace what your mama has blessed you with. Let your body breathe!
Excessively Distressed Jeans
There’s a difference between looking stylish and looking like a homeless vagrant. We think overly ripped jeans — which show practically half your thigh — is the latter. While some low-key tears and patches to your jeans give off a nonchalant downtown-cool vibe, there are some that just go way too far, making you look like you just got attacked by a feral cat. And no, the heat is no excuse for you to be wearing ridiculous pants.
Replicas of the Gucci Marmont Belt
The Gucci Marmont belts were all the rage in 2018, because how can you not love this stylish and timeless accessory? Of course, its popularity was a double-edged sword — it introduced the rise of fake or “inspired” pieces. We stand by this rule: Say no to replicas, because knock-offs are an insult to the designer. If you own one in your closet, trash it, stat.
Socks with Sliders/Sandals
Wearing socks with sandals was considered a faux pas — until Alexa Chung wore it in 2010 with a tartan number and navy blue blazer. The fashion It Girl sparked a whole new wave, with many jumping onto the bandwagon. But while Alexa undoubtedly made the look effortlessly stylish, we think it’s never okay to put the two together. It’s time to put this trend to rest.
More and more luxury brands are dropping the controversial material from their collections, such as Burberry, Versace, Gucci and Stella McCartney — and with good reason. Real fur is increasingly seen as outdated and unnecessary, not to mention unethical. And with sustainability the key word these days, it’s time to rid yourself of the notion that fur is luxe. Faux fur pieces FTW.
More trashy than stylish, we think there’s just no way you can make this trend look party or work appropriate. In fact, these stockings are probably more suited for the bedroom, so leave them there and close the door.