Fashion is an outlet of expression, personal to everyone who puts thought and effort into the way they present themselves.
Yes, we love to follow trends, and we unfollow them after they have been deemed “over.” That is, of course, until they come back reinvented for the next era. And with those trends come fashion faux pas—style “mistakes” like wearing a wrinkly blouse or unfitted clothes. They can happen to anyone, and we’ve certainly looked back on some old trends as cringe-worthy. But more and more, it seems like we are saying goodbye to fashion that imposes rules on us about what we should wear.
Below, I’ve rounded up five fashion faux pas that have transcended fashion “rules” and become trendy!
In the last few years, Birkenstocks somehow made the leap from unfashionable comfort shoe to “it girl” street style. These unassuming sandals can dress down many styles. Pair them with your favorite dress, denim, or trousers for a day out.
2. Fanny packs
No longer just for your dad on vacation, fanny packs are in style and have gone through a modern makeover. A fanny pack or purse belt is a fashionable alternative to a handbag when you’re on the go.
Never mind the nickname—these aren’t your mom’s mom jeans! Natural waist, light-wash denim is back in style and giving our skinny jeans a breather. Bonus points if you can actually find a pair of vintage Levi’s 501s!
4. White after Labor Day
No need to put away your white clothing at the end of the summer! White is one of the hottest colors for the colder months.
5. Thrifted & Non-Label Clothing
When I was growing up, it was not trendy to wear secondhand or non-label clothing. Luckily for our wallets and our creativity, today it’s widespread, and we have plenty of secondhand options to shop and feed our individual style. I love seeing what other thrifters—like Beth in her thrift challenge video below—can find!
‘90s fashion was all that and a bag of chips. That’s probably why we’re seeing so much of the ’90s steal the fashion scene even in 2017. Here are some of our favorite modern takes on ’90s fashion trends:
Your old favorites are back: from Tommy Hilfiger to Calvin Klein to Adidas, we’re embracing the return of branded graphic tees. Wear them with neutral colors and a denim jacket for an easy weekend outfit.
The ’90s introduced us to its iconic athleisure style. Let’s be real—we were all trying to be the next Sporty Spice. Achieve this updated version of the look by styling a pair of track pants with a simple black or white blouse.
One throwback ‘90s style that we’ll never get tired of is overalls. They’re surprisingly versatile; wear them with a crop top or a blouse underneath to switch up your look. Opt for wearing just one strap to channel your inner Fresh Prince.
Anyone else pumped about the comeback of mom jeans? The only thing that could make this outfit even better is a snap bracelet! Yes, we went there.
A slip dress is an elegant and posh ‘90s piece that used to be saved just for special occasions. But you can easily tone it down for the day by throwing a white or black shirt underneath.
We have to give Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake credit for making denim-on-denim a thing. Elevate this ‘90s style by tying a flannel around your waist.
I generally think of the early 2000s as a rebellious time in fashion, a time when fashion tried too hard to be different from previous decades. In trying to set itself apart, the early 2000s isn’t remembered as the most fashionable era. Some may even say it was the most cringeworthy. It brought us an overabundance of flip-flops, super low-rise jeans paired with belly-baring tops, bedazzled graphic tees, and more colors and patterns than we ever thought we needed in our wardrobe.
While there are many trends from the early aughts that we never need to be reminded of, it looks as though some are slowly making a comeback. I’m personally still on the skeptical side, but luckily, these trends have received major modern updates and can be paired with current trends and styles.
Take a look at some of the early 2000s trends making a comeback, plus tips on how to wear them today!
1. Low Rise Jeans
Back in the early aughts, it was almost impossible to find any other denim style besides low-rise jeans. I cringe remembering it was actually a trend to have your thong show above your jeans. If you’re too young to remember this, be thankful! Low-rise denim is making a comeback, but instead of super low-rise styles with rhinestone embellishments, we’re seeing more wearable slouchy girlfriend denim.
The image of Paris Hilton in bedazzled pink velour tracksuits will be forever burned into my brain as the iconic image of early 2000s fashion. This is the one trend from the early aughts that will need to work hard to convince me. If you’re feeling risky, look for a slightly fitted, branded tracksuit, minus the rhinestones. Pair it with your favorite sneakers for a throwback athleisure look.
3. Brightly-Tinted Sunglasses
Everyone wore tinted sunglasses, specifically aviators. It was a gender neutral trend in sunglasses that didn’t do much to block sunlight, but it sure made a statement. To avoid looking dated, choose frames that are slightly oversized and have more muted lenses. Pair them with an understated outfit as an accent to your look.
4. Trucker Hats
The Von Dutch trucker hat was donned by every “cool kid” you knew, from Ashton Kutcher to Britney Spears. The trend went as quickly as it came, but the mark it made on the early 2000s is undeniable. Lately, models and influencers like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner have been seen wearing trucker hats. The early aughts were all about bright, in-your-face pieces, but the current round of trucker hats are more understated.
5. Dresses Over Denim
In high school, I was definitely into this classic early 2000s trend. A baby doll dress layered over flared jeans or cropped leggings? I totally thought I was cool. These days, you’d be hard-pressed to get me back into an outfit like that, but I will admit that the “it girls” of today have reinvented this look. And they make it more tempting with some artful layering! Choose a clean, tailored bottom and a shift or shirt dress for a modern take on this trend.
Trends come and go in waves; some are modernized, revamped, and welcomed back with open arms, while others take some time to be accepted and embraced. Lately, I’ve seen some surprising statement trends slowly making their way back into stores and editorials—and they have me scratching my head a bit. Not one to judge, I am diving in and rounding up a few of the latest unexpected trends to share with our Crossroads readers.
You read that right—the hair tie of your childhood has snuck into your adult life, and you’ll more than likely be seeing it in stores again. If you’re tempted to grab a few out of nostalgia, you won’t be the first or the last. To easily incorporate it into your modern wardrobe, keep it in the same color family as your outfit’s, or wear a neutral color like white on your wrist as a fun accessory.
Denim Maxi Skirts:
The bane of my existence growing up in the ’80s and ’90s: the denim maxi skirt. We saw the return of denim mini and midi skirts this past year, so it was only inevitable that we would be seeing the maxi come back as well. I will admit that I was not a fan of its original run, but today’s cuts have been updated, and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. Details like frayed edges, layers, and high slits have really revamped the denim maxi.
Dresses Over Pants:
I rocked this look in high school and after seeing photos of myself years later, I was so happy that this was not a trend anymore… until now. This early 2000s look typically consists of a mini dress—usually with embellishments like ruffled layers—worn over low-rise flared denim. Today’s modern take on a dress-and-pants combo is a big improvement. Try a button-down maxi dress fastened a quarter of the way over high-waisted distressed denim, or a sheer dress with high slits over a slim pant.
I’ve been surprised to see shoes with fur accents taking over as much as they have. I didn’t think they were a practical shoe choice for the everyday women, but this is one surprising trend that I am definitely loving. Who says your shoe choice needs to be practical, anyway? Fur-accented mules, loafers, and heels add a bit of excitement and fun to your outfit.
With Daylight Saving, rising temperatures, and the sun shining just a bit brighter each day, it’s clear that spring has arrived. That means it’s time to shed those layers and break out your warm weather clothes! Some trends I’m looking forward to seeing are statement sleeves, short heels and flats, full midi skirts, and lots and lots of vibrant colors. To help inspire your style this new season, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite blogger looks I’ve seen this week that epitomize spring style.
Grasie’s top and skirt set just screams “Spring is here!” I am in love with how the coral in the floral print matches her mini bag and lip color.
Andy’s outfit may be from last spring, but it is just as trendy and current today. Her crisp off-the-shoulder blouse with tie detail is the perfect statement to add to your wardrobe and remix throughout the season.
Krystal takes on a ladylike spring look in her midi skirt and slingbacks, two of the season’s biggest trends.
Talisa is casual-chic in her midi skirt and sneakers—two easy-to-wear pieces that may just become your spring uniform!
I am completely envious of Lisa’s wide leg, ruffled ankle pants. They are perfect for spring and can be remixed endlessly into summer!
A spring closet essential: an easy and effortless dress like Natalie‘s that you can throw on for all those spring brunches with your girlfriends!
Blair‘s spring dress is another that can easily be worn multiple ways; belt it, wear it as a vest, with heels or flats, or over jeans.
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