The Fashion Trends We Really (Really) Wish Would Stay in 2015
The dawning of a fresh year means the chance to look forward. It also means the chance to toss the things you don’t want to take along for the journey. Bad habits, sketchy dudes, sure, but also some questionable fashion trends. There was so much we loved in 2015 that jotting out a list of ready-to-be-retired looks was tricky, but we persevered. Herewith, the stuff we’d be totally fine never seeing again.
Super tiny, ultra-mini bags
We’re all about the mini bag, but the mini mini? Not so much. Like all small things, it’s adorable, but bags are meant to be practical. If you can’t fit anything but a single credit card (much less the iPhone 6 Plus), it’s just a bit on the ridiculous side.
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This year’s biggest statement shoes were heavy on the fuzz, creating a vibe that looked comfortable, if impractical. Gucci’s kangaroo fur-lined slides were a coveted It item, with furry bits peeking out when being worn around the world’s chicest sidewalks. The juxtaposition of all that softness on harder leather is an interesting look, but unless you’re chauffeured everywhere, really—they would just get dirty.
The ’90s overdose
The decade was back in a big way this year, from resurfacing fashion trends to the offspring of the era’s most famous faces getting into modeling and acting. We like a little bit of nostalgia here and there (a skinny choker or a Clueless-inspired miniskirt), but, as with anything, too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily the best.
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We fully support the ankle-saving might of a pair of chunky flatforms, but still…there’s something about the heavy look that’s displeasing to the eye. The style offers up a lucrative bargaining chip—easily gaining a few extra inches—yet it can’t compete elegance-wise with a basic flat sandal. Keep them in your closet, but wear hidden under flare jeans for a secret boost. For lightweight sundresses and the like, let’s go back to delicate flats or classic heels.
Designer collaborations that never see the light of day
Don’t get us wrong: Designer collaborations are rad, period. They let the creative brains behind high-fashion labels bring versions of their (often prohibitively expensive) collections to the masses, connecting with fans in a way that doesn’t often happen: Reference Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, who stopped by a Paris location on the day his collab hit and took selfies with rabid fans. So while we never want these crossover collections to end, we’d love if 2016 became the year that there was more stock, allowing people to shop without fears of stampedes. Because we get it—when something’s going for 3x its retail price on eBay, it’s tempting to sell rather than wear.
Ready for more stylish, year-end reflections? Check out 2015’s best red-carpet gowns (and most OMG-worthy), then relive all the year’s top news stories.
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