Every year we see new trends emerge in the fashion world. Some are cute, like high-low skirts and gauzy chiffon blouses with collar embellishments. Others are not, like everything I’m about to rant about below:
This makes me sad because I was a staunch defender of the peplum. I think (when done correctly) they can be incredibly flattering, and bring an outfit from simple to a little more fashionable. But then it became peplum mania. All you could see were peplums. Peplums haunted my nightmares. Peplum shirts, peplum skirts, peplum dresses, peplum jumpsuits (yes, we’re coming back to that…). Peplums, peplums, peplums. You know when you say a word 30 times in a row and it completely loses its meaning in your head? That’s what the peplum overkill did to the poor, poor peplum. Then Kimmy K started wearing them every. single. day. And then it was just over. Please, Forever 21, let go of the damned peplum. Everyone, let it go! The peplum is over. I decree it to be so.
Cutouts are a lot like peplums. They started out cute, they added a dash of edge to an outfit. But then, every single “trenddyyyyy!” girl started wearing cutout everything. Cutout shirts with cutout leggings. Cutout boots, which make me want to hurl chunks. Cutouts are a really severe case of something being adorable on the runway, translating well to real life at first, and then just crashing and burning. It’s not edgy if everyone does it. That is just a fact. It’s also no longer interesting. When the cutout trend started, I would think to myself, “wow, that’s interesting. That’s something you don’t always see.” Guess what. You see it 4,000 times a day now. You are no longer interesting. Move on.
I know I said I like embellishments on collars, but sometimes it goes WAY too far. Like, I know studs and stuff are super in right now, but calm down. An embellishment is supposed to enhance the piece, not take it over. I feel like some studded shorts, jackets, etc., are just trying way too hard. It has been a trend for a long time. There are countless DIY things telling you how to stud your shorts or shoulders or collar. Go on Nasty Gal (which deserves its own condemning post) and tell me how long it takes you to find something studded. I understand, and I like some embellishment. I think there’s a happy medium, and a lot of people seem to have trouble finding it. When you try too hard to look edgy or fashionable, you don’t look good. You look like you’re trying way, way too hard.
I love how people have been hopping on this trend like crazy lately, thinking they’re sooo edgy and cool for wearing cross rings and necklaces and whatever else. You guys, Madonna did this in the 80s. It’s not really new. It’s also not particularly edgy. I really hate this trend, and will never, ever take part. I just think it’s over. It has been over for years. It wasn’t that cute the first time, why the hell are we bringing it back? It’s not like….rebellious to wear 25 crosses when you’re not religious. It just doesn’t make much sense. People like it because it’s a trend, and they like to be “cutting-edge” and trendy. If it weren’t a trend, would you really be covering yourself in cross jewelry from head to toe? Doubt it.
Seriously I can’t. They’re so ugly. See last year’s post and take everything I said about flatforms and apply it to creepers. What the fuck.
I think this is the year of trying too hard to be edgy. Apparently people think that adding weird mesh sides to a dress makes it more fashionable. Sure, sometimes mesh is done well, but it’s often completely pointless. It’s another case of something going so overboard that it loses any cute factor. I liked mesh at first! I still like some mesh on dresses, but where it makes sense. For example, I like the dresses with a strapless sweetheart neckline and mesh up to the collar bone. That’s cute. It’s also good for people with big chests who can’t wear strapless, like me. Random cutouts that are filled with mesh are not cute, however. Not only are they random cutouts, which are ugly and pointless all on their own, but it’s unecessary mesh. Which brings me to my final trend of 2012. The absolute worst.
Mashing every single trend together and calling it “fashionable”
This is something that happens every year to an extent. 2012 was a HORRIBLE year for trend-mashing. How many girls have you seen in the past year wearing a peplum cutout dress with studs? How many times have you seen a cutout mesh dress? How about a cutout jumpsuit peplum thing with mesh?? Because that exists. I wish I could meet the person responsible for that atrocity. They’d get an earful. I’ve seen far too many people wearing studded shorts with a gauzy mesh-like shirt covered in cutouts. They probably all had a 3-finger cross ring, too. Seriously, this is just getting ridiculous. I think a general rule of thumb should be: one trend at a time. ONE. If you’re going to wear a peplum, for god’s sake don’t make it a dress with a peplum and cutouts. If you absolutely must cover yourself in studs, lay off the damned cross necklaces. And if you feel that it’s absolutely necessary that you own a jumpsuit, don’t buy the hideous one with a peplum and a mesh cutout from Nasty Gal. Actually, try to steer clear of Nasty Gal altogether, they’re some of the worst perpetrators of trend-mashing in the world (although some things on the site are undeniably cute.)
I think there’s a lesson learned here: moderation is key. All of these trends (beside crosses and creepers) are cute in moderation. It’s only when you go completely overboard, which is a trend in itself, that things get out of hand and disgusting. It’s the difference between using trends to your advantage or becoming a slave and a victim to them. Don’t let yourself become the latter.
All photos in this post are from Nasty Gal. =)