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THE WORST OF FASHION | 2016

THE WORST OF FASHION | 2016

The runway and streets of 2016 were filled with chic must-haves and fashion faux-paus.  We took inspiration from the best of the blogging world  think We Wore What's Danielle Bernstein and Ohh Couture's Leonie Hanne  and we took note from fashion journalists everywhere as they unveiled to the outside world what the runway's were proclaiming 'in' and 'out.'  But like every year in fashion (and in life) there were good and bad moments.  Below, I reminisce on the best trends of 2016.  Stay tuned for next week as I uncover the worst of 2016  which side of the spectrum did you fall under?

the worst

While last week's post uncovered the best trends of the past year and looks that I personally loved, 2016 also had me questioning designer inspiration and personal style.  In an attempt to steer clear of being overly opinionated, I rounded up the Twitter users to get a better idea of what the general population thought the worst trends of 2016 were.

** Make sure to hover over and click on any bold designer name or blogger for links to their looks. **


According to social media users  and those following me on Twitter  BELL BOTTOM PANTS came in first as the past year's biggest faux pas.  Designers like Beaufille, Ellery and Alice + Olivia introduced the typically bohemian trend in their Fall 2016 Ready to Wear collections.  While the designs of the garments were intricate and incorporated an abundance of detail, the lack wearability for all body types overruled design. Only a small percentage of women interested in fashion have model-like bodies, and with the tight-on-the-thigh design the trend doesn't satisfy all shapes and sizes.  In earlier collections, designers embraced both the 'straight' and 'skinny' leg look.  Both of these styles work for all body types and can be worn no matter what an individual's personal style is.  Because of the lack of inclusiveness, bell bottom pants fall under my least favorite trend of 2016. 


It's my belief that in order for a look to be fashionable LABELS don't have to be a component.  During fashion month, bloggers step out of stretch limos and claim the sidewalks as their runways, decked out in head-to-toe labels  and here's a secret: 75 percent of the time they're gifted the garments.  Instagram sensations like Chiara Ferragni and Aimee Song are styled in full on Chanel this and Chloe that.  But can we blame them?  As much as I wish I could step out on the streets of Chicago donning a Saint Laurent bag and Balenciaga booties, my college budget just can't swing it  and most people's real-life budgets can't either.  Yet designer everything seemed to be a prominent trend this past year.  Instead of splurging a few grand on a label adorned bag  sayonara Louis Vuitton totes and YSL crossbodys  opt for a uniquely designed purse (two options here and here) that will earn you style points without breaking the bank. 


Don’t get me wrong  I have nothing against velvet. In the past we’ve seen interesting and thoughtful looks incorporating the trend. Now, it’s seems as though style bloggers have lost their creativity and have turned towards head-to-toe everything.  Instead of saying good riddance to velvet as a whole, take note from designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, and street style celebs Alexa Chung and Lindsay Albanese and layer velvet slip dresses over fitted mock-neck tops, and pair velvet booties with leather skirts and graphic tees.  Velvet is a great way to add interest to any look, and doesn't require being worn full-on to achieve.


Taking a trip down memory lane when Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake twinned wearing DENIM ON DENIM ensembles to the 2001 American Music Awards.  A fashion faux pas back then, and an even bigger faux paus now.  While the trend may scream 'country hick' to some and 'over-the-top' to others, the look itself isn't horrible  if styled correctly. Blogger and journalist Leandra Medine from the Man Repeller is one of my favorite examples of how to correctly style the trend.  In both of her looks (here and here), Medine breaks up the fabric by adding a plain tee tucked into her jeans and throwing on a shearling and wool-type coat.  Where denim on denim goes wrong is when it's wore literally head-to-toe. Try incorporating other textiles to your blue jean look to earn style points while still looking practical.


Did you sport any of the worst trends of 2016?  Did you style them incorrectly or correctly?  Let me know in the comments below! Have a great New Year!

LUSCIOUS LOCKS | IN COLLABORATION WITH L'OREAL PARIS + THE CAFFEINATED CHAIR

LUSCIOUS LOCKS | IN COLLABORATION WITH L'OREAL PARIS + THE CAFFEINATED CHAIR

THE BEST OF FASHION | 2016

THE BEST OF FASHION | 2016