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Hot Topic: Fashion Trends You Can't Stand

I'll be the first to admit: The Budget Babe loves trends, and it's usually a big fashion-trend love fest on this here blog. Trends keep things interesting, after all! But today I'm opening up the discussion to let you vent about the trends you absolutely, positively can not stand to see one more day. Is it jumpsuits? Leggings? Gladiators? Maybe it's skinny jeans or stone washed jeans or ripped jeans? One-shoulder frocks? Floor-length maxis? Super short minis? All of the above? Let's hear it: Which trends do you like the least?

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oh dear BB, you are going to open a can of worms with me. ;-)

i try to view most trends with an open mind (if not embrace them wholeheartedly), but the ones i can't really get behind are super short minis (the ladybits don't need to see or be seen, thank you), sky high heels/a lack of pretty AND practical everyday shoes (but that is possibly only because i am clumsy as hell and am, frankly, jealous of those that can wear them), ripped premium denim (i don't see why you'd pay so much money to get a torn product...), HAREM PANTS (please please, that pegged-jean trend katie holmes started... seriously, does that woman have something against jeans? i swear i just saw a photo of her in baggy denim bermudas. over tights. NO.

in short... i can apparently be very hostile. oops.

am i the first again, BB? i swear, i must seem very sad to you, commenting in the wee hours of the morning like this ;-)
#1 hanna (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 06:33 (Reply)
I would have to choose the itsy bitsy minis..doesnt matter if u have great legs theyre just NOT classy

oh and those acid washed jeans..lets keep those in the horrid memories of the 80s Poison time and not bring it back whatsoever
#2 neira on 2009-04-15 06:56 (Reply)
Harem Pants. I hate hatehatehate them. Why would anyone want to walk around looking like they have a large, soggy diaper on under a pair of leggings?

Actually, I hate generally all of the 80's resurgence. I admit I wasn't around yet in the 80's and maybe if I was I would like the trend better, but I don't. The destroyed bleached and stonewashed jeans especially.

The one thing I don't mind is all the bright colors and neon. I love color and it is so nice to see some bright colors about in clothing.
#3 Grace on 2009-04-15 08:05 (Reply)
Harem pants! Jumpsuits! Jumpsuits with harem pant legs!! Ach... It's like designers are so caught up in doing something NEW that they forget what women's bodies look like entirely; they lose site of the fact that the whole point is to help us look and feel gorgeous, strong, COMFORTABLE! Can I also throw skinny jeans into the pit? So uninspired, SO unflattering on most women. (I know I'm going to think of a few more as soon as I send this....)

#4 Amanda Heironimus (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 08:10 (Reply)
okay, let me first say that i just found this site and i LOVE it. there are trendy girls out there who don't spen thousands on clothing.

as for trends, i generally love them because it's fun to mix things up. however, i do have a few peeves:

1. When the trend is no longer trendy, please refrain from wearing it.

2. I was definitely going to mention the acid washed jeans even before i read neira's comment.

3. I'm not really sure why, but i detest jumpsuits. no valid reason why, i just do.

4. DO NOT mix too many trens at once unless you prefer looking like a shipwreck.
#5 Karissa on 2009-04-15 08:15 (Reply)
I agree with everyone else about the harem pants. If you're thin they make you look fat and if you're fat they make you look bigger. Acid wash jeans are also pretty horrible.
#6 Eileen on 2009-04-15 08:27 (Reply)
Harem pants are offensive. lol. Like seriously, who knew Hammer pants would come back?

High stripper heels, you know, like the YSL Tributes. Victoria Beckham wearing them didn't class them up. They just don't translate well into real life, and honestly, I'm sure strippers were sporting identical shoes for their performances way before Victoria did. Yeah, they are pretty pieces of art, but I think my boss would tell me to change my footwear immediately if I went to work in any of them.
#7 Joann on 2009-04-15 08:31 (Reply)
1. jumpsuits are just unflattering and outright ugly!
2. zebra stripes have to go!
#8 Catherine on 2009-04-15 08:36 (Reply)
OHHH BBB so many- huge shoulders, stirupps, acid wash, jumpsuits....on and on :):)but you're right- it does make it interesting!
#9 Real Style Real people (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 09:14 (Reply)
It's been said so much before but harem pants need to be catapulted off the trend-watch. Frankly, they don't even look good on the models, so no one else has a prayer!

Also those over-priced, over hyped headbands that lay across the forehead. They look terrible.
#10 Sarah on 2009-04-15 09:15 (Reply)
acid wash jeans. and i personally dont like the one shoulder look. as for harem pants, i think models can rock them. it's a very distinct look that can be pulled off by a few. but not by the average woman.

and i must defend mini skirts here. they make your legs look a mile long, love them!
#11 julia on 2009-04-15 09:27 (Reply)
Acid washed jeans
Silly headbands (worn across the forehead)
Jumpsuits - both shorts and long pants
Harem pants
Ugly severe pointed shoulder pads
Visible underwear

Uuuuugh!! :-)
#12 Beth B. on 2009-04-15 09:32 (Reply)
Oh my. Let's see.. harem pants of course, latex leggings, people who accessorize too much or too many trends at once:
As in headband, necklace, bracelets, huge hoop earrings, belt, skinny jeans, all at once.. way too much to look at!
Too much skin, so mini skirts also.. I don't mind some leg, but way too short is too much:)
#13 Nora on 2009-04-15 09:37 (Reply)
Oh and Cage heels.. lol sorry :-( I just can't egt into them!
#14 Nora on 2009-04-15 09:42 (Reply)
Super high-waisted pants. If it stray upwards past the belly button, it's a violation.

As for shoes, I can only hope that Crocs don't make some kind of ironic, trendy re-appearance one day.
#15 Laura (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 09:48 (Reply)
Whereas there are many trends that should never have been, I would like today to talk about a serious problem that crosses every open-toed shoe trend: Toe-ver-hang. As shown top-left in the image of Debra Messing (Ignoring the fact that outfit makes her legs and butt look big from the front!), her shoes tree stumps and they just do not fit. She's not the only one as women across America, nay, the world, are fighting to fit into shoes they just don't fit in to. Are they too big and her foot slides too far forward? Are they too small and she's cramming? It doesn't matter because it doesn't fit and probably isn't the shoe for you. Either get it in a size that does work for you or just say, "(Hell) NO!"
#16 Shelle on 2009-04-15 09:57 (Reply)
Haha! Yes! Toe-ver-hang! A menace that needs vanquished from the world, indeed :-)

#17 Amanda Heironimus (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 10:30 (Reply)
I'm definitely feeling you guys on the Harem pants and acid washed jeans. Minis only look good on very young people- but even than there is a find line between sexy and skanky.

All in all, fashion is about what looks and feels good to you - so focus on what gives you confidence. It's definitely not "one size fits all."

#18 Mina (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 10:32 (Reply)
I'm in total agreement on the harem pants: no matter how tiny and beautiful you are, they just look bad. I think they look like whacked out mom jeans! I'm also not a fan of jumpsuits: I stopped wearing onesies 23 years ago! Last, but not least, I hate hate HATE maxi dresses. I'm sorry, I just can't get into wearing a full-length dress when it's not my wedding day. Gulp.
#19 Emily on 2009-04-15 10:37 (Reply)
I despise graphic tees. I actually used to really like them, and there are some that I still think are so funny and classic, especially the ones with a vintage feel to them.

However, all of a sudden, places like wet seal and Deb took over the graphic tee craze and started making cheap, awful looking ones that read things like " I CAN'T REMEMBER LAST NIGHT" and " YOUR BOYFRIEND THINKS I'M HOT".

Girls pair this with some God awful shiny yellow, or hot pink pumps and skinny jeans and a chain belt and make me want to puke.
#20 dina on 2009-04-15 10:39 (Reply)
HAHAHA I can totally picture that outfit in my head.. I see it lol! And the fringe comment is so true!
#20.1 Nora on 2009-04-15 11:11 (Reply)
harem pants are probably the worst thing to even come out of fashion, jumpsuits should have died with the 70s, high waisted pants (some of them just look like mom jeans) gross gross gross gross

#21 tracey (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 10:40 (Reply)
This isn't so much a high-fashion trend, but something I am so over: cropped leggings under jean skirts. Gahh it's atrocious.

I'd also include jumpsuits, screen print tees, designer statement bags (Coach, D&B, Vuitton, etc.), fringe anything, and boyfriend jeans a la Katie Holmes.
#22 Brit on 2009-04-15 10:41 (Reply)
YES! Cropped leggings under jean skirts are THE WORST. I also really despise the cut-off jean shorts with tights. Saw girls wearing that look all over NYC. Not cute.
#22.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-04-15 12:49 (Reply)
I'm cool with most trends, but wearing leggings as pants? Generally, no. Why? Because camo toes are not pretty.
#23 monica on 2009-04-15 10:50 (Reply)
Haha this is such a fun topic - i love reading the responses! As for me, i do agree with a lot of the other comments, but my personal pet peeve is the skinny jean. Don't get me wrong, i'm not saying "skinnies" are bad, but i do think they've been ridiculously overdone AND i think it only flatters a small percentage of women. While i'm all for women of all sizes and shapes to embrace fashion and trends, i just think we've lost sight of what actually looks good in favor of what everyone else and their dogs are wearing. KWIM? Plus i thought wide leg pants were supposed to be back, like, 2 seasons ago??
#24 Carolyn (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 10:51 (Reply)
Harem pants, skinny jeans on big girls (I'm sorry but there's a reason why it's called skinny), belly baring shirts, headbands, big flower pins and the 80s look on the recent Fashion Week! I do not want the big shoulder pads and teased hair look back!
#25 (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 11:10 (Reply)
Budget babe, I LOVE trends too. What’s not to love about new things! Trends are brilliant, especially if they work for your body type and lifestyle. But we don’t need to like all trends – some just don’t make it through my filter and never will, like maxi dresses and ankle length pants, and here’s why:

I’m usually open to most fashion trends though, and have a site devoted entirely on how to make them wearable in everyday life. I encourage people to be trendier than they’d initially prefer and like a coconut, they end up loving a particular trend after knowing HOW to wear it. Keep your trend reporting alive! You do a sterling job :0)
#26 angie cox (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 11:16 (Reply)
Thanks Angie. And I'm totally with you on the ankle-length pants. Those are universally UNflattering! =)
#26.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-04-15 12:46 (Reply)
Harem pants, leggings AS pants, 80s style Reebok hightops, anything that says "Sexy" "Hot" "Bootylicious" etc on the chest or butt (if you have to proclaim it, you probably aren't), mini dresses and skirts, open toed boots Uggs, all of the hideous 80s things that seem to be coming back. Someone in one of the comments above thought they didn't get it because they weren't around for the 80s the first time. I was. It wasn't a pretty sight then and it's even worse now. Also, pretty much anything Mischa Barton wears.

Apparently I don't have much love for many trends...
#27 Erin on 2009-04-15 11:24 (Reply)
harem pants look horrible on everyone, as well as long jumpsuits (makes you look 2 feet tall), but i'm liking short jumpsuits.
#28 arisa on 2009-04-15 12:02 (Reply)
Harem pants/ jumpsuits. yuck. The first thing I think of when I see someone even a celeb. try to pull them off, "Money can't buy taste."
#29 Erika (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 14:18 (Reply)
Harem pants!! Keep them in the 80s where they belong.
#30 Jo from Canada on 2009-04-15 14:22 (Reply)
You know - I'm reading all these comments and about how much we all loathe harem pants, and now that I'm thinking about this atrocity... Can anyone think of an instance when they've seen these on an honest-to-god, real-life woman on the streets(I mean like this year, not last decade)? A couple attempts by models and celebs does not a trend make. So I think it's safe to say the people of spoken, and this is one "look" that will never a "trend" be.

Just a thought...
#31 Amanda Heironimus (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 15:55 (Reply)
They've been cropping up more and more often on the streets of Moscow... don't know about the US though.
#31.1 Sonia on 2009-04-16 03:46 (Reply)
I just hate women wearing one-shoulder frocks...reminds me of old divas strutting out onstage trying to regain their fame. Harem pants, ripped jeans, Crocs that never go away, and tiny women wearing maxi dresses..ughh.
#32 bingkee (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 16:13 (Reply)
honestly, i have a very very open mind towards all trends, but some of them seem simply absurd.
jumpsuits: they're like onsies for grownups, didn't we all already grow up anyways?
Harem Pants: Baggy or tight, choose one.
Maxi Dresses: Honestly, even though many people like them, they seem awfully frumpy to me.
I love love love, one shoulder dresses, classy minis, and leggings - when i work out.
thanks for making these posts!
#33 Christie (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 16:45 (Reply)
I love the cage shoes. Very sexy !
Harem pants should stay in the 80' MC Hammer's closet. You have to be extremely thin to carry these off.
All the extra fabric in all the wrong places..
#34 Barbara (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 19:45 (Reply)
i can not stand anything that only covers one shoulder. looks trashy
#35 Crista (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 21:37 (Reply)
Lol - I got here late!

I'm gonna defend two trends here: Maxi dresses and cage heels. I have a gorgeous maxi dress that I should wear on my blog soon - from F21 no less, and it's very flattering on me and I believe it can look flatering on others too so as long as it's sleek fabric and not a dowdy print.

Cage heels - well, define cage. I love gladiators and gladiator heels, I think they are sexy and exotic.

I just hate trends in general because everyone just follows the fashion flock and wears whatever the mags tell them, regardless of whether it looks good on them or not. But I must say, NO ONE in this thread seems like that. YAY US!

(and yeah, abhor jumpsuits, harem pants, cutesy graphic teas, leggings under jean skirts, black shoes with pale denim (UGH), big shoulders, ripped jeans, acid wash jeans etc)
#36 Wanderlust (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 22:09 (Reply)
You know what needs to Go The Hell Away? Those sort of high-waist, pleated in front, sort of baggy, tapered pants that seem to be featured on every other page of Lucky magazine. As if this isn't enough of an eyesore, they're also shown rolled up at the hem like those Boyfriend jeans. I just cannot get over the fuggliness of these pants.
#37 Anusha (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 23:02 (Reply)
Leggings under skirts. Specifically cropped leggings. Leggings need to die. Arg.
#38 Roxanne on 2009-04-16 01:05 (Reply)
Boyfriend Jeans!!!!! At least the saggy, i look homeless and dont care what i look like at all ones. haha
#39 Danielle <3The Culturistas (Homepage) on 2009-04-16 12:57 (Reply)
Well well well. where to begin?
I suppose I must follow suit in saying HAREM PANTS. they are revolting, I mean really people M.C. Hammer wore them and look where he is now? correlation? I think so. Then there is this crazy acid wash/stone wash/neon skinny jean thing going around and its like the 80s and 90s got together and BOOM instant ugly. Plus, I know I may not have my own design house or anything but I know for a FACT that shoulder pads are not okay. They were laid to rest with the gold button double breasted wool suit rage, and it is NOT okay to exhume them. Jumpsuits/ Rompers especially weird jean type ones are not a far cry from osh kosh bgosh overalls and we all know not to touch those with a ten foot pole. And crocs please... i shall refrain from using course language to explain my feelings about them. thats all. thanks BB for a great blog
#40 Rachel on 2009-04-16 18:47 (Reply)
I actually like the short jumpsuits, i've seen some at urban outfitters that are nice. I HATE maxi dresses, neon jeans, harem pants, headbands, crocs, graphic tees, polka dots, etc!
Oh, and leggings (especially cropped) are just horrid.
#41 Nicole on 2009-04-22 04:06 (Reply)
Cutoff shorts (ala Kate Moss) and the general trailer trash, (bad)thrift store look being paraded as high fashion.
#42 Jessie (Homepage) on 2009-04-23 01:04 (Reply)
Defenitely, animal prints
#43 Carmen on 2009-07-30 20:19 (Reply)
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