From candy-colored hair to so-called “ugly” shoes, 2015 was chock full of weird and wacky trends. While some looks are here to stay (we’re looking at you, fashion sneakers), others are way past their expiration date.
5 weird and wacky style trends of 2015
So say R.I.P to these five dated trends and hello to their 2016 updates.
1. Out with the old … “ugly” sandals and “flatform” shoes
Mark it down that 2015 was the year of ugly-looking shoes becoming hip. From style bloggers at fashion week to highly-touted celebrities, clunky platforms, Birkenstocks, Tevas and Adidas sport sandals were considered all the rage — in an only slightly ironic way.
In with the new … ladylike kitten heels
We welcome the return of dainty and sweet kitten-heel pumps. Let’s save the shower sandals for the locker room, shall we?
2. Out with the old … brightly-colored hair
Is it just us or are we all starting to look like Effie Trinket from “The Hunger Games” series? Inspired by everything from mermaids to grandmas, the wacky color trend has only gotten more intense throughout the year. Women are even dying their armpits all colors of the rainbow! Remember the good ole days of blondes, brunettes and redheads?
In with the new … babylights
We all want baby-soft skin, but what about baby hair? Believe it or not, women are going to their stylists and asking for the naturally subtle hair color of their youth. “Babylights are a great way to lighten locks without making a color commitment,” said Kim Vō, celebrity colorist and Schwarzkopf ambassador. “They create natural, child-like highlights throughout hair, keeping hair looking subtle, soft and fresh.”
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3. Out with the old … almost-naked dresses
Kim Kardashian “broke the Internet” with her booty-baring magazine cover, but she wasn’t the only one to show it all off in 2015. Almost every red carpet this year featured barely-there dresses that left little to the imagination. Sure, these celebrity bodies are worth bragging about (kudos to their trainers), but sometimes looking sexy is about what you don’t see.
In with the new … Victorian-inspired romance
The Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show launched an entire movement bringing back the classic romanticism of the Victorian era. Ladylike ruffles and soft, elegant lace lit up the runway and inspired a return to whimsical dressing. Prepare for blouses and bows to make a comeback in the upcoming year.
4. Out with the old … overalls
At first, we welcomed the return of this playful trend we remember well from childhood. But after a while, the cutesy overalls started to feel a bit too … juvenile.
In with the new … playful pins
Stay in touch with your lighthearted side but add a sophisticated touch with fun (and often funny) clothing pins. Worn on everything from blazer lapels to denim jackets to solid-colored snapback hats, this trendy look is on the rise for people from all walks of life. We love how there truly is a pin for everyone, whether you’re an emoji addict or a walking Kanye West campaign ad.
Out with the old … overly distressed clothes
Ripped and purposely distressed jeans have been all the rage for decades — and there’s nothing wrong with a fashionable tear here or there. But in 2015, the look was taken to new levels. Some items were so destroyed, they looked nearly ready to fall apart.
In with the new … patchwork patterns
This folksy look has a handcrafted denim feel without veering too sloppy. We love how it works on jeans, shirts, boots and just about any item or fabric. It’ll be a winner in the new year!
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