These trends need to die in 2014.It's not necessarily that we don't like these trends. Some we innately have problems with (jackets worn as capes, why?) but most of them we're actually kinda cool with (mirrored sunglasses, you're alright).
It's just that since their fans include everyone from street style stars to the girls next to us on the subway to Cara Delevingne-who only needs to breathe near a handbag or even a sock for girls to start Googling where to buy it-we're seeing them everywhere, and we're a little tired of it. We're ready for some new trends to connect the dots between our favorite fashion bloggers, celebs and co-workers, but for that to happen we're probably going to need a moratorium on these things first. Please?
JACKETS WORN AS CAPES
Yes, the cape silhouette is very drapey and glamorous. But if you want the cape look, just wear a cape, right? This nonsense of perching jackets and coats and other sleeved-things on your shoulders doesn't translate. We're not gargoyle statues; we're walking, coffee-swigging, handbag-lugging women, and these things are gonna fall off us in the streets if we don't just put our arms in them. (Or, maybe, buy a proper cape.
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Beanies are more of a staple winter accessory than a novelty, I know, but the thing is, 2013 was different. They were suddenly everywhere. During Fashion Week in February the beanie's popularity even trumped all the perfect blowouts beneath them, which is a pretty good litmus test. But then they didn't fade out the way they normally do with the warm weather, and people kept wearing their beanies at weird times, like during Coachella and at Fourth of July parties. I get it: there's something very nonchalant and model-off-duty about a girl in a beanie, and guys dig it. But in those cases when it's hot and obvious we're trying really hard to commit to the whole beanie lewk, it sort of ruins the whole "I'm sooooo laidback" vibe that we love about them.
DESIGNER LOGO PUNS
I'll keep this one simple: The joke's getting a little stale now. Next, please.
I think the first time people freaked out over these types of lenses was 2010, when Sarah Jessica Parker wore a pair of gold mirrored sunglasses in the Sex and the City movie posters. Her pair was Linda Farrow and $900 or something obscenely expensive, so it didn't exactly spread. But then they started to pop up again in the past year in more affordable versions-even Ray-Ban got in on the action-and suddenly the reflective lense was the new thing. We like it, but there's only one problem: they're so ubiquitous they've lost a lot of their punch. Let's hit the pause button on them for a bit?
Those crop top looks paired with high-waisted skirts that just show a sliver of your torso? Those I can deal with. But these ones, which are so aggressive I think even 1998 Britney Spears would second guess her choice, they feel a little body-shamey and exclusive. And if including them on this list is a little self-serving so we can cool it with the Tracy Anderson DVDs, so what? It's subjective.
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