You call that Fashion? 2011 Edition

2011 was the year of animal prints, military jackets, color blocking, bangles, sachels, and of course, jeggings.  I don’t know about you, but for nearly every must-have item, there was at least one trend that made me cringe.  As 2011 comes to an end, hopefully some of these so-called “trends” will be part of the past as well.  So here you have it; the five worst trends of the year (in no specific order).  And I wouldn’t be sad if I never saw them again.

“Toning” shoes.  Ever hear of a gym?  This just proves Americans are the laziest people ever.  They’re not fashionable, they’re just clunky sneakers.  They remind me of a pair of shoes I had in middle school. These are almost as bad as the lotion that says it can reduce cellulite with “regular use.” Didn’t Kim Kardashian endorse both of these products at some point or another? Forget the sneakers and try the treadmill.

“Shutter Shades.”  They’re just aren’t enough words to say how terrible this “trend” is. So we’ll just leave it at that.  Let’s be honest… Name one well-dressed person that you’ve seen wearing these shades. Exactly.


Uggs.  I get it, people love them. They’re appealing for their comfort, ease to slip on and off, warm, look great, people wear them with leggings, and…they come in multiple colors? (Don’t even get me started on Uggs for men.)  I see them as one thing: lazy.  I kind of get it though. People want to be comfortable.  In which case I think the fashionable alternative is simple: riding boots, my all time favorite piece of footwear.

Rompers. Let’s be honest, they’re a onesie for adults.  Not only is it hard to find a “great” romper, but there are too many cheap versions of it.  Maybe I’m jealous because I would never look good in one, but I honestly don’t think that I’m in the minority.


Colored Denim. The colors range from fire engine red and cobalt blue to mustard yellow.  No matter what the color–the average person can’t wear it and look good.  Here’s the criteria for wearing colored denim: you must be under the age of 7 and/or you must be a size 0 or smaller.  Don’t fit either? Then you shouldn’t be wearing it.  This is one look that’s hard to pull off and most of the time it’s just unflattering.

Just for good measure, here’s a few more “trends” that people are still wearing, despite them falling off the style shelves at least five (in some cases, way more) years ago.

  • Jean shorts on guys
  • Team jerseys as a shirt
  • Pajama pants in public
  • Track suits
  • Sunglasses on your head as an accessory (and not because it’s sunny out)
  • Lip and eye brow piercings
  • Souvenir t-shirts 

Know any other items that should be on “What not to Wear?” Feel free to list any styles that made you look the other way this year.


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3 Responses to You call that Fashion? 2011 Edition

  1. Kate says:

    I agree wholeheartedly on everything but the colored denim–you have to be fit to pull it off, but if you are I think it’s fun/different. And when will Uggs ever go away? It feels like it’s been a decade and they were never attractive even then…

  2. Katrina says:

    I agree! Colored denim is awesome right now. They’re such an easy piece to have in your wardrobe. You can wear pretty much anything (a simple black top, white t-shirt with a chunky scarf), throw on a colored pair of jeans and it instantly pulls your outfit together. I have a yellow, neon blue and red pair. 🙂 haha Try them….just don’t pair them with those stutter shades! 😉

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