The most ridiculous trends of the year
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It is rare to go a day without receiving another email newsletter from a high-street store about the latest fashion trend. On top of this, there’s constant news from magazines about which celebrities are wearing what, with advice on the fashion styles to try, and it’s impossible to keep up with every trend.
Many of the trends we hear about are genuinely reflective of the everyday street style around us. Others, on the other hand, are not so genuine, showing that trendiness is often overrated.
So without further ado, here are some of the trends of 2016 that I thought were particularly ridiculous, to remind us why not every look does (or should) catch on...
The desert-traveller trend
Do you remember in May when we all wore clashing swimsuits, sweatshirts and folk-inspired dresses to look like ‘desert-travellers’? No? You're not alone.
Topshop's newsletter about the trend that was apparantly ‘made for a summer in L.A.’ was delivered to my email inbox mid-way through the exam period. At the time, the last thing I was thinking about was how to wear neon swimsuits under a printed sweater with roped sandals. Perhaps the timing wasn't great for me to get on-board with the 'desert-traveller' trend, or perhaps it was never, ever going to win me over. Who knows?
What I do know is that I did not see this trend translate into everyday street-style in Britain, noticing a distinct lack of people wearing their swimsuits to pop to the shops.
The corset trend
This year, the Kardashian-Jenner family tried to promote the corset, also known as “waist-trainers” or "waist-shapers". The family's influence made the body-modification item a trend, which is not only ridiculous, but also pretty scary.
When the garment shapes and changes the body, it's really worrying to see the influential Kardashian name attached to it. With such a huge social media following, a lot of what the Kardashians and Jenners wear become trends. This particular trend is an idealisation of an unrealistic body shape, and waist-trainers are available to anyone hoping to achieve a tiny waist.
Corsets went out of fashion in the early-twentieth century, and they did so for a reason as women were increasingly given more rights, gender equality and the freedom to live beyond restrictive rules and expectations. Perhaps the trained-waist look is better left in the history books.
The Supermoon-inspired trend
When the moon was looking exceptionally big on 14th November, it was a brilliant astronomical moment of the year. Then fashion tried to get involved with the Supermoon-hype, and it became a trend.
On the day that the Supermoon appeared, Dorothy Perkins sent their newsletter subscribers an email with the subject line ‘Latest trend inspired by tonight’s Supermoon’. They had selected clothes and accessories in metallic shades, and chose items decorated with stars to form the ‘Stardust’ trend.
Although many of the clothes picked for the trend were in-keeping with many other major trends of the moment, I struggled to see a specifically Supermoon-inspired trend ever catching on - even on that day. Sorry Dorothy Perkins.
The contoured-everything trend
It’s the trend that changed it all: what started as a make-up technique to define cheekbones grew to become a way of covering and editing everything.
The contouring trend got a little ridiculous when beauty vloggers and MUAs started showing us how to contour our chests and legs and necks and backs and pretty much any part of our bodies that were visible. When this became a trend, it became gradually accepted that any parts of the body seen can and should be improved with make-up.
The AngelsxRobots trend
This Christmas, New Look are making out-dated gender stereotypes a trend in their Christmas fashion campaign 'AngelsxRobots'.
Presenting women as pure and angelic, and men as cold and robotic, New Look missed the mark with this campaign. Whilst they have avoided stating the oppositions of genders as angels and robots, the message is clear in the campaign video.
In the short film, the man appears serious, stereotypically masculine, and robotic. The woman, however, smiles lightly and wide-eyed, even seen with a halo at the end. As the fashion industry increasingly embraces and celebrates gender fluidity, the limiting gender-defining boxes presented in the AngelsxRobots campaign are out-of-place and out-of-touch.
Let's hope the unhealthy gender stereotypes seen in this fashion campaign don't keep trending in 2017.