2014 is in full fledge, and we’re sure it’s bound to be another year full of amazing styles and game changing trends. Already, flannel has made a comeback on runways, evoking a 90s grunge look now revamped completely. More designers seem to be inspired by urban and streetwear lately and certainly this will have a trickle down effect. But before we reflect on what 2014 is offering us style wise, here are a few things we should DEFINITELY leave behind from our previous years.
Badly Coordinated Color Blocking and Prints
Color blocking is a trend that resurfaced over the years and it’s fun to mix and match different colors together with your style…when you know how to properly do it.(Message!) If you’re color blocking, stick to two or three solid colors and don’t over accessorize… same goes for prints. If you’re doing an animal print, folks, try to keep it to one piece. Don’t be the person who’s wearing a leopard print shirt with matching shoes or accessories. Also don’t go crazy with the prints either. If you’re doing Aztec (which should also retire) then don’t throw in tribal or African print. It throws it off. When being bright or fun with colors or prints, less truly is more.
High-Low dresses are a popular fashion trend from the previous year that should fade away as soon as possible. These skirts and dresses were trendy last spring and summer, but now it’s time to find something else. The cut of these pieces were cute when they first caught on and it was perfect for a number of events during the warmer months, but they don’t need to resurface. Besides they weren’t really flattering to the shape!
Heel-less Heels and Huge Platforms
Made famous first by Lady Gaga in 2011-2012 when she stepped out in several kinds of towering Noritaka Tatehana boots, then every designer got the sculpted heel itch. Although these shoes were interesting and really showed a unique look, they’re all but played out now. Also the huge chunky wedges and platform pumps fall in line with these as well. Basically Jeffrey Campbell’s Litas are the prime example of why we should retire the huge heel in 2014. Shoes do make or break the outfit. Try going with a lower heel or wedge to give your feet (and your style) a rest and new look.
Jordans As the Only Shoe You Own or the Only Sneaker You Wear
Jordans are definitely the most popular sneaker out there, with many different styles and colorways. But there are so many other options of sneakers and shoes out there, why not expand your taste a little? Besides, who wants to keep waiting in line all night for a shoe that EVERYBODY else will have too? Where’s the individuality?
Pastel Colored Lipsticks and Make-Up
Color is fun. Everyone loves some color. The past year or so was really big for multi-colorful lipsticks and makeup, but now it’s time to move away from them a little. The super bright yellows, greens, blues, and pinks were interesting for a while, but now it just looks messy and extra. Natural looks with very little or muted makeup are getting picked up again and it’s time hop on board. You can still be expressive and trendy if you want your makeup or lipstick to pop. Try darker or subtle colors that accent your skin tone to dazzle yourself and others.
Fake Versace Prints and Jewelry
Although Migos and Drake (and nearly every other celebrity) made sure Donatella Versace’s house of fashion was constantly in the spotlight the past year. There were a lot of imitators out there trying to recreate the silk and gold prints. Versace is an iconic high-end fashion label, so if one isn’t making stacks like a celebrity, then getting an authentic piece from the house isn’t so easy. Printed silk and the gold accessories are interesting, but now all but over done. Try mixing it up a little for 2014.
Pop-Out Letter Hats and Beanies
You know the ones that read ‘GIRL’, ‘RICH’, ‘TRASH’ and all those other hats with those plastic letters on them, yeah, retire those. If you wantt to make a statement with your hats, try looking for more vintage style caps. Retro hats from the 80s and 90s are really popular now and brands like Brixton makes some nice headgear for everyone.
Overly Spiked Clothing and Accessories
The studded and spiked trend was big in 2012-2013, and for those who still love the edgy punk rock look, still will probably have a place in their heart for these wild accents. But the look is now all but over done and overused. Hats and accessories made famous by the cast of Love and Hip-Hop (or anything on Vh1 honestly) should be put away. R. Kelly’s 2013 BET Awards ensemble also should be hung up for good measure. They were cute awhile back, but now you’ll just put someone’s eye out. Try for something a little more subtle this year if you want some edge and bling, like a gold chain choker necklace or a cuff. Rings and watches make good statement pieces too.
Over-the-Top Nail Art
Wild manicures were definitely a big trend of the past couple of years, but it’s time to put the arts and craft claws away. No more zig-zags, studs, pearls, or even an accent nail. You know that nail color you get separate from the main color in the set? That kind. Like with the makeup, a natural style with very muted color is what’s in trend now. Besides, the red carpets have Mani-Cams now and some of the best nails out there are ones that aren’t too dramatic.