What’s a trend you can’t abide?

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What is with all of the sister-wife necklines I keep seeing? Can somebody explain their appeal to me? And please share your own candidates for least appealing trend of the moment in the comments.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    5 Feb 2021
    12:28am

    Holy crap! I miss one day and your site blows up! I’m going to have fun reading through all of these responses tomorrow morning over coffee. But for now, and forever: I HATE CROPPED!

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      Ellie
      6 Feb 2021
      12:33pm

      AMEN!!!!!!!

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      JenM
      5 Feb 2021
      1:40pm

      Me too…on me. So bad! My ankles freeze and nobody needs to see my waist. But cropped has been a godsend for my teen daughter who is very petite and not likely to grow taller than 5’2.

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        Katherine Hubbard
        7 Feb 2021
        9:08pm

        Love cropped because I am 5’2″ like your daughter! cropped pants means I don’t have to have them shortened –

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    Jax
    5 Feb 2021
    1:30am

    I can’t abide how pervasive the crop top is or a near-crop top. That is a look that only works on, what, 5% of the population? And then combine that with the boxy (not slim/skinny) crop jeans/pants, oy! That is not a good look for 99% of the population. Can’t count how many times I see a promising top/shirt/sweater, only to slink away when I see that it’s merely 20-21″ long. It doesn’t help either that I’m a long-waisted petite person.
    With regard to the high-waisted jeans look, I’m generally fine with it in skinny/straight. The more different jeans styles we have, generally the better, so that different body types/styles can pick what they prefer. I’m not into the tyranny of all-skinny jeans or all-boyfriend jeans or all low-rise/bootcut jeans. Variety is fun.
    Re: most of the trends listed in all the comments here, I agree with most of them. However, I work in an office with lots of Gen Z/younger millennials and I will say, as is usually true, some are able to wear those trends and others let the trends wear (overwhelm) them. Going into the reasons why or how would probably take a while to digest. But some women are able to carry it off — confidence, carriage, fun (not taking it too self-seriously) — and make me reconsider some of these trends. Others are just trying too hard.
    And I agree with that one commenter: it is entertaining and amusing to have these trends to hate on.

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      Robyn
      5 Feb 2021
      5:21am

      Not a fan of the big collar, really not a fan of when fashion limits choices, such as rise in pants. Everything is high rise. How about some mid rise pants for us short waisted people?

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        1:21pm

        But I have to say, there are mid-rise pants/jeans options. I’ve bought quite a few pairs myself. As long as there are options for everyone and different body types and preferences, I’m fine with other people wearing whatever trend they want.

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    Mae
    7 Feb 2021
    3:20pm

    The comments in this thread are fun to read, just like my office days when we girls used to eat lunch outside in the spring and observe passers-by who’d just crawled out of winter overcoats. We never commented loud enough to hurt anyone’s feelings, just enjoyed our own giggles. Being a girl is so damn fun at any age.

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    Cola
    6 Feb 2021
    9:20am

    Two denim trends I loathe: chewed hemlines and the one where the front thigh part of the jeans from the hanging down pockets to the knees is missing. Just wear shorts already. I dislike all pre-distressed denim, but the missing fronts is especially egregious.

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    Ellie
    6 Feb 2021
    1:02pm

    Just thank you to Kim and all the GOACAs for this treasure of a comment thread.

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    liz
    7 Feb 2021
    10:04am

    Love this thread and the philosophy: “not for me, more for thee,” if you like it then wear it even if it’s cold shoulder tops.

    In HS the trend was men’s boxers peeking out from under cut off shorts, or for a hot minute, just the boxers themselves, possibly double layered. Looking at a picture from the senior picnic w/me in that look I thought, “Why didn’t anyone stop me?” and I realize the answer was “No one could have stopped me.”

    Sometimes I tell my kids that story because if they ask me later why I let them out of the house like that, I remind them I couldn’t stop them.

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    sc
    4 Feb 2021
    11:17pm

    Contouring.

    Always looks fake. It’s the Toupee of make-up.

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      Viajera
      5 Feb 2021
      1:48pm

      Oooh, thanks for the reminder – here’s a trend I don’t like – camera technology that makes people look worse! Who ever needed *that?*

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    Lianne
    4 Feb 2021
    10:59pm

    Oh how cathartic! To the universe: I hate dropped crotch pants, handkerchief hems, Sparkly Ugg boots, acid washed jeans, cropped pants in the winter, jeggins, wearing leggings as pants, and dad sneakers. If they ever came back I’d rehate those sky high platform pumps.

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      Mary
      5 Feb 2021
      6:36am

      It’s a miracle Nili Lotan sells any crotch pants atxall!

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    Viajera
    4 Feb 2021
    10:04pm

    Calling things “chore” jackets. It’s really just a jacket. Do a chore in it. Don’t do a chore in it. Only please stop calling them that. Unless maybe it is from France. But really, even then. I still dislike the dropped crotch look, but it bothers me less over time. I will always despise cold shoulders. Generally, you can tell if someone is in shape or not, whatever they are wearing. Though, ironkurtin made the best argument for a cold shoulder that I can imagine. So, there should be some points for that. But, please stop wearing them. Cropped pants *if they are cropped too short.* So really, mostly I can’t stand the same things everyone else dislikes. I am sure that I would dislike a sister-wife look if I ever saw one in the wild. I am really happy someone else hates sleeveless turtlenecks. This was fun. … … … Now, if there is anyone reading this who wears these things, don’t be hurt. I *will* temporarily think slightly less of you for it, but, it will wear off quickly. And, I won’t say anything so you’ll never know. I look awful pretty much all the time. Worse, mostly I don’t think about it.

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      y.k.
      5 Feb 2021
      1:10am

      i snorted out loud when i read – DO A CHORE IN IT.
      you’re the best Viajera!

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      Dana
      8 Feb 2021
      11:13am

      Vajera — Full disclosure: I only own own, from Vince, and it’s cashmere. We can still be friends. 🙂

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    Caroline
    4 Feb 2021
    9:20pm

    Why is every pant cropped? I can’t wait til that trend turns around.

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      Beth
      5 Feb 2021
      12:12pm

      All of there jeans from all of the companies seem to be cropped. I’m 5’8″, not super tall, and these don’t get to my ankle. Can we just have some at normal length?!

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        Mary
        5 Feb 2021
        12:50pm

        They’re out there now! Fear not. I know this because I’m 5’5″ and seem to be a more regular fixture at the drycleaners these days.

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        Beth
        5 Feb 2021
        12:13pm

        oops… I got so hot under the collar about cropped length on all my favorite jeans brands that I made a typo in my post! Ugh

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    Laura
    4 Feb 2021
    9:21pm

    So many … tiny purses, tiny sunglasses, dad sneakers, bodysuits, belt bags/fanny packs, cold shoulder tops, sister wife collars, crop tops, tube tops, acid washed anything, white boots, skintone tights… I’m sure I’ll think of more.

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    chelsea
    4 Feb 2021
    9:45pm

    Wearing band tees when you don’t know/like the band.
    biker leather jackets for me were always for the true rockers – otherwise it looks try hard.

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      Jax
      4 Feb 2021
      11:12pm

      I know! I’m always tempted to ask Gen Z/young millennials — are you really into Metallica? Def Leppard? Are you all *really* into Nirvana or just like that cross-eyed smileyface design? Do you really listen to Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures??? It is nice to see all this revived, but hoping it’s not as superficial as it seems.

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        Rachel in Portland
        5 Feb 2021
        10:51am

        It’s the Joy Division Ts that always get me.

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          DC Diva Who Was Here for Jan 6
          8 Feb 2021
          8:57am

          “Joy Division” — it was the sexual slavery wing of a Nazi concentration camp. I was very happy when they changed names to “New Order” and I typed my thesis to “Blue Monday.” Not to be such a buzzkill, but we are finally focusing on names/words having meaning and once you know where that name came from you absolutely would never wear it.

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            Elise Gilmer
            8 Feb 2021
            3:10pm

            To be fair, they changed the name of the band after Ian Curtis died by suicide. And their sound changed quite a bit too. Joy Division’s songs are pretty intense and not a bit depressing. You could argue the artistic use of the name or not, but it did match their creative output at least. Wasn’t just shock for shock’s sake.

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    JB
    4 Feb 2021
    9:55pm

    This thread will go down in history. I urge you all to follow a fantastic feed on Instagram called Tragic Denim. It is hilarious. And based on these comments, methinks you all will get a major acid-washed, distressed, high-waisted kick out of it.

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      Jax
      4 Feb 2021
      11:15pm

      I also like this account that makes fun of Euro(trash) jeans styles. https://www.instagram.com/goofyeurojeans/

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      Mary
      4 Feb 2021
      10:01pm

      I will check out Tragic Denim – thank you!

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      EB
      5 Feb 2021
      12:36pm

      YES!!! TRAGIC DENIM IS THE BEST!!!

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    Francine
    4 Feb 2021
    8:28pm

    I can get on board with the desire to look fresh, modern and youthful…but I do not understand a woman’s desire to look like a child (prairie collars, overalls, sleeves pulled down over your hands) or a twenty-something contestant on the Bachelor (mom jeans, beachy waves, super thick drawn eyebrows, floppy felt hats, sweats 24/7, Golden Goose sneakers and Spanx faux leather leggings). And last but not least, anything – I mean anything – from the 80s.

    Give me Carolyn Bessette 90s minimalism everyday of the week.

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      Lindsey
      7 Feb 2021
      3:09pm

      Thank you for this. It’s like you were taking notes in my brain. Especially wanting to look like a child. That shit just makes me climb up on my feminist high horse (for better or worse).

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    Gablesgirl
    4 Feb 2021
    7:45pm

    Ok best post EVER. Mine are those stupid short white boots, sweatshirt/hoodee dresses, neon colored hair, and long nails.

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      JB
      4 Feb 2021
      9:45pm

      Nails! Ugh! I’m with you, sister.

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    Margaret Plichta
    4 Feb 2021
    7:11pm

    All these years I have hated cropped anything. They just look bad on most people, I don’t get it. People look dumpy in cropped pants. Also, I wish they would make some shoes with a round toe box. I had some super cool Bass deck shoes, years ago (although after my Famolares) navy with a white trim stripe, round toe box. They looked so good.

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      JB
      4 Feb 2021
      9:46pm

      FAMOLARES. OMG.

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    Karin
    4 Feb 2021
    7:15pm

    Ixnay to jumpsuits, prairie dresses, puffy sleeves (especially shoulder puffs), random ruffles on tops and dresses, tie-die, random cutouts, acid wash, 90s retro, and everything only being beige/gray/black. I also heard that BROWN is coming back (vomits slightly in mouth)

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      Jax
      4 Feb 2021
      11:17pm

      Hate brown too (except in tweed) or leather jackets.

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    Pam B
    4 Feb 2021
    6:27pm

    I CANNOT with crazy ripped jeans, like the ones that look like a ladder down the front of the legs. Or, the ones where the holes are so wide you can see the whole knee moving around. A discrete rip or small holes, ok.

    I also hate fake concert band t shirts. If you had the original and gave it away(shoutout to all my 80s baseball style concert ts I gave away in a misguided thought that I had graduated college and shouldn’t wear them anymore, sob) sorry, buying a fake doesn’t make up for it.

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      Gablesgirl
      4 Feb 2021
      7:38pm

      Agree. Jeans are supposed to rip naturally and not purchased ripped.

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        Beth
        5 Feb 2021
        12:17pm

        I don’t like ripped jeans, and at 58 I think they are a tragic look on me, or on most people my age. I DO like the look of visible mending. I’ve done sashiko mending on several pairs of my own jeans and I think it looks cool.

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          kimbersam
          5 Feb 2021
          4:00pm

          Is the mending sewn w/ gold thread?

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            Cora
            5 Feb 2021
            4:30pm

            I do sashiko, too! I like this explanation https://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-sashiko-boro-denim-repair/ and you really do need the special sashiko needles (they are a lot longer than normal needles and a short sighted person like me can hit the eye in the first try). No gold thread required (that’s kintsugi).

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    Stephanie
    4 Feb 2021
    4:42pm

    I know this is a sacrilege, but I’ve never liked the look of skinny jeans, on me or most anyone. At least not the super skinnies, the ones that hug the thigh and calf like leggings. (Except, I suppose, if they are tucked into knee boots.) At least these days they’re no longer the only game in town. Straight legs, or even flared, forever!

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      Catherine
      7 Feb 2021
      12:24pm

      So with you on that! I’ve got muscular calves so really hate the skinny jeans. It has been such a long wait to see more straight legs, flared ankle, etc.

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      Sarah T
      4 Feb 2021
      10:15pm

      Completely understand your hate of the fanny pack (or bum bag as we call it in Australia!) but I just have to chime in for why wearing it across your body is so good and better than a cross body bag: it doesn’t slide around or cause any ache in your shoulder if worn for a long time. If you’re like me and always moving around, dropping things and generally have a dog with you, it is so handy and doesn’t swing all around/ fall and hit your dog in the head when you bend over!

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        Beth C.
        5 Feb 2021
        3:15am

        i picked up a bag from Tinbuktu that was designed to be a convertible belt bag/crossbody and I am a total convert, especially for days when I’m trying to get a lot of errands done. I generally do wear it crossbody style and I love that it basically just fits right it against my side (sort of like a shoulder holster) and doesn’t get in my way or drag on my shoulder, but my wallet is right there when I need it. I can even wear it under my jacket if I have to go to one of the more pick-pocket heavy sections of the city.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        7 Feb 2021
        1:02pm

        I hear you, but doesn’t a regular ol’ cross body bag do the same thing?

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          suz
          7 Feb 2021
          5:13pm

          And looks less like a third mutant boob for the busty among us.

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        Jax
        4 Feb 2021
        11:20pm

        100% agree. I’ve transitioned to wearing fanny packs/belt bags cross-body and I’m not sure I can return to my cross-body leather bag though I gaze at it fondly. I also think belt bags are more secure — closer to your body and more easily monitored around pickpockets and thieves.

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        CC
        5 Feb 2021
        4:32pm

        I bought a hip bag that I wear cross-body and I’m probably never giving it up. It’s from Athleta and has soooo much functionality, space and low-key style. I need to be hands-free when I’m walking the dog, running for groceries, and shuttling children to wherever and having a purse kinda always got in my way. I do still have some purses, but I really, REALLY love this low(er) maintenance style. (Nods to my former mid-90s self living in NYC and actually wearing a hip sac around my hips.)

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          Jax
          5 Feb 2021
          5:07pm

          Exactly! I was actually checking out that Athleta bag myself. When we all get back to work, I may just get a nicer Rachel Comey leather one for my commute (plus backpack for MacBook).

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            Jax
            5 Feb 2021
            5:16pm

            I meant Rebecca Minkoff

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        AnnieA
        5 Feb 2021
        11:28am

        If a bum bag is worn cross-body then methinks it’s no longer a bum bag and therefore okay.

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    Tahe Z
    4 Feb 2021
    4:18pm

    I really can’t get behind the fanny pack worn crosswise high over the torso, although I have seen it on some people and it looks totally chic.

    I don’t mind the prairie style- I’ve always liked romantic and feminine silhouettes.

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      Ilise
      4 Feb 2021
      5:37pm

      I was going to say exactly this. Often they make women look like salmon steaks. Some people absolutely can pull off the skinny jean look, but I’ve never understood the wide (ha) appeal.

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        Lisa
        5 Feb 2021
        5:19pm

        Salmon steaks! Hysterical!!!

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      Astrid
      4 Feb 2021
      6:06pm

      For me it’s any kind of fanny pack, period. They are the rat tail of the waist for me.

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      Pam B
      4 Feb 2021
      6:29pm

      Whenever I see women wearing a fanny pack across their chest I always want to ask them why they are wearing a fanny pack as a crossbody instead of wearing … a crossbody.

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        1:26pm

        Respectfully disagree. After I started wearing the belt bags cross-body, I’m going where the hell have they been in all my life — esp. the time of raves, concerts and Burning Man. Just going to a porta-potty and not having to navigate even a crossbody leather bag around so it doesn’t touch anything, woah. The 80s brought the fanny pack, but the millennials really understood what they were for. A salvation for any music festival goer.

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    Eva
    4 Feb 2021
    3:19pm

    Longtime hater of the French tuck here. It makes me think of party girls stumbling out of the bathroom in pairs, a wine cooler and cigarette in one hand while the other is positioned for balance, too drunk to tuck their shirts in properly. Enough with the “I’m casual but I want to make sure you know I have a flat stomach” act.

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      Lorna
      4 Feb 2021
      4:57pm

      Bah hahahahah. I will never see it the same. I may like a French tuck more now.

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      Mary
      5 Feb 2021
      6:47am

      I will now be re-thinking the French tuck ! I have been known to use the French tuck but definitely not to showcase my flat stomach but rather to hide my flat butt.

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    dkl
    4 Feb 2021
    2:28pm

    In 1984, one of my maternity dresses had a giant collar like that. On one of my trips to the bathroom one day, the damned thing flipped in the way while I was puking.

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      MARGARET
      6 Feb 2021
      7:06am

      Remember how AWFUL maternity clothes were in the 80s? All big collars with bows and teeny floral prints. Why infantilize the pregnant lady? There was one cool company at the end of the decade called Japanese Weekend that made good clothes but they were so expensive I only ever bought one outfit and wore that thing to death.

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    EmilyTL
    4 Feb 2021
    2:39pm

    This collar is so Mayflower Madam I can hardly stand it. Sydney Biddle Barrows predated Heidi Fleiss and wore huge pilgrim collars during her court appearances for running an escort service. She evidently descended from Mayflower passengers, thus the name. I watched a documentary on her in the 90s and one of her friends said that her collars got bigger as she got more exposure. This trend is all colonialism to me.

    https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sydney-biddle-barrows-so-called-mayflower-madam-rejoices-news-photo/459896510?adppopup=true

    That said, I am here to defend the pussy bow! It works for Zoom and my body type, though I prefer the ones with the slight v-neck (as opposed to a high-neck) that can be left like hanging or tied loosely in a knot. I don’t prescribe to the full bow, but I am not against it. These blouses for me represent a time in the 70s and 80s when woman were claiming their place in the workforce and their femininity at the same time.

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      Bobby
      4 Feb 2021
      10:12pm

      That’s a Peter Pan collar she’s wearing, which I’m embarrassed to say I love. I think you guys would stone me if we met in person! I’m all about polka dots, puffed sleeves, etc. You’d have to pay me a good salary to wear skinny jeans which I think are monumentally unflattering on everyone. I also can’t stand the cold shoulder look, and will never understand pointy shoes, they look like witches chins, and as an added bonus make the foot look longer. Who wants that?

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        Elise Gilmer
        8 Feb 2021
        3:13pm

        I have tiny feet I feel look disproportionate to my frame. Love a chunky or pointy shoe to balance out the silhouette (if only in my heated imagination LOL)

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        Kim
        6 Feb 2021
        1:50am

        Bobby, I’m with you on the puffed sleeves but… pointy shoes forever. Especially pointy stilettos. They are armor.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        5 Feb 2021
        12:21pm

        Bobby, I bet you look great in your polka dots and puffed sleeves. I remember in multiple interviews Chloe Sevigny talking about being obsessed as a child with Little House on the Prairie’s whole look. Yet, no one talks about her having a sister wife look, even though she played a literal sister wife on that HBO series. I think the reason is that, as a stylish person, she doesn’t mindlessly swallow generic looks, but instead incorporates elements that suit her, while also combining other style elements for interplay. Thus, I bet you look great in your polka dots and puffed sleeves because they are your polka dots and puffed sleeves, done in your Bobby-specific style. Also, I associate puffed sleeves with Anne Shirley; Anne Shirley is MY GIRL for life.

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          Bobby
          5 Feb 2021
          9:24pm

          I love you for this! I was trying to post a pic of one of my outfits, but have no idea how! If anyone could tell me and Kim would let me I’d get a kick out of it — I’m guessing a lot of guys would find what I wear quite wacky, but witty in its way.

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      Viajera
      5 Feb 2021
      2:04pm

      So much of human history is tragic and horrifying. Yet part of me still kind of wants a big buckle hat … which the Puritans didn’t even actually wear (they didn’t have buckles on the hats). I’d probably only wear it in the fall, if I had one. Also, I may settle for buckles on shoes instead. I don’t think it is wrong to steal the look. I am more interested in the living wage thing than the tweeterwokesphere. Though, I am a teeny bit open to new arguments. Maybe. … … … I have a feeling my reply might go in the wrong place, but, this is meant for the comment with Bobby in it. Ditto what D. said – I wouldn’t stone you either.

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    Patrice
    4 Feb 2021
    1:06pm

    Tatoos. Would you wear the same hairstyle your whole life? They don’t age well, at best they look like a bruise.

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      mlinky
      11 Feb 2021
      2:19pm

      Have a cousin who got an upper arm circlet tattoo while young and firm. It now flaps in the breeze.

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      Cindy
      4 Feb 2021
      1:33pm

      Could not agree more… could go on forever about how dumb they are to me. And people that are happy about theirs – great, but the looks of that thing are all downhill from here. So many times I’ve seen people complaining online “I got this tattoo that is visible to everyone and very noticeable but I hate when anyone asks me about it” ok then… your thought processes are lacking.

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      Heather
      5 Feb 2021
      8:45am

      As a tattoed person… ouch.

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        Kim France
        6 Feb 2021
        12:55pm

        I’m with you, Heather.

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    Dana D
    4 Feb 2021
    1:16pm

    Lol…these comments are great! I actually like the lace collars (Leandra Medine owns this look) but I’m mortified by any glorification of colonization (thanks DC Diva) so now I’m re-thinking my affection for the trend. (Actually, Leandra Medine might re-think it herself given the bit of trouble she attracted last year.) What I really, really don’t like are those over-sized man blazers. I don’t even like those on the young influencers. I don’t think I know what mom jeans are. But faded jeans are awesome. Ripped-knee jeans look great on the skinny and the French but I don’t like them. And I love the white grandpa sneakers and have been looking for a second-hand pair on TheRealReal for quite some time. Honestly, I just want to actually WEAR my clothes to work again…

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    Amanda
    4 Feb 2021
    1:24pm

    Forgot to say: I am not a fan of the trend in recent years to cut off the hem of jeans. I am a “girl of a certain age,” and I want cute jeans, but the discarded hem? With all the fraying? I feel stupid.

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    gilli Treiman
    4 Feb 2021
    1:39pm

    Can’t stand sparkly Ugg boots, too tight puffers, acid washed jeans with so many holes the whole thigh is exposed!

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    D.Morgendorffer
    4 Feb 2021
    1:49pm

    I have this perverse affection for annoying clothes because they’re so fun to complain about.

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    LMM
    4 Feb 2021
    2:01pm

    The ultra-low-waisted jeans can go back to hell whence they came. Yes, I wore them the first time. Yes, I’m short-waisted and they were comfortable enough. No, I do not want them back.

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    Karen
    4 Feb 2021
    2:20pm

    I loved my Jr high graduation prairie dress! And I’m sure if I was 14 again I’d be all over that trend again, but I already feel like my bodies lost a lot of definition, and I don’t need a sack dress to prove it right. On the other hand I don’t want the cropped and body con stuff I’m seeing either. I’m middle aged and I want my clothes to be middle of the road, but fun and fashionable. Is that to much to ask?

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      Jen M
      4 Feb 2021
      6:50pm

      My Jr High graduation dress was Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock! Definitely High Prairie Goddess material. Hahahaha. I loved it. Now at 48, I’m quite sure I’d look like someone ought to haul me off for a big rest if I wore something like it.

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    JG
    4 Feb 2021
    11:19am

    Acid wash anything. Crop tops. pleats. over sculpted brows. Open-toed boots. Sleeveless turtlenecks. Ripped jeans especially the ones with the rips from just below the front pockets on down–just not a good look at all. Pandora jewelry.

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      JennyMick
      4 Feb 2021
      12:01pm

      Pandora jewelry! Haha! good one!

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        y.k.
        5 Feb 2021
        1:20am

        omg yes, pandora jewelry is the worst, but if we’re gonna open the door on jewelry, i have to add – BIB necklaces (random assorted sequin creations piled on an applique type er, BIB, the whole thing hung on a chain or ribbon around the neck)- jcrew is a major offender. ghastly.

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        Amy
        4 Feb 2021
        1:01pm

        HATE pandora jewelry. And the sister wife collars, yes, yes, awful. I also hate those huge sneakers that are popular.

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      Jax
      5 Feb 2021
      1:33pm

      The thing that amazes me about Pandora Jewelry is that it’s founded and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark!!! The modernist, minimalist haven (architecture, furniture, housewares, fashion, you name it) and home to Georg Jensen and my own favorite, Arena CPH Jewelry, is home to Pandora Jewelry. I’m always astounded when I remember that. But hey, Danes can have bad taste too!

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    Diane
    4 Feb 2021
    11:12am

    Shirts with cut-out shoulders. Why? Why? Even my fave designer, Zero + Maria Cornejo, has embraced them. Shudder.

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      Ellie
      6 Feb 2021
      12:42pm

      YES!!! Why oh why oh why?

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      Kim
      4 Feb 2021
      7:08pm

      Augh! I cannot stand these shirts!!!!

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      Jane
      4 Feb 2021
      5:50pm

      Oh I can’t stand a cold shoulder! Looks like a big ham popping out of the sleeve.

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      Mae
      5 Feb 2021
      12:03pm

      I know! Like what are you, a cabaret dancer in a dockside bar?

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    Laurie
    4 Feb 2021
    11:14am

    Am I the only one who loves square-toed shoes? And I leave my house so infrequently that I didn’t even realize they were back! I’ve been waiting years to get some new ones.

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      Lisa S
      4 Feb 2021
      4:05pm

      I had a pair of square-toed mary janes from Kenneth Cole Reaction, in a gorgeous black cherry color, that I still think about regularly.

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        Ashley
        5 Feb 2021
        9:24am

        I had the same shoes! They were cute, comfy and I wore them to death.

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      kimbersam
      4 Feb 2021
      12:50pm

      I like square-toed ballet flats (hides face….)

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        1:36pm

        I don’t mind square-toed ballet flats as much as other square-toed shoes, maybe because they just look more like real ballet flats with the stubby toe box?

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    Amanda
    4 Feb 2021
    11:16am

    Also not a fan of the sister-wife neckline, but I can see how it spruces up a Zoom call to have an “interesting” top on.

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      Sara Campbell
      4 Feb 2021
      11:22am

      Yeah, I think that’s the thing. One of the few ways to add flourish to your online appearance.

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    Darla
    4 Feb 2021
    11:18am

    These shirts/blouses are atrocious. Add to that my hatred of neon colors, skinny jeans, high-waisted jeans, cropped jeans, and all things beige

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    EMM
    4 Feb 2021
    12:05pm

    I’ll see fashion trends and think, “That’s not going to look good on ANYONE,” and then I’ll see someone wearing said trend and looking fabulous. I think most of us on here are probably more into style than fashion, which is a benefit of being girls of a certain age. Sometimes what’s on trend fits my style (jumpsuits, higher-waited jeans), and sometimes it’s a “fine for thee, but not for me” situation (giant collars, prairie look). My 20-year-old daughter wears crop tops, high waisted jeans, acid- wash jeans, dad sneakers, etc., and she pulls it off with panache, while these days I’m more of a basic jean, white button-up, ballet flat kinda woman. We both love converse high-tops and chunky gold earrings, so it’s not necessarily an age issue. Plus, there’s someone out there who can’t abide Chuck Taylors, and that’s fine. 🙂

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      E
      4 Feb 2021
      3:10pm

      Oh man, don’t get me started! I’ll limit my fashion pet peeves to super high-waist anything and high-neck anything.

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    AKGB
    4 Feb 2021
    12:05pm

    Bodysuits.

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      kimbersam
      5 Feb 2021
      10:17pm

      I can’t even think the word bodysuit w/o feeling all crotchy.

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    Trish
    4 Feb 2021
    12:08pm

    Cold-shoulder tops. Is there anything more stupid?

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    Ann
    4 Feb 2021
    11:24am

    I agree. I think it took off from the honorable RBG collar then the fashion houses went crazy with the prairie throwbacks and high 80s royal collars and ruffles. All Very interesting. Not for me now, although, when I was young I loved wearing the ruffled blouses and guinea sack (sp) dresses!

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    Camille
    4 Feb 2021
    11:27am

    1. All of these comments really shine a light on the love/hate relationship that many women have with fashion… 2. I am really annoyed with myself that I still have a pair of open-toed boots languishing in my closet. 3. Nili Lotan makes the very best low-crotch/harem-ish pants!

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      Viajera
      4 Feb 2021
      2:34pm

      I like some of the open-toed boots. So, it’s complicated. (wah wah) … … … Kim, you’ve broken the internet. Hahahaaaa

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      Julie
      5 Feb 2021
      1:30pm

      My favorite pants are the Paris the Luna and the Nolan. 🙈

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    Robbi
    4 Feb 2021
    11:31am

    High waisted jeans. No one looks good in them except stick dolls.

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      Amy
      6 Feb 2021
      3:26pm

      Agreed – hate this trend for my body type (petite and short-waisted)

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      HickfromStyx
      4 Feb 2021
      10:15pm

      I look good in them. I’m curvy, with a small waist and some height. Finally, something that fits and suits my shape.

      I will love them forever.

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      Tracie
      4 Feb 2021
      1:12pm

      As a petite woman with no waist, I am living for the day when low riders come back. I am tired of pants that come up to my boobs!

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      monique
      4 Feb 2021
      12:13pm

      Agreed. I’m short. They do me no favors, and worse they are EVERYWHERE. It is so hard to find a pair of jeans that are mid-waist.

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      Karen
      4 Feb 2021
      12:32pm

      Hmmm, i think you meant to say “IMO” before that comment…I’m thinking of my mom and sisters, not stick dolls by any means but the high waist emphasis their long legs and makes them look longer and leaner. And eliminates the muffin top, which is not a good look.

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      Kris
      5 Feb 2021
      2:46pm

      Not liking a trend or design is one thing, but did you really have to be nasty about other women’s bodies? Surely that’s one thing we actually should leave in the past.

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    Nina Forrest
    4 Feb 2021
    11:31am

    Jumpsuits. No matter how dressy they try to be, one always looks like a plumber on the way to a job!!!

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      Lorna
      4 Feb 2021
      5:06pm

      I don’t mind the plumber look, I wish i was that handy. But I don’t want to be undressed every time i go to the bathroom. It’s hard to find an ok toilet in NYC, in a pandemic, and then to have time to undress…

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      Angela McCorrie
      4 Feb 2021
      12:21pm

      The moment I see a jumpsuit, no matter how chic, I immediately think, “what if she’s got to pee?”

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      Jennifer
      4 Feb 2021
      12:00pm

      I think they look okay if you are tall and thin. I look like I’m getting ready to go work on someone’s car!

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        Nancy
        4 Feb 2021
        12:48pm

        haha. you def. made me smile

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    Hannah Holden
    4 Feb 2021
    11:35am

    Puff sleeves/shoulders. Anne Shirley I am not 😃

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      suz
      4 Feb 2021
      5:17pm

      I was just about to leave a comment about cosplaying Anne of GG when I saw this! Hate hate hate puff sleeves. I have shoulders already, thank you. Also hate the trend of sticking a big ruffle randomly on a top – don’t they realize a 3D person is going to wear this so there is going to be a random sail of cloth just sticking out there? Also no to cropped pants. Not flattering on everyone who isn’t a long waisted pear figure.

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      Hodgko
      4 Feb 2021
      12:26pm

      Oh, I love a wee puff at the shoulders! My style is quite minimalist and a little puffiness (nowhere near leg-of-muffin, mind you!) gives me a bit of zip. Plus I like to think puffs broaden my shoulders a bit to balance my hips! 🙂

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        12:06am

        I like wee (haha) puff sleeves too. I do feel like I’ve aged beyond them a bit — the puff short sleeves. Back in the early aughts, I did like that vintage/retro style — a revival of early 60s style? I feel like Anthro, Built by Wendy and SF’s Minnie Wilde often had some good puff sleeves on. But I have to say, they look better on women with a small bust… and I’m not in that group.
        I do enjoy some of the long-sleeve puff sleeves in the past couple years — with sweaters or blouses, but not too big. Or maybe those are called the balloon sleeves.

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    Ironkurtin
    4 Feb 2021
    11:46am

    I’m going to put in a small defense for cold shoulder tops. I lift weights and my favorite part is the dip in my shoulders. The right cold-shoulder top can spotlight the definition and make me look a little bit sexier than a short-necked, muscly brick. Clearly I’m an edge case!

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      Leah
      5 Feb 2021
      10:29pm

      Get it girl! I’m personally not a fan of the cold shoulder top, but I love anything that makes the individual feel good.

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    SDK
    4 Feb 2021
    11:48am

    Ooof, I had not noticed this trend. It gives me horrible flashbacks of the dresses my grandmother forced me to wear at Easter! Hard pass. Also don’t care for giant white sneakers, cold shoulder, open toed boots. I have one jumpsuit that was a hand-me-down from a friend, and while it looks cute (I was very anti-jumpsuit before receiving this), I only wear it in the house because who wants to fully strip to go to the restroom? I shudder when I see people wearing them on an airplane or to an outdoor festival with porta potties (back when we could do those things).

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    Meg
    4 Feb 2021
    11:56am

    Agree on the square toe sandal comments. Much cheaper to produce, so always felt like a down market look to me.
    Cringe inducing to me= handkerchief or asymmetric skirts and dresses. Give me a straight sheath or pencil skirt any day of the week (when we are back to wearing out of the house clothes…hopefully soon)

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    Lisa
    4 Feb 2021
    12:04pm

    I have been sending this excellent Baroness von Sketch clip to everyone I know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz-KkQhCZnU

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      Ellie
      6 Feb 2021
      12:56pm

      I feel so seen

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      Stephanie
      4 Feb 2021
      4:20pm

      This was me last year telling two friends about my great epiphany: my post-menopausal body no longer looks good in anything but men’s jeans. These are now my signature look. Add cute top and the chunky Dansko boots my old-lady feet require and there you go. Every damn day.

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      kg
      4 Feb 2021
      3:06pm

      I’m a wardrobe stylist who works with women just like women in this video-scary accurate. And this thread is so much fun. My hard “no” is acid wash. Only because there are no iterations that look good on anyone. All the other stuff can look good in the right context, even though I personally hate a cold shoulder, low rise jeans, shoulder pads and a sweetheart neckline.

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        12:19am

        I’m not sure why I’m more forgiving of acid wash now than I was in the 80s and 90s. Nostalgia? Also, people who do brave the acid wash look now are generally much more adventurous and exciting dressers than the trend followers back then, so I welcome seeing it edgily deployed by musicians, etc.

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      Meg
      4 Feb 2021
      12:12pm

      Hilarious.

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      EMM
      4 Feb 2021
      12:15pm

      That’s hilarious!

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    Christiana
    4 Feb 2021
    12:30pm

    I thought we had Batsheva Hay to blame for the sister-wives via the prairie look? I like some of the things on here: pussy bow blouses make my workwear not feel like corporate Brooks Brothers shill and highwaisted jeans (with blouse or sweater over) smooshes in my stomach without Spanx. I’m eager for leggings to be over.

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    Mary
    4 Feb 2021
    12:34pm

    I’m actually a fan of the pussy now! Interesting so many of you are not.

    I’m also not a fan of those tight little puffer jackets, all cinched in at the waist.

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    DC JNell
    4 Feb 2021
    12:36pm

    OMG, this is so funny. But I too hate the “pie crust collars” Kim mentioned in the cue for this, so Princess Di and not in a good way. And I hate the all-sweats, all-the-time attitude of the pandemic (she types as she is wearing sweats, hmm). And—mechanic jumpsuits, really most jumpsuits, the return of prairie skirts and dresses (sorry, Bathsheba…). And Golden Goose sneakers, which just make me want to die. There is something completely wrong and unethical about charming that much for shabby chic.

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    Peggy
    4 Feb 2021
    12:49pm

    Sister wife neckline!! Bwah ha ha. BRILLIANT turn of phrase, Kim.

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    Antje
    4 Feb 2021
    1:00pm

    Huge square necks combined with puffy shoulders. Looks like a costume for the high school Romeo and Juliet play.

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    Andrea
    4 Feb 2021
    1:02pm

    Jumpsuits actually…. my teenage daughter would surely look at me and eyeroll if put my toe in those waters. Aside from the bathroom gymnastics, I also don’t see how these work for a curvy girl. Two tall, stick legs are required… and those I do not have.

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    Nancy
    4 Feb 2021
    1:06pm

    Agree with so many of you. I do not like nor will wear anything that is from the Prairie look. Dare I mention Capris? I just don’t think they are flattering when they cut off a leg between knee and ankle…I know they are prob. comfortable but prefer ankle pants with cute shoes if not going for full length. I also am confused why so many shoes/boots (looking at your Blondo brand) have white bottoms…why????? I need a nice straight color line from top of pants to bottom plus in the midwest I actually walk in all kinds of weather and the white soles will look horrible first or second time out.

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    Robyn
    4 Feb 2021
    10:52am

    The shoulder-padded t-shirts I keep seeing crop up. Why?

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      Jax
      5 Feb 2021
      12:13am

      omg, no. I didn’t like it back in the 80s and I don’t want to see that come by. The linebacker look that only looked ok on Grace Jones and models.

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        12:23am

        sorry, “come back”, not “come by” thought that would be unwelcome too.

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    AK
    4 Feb 2021
    10:54am

    Those “ugly” sneakers with gigantic chunky platforms. Still kicking here in Paris on the youth.

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      Jax
      5 Feb 2021
      1:09am

      I also never could get into those wedge platform sneakers that hit its peak in 2012 — some of my coworkers were wearing those. I guess Isabel Marant still makes them? She started the trend, right? Ugh, never could get behind those. But I’m a very old-school trainers type of gal — 70s/80s Nike/Adidas/Pumas/Asics/Golas are my thing. I’m fine with the Vejas that every gamine wants to wear. I’m bitter that Nike doesn’t make the SF Airforce 1 in a small enough size for me.

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    Carolyn
    4 Feb 2021
    10:55am

    capes and puffy sleeves

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      Jax
      5 Feb 2021
      1:44pm

      Speaking of capes, ponchos. When I see one, I think of someone who’s crying out for their mommy juice. Been waiting for the ponchos to die for a decade now…

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    Mary
    4 Feb 2021
    10:56am

    I can see the appeal of a high-waisted jean, particularly for those with a long torso, and it’s nice to feel sucked in.

    But my God, I look like such a dork in them! Everyone loves them so much I was beginning to lose hope that a lower rise would ever make its way to the shelves. But I think it’s starting to happen.

    I’ve personally had enough of the skinny jean. I know they’re flattering on many women but I need a change.

    I’ve also had enough of fitted blazers.

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      Laura
      4 Feb 2021
      9:31pm

      Thank you for acknowledging the long-waisted . I’m petite but very long-waisted, and I welcome higher waistlines. The lower waisted pants just serve to emphasize my unfortunate proportions.

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        Mary
        5 Feb 2021
        12:58pm

        Absolutely! It’s all about torso length and I have the same reaction as you when I hear women saying how horrific a mid rise is.

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    L
    4 Feb 2021
    10:58am

    Workout wear with mesh or cut outs! barf. Van cleef Alhambra jewelry – expensive and boring/tacky. That Mackage parka that looks like a vagina.

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      Tahe Z
      4 Feb 2021
      11:12am

      L, I am not a fan of the mesh either- worse when it’s loose on the skin.

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    Melynda
    4 Feb 2021
    11:08am

    This is outside the fashion world, but I’ve had enough of the houses painted black and white. Here in Austin, TX, every remodel is either white with black trim, or dark gray with black trim. They do it on everything, from midcentury ranch houses to Chip-and-Joanna-Gaines specials. It looks awful. Bring back the colors, people!

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      suz
      4 Feb 2021
      5:25pm

      Flippers/HGTV cultists are destroying houses everywhere. I wish they would just buy a house they liked rather than modernizing(wrecking) actual vintage houses. They all look the same when tey are done 🙁

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        Ellie
        6 Feb 2021
        1:00pm

        HGTV has so much to answer for. The souls of so much beautiful colored bathroom tile and so many original kitchen cabinets weep at the desert of marble countertops, mammoth islands, and slate-grey cabinets. Thank goodness for the balm that is retrorenovation.com!

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      gillian
      4 Feb 2021
      1:38pm

      We sold our blue cape cod house and my daughter looked it up on google maps and they painted it white with black trim!!

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      Melaine Hennessey
      4 Feb 2021
      11:54am

      Melynda, this is totally random but can I connect with you outside of GOCA? Looks like we’re moving to Austin this spring and your house color comments cracked me up. I need an astute local to talk to about neighborhoods, etc. Thanks for considering!

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        cw
        5 Feb 2021
        8:43am

        Melaine & Melynda, I also live in Austin. Don’t know if y’all already have a realtor, but I can recommend a great realtor couple who found me the condo I’m living in now. If we ever get to have in person gatherings again, we’ll have to put together an Austin GOACA meet-up.

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      Jennifer
      4 Feb 2021
      12:02pm

      Same! Also, all of the “gray wash” wood furniture. I looked at bedroom sets last year and there were so many like this. I felt like I was in an Edward Gorey illustration minus the Edwardian costumes.

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        Viajera
        4 Feb 2021
        2:46pm

        There is a thing happening now with grey *flowers.* I kid you not. (Also black but those are really just dark purple so I look the other way.) I blame the millenials. (jk! but, really it is probably them. however, any flower is a good thing…)

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    Christina
    4 Feb 2021
    9:44am

    Drop crotch pants – I want to like them, but it just looks like I have a giant torso every time I try them on. Any kind of cropped flares or wider leg pants – I have flashbacks to being 6 ft tall in middle school with “high waters” and I never know what shoes to wear with them.

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      Jax
      5 Feb 2021
      1:13am

      If I wore drop crotch pants, my legs would look like they were only 1 foot long at most. I find them amusing/entertaining on men like Dan Levy.

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        1:39pm

        Add Rick Owens, who is great in anything he chooses to wear.

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        kimbersam
        5 Feb 2021
        11:24am

        I’ve been told my dress up lewk is a combo of David and Moira. I consider it a compliment, but I’m fairly sure it wasn’t meant as one.

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    cw
    4 Feb 2021
    10:10am

    Tiered dresses. Lacey collars. Puff shoulders. High waisted jeans. Cropped high waisted wide legged pants. Square toed shoes. Thong high heeled sandals (and if the sole is square toed I barf on the spot).

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      y.k.
      5 Feb 2021
      1:32am

      yes yes i was taken aback when i first saw a thong high heeled sandal!

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      rachel in berkeley
      4 Feb 2021
      11:59am

      Damn, this is a great, comprehensive list!

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      DKing
      4 Feb 2021
      11:07am

      Agreed on the square toed shoes/sandals! Thought they were a phase but they seem to still be going strong. Happy to let this trend pass on by without any regrets…

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    Suzanne
    4 Feb 2021
    10:19am

    Light wash mom jeans. When I look at pictures of myself back in the day, they did not look chic. And if they don’t look cute on my 23 yr. old daughter now, they sure won’t look cute on me!

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      Tahe Z
      4 Feb 2021
      11:19am

      Ha! I question them, too, despite wearing them as I type. One day I was wearing them with a light pink crew neck sweater and grey new balance sneakers and one of my colleagues asked if I was going for a normcore look. 😀

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    Sarah
    4 Feb 2021
    10:41am

    Ankle-length anything. I like high waisted pants (smoothes the muffin top), but I never tuck in my shirt.

    Don’t understand the Dad sneakers either.

    Also the big, shapeless sweaters don’t look good on anyone.

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      Marybeth
      4 Feb 2021
      12:30pm

      I like high waisted pants for my long torso and for the smoothing effect, but I also never tuck in my shirts. I dread the return to low waists!

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    Alice
    4 Feb 2021
    9:34am

    Pussy bows! whyyyyyy?

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      kimbersam
      4 Feb 2021
      9:36am

      Because Lisa VanderPump needs something to wear 🙂

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        Robbi
        4 Feb 2021
        11:34am

        Now, that’s funny!

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        liz
        4 Feb 2021
        9:59am

        and Drew Barrymore on her show.

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    Donna
    4 Feb 2021
    9:34am

    Mules with squared off toe, jean cutoffs with the pocket liners showing (hanging out), those terrible culottes-type, too-short, wide-leg pants all the young things are wearing.

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      Michele
      4 Feb 2021
      9:52am

      Ding ding ding! Short, wide pants legs, ugh! Not for me.

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    Amanda in Austin
    4 Feb 2021
    9:38am

    The sister-wife necklines are part of a trend known as “cottagecore,” and it’s all the rage with the young’uns. It’s a very Little House on the Prairie vibe (see all the dresses stocked at Target right now)… and I’m not a fan. But, hey, I don’t have to like everything that other people find appealing.

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      EW
      4 Feb 2021
      3:03pm

      I went through the whole Urban Cowboy trend back in the early 80’s OMG — same thing – puffy sleeves giant collars/RUFFLES…never again

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        12:15am

        Oof I have fond memories of that and liked seeing Page wearing those shirts in The Americans. Esp. the plaid ones with jeans.

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      Clare in L.A.
      4 Feb 2021
      12:21pm

      Cottagecore is just absurd. I. Can. Not. And high waisted jeans, I’ve tried. I really have. Horrible. The trend that has me totally intrigued however is Dark Academia…check it out. My daughter is in college and I want her to abandon crop tops and high waisted jeans for this more buttoned-up look.

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        Keirele
        4 Feb 2021
        3:54pm

        Dark Academia! Before the pandemic, my partner and I met up with a coworker and her 21 year old daughter. The daughter dressed and acted so much like Lilith Sternin-Crane (Frasier’s ex-wife)! Totally made me giggle and I’m thrilled to know this is an actual aesthetic.

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          Jax
          5 Feb 2021
          1:19am

          Just the trend name sounds great! As long as it doesn’t lean too goth. I had a huge crush on Lilith Sternin-Crane/Bebe Neuwirth in general. Still do!
          My 80s style icon was Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) in the first 2 seasons of Remington Steele. She was my complete ideal of how I wanted to be as an adult woman — sexy, smart, tender, strong, stunning in her professional yuppie private eye outfits (incl fedora at rakish angle), quick with the quip, and driving around LA in her convertible VW Cabriolet.

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            Jennipher A Lewis
            6 Feb 2021
            6:28pm

            For the first two years Of Remington Steele, Stephanie Zimbalist wore her own clothes. I remember looking for like articles of clothing in thrift stores. Never could wear the hats.

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            Jenny
            5 Feb 2021
            2:10pm

            Jax, please be my best friend forever, okay? You have just given me my style decoder ring! I want to be Laura Holt.

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              Jax
              5 Feb 2021
              5:19pm

              Automatically BF with anyone for whom Laura Holt is an aspirational icon!

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    Eloise
    4 Feb 2021
    9:00am

    Ewwww. Yucko. Having gotten the “order, try on, make horrible faces in the mirror, return” process down well enough that I actually know where my packing tape is, my vote is for high waisted pants. Maybe with this type of shirt? Anyone else having bad junior high school flashbacks?

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      Katie
      4 Feb 2021
      9:40am

      I sometimes like high-waisted pants on other people, but I’ve never found a pair that was comfortable or remotely flattering on my body (narrow hips, flat butt, not-very-defined waist).

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    Jessica
    4 Feb 2021
    9:10am

    I can’t understand the prairie look. Ghastly. Also — and I know this is years old but I have seen it rear its ugly head recently — cold shoulder tops. Horrid. Never saw one I liked on anyone or thought was the least bit flattering.

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      kimbersam
      4 Feb 2021
      9:35am

      Not a fan of cold shoulder either. Nor do I like the trend that sprang from the cold shoulder–the weird, random cutout. I think the pie crust collars are a nod to Eighties Diana, Princess of Wales (The Crown). I like them the on Alexa Chung, paired with a knit vest and cropped woolen trousers. Not for me.

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        Jax
        5 Feb 2021
        1:43pm

        I like almost anything on Alexa Chung.

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          Mary
          5 Feb 2021
          7:45pm

          Alexa Chung is definitely someone I look to for style.

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    Kelly Simmons
    4 Feb 2021
    9:12am

    Possibly related — puffy sleeves. Also, I am still not on board with high waists, unless it’s leggings.

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    tamara
    4 Feb 2021
    9:13am

    i’m a fan neither of the dad sneaker nor the mom jean…as for the prairie look, with its wide ruffled collar, as a girl with curls (and reading glasses)….it’s just too ghastly to contemplate…

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    Melanie
    4 Feb 2021
    9:15am

    Thank you for saying this! I keep seeing these shirts pop up and think how is anyone on board with this trend??

    For me, it’s shackets. I’ve seen some people who can pull it off, but I tried one and felt like a cosplaying lumberjack.

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      Jax
      5 Feb 2021
      1:21am

      Ack, I love those shirt jackets myself. Totally up my alley. Some don’t have the full-on plaid thing, so they’re more dressy casual. And if you’re petite, check Anthro, you might be able to score one in a petite size that won’t drown you.

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      francine
      4 Feb 2021
      8:35pm

      LOL those shackets! They are so dowdy…hideous.

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    Mieke
    4 Feb 2021
    9:19am

    Jumpsuits. I know I’m alone here. I’m ok with prairie spouses (Freudian slip & it’s staying). In fact, I made my CS major daughter one
    in Legend of Zelda fabric.

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      Sara M
      4 Feb 2021
      11:26am

      I’m with you! I can’t understand why anyone would want to make jumpsuits a thing – they’re inconvenient & unflattering unless you’re tall & willowy, & even then they’re kind of dowdy.

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      Gleaming the Cube
      4 Feb 2021
      11:07am

      I am also a hater of the jumpsuit. My Space Camp flight suit is the only exception!

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      Gemma
      4 Feb 2021
      9:34am

      I think jumpsuits look chic. But in practice, I don’t want to have to almost completely undress just to use the bathroom.

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      Candy
      4 Feb 2021
      9:33am

      You’re not the only one! I fail to see their attraction, other than fashion trying to convince us we should. The hassle every time you use the loo, the discomfort if you’re long-waisted and the crotch seam rubs you the wrong way (literally) when you sit or stretch. Just ugh.

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    Mouse
    4 Feb 2021
    9:19am

    It’s not quite a trend as it is so ubiquitous every season, but I hate “winter white”. I live in the woods on a dirt road with a man who works with wood and 2 rambunctious male black cats, so my house is a total mess at all times and anything white is a no-go. Most of the time I think this is a good trade-off……and as no one has been in my house since last March because of covid, I have basically given up and am enjoying not caring much about all the manly schmutz.

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    Emily M.
    4 Feb 2021
    9:20am

    I will add jumpsuits to this list. I actually like the way they look, but as long as I have to sit down to pee, I know they will never work for me.

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    Betsy Palmer
    4 Feb 2021
    9:23am

    Uber high waisted pants especially pleated ones. Always and forever, open-toed booties.

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      HickfromStyx
      4 Feb 2021
      10:03pm

      Oh, but Katharine Hepburn for the gold in uber high-waisted pleated pants. I will forever love that look. She is my high-waisted pant icon, much like Cher takes gold for 60s bell-bottoms.

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    LeighTX
    4 Feb 2021
    9:24am

    It’s an older trend, but I have never liked open-toed booties . If it’s cold enough for a boot, it’s cold enough to cover your toes! (get off my lawn, etc.)

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      Cora
      4 Feb 2021
      10:29am

      Yes, and cropped puffer jackets … if it’s cold enough for a puffer, it’s cold enough to cover your butt.
      Actually, cropped whatever – pants, sweaters, shirts. I have to go and yell at some clouds now.

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        Rose
        4 Feb 2021
        10:38am

        Tie dye! Why did that have to read its ugly head again?

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          y.k.
          5 Feb 2021
          1:35am

          o no i love it!! wearing tie dye shirt & leggings as i type!!
          🙂

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    Linden
    4 Feb 2021
    9:26am

    They may be back in, but I’m not wearing pants with front pleats this time around. That’s one area of my body that doesn’t need extra layers of fabric.

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      Lisa
      4 Feb 2021
      9:56am

      Yes! Just say no to pleats.

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    Caroline
    4 Feb 2021
    9:29am

    Lol! I loathe the sister-wife neckline.
    This is more a personal pet peeve than an actual fashion thing.
    The fancy girls at my kids school wear golden gooses.
    Maybe its the old lefty in me ,but seeing 13 years olds wear$500 sneakers turns my stomach..they’re cute enough, but the optics are so wrong to me.

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      Viajera
      4 Feb 2021
      2:56pm

      I am learning so much here. Like who is Lisa Vanderpump. And I just googled to see what a golden goose is, and I must say, that is a walking ad that someone is overpaid and not very bright. You paid *what* for *those?* Kimmie, I remember once you wrote that, iirc, “folks, money does not care where it goes,” and, well, yes…

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      Bkmam
      4 Feb 2021
      11:44am

      Wow, 13 year olds? I’m a middle aged mom who wouldn’t buy these for my own teen (not that she’d ask). But I will admit, I do have two pairs of GG sneakers myself, the first purchased in desperation for a trip, the second on sale bc they are *so* comfortable. I also feel like an ahole with $$$ sneakers. But I’ve never had to break them in, can wear with or without socks, and at this point my cost per wear has made them worth it for me. This was a few years ago, sounds like they have gotten even pricier.

      Don’t love the prairie look but think it looks cute on some youngs. Then again, most youngs look cute in just about anything!

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        Lynne
        4 Feb 2021
        2:18pm

        I liked the GG shoes when I first saw them, but the price was outrageous…I ordered a pair online and was firm that unless they were the most comfortable shoes ever, they were going back. And they were. I wore them the first time for 6 hours walking and not a blister or a pain. The insoles are amazing. I have very picky feet from abusing them in fashionable shoes plus a surgery, so anything I can wear for hours and have no pain is worth it to me. I actually ordered another pair, and they now have slides (Nordstrom web site) but I am telling myself NO.

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      kimbersam
      4 Feb 2021
      10:13am

      Right?!!! And that’s $500 on sale. I see them regularly priced at $6-700.

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      Katie
      4 Feb 2021
      9:34am

      I’d never heard of Golden Gooses until your comment. Then I googled and was appalled – they’re cute but the price is outrageous. I think I’ll go back to happily living under a rock and dreading the moment my kids (currently 5 and 7) become fashion conscious.

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        kimbersam
        4 Feb 2021
        1:18pm

        A reasonable dupe for Golden Goose are P448s. They are a couple hundred less, actually, go on sale/clearance, comfortable-no break-in period, and really cute.

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          y.k.
          5 Feb 2021
          1:45am

          oy. i did not know of these. just saw their website- cuter than GG!

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        Tahe Z
        4 Feb 2021
        11:26am

        I don’t get the Golden Goose sneaker either especially when they come with the worn in, dirty look- Much like distressed jeans. If my jeans get a hole in them, it’s because I put it there.

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        heartbeet
        4 Feb 2021
        10:13am

        I can’t wait for cropped jeans and to be over. They do nothing for me and I’m reminded of Gilligan when I look in the mirror. I know they have a lot of fans, so I’ve accepted my spot in the minority.

        The other day I saw a cropped jumpsuit…two trends I wish would die in one outfit.

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          Hodgko
          4 Feb 2021
          12:35pm

          I see the case for cropped slim jeans (though not so much during winter) but cropped flared jeans make me shake my head. Add a slew of rips to them and well, ugh…

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            mlinky
            11 Feb 2021
            2:38pm

            Ditto on flare crops. Like I need to make my calves look fat?

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    DC Diva
    4 Feb 2021
    9:31am

    How can I count the ways I am disappointed by fashion these days? I feel like I am a different generation taste-wise again, like how parents must have felt when blue jeans became the uniform. I hate (1) high waisted pants, (2) pussy bows, (3) puffy sleeves, (4) sweat pants (never flattering unless you need the extra folds), (5) clothing related to “the prairies” era (you do realize that is when we colonized the rest of the country, killing off indigenous people along with a lot else — why romanticize it?), (5) big jeans (see “sweat pants” above), (6) adult onesies (aka jumpsuits). I LOVE (1) all the colors, patterns and textures, (2) fabulous coats, (3) sparkly eye makeup, (4) big shoulders (women dominate, so why not dress the part?), (5) excellent face masks, more so now that we are wearing two at a time. My uniform these days continues to be yoga pants but now I am wearing them so I can take “exercise snacks” on the elliptical that takes up half my living room. A variety of tops but mostly paired with a fleece since with the heat on in my apartment my large dog gets too hot so my apartment is frigid. I’ve started doing makeup again and am fascinated with all the sparkles available. Eyes are the focus since all else is covered up, so I am going big with eye makeup.

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      mlinky
      11 Feb 2021
      2:42pm

      Blammy? That you?

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      Joannawnyc
      4 Feb 2021
      11:21am

      I don’t normally “hate” things–if I don’t like it I don’t wear it–but I agree about the prairie collars, especially when paired with big puffed shoulders (I am OK with a shoulder puff on its own though) and I’m not that keen on a blouson sleeves thing with sweaters, either.

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      Jenny
      4 Feb 2021
      9:38am

      What a lovely twist, DC Diva (hi neighbor!) to put what you’re loving these days.

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        VVV03
        4 Feb 2021
        9:23pm

        I just finished watching Stylish with Jenna Lyons and overall I adore her aesthetic and think she has impeccable taste. Except, quite often, on herself. I think she wears a lot of sister wifey looking shapes. I’m not a fan on most man repeller/Jolie laide looks in general.

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    Lori
    6 Feb 2021
    5:05am

    Oops, long comment disappeared! So will just say that I think trends’ wearability totally depends on one’s location, age, face and body type, and hair / makeup approach. (Happen to love cottagecore myself, and would be interested in knowing who makes the black blouse posted above? Maybe Sea NY?) Also, does anyone know why dropping the crotch on a pair of pants seems automatically to bump the price by $300? Lastly, as another commenter mentioned, it would be fun to be able to share photos here – – I’d love to see what everyone else is wearing! Oh — trends I currently dislike most may be the excessive logo-ification of things, and intensely mannequin-ish makeup. Eek!

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    Lori
    6 Feb 2021
    3:38am

    These comments are a hoot! I happen to LOVE the sister-wife / cottagecore thing, and would honestly like to know who makes the black blouse pictured above (is it maybe Sea NY)?? (-: So much of this stuff is linked to one’s location, specific age, unique body and facial structure, hair and makeup look, and personality! E.g., an eccentric outfit I might wear in NYC or London wouldn’t fly in Paris, and the boring stuff I wear at home in SF wouldn’t work in a foreign city. And at 28, many of us looked great in fitted knits paired with low-rise jeans, and we probably wouldn’t have been caught dead in big slouchy sweaters, whereas now I would resemble Miss Piggy in the former and greatly appreciate the latter. Likewise, at a fit 46, I looked appropriate in skinny jeans, while now at nearly 50, even if skinnies were still in style, which apparently they are not, I would feel like an idiot trying to squeeze into them; and a pant that is flatteringly high-waisted on my short little friends is only lumpily mid-rise on me. I do rather like drop-crotch pants — though every time I see a pair that interests me, I wonder afresh why dropping the crotch raises the price by $300 (?) — and I will never understand bodysuits; sleevelessness (on the 97.5% of us who don’t have flawlessly thin, toned arms); the excessively made-up mannequin-face beauty look that’s all the rage with IG girls, especially when worn with slicked-back hair; cropped tops (though I enjoy slightly cropped pants); Talking Heads-sized blazers; or acid-wash anything. Also, I agree with a commenter above who remarked that it might be fun to be able to share photos — I know I’d be interested in seeing what everyone else here is wearing! (-:

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    Kim
    6 Feb 2021
    2:09am

    Maxi dresses can go to hell as far as I’m concerned.

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    El
    5 Feb 2021
    4:58pm

    Late to the party here, but please let me add: bare ankles in the dead of winter! What’s wrong with socks!? Why must women always be freezing in cold weather?? Evening wear for women in winter is sleeveless, strapless, bare and freezing! (I’m crotchety because I’m damn cold!)

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      melsybelsy
      7 Feb 2021
      9:33pm

      This is a huge pet peeve of mine too – you can’t be chic unless you have a naked ankle in 0 degree weather – all catalogs / fashion spreads showcase this.

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    Elyse
    5 Feb 2021
    3:09pm

    I cannot stand wide leg, cropped pants. The proportions are completely off. Those who wear them do not look fashionable; they look stupid.

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    Mary
    5 Feb 2021
    2:13pm

    I remember when skinny jeans were first introduced and not only were many women adamant they’d never give them a try, they were downright hostile. They hated the concept. But now? Many women simply won’t give anything else a try! You Tubers try to talk about the new shapes but majority of the comments run along the lines of “I’ll stick with my skinnies” or “I’ll be buried in my skinnies.” A relaxed skinny or a slim leg is actually very flattering on me but I’m still in the mood for something different and something less form-fitting.

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    lizzie
    5 Feb 2021
    1:22pm

    I am offended by toe cleavage, poopie pants (dropped crotch), and high/ low hems. also, body-con anything, especially on news anchors.

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    Sarah J
    5 Feb 2021
    1:02pm

    When you posted this yesterday I couldn’t think of anything to add, but this morning I was reminded of something that both annoys and confuses me: pants with the weird little slit in the front. Why?? So dumb. This thread also really made me feel my “of a certain age-iness”. A lot of the problem trends people mention here are really just intended for younger people, no?

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      Viajera
      5 Feb 2021
      2:25pm

      I haven’t seen any such pants yet, but I look forward to being annoyed by them too.

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    tamara
    5 Feb 2021
    1:09pm

    just an extra side note, since i already had my turn, i won’t be sad when this fake “beachy waves” hair trend fades away…ladies, stop fooling yourself that it looks “natural”…if your hair is naturally wavy…the beach makes it frizz (aka “beach hair”). if your hair is curly, it alternately in spots on your head shrinks up to a frizzball and /or on the other side becomes matted like a sheep dog playing in the rain…and if your hair is straight, “beachy waves” (frizzless…always, natch!), yeah, not so much. more like flat and separated, if my straight haired friends are any indication…just sayin’

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    Alexa
    5 Feb 2021
    12:11pm

    Wow! I skip a day, and the place blows up! I’m looking forward to settling in and reading everything.
    First, my own pet peeves..
    Cold. Shoulder. Tops. Thank goodness they have faded a bit, but I really truly can’t stand them. They are the epitome of a silly trend.
    I’m not a fan of anything 80’s: too many flashbacks to my peak awkward years. (Although I don’t mind the Early Diana look on younger people; it’s actually a nice change). Cropped tops: no one, but no one, wants to see my pale belly, and besides, doesn’t a cropped sweater kind of defeat the purpose?
    And crappy tattoos make me sad. I see so many that make the owner look like a doodled-on notebook. Just, why?

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    Mimi A.
    5 Feb 2021
    11:44am

    This thread is hilarious! Count me in on Team Hate re sister wife collars (good call, Kim), cropped pants, puffy sleeves, anything yellow, half tucks (artificial), sweaters with slits at the bottom, denim on denim, hiking mini-skirts, leggings worn for anything but working out or sports, scarves worn for anything but warmth. Skinny jeans never looked good on 98% of the women over 22 who wear them. Zendaya can wear ’em. Handkerchief hems, in fact any asymmetrical cut. Dropped shoulders on tees and sweaters (more often sloppy than slouchy). Sweatpants, the path to out- of-shape hell. Trench coats – too many flaps, buttons, buckles and belts to deal with. I’m over jean jackets. I had a tasty collection in the mid-90s, but now I never think GOACA wearing them look stylish, including you, Jenna Lyons. Short sleeved sweaters. If it’s cold enough to wear a sweater, you want to keep your arms warm too. Things I love are on the hate lists of many others, i.e. Dad sneakers, brown (I have brown hair and hazel eyes), short tops. The most flattering length top for my frame is 17-21″. I avoid any sweater longer than 23″. A 27″ shirt is just a horror of useless fabric, since I always wear shirts tucked in. Belts are my jewelry. In defense of pleated pants – I’m skinny, love wide-legs and some with pleats really work. And sleeveless turtlenecks make sense as a layer when you don’t want to add bulk to your arms. I agree with someone who wrote that confidence counts. If I feel I look cool in my Dad sneakers, chances are I’ll sell the look. But maybe not if you really hate them.

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    Tricia
    5 Feb 2021
    11:58am

    Lol…this is fun! I also loathe the cold shoulder top. I must admit I don’t mind a slightly cropped jean. I think it shows off your ankle boot, and a hint of ankle with sneakers is cute. I’m all for a variety of offerings. These days I tend to favor a slim boyfriend cut or straight leg. Some room but not too tight. There is one styling that I despise…a dress worn over jeans. I think it is frumpy, confusing, unflattering and I just don’t get it!

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    Ashley
    5 Feb 2021
    9:37am

    This entire comment section made my Friday morning! Thanks!

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    Missannethrope
    5 Feb 2021
    7:10am

    Big, often double-breasted jackets. I’m short and find them overwhelming.

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    DebraDancer
    5 Feb 2021
    8:58am

    Eh. Let the kids have their hideous fashion trends. We wouldn’t want to rob them of the glorious experience of looking at photos of themselves 20 years from now – wondering “what in the hell was I thinking???”

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    Mary
    5 Feb 2021
    6:33am

    This exercise is extremely therapeutic! I’ve checked out Tragic Denim on instagram – hilarious!

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