As all good things must end to make room for even better things, here are the nine trends we expect you can say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye to.
In 2016, Taylor Swift wondered if the choker was going the way of the flower crown. Things got pretty quiet for her after that (before they became explosively loud around her record release), so people continued to constrict their necks with bits of ribbon and shoelaces. But not for much longer, as evidenced by the choker’s crossover into memes featuring neck braces. It’s time.
‘In’ alternative: Honestly, you’re better off still focusing on earrings.
2. OFF-THE-SHOULDER NECKLINES
As much as this shape flatters the neck and shoulders, the time has come to unglue your arms from your sides. This is not personal – it’s just a case of ‘we went really hard on this one, so now it’s time to give it a rest.’
‘In’ alternative: The single shoulder is still cool, though you might want to start working on your obliques, as the single-exposed side-ab is coming up in in the fashion world.
3. FESTIVAL FRINGE
According to a buyer at a major e-commerce site, festival-goers will simply not let their fringy halter tops and fringier crotch-length miniskirts go. This was pre-Coachella 2017, but what now? We’d like to hope that it’s lights out for this one, because it’s just such a trope. But the people decide, when it comes down to it.
‘In’ alternative: Fringe, when not suede nor complicit in an act of cultural appropriation, is perfectly nice.
4. CORSETS (BELTS AND OTHERWISE)
This was fun for a while, but Kim Kardashian did it a lot, which then meant Instagram models and high-street stores followed suit. The belt variety will be first to go, followed, slowly, by dresses with built-in ties, because that’s still kind of a novelty in a romance-novel kind of way.
‘In’ alternative: The belts that come with your coats, actually, or a good brown leather one to hold up your wide, cuffed denim.
5. BUCKET BAGS
The drawstring genius of bucket bags: put in shallow (versus deep) storage, and to be brought out for gigs or travel. The more structured, top-handle genius: good for a while, yet you might want to explore other shapes – either perfectly round (that would be a circle) or much more angular.
‘In’ alternative: We just said it.
6. BUCKET HATS
In other bucket-related news, the resurgence of Kangol and its ilk seem to be more of a flash in the pan that will live to flash another day. But not next year, probably.
‘In’ alternative: You can keep wearing your baker boys and berets.
7. BABY BACKPACKS
The tiny backpack had the two main factors required to make a comeback: nostalgia and enough distance for young people to be like, ‘Hey, I’m too young to have done that the first time around.’ And once again, according to the circle of life, the charm is starting to wear off.
‘In’ alternative: Well, you could do a backpack with regular dimensions.
8. BOMBER JACKETS
Again, nothing against them, objectively – they’ve just run their course for the time being.
‘In’ alternative: The outerwear mood has shifted to sharper, more tailored shapes, such as the trench or oversize tweed blazer.
9. FANNY PACKS
A true fad that’s got maybe one more festival season left in it before it runs out of gas in the middle of the desert in approximately October 2018.
‘In’ alternative: You’re better off getting something with a handle and structure, as discussed earlier.