Lucite jewelry. Matchy ensembles. Fluorescent accessories. Animal prints. The latest fashion trends have certainly taken us all by surprise, so much so that the idea of unexpected, bewildering clothing is practically a trend in and of itself.
Sometimes, it’s clear designers just want to be a little ironic. Candy stripes and campy intarsia sweaters were perfectly quirky last fall, as were geek-chic glasses and chunky “creeper” platforms. However, this spring, it seems as if the fine line between right and wrong fashion has completely disappeared. The once-horrific white pump is back in its chicest reincarnation yet, Hawaiian prints are replacing the beloved ditsy spring floral, and denim cut-offs continue to get shorter and less refined.
This time last year, I personally would have been shocked by the prevalence of these new “trends” – not only are they bold and attention-grabbing, but deep down they just feel off. My mother always told me not to wear white shoes unless I was playing tennis; Hawaiian prints immediately remind me of aging men in ugly vacation shirts; ripped and dyed denim hot pants seem more appropriate for a 90s music video than a street style muse.
Nevertheless, these clothes feel undeniably on-trend right now, if only because we all share a similar rebellious, screw-the-rules spirit. The best part about fashion is wearing what makes you happy and expresses your unique style, so really, nothing you wear can be “wrong.” Not everyone may share your passion for American flag-printed shorts or futuristic white platforms, but they certainly don’t have to wear them, do they? That’s the beauty of fashion, trends, and personal style – you make it your own.