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Lessons I Wish I Knew: 5 Trends I Regret Obsessing Over


Lessons I Wish I Knew Trends

Let’s be honest: we’ve all succumbed to a few trends we now regret. I may not have been as bad as “I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip flops, so I bought army pants and flip flops,” but I was the proud owner of sequined bags, Happy Bunny slogan shirts, and Gaucho pants. (I type this as I sneak a peek at my back-of-the-closet trend pile from past years that inspired this post.)

As much as I regret partaking in these trends, I learned a lot from my fashion mishaps: my mother can and will blackmail me with documented evidence. But now, with the new year in mind, I decided it was time to revisit some of those trends that I participated in back in the day.

Here, I’ll share five of my biggest trend regrets in the hopes that you’ll share yours with me. Scroll down to see them all:

1. Crocs

Crocs trend
Product Information: Shoes – Crocs

I understand that the Classic Crocs are comfortable, but I fail to see why I felt the need to have a small collection. We’re going to ignore the fact that I owned four pairs, and we’re definitely not going to talk about the sheer number of shoe charms I had for said pairs.

Despite the ease of slipping them on and knowing that even Conor Kennedy wears them, I have to say I’m glad that this trend has run its course, and I don’t have to suffer another summer with Croc tan lines.

2. Feathers

Feathers trend
Product Information: Left to right – Metropark, Metropark, and ASOS

Did this start with feather earrings? Or was it feather extensions? I realized this got out of hand after girls on campus seemed to have more feathers than hair on their heads.

However, when I finally decided to join the “cool” kids at school and get a feather extension, my guy friends had the decency to squawk and ask me when my bird transformation would be complete. Aghast, I took scissors to my hair that night. To this day, I’m thankful that, unlike my Croc phase, my mother doesn’t have photo evidence of my so-called bird transformation.

3. Denim Mini-Skirts with Leggings

Denim skirt and leggings trend
Product Information: Skirt – Hollister, Leggings – Madewell

Did anyone else go through the Abercrombie and Hollister phase? I’m guilty, but that’s a story for a different day. I’m still in shock that my fifth grade self, along with the rest of my female classmates, found it appropriate to spend forty dollars on a brand-name skirt that we all easily outgrew within a few months.

My mid-calf legging collection was also slightly obsessive: I owned practically every color under the rainbow, but really only wore navy, gray, and white. I shudder to think how my legs survived that winter!

4. Harem Pants

Harem pants trend
Product Information: Left to right – Farfetch, H&M, and Tilly’s

As much as I cringe at Justin Bieber’s diaper butt in these pants, I have to admit that harem pants are extremely comfortable (and can, in rare cases, look pretty cool). After trying on my first pair in stores, I somehow ended up buying three pairs of what the saleswoman swore were different styles.

I figured out what she meant when I was running behind for school one morning: the crotches were at different lengths. I somehow managed to pick the ones that hit my knee and wear them to school. As comfortable as they were, after countless questions of “can you keep my notebook in your pants for me?” I decided they belonged in the back of my closet.

5. Platform Flip-flops

Platform Flip Flops Trend
Product Information: Left to right – Victoria’s Secret and Aeropostale

If you’re a petite girl like me, you can understand that any form of additional height is always a plus. I discovered platform flip-flops in elementary school when my friend wore a pair, and I knew I had to invest.

Did I forget to mention that I was an extremely clumsy child? You know the only way this can end is in embarrassment; my brief stint with these shoes resulted in an almost-twisted ankle, a completely quiet lunchroom, and my tray exploding everywhere. It’s safe to say where they ended up when I got home.


What’s the biggest cringe-worthy fashion trend you participated in? Did you try any of the trends I mentioned above? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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26 Responses to “Lessons I Wish I Knew: 5 Trends I Regret Obsessing Over”

  1. 1
    January 11th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I think I wore Happy Bunny sweatshirts *with* gauchos. Heh heh.

    I still like feathers, but even then I only wore them as patterns on dresses and on hairclips. I just like birds in general, though – I’ve gone from feathers to bird print now to bird skulls.

    Sorry to hear about your platform flip flop incident. Ouch.

  2. 2
    January 11th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This article is hilarious! I (sadly) remember these trends all too well.

  3. 3
    January 11th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Bahahaha at the Crocs.

    I disagree about Harem pants. I still think Harem pants look good – especially high waisted ones paired with crop tops, sheer blouses, or oversized shirts/tanks.

  4. 4
    January 11th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I HATED the mid-calf legging/denim skirt trend that it made hate leggings in general for a long, long time.

  5. 5
    January 11th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    as a child I paired those loose drawstring pants that stopped just above my ankles with long tube socks. Bonus is in the summer when I wore sandals with them.

  6. 6
    January 11th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Oh my goodness, if I look back over all the things I’ve worn years gone by *cringe* (At one stage, my school had a denim mini skirts over jeans phase – what the hell was going on there? Photographic evidence destroyed!)

  7. 7
    January 11th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    What a witty post..I cracked up.
    I still think feather earrings are acceptable, and so are harem pants when worn properly (as you said, on rare occasions…but still).

  8. 8
    January 11th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    this is what happens when you only buy and wear something because it’s in trend.

  9. 9
    January 11th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I also actually like Harem pants, when worn the right way of course.
    @Laura I succombed to the “trend” of wearing denim minis over jeans(; nvr again!

  10. 10
    January 11th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Harem pants are not that bad if styled correctly, and feather earrings look pretty cute to me. I agree with the rest (and I admit I was a victim of the denim miniskirt+leggins trend).

    But my worst fashion mistake? I kept wearing a baggy sweatshirt with huge hoop earrings over and over again in middle school.

  11. 11
    January 11th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Just because boys think your feathers are ridiculous doesn’t mean you should immediately ditch them.

  12. 12
    January 11th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I never paid attention to trends as a child, but I did do the denim skirt with leggings thing. I didn’t know it was trendy, though.

  13. 13
    January 11th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Scrunchies. I had every color of the rainbow, as well as metallic, metallic pastel and beaded. I was in middle school, and had hair down to my elbows, which I hated, but my mom wouldn’t let me cut it, so I constantly pulled it back. Despite having such a variety, they never matched my outfits.

    I look at pictures of myself back then and cringe.

  14. 14
    January 11th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    HAHA this is awesome!!!!! I wear Crocs around the house!!! But I have to admit that I still love my feather earring..!!

  15. 15
    January 12th, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I can’t say I’ve had any personal experience with these trends. Though back in elementary and middle school, I was quite unfashionable and sported secondhand clothes from my cousins. It was quite terrible. In high school, my clothes were way too baggy and I wore a tank that peeked out from underneath a t-shirt almost every day. I also wore random clothes my mom picked out from outlets that were not flattering at all. Sometimes when I think about it…cringe-worthy.

  16. 16
    January 12th, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I love harem pants and still wear them

  17. 17
    January 12th, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Harem pants a regret? When styled right, you can rock the heck out of these pants. And there is nothing wrong with feather earrings, if they are a solid color and not feather-crazy you can also style these to perfection, just allow your feather earrings to serve as a statement piece.

  18. 18
    January 12th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    While I never dabbled into crocs or harem pants, I am def guilty of the others. Destroyed denim skirts + leggings + uggs were my jam. Ugh. And those platform sandals… mine had studs on them too. Sigh.

    Most recently I was obsessed with sheer shirts (wasn’t everyone?), and now I have a big pile I don’t wear anymore.

  19. 19
    January 13th, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I cringed at the site of every single one of these! Well written!

  20. 20
    January 14th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I love feather earrings, but I did think the feather hair extensions were a little wonky. The leggings and denim miniskirt seem childish to me, I’d never be able to pull of Harlem pants, and I cringe over those platform flip flops. I do like my crocs, actually, I just refuse to wear them in public. XD

  21. 21
    January 14th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I still don’t see anything wrong with the denim miniskirt + leggings thing. o_O I prefer ankle length more than calf length, but aside from that I think it’s an okay look.

    As for the feathers incident, you shouldn’t have been wearing things in search of approval from dudes or your peers anyway. :)

  22. 22
    January 15th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Remember the old trend… leggings as “pants”?? Oh, wait.. still happening. One day all girls will look back on that time an cry, lol.

  23. 23
    January 16th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Is it bad that I actually still like harem pants? :/ I own a few pairs and find that they’re more stylish than just throwing on a pair of sweats when I feel like having a lazy day.

  24. 24
    January 18th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    But I love the Crocs!! is super comfy when you have to stay all day in college studying or something, but of course you have to know when to wear them xD

  25. 25
    January 24th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I used to layer spaghetti-strap tank-tops over shirts. Over them, not under them. I don’t know why that happened; it’s not even a trend. It never was!
    I also was really into extremely vibrant Abercrombie sweatpants, not as loungewear, but as fashion statements. I had a candy cane-striped pair with a large white bow on them..
    Also, ditto to platform flip-flops and crocs.

  26. 26
    January 25th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Oh my goodness that skirt with leggings phase! Don’t forget your Ugg boots! I don’t like to look at things of the past as unfashionable now, but something that was part of my style evolution. I literally had these pair of purple sweatpants in elementary school that were my absolute favorite. I loved to wear them with a purple butterfly shirt. While I still may cringe a little on the inside thinking about it, it shows I was a creative and different child even then. I was my own person and I had my own style and I liked it.

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