New fashion trends are in with Ugly, out with Pretty

I was perusing the New Arrivals section in a bookstore for fashion and beyond, hoping to indulge in some light reading during my recent trip to Shanghai. Browsing the shelves, I spotted ‘Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a BOOK’ by Jennifer Donnelly. Although it’s not a fashion book, out of curiosity it made its way to the cashier with me.

Funnily, it was the fashion in the book that interested me the most. The mentions of Belle and other characters “fashionably” dressed in flowy shimmery dresses and delicate feminine shoes at balls made my mind zoom into the question: “When exactly did ‘pretty’ become old-fashioned and ‘ugly’ became the new “it” thing in fashion?” Aside from the major shift in what’s seen as fashionable nowadays, we’re also not looking at balls anymore but the street style inside and outside (but mostly outside, seemingly) of fashion shows.

Even so, as much as fashion has certainly evolved over time, it doesn’t mean trends don’t repeat themselves in a sporadic manner. Remember how we pretty much hated mom jeans in the last decade, only to feel like you’re experiencing major FOMO if you don’t at least give the high-waisted style a go? The famous phrase “One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out” perfectly describes the flakey stance we have on fashion trends.

1. Mom Jeans
Our moms loved these jeans when they were teens. Us kids hated these jeans when we were teens. Now you can find them (albeit a more flattering version) in every top fashion bloggers’ closet (and mine, too).

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 16: Liz Uy is seen wearing a Marc Jacobs jacket outside the Marc Jacobs show during New York Fashion Week: Women’s Fall/Winter 2017 on February 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 16: Liz Uy is seen wearing a Marc Jacobs jacket outside the Marc Jacobs show during New York Fashion Week: Women’s Fall/Winter 2017 on February 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)

2. Slippers
Thanks to Gucci, it is now A-OK to wear bedroom slippers outside of the house – and not just to the grocery store around the corner. If Gucci is out of your budget, celebrate the fact that high-street brands like Zara are now “slipping” them out into their stores. (Sorry, not sorry for the pun.)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 26: Elina Halimi wearing a Gucci jacket and belt and denim jeans and slippers outside Lanvin during the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 on June 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 26: Elina Halimi wearing a Gucci jacket and belt and denim jeans and slippers outside Lanvin during the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 on June 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

3. Tracksuit Trousers
Side-striped trousers are not just for the field anymore, that’s for sure! Not into sporty vibes but still want to get in on some tracksuit action? Try it with high heels.

4. Metallic Boots
What do you mean, “Space Age”? Nope, shiny metallic boots are very much earth-appropriate now.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MARCH 18: Doga Bursali during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul Autumn/Winter 2016 at Zorlu Center on March 18, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images for IMG)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MARCH 18: Doga Bursali during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul Autumn/Winter 2016 at Zorlu Center on March 18, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images for IMG)

5. Fishnet
Once depicted in movies as what street workers (ladies of the night) wear, this grungy cool trend is all the rage with street-stylers now. Go all out with a fishnet pantyhose under a dress, but if you prefer to go on the peek-a-boo route, ankle fishnet socks or a hint of fishnet showing through your ripped jeans would do. To see my fishnet look, visit my fashion blog Affordorable.com.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Caroline Daur is seen attending Carolina Herrera during New York Fashion Week wearing a pink top and red skirt on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Caroline Daur is seen attending Carolina Herrera during New York Fashion Week wearing a pink top and red skirt on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)

6. Innerwear as Outerwear
Remember the time when someone would tell you, “Your bra strap is showing?” Well, this trend seems like a direct defiance of that time. Take a leaf out of the style books of off-duty models and style bloggers by topping off a plain white tee or white shirt with a bralette.

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 04: Alexandra Lapp wearing Light blue Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans with button fly in the classic five-pocket design, signature Levi’s tab and arch are stitches on back pockets, White blouse from Zara, Bust Candy Bra Top by FARINA for NA-KD in Black features adjustable satin shoulder straps, Mills pearl studs tote bag from MCM in black with hand-applied faux pearls, Santoni ankle boots in suede, Original army jacket – vintage, Ring – Cartier on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 04: Alexandra Lapp wearing Light blue Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans with button fly in the classic five-pocket design, signature Levi’s tab and arch are stitches on back pockets, White blouse from Zara, Bust Candy Bra Top by FARINA for NA-KD in Black features adjustable satin shoulder straps, Mills pearl studs tote bag from MCM in black with hand-applied faux pearls, Santoni ankle boots in suede, Original army jacket – vintage, Ring – Cartier on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

7. Shiny Patent Leather
Patent leather was considered the sad version of leather and “tacky” back then but it’s very much #fashun now. If going all out with a patent leather jacket or pants is not up your alley, perhaps try dipping your toes in the trend first – literally.

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