The Fashion Trends I’m Keeping (and Ditching) for the New Year

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Since we’re still in the crossover week, I thought it would be fun to do a little ‘keep or ditch’ style fashion post to round out the week. Much like music, I feel like there were so many fashion trends popping up last year. Some were fantastic, some weren’t for me, and others were just a fleeting moment of style.

Not only is fashion cyclical, but it’s also personal. If I’m ditching a trend that you absolutely love, don’t let that stop you from wearing it! It’s just something that I personally either never cared for or reached the end of my love for the trend. Ready to see which trends made the cut?

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What I’m Wearing: Leith coat | Forever 21 tee | Topshop jeans | Steve Madden boots

The 5 Fashion Trends I’m Keeping in 2019

1. The Checked Blazer

A blazer is a style staple, but this item seemed to come back with a vengeance in 2018! Blazers were everywhere and I was not mad about it. In particular, the checked blazer made its way through the fashion world and it’s something I immediately loved.

After shopping around for the perfect print and fabric, I landed on my go-to option and styled it for you all during the trend series. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I continue to wear it, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I haven’t met a blazer I don’t like, and they’re more versatile than you’d think!

2. Printed/Chunky Sneakers

The printed/dad sneaker is one that I really love, but I totally get why it’s a polarizing trend. You either love it or hate it, I don’t think there’s an in between. For me, the key to a successfully cute sneaker is all in the design and the colorway. Some colors just don’t look good together regardless of whether they’re paired together in the same shoe or not.

Like most polarizing trends, you just have to find your happy place with chunky sneakers. The fashion world tried to convince us that bulky sneakers look great with spring floral dresses, but that’s not part of my ministry. Instead, I love a sneaker that’s either all white or a neutral color mix. I picked up my pair from Steve Madden and they have become my go-to casual shoe. When a comfortable item becomes a trend, I like to keep that trend around for as long as possible.

Even though I’m personally keeping this trend, I don’t foresee the fashion world following suit. Typically when fashion gets too comfortable and practical, they start heading in the other direction.

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3. Belt Bags

You know, I think this is another trend people either love or hate. I mentioned in the corresponding trend series post that I was actually looking for a belt bag two years ago before they were trendy, so it was impossible to find a cute option. Thankfully, the world caught on and provided so many stylish bag options last year.

I’m still carrying this trend with me, but I do think it’s one I’ll leave at the end of 2019…I just haven’t gotten my full use out of it yet. With that being said, belt bags will always be in style for me when it comes to music festival fashion. The last thing you want to carry around while at a music festival is a purse.

4. Pantsuits

Can you believe I don’t own a single pantsuit?! I love blazers and I love trousers, yet I have not found the perfect matching set so I can let my inner boss shine. Even though I don’t own one, I’m still carrying the pantsuit trend with me this year. Personally, I think a pantsuit is one of the most flattering things a woman can wear. With them being in style now, you can even wear them outside of the office with a minimal heel for a fashionable look.

I hope to find a pantsuit that works for me this year! Until then, I’ll cheer on the sidelines as I watch other fashionable women rock the trend.

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5. Sustainable Fashion

Ahh, sustainable fashion. This is a pretty cool, environmentally-friendly trend that really started gaining mainstream traction over the past few years. Like most fashion bloggers have expressed, it’s very difficult to find the balance between sharing new pieces and having a sustainability mindset. I’m completely new to the sustainable fashion world, and by no means does this mean I’m going cold turkey and setting unrealistic shopping standards on myself, but I do want to carry this trend with me in 2019.

Last year, I partnered with sustainable fashion brand ReDone to spread awareness and test out their products. It was the first time I had ever knowingly shopped a sustainable brand, and it led to me browsing around for more brands to highlight and share with you all since I’m sure you find the whole concept as overwhelming as I do.

I’ve mentioned time and time again how completing a capsule wardrobe challenge changed my mindset from “more is more” to “less is more”, but little did I know that mindset shift in itself is a small step towards sustainable shopping. Maximizing your wardrobe is something I’m passionate about, and sharing tips to help you wear everything in your closet in multiple ways is indirectly supporting the cause. And that, is always in style.

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The 5 Fashion Trends I’m Ditching in 2019

1. Tiny Sunglasses

To quote none other than Marilyn Monroe-loving Aubrey “Drake” Graham, tiny sunglasses “had a moment but it came and went”. Tiny sunglasses were everywhere last year, particularly from late spring to early fall. It took a few months for me to hop on board with the trend, but I then found a pair of tiny glasses from Shady Lady Eyewear and it clicked. I finally understood why people loved the tiny sunglasses trend. They look high fashion! It’s a trend not everyone can (nor should) wear, and that in and of itself feels very high fashion.

That being said, this trend is one I’m ready to leave. It was a short-lived love for me, but tiny sunglasses are here for a good time, not a long time.

2. Cowboy Boots

Maybe I’m biased because I live in Texas, but this is a trend that never made sense to me. Cowboy boots are a regular occurrence here in Texas, typically reserved for true cowboys and college girls on football game night. When I see cowboy boots on anyone other than those two groups of people, I’m utterly confused.

For me, seeing the cowboy boot trend have such a strong presence in New York was the most jarring. The two settings just don’t go together, and it’s something I can’t get behind. Let’s leave them in 2018, please. (Texas and other southern states, continue wearing them as you normally would…if you normally would.)

Thank u, next!

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3. Sock Boots

Have you seen that twitter meme where someone is seated at an outdoor booth and they have a sign stating an unpopular opinion followed by “change my mind”? This is mine: Sock boots don’t flatter anyone. Change my mind.

Yes, this is a fashion hill I will die on. Yes, I know I said at the top of this post that fashion is personal so feel free to wear trends even if they’re on my “ditch” list, but I truly believe this trend only looks right on Rihanna and Beyoncé. Despite my efforts, I am neither Rihanna nor Beyoncé, so I stay away from this trend.

I don’t own sock boots because I don’t like the lack of structure they have when the shoe isn’t on your foot. The closest pair I own are my red boots that you guys love, and those thankfully are not sock boots. They are true boots with a structured shaft, and they are the exact shape that I wish sock boots would morph to instead.

My gripe with sock boots is in the ankle. The suctioned, skin-tight grip from the ankle leading directly to the heel of the shoe just looks disproportionate, so I’m leaving this trend behind.

4. Low-Rise Jeans

Alright, this one will be short because I don’t have much to say about it. It technically hasn’t fully arrived yet, but I see the fashion world trying to convince us to bring low-rise jeans back and I’m here to say no. As iconic as Manny’s “I don’t want to be cute, I want to be hot” Degrassi episode was 15 years ago, that was a rough time period for fashion in hindsight and we don’t want to go back.

Next case!

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5. Biker Shorts

Last but not least is the biker short trend. This is a trend I truly don’t understand simply because it looks unfinished. I love wearing yoga shorts around the house for the comfort and can maybe get behind biker shorts when they’re styled for an athleisure airport outfit…maybe.

But, in 2018, biker shorts were being paired with blazers and heels and duster coats and crop tops and the list goes on! Personally, I was not a fan. It shouldn’t surprise any longtime readers of the blog since biker shorts are just cropped leggings, but I just can’t figure out where this trend makes sense. When it’s styled with an otherwise business casual or night out look, I have so many questions. For me, it’s being ditched in 2019.

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Now, it’s your turn! I want to know what trends made your list! Tweet me or drop it in the comments below! 

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