They make me cringe now because they just look so fake. And huge! Plus, they instantly date my outfits to when these were in style. I eventually grew out of my love for chunky necklaces and have since replaced them with dainty necklaces that are a lot more subtle.
I tried to reach every age group, which I’ve learned you just can’t do! As an example, when it was “back to school” season, I would highlight school looks for the younger crowd. This Gen Z style is just not me and I cringe now when I look back at my low-rise jeans with crop tops, gingham mini dresses, and fake glasses.
Showing skin without showing skin seemed like a great compromise at the time. But now, this style doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. And though I don’t normally care about what’s “in”, these “flash in the pan” trends are super popular for that time and when worn after, they date your outfit and look out of style.
Why oh why did I take all my perfectly good jeans and cut them up? File that under things I’ll never understand. I don’t mind a subtle distressing here or there, but this reproduced and trendy look of my knees falling out is simply not a style I’m into and I think it downgraded some of my looks.
What started off with good intentions quickly became a disaster. I would take my sister’s, husband’s, and mom’s old clothes and try to turn them into new, cute things. Oh, and with possessing no realsewing skills or equipment I should add! The end result was me wearing clothes that were glued together or tied around my body.
My sister said I looked like a cat in the choker with a pom pom and I didn’t want to believe her. Now? Well, I believe her. That choker makes me cringe the most and it’s another one of those styles, like cold shoulder tops, that make you instantly think of a certain time period. Atemporal clothes and accessories are what I want to focus on now!
Though there’s nothing inherently wrong with a flared sleeve cuff, this look seems to have stopped halfway and is another one of those trends that were super popular in its time that now seems outdated to me. Instead, I like shirts that commit and go all the way with a balloon sleeve. It seems a lot more intentional!
These clothing items didn’t fit well, stained easily, and would rip within a week or two, and I remember when taking pictures, I would have to pose in such a way as to hide a giant hole. Part of my drive to create a classic, high-quality wardrobe is that I was so sick of wasting money on these types of clothes!
Just like flared sleeves, there’s nothing wrong with a floppy hat but I cringe because it’s just not me! It fits a more bohemian aesthetic, plus, I do think they are a little outdated now. Instead, I love a beret, newsboy cap, baseball hat, straw hat, or fedora.