Fashion flops of 2011 are best forgotten

by Chrissy Dill

Staff writer

There have been many trends this year that have made an impression on us, being very wearable for the college student but still very in-style and fashionable. I’m sure we can all recall the bright colors of this fall season, the fun scarves in countless varieties, the polka-dot prints and maxi skirts and the plaid and chunky sweaters.

However, there are some popular trends this season we’d like to forget.

Though cowl-neck scarves and sweaters/sweater dresses can be cute in the proper shape, some may make you look more like you’re a toddler.

This type of neck in a sweater has the potential to look like a bib, especially if they are super-oversized, so if you purchase a cowl-neck scarf/sweater for the winter, make sure it’s an appropriate shape and size.

A footwear that became popular this fall was the platform, reminiscent of ’70s fashion, which can be seen in cute, colorful stilettos or in a boot, a less attractive style.

I don’t know if you’ve ever actually tried to walk in platform heels, but I am being completely serious when I say you are risking injury.

Not only are platform boots a blast from the past, unfortunately,  they also make you look like you have horse feet, not to mention they sound like you’re galloping down the hallway.

Basically, these shoes are not suitable for college girls trekking across campus, or anyone for that matter.

Styles that brought us back to the ’60s and ’70s for a while were prominent this year, this summer particularly. Specifically, it seemed as though Native American-inspired prints and even feathers worn in hair were popular.

Though I was a fan of the feathers, sporting a red/black and silver strand for most of the summer, something I never could get the hang of was hipster headbands. This hair accessory should stay in the ’60s where it belongs.

When I did see someone sporting a headband, I felt the piece distracted from her outfit or even her face. To me, this trend was almost too blunt and looked more like it belonged with a Halloween hippie costume.

Designers of the spring and summer seasons of 2011 encouraged pairing loud prints together, whether they remotely belonged together or not. I liked the loud prints of summer, but when I saw pairing two big prints together was in style, I said no, thanks.

Maybe it’s the girl inside me that goes insane when she sees an outfit with accessories that don’t match, or clothing that doesn’t match well at all, who isn’t the fan of this trend. Maybe I can bear wearing a striped cardigan over a subtle polka-dotted blouse, but it doesn’t look good.

Though 2011 brought us some cute looks, we prefer to move on from ’70s-inspired style, giant platforms and looking like a walking canvas with loud prints.

Let’s say goodbye to 2011 fashion and look forward to what interesting styles 2012 brings us.

 

A cowl-neck sweater dress (above) has potential to look like you are wearing a bib. Purchase with caution, beware of shape and size. (Photo courtesy of http://www.refinery29.com)

 

Not only are platform boots (above) a blast from the past, unfortunately, they also make you look like you have horse feet, not to mention they sound like you’re galloping down the hallway. (Photo courtesy of http://fashionindie.com/lita-shoes-at-solestruck/)

 

A hipster headband (above) may distract too much attention away from an outfit or even the face. (Photo courtesy of http://www.refinery29.com/)

 

Designers of the spring and summer seasons of 2011 encouraged pairing loud prints together (above), whether they belonged together or not. (Photo courtesy of http://www.refinery29.com/the-biggest-fashion-trends-of-2011)