How to get through fashion trends that don’t look good on you

Posted: 2021-03-21 09:43:00 By: thebay

Writer Leila Nasr-Sharifi takes us through ways to still be fashionable when certain trends aren’t flattering on you.

Trends change . . . constantly. 

Yet some stay in style a lot longer than others, especially pants. So, let us address the ‘60s bell bottom or ‘90s flare jean that are all the rage these days. 

Apparently, skinny jeans are a thing of the past. This trend that lasted years (thankfully) is being tossed out the window to welcome in bell bottoms. If you’re anything like me, the bell bottom look just looks blah and out of place. According to a BuzzFeed article, Gen Z’s are telling Millennials to stop wearing skinny jeans. Uh-oh.

In a smaller city or town, it’s much easier to put together an outfit without worrying about the public shame of not being en vogue. There are, however, those who indulge in the newest fashion trends. But what do you do when your closet is filled with clothes that aren’t “cool” anymore? Or worse yet, what if the newest fad doesn’t look good on you?

The good news is that trends tend to come back into fashion some years later, like bell bottoms – so having a closet with items that are outdated isn’t a bad thing. Hold on to your good stuff, because you never know what will pop back up in Harper’s Bazaar! 

Fashion trends are overrated. Whoops, did I just say that out loud? No, but I typed it out loud. They are a guide, in my opinion. Plus, who has the time and money to pick through all the trends every season? It’s like a full-time job (and salary)! The point is to feel confident in what you’re wearing regardless of what weird new style is coming down the runway.

Not everything looks good on everyone and that is totally okay! Remind yourself that you’re not meant to look like a 10 in everything. Chances you’re already a ten in your heart. See what I did there? Seriously though... Similar to number one, it’s a matter of choosing what you know makes you look good and being unapologetic. Gen Z’s don’t know what they’re talking about.

Get an outsider’s opinion. You’ve heard the saying that you’re your own harshest critic. Why wouldn’t that apply in this situation? Perhaps this is an opportunity to grow. Try something new, step out of your comfort zone and question the thoughts that make you believe certain aren’t the right style. Order some items from a store you like and trust and go wild! Put on a silly fashion show for those in your bubble. Oh, and you’ll probably want a delicious bottle of wine with that. 

There are always different versions of the same style. Carrying on with the bell bottom example, there are pants that don’t have such a wide leg if it makes you uncomfortable to wear something so . . . out there. Save some money by shopping on websites that have free shipping (and free returns) and follow the last step from number-5. Oh, and set that inner critic aside, okay? 

Dig deep to find out what you don’t like about a particular style on you. Is it the colour? The way it hangs? The way you think it makes you look? Once you figure that out, look for an item with the modifications you have in mind. If you can’t find it and it’s that important to you, have someone modify it for you! Feeling good is never overrated; but trying to fit in the status quo is.

This is your chance to strut your stuff down Main Street in either your new wardrobe or with the items you already have!


By Leila Nasr-Sharifi, for

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