The fashions that should be left in 2014
Coming into 2015, there are a few trends from 2014 that can be kept in heavy rotation in your wardrobe, while other trends should be hastily abandoned. The general look of the previous few years has been very sleek and tailored with plenty of patterns. There have also been some regressions to fashions from decades ago, such as the resurgence in facial hair. Sometimes, fashion can get way out of hand. You look back on what you wore and cringe. This is amplified when you cling onto trends well beyond their use-by date. Here are some of the worst fashions from the past year. Purge your wardrobe and burn these items.
In 2014, it suddenly became socially acceptable for men to don the tiniest of short shorts. It would have been fine if the short shorts trend was just for beachwear, but alas, it was for casual wear. Regular guys just walking down the street would be wearing tiny shorts, showing off their legs in all their fuzzy glory. Most men simply do not look good in shorts, let alone shorts of the shortest variety. Bin your short shorts so you are not tempted to wear them next summer.
After Pharrell Williams wore a huge brown hat at the Grammy Awards in January 2014, men everywhere suddenly began to follow suit. The monstrous Vivienne Westwood hat inspired endless copycats and unleashed a general trend towards oversized headwear. This is was mildly amusing in 2014 as everyone remembered Pharrell’s hat, but it has now been a year since the infamous hat and everybody has forgotten. Wearing a huge hat is now passé.
Patterned pants were big in the spring season, tricking down from runways into high street stores. This is the logical next step from clashing patterns and the resurgence of floral prints on menswear. If you are still enamoured with your patterned pants, do not despair; some patterned pants will be carried over into the New Year. Think washed-out, subtle patterns. The garish and bright designs of 2014 are now too bold. Their moment on the catwalk has passed, and it is high time to purge bright and tacky patterned pants from your wardrobe, if you bought into the trend.
Wearing a suit with loafers and no socks was oh-so-chic in 2014. Now, the look is just overdone. This look would have been risqué in the Victorian era, but that time is over and so is this trend. Plus, there is always the risk of looking like a gangly teen who has outgrown his pants and has not bothered to take the hems down. Dress like an adult, and wear full-length suit pants with proper shoes and socks. Loafers are slowly becoming less fashionable, and we can only hope that 2015 is the year that we see the last of them. Meanwhile, patterned socks are becoming more popular, so hopefully that is the death knell for wearing no socks.
About Natasha Abrahams Natasha Abrahams is a writer and journalism student from Melbourne, Australia. When she is not busy with being a principal writer on Weekendnotes or skipping lectures, she can be found emptying her wallet at the nearest shopping centre. You can read more from Natasha at: http://mensstyleandfashion.com/