What's in her closet: Trends that Should End

I sure love all of this color I’m seeing with the latest spring fashions that have emerged across all of my social media pages in the last couple of weeks. 

My beloved favorite color – black – may be taking a back seat for a while. I feel like I don’t even know who I am anymore. 

While the color black will forever remain my favorite, I cannot help but love the Pantone Color of the Year, “Living Coral,” and all of the colors that go along with this year’s spring looks.

If you’re anything like me, shopping trips consist of walking around the store, picking up items and saying things like “this is cute” a thousand or so times before finally settling on something I just can’t seem to live without.

But this spring? I feel like I need ALL of the things: tops, bottoms, dresses, skirts, accessories. Every last one of them. 

I still have some of my older spring clothes from prior seasons hanging in my closet and some of them – fortunately for me – are still in style. But if I’m being honest with myself, some may need to be donated or thrown into the trash bin.

With new trends on the horizon, I can’t help but think about some of my least-favorite spring trends of the past.

Let’s take a look:

Peplum
I loved it, but I hated it. I loved how cute it looked on some women…and then I tried on a peplum top and – hello hips!?! I’m short, but I’m curvy. I have a small waist, but like Shakira says, these hips don’t lie. I wanted to love peplum, but my hips had other plans. I remember looking in the dressing room mirror and shouting, “Oh, no ma’am!” I couldn’t get out of that top fast enough.

Chevron print
I never loved this print. Don’t get me wrong, I love stripes, but I always thought the chevron thing was overdone and sometimes in colors that were far too bright for my taste. It seemed to be popping up everywhere in the fashion world, especially here in the South. I remember driving behind a girl that had a Chevron print monogram on the back of her car and thinking to myself, “This has gone too far.” I never owned one piece of Chevron print clothing, and I most likely never will. 

Cocktail rings
I loved cocktail rings but I’m glad dainty rings have taken over my jewelry box. While cocktail rings were super fun, they needed to be put to rest. I got rid of mine a couple of years ago, and now when I look back at photos, I cringe a bit at the size of some of the ones I owned. Did I need a ring that could probably knock someone out in one quick swoop? No. Did I own one? Yes. Several, unfortunately. 

Cowboy boots with dresses
I realize I may step on some toes with this one, but I never loved this trend. I’m not sure why it bothered me so much, but it did. Are you going to Easter service? Are you going to a rodeo? I’m so confused. 

Leather jewelry adorned with pearls
I love leather, and I love pearls, but this is another trend I could not hop on board with. It looked cheap to me, and the thought of cheap pearls almost makes my Southern heart break. 

Color-blocked outfits
In 2012, color-blocking seemed to be the way to go when choosing an outfit. The brighter the color, the better. I remember the color teal being paired with neon yellow and white in almost every boutique window I would drive by. While it was cute at the time, I’m glad this trend has faded. 

Headbands
While I realize this is not a spring only trend, I am so incredibly happy headbands have taken a backseat in the fashion world. There’s just something strange about an almost 40 year-old wearing a headband to a formal event– or even to the supermarket. 

Piko tops
I fell victim to this trend. Piko tops were so comfy, but in hindsight, we all looked like flying squirrels if we raised our hands above our heads. They had a good run, but I firmly believe these tops should be left in the past. 

And there you have it. 

My list of trends I am glad to see make an exit not only from my closet, but the fashion world in general.If you find yourself looking for the perfect spring attire, I encourage you to shop local. I have seen so many local clothing boutiques carry some of the cutest spring fashions and I know they would be happy to help you complete your look. 

Carly Hazlip is a contributing style editor for Signature Magazine. She has already spent too much on Spring and Summer attire and is not the least bit sorry. 

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