Best and Worst Fashion Trends of 2014

2014 saw a bevvy of trends–ones we’ll gladly embrace into 2015 and ones that should be left being (like in the ’90s). In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what you missed:


The ’90s came back in a big way–most notably through fashion. Those overalls you and every kid wore in elementary school re-emerged (and not in a good way). File these in the “looks good on celebrities but not me” section of the time capsule and open in 384 years.




Add these to the box. They looked good in 1998, but you’re a classy twenty-something now who should worry about breaking her ankle on a pair of heels, not a pair of Rocket Dog platform sandals. Flat sandals stay flat; platforms stay tall. There is no in-between.


flatform sandals




Not like those lacy strings you could put over your head–these were more grown-up (maybe)–as long as you chose the right layout that was more delicate and fun than Cinderella.

Unless that’s your thing, then kudos to you.

ASOS Rock ‘N’ Rose Zaria Turquoise Choker Necklace, $39.80,


asos choker


Or something like this, a DO:

Designsix Bennet Fine Choker Necklace, $26.53,

asos necklace

Crop Tops

The 2013 trend continued and even made its way to the red carpet, with Olivia Pope herself boldly going where no crop top had ever gone before at the 2014 SAG Awards.

kerry washington crop top




It was the most Googled fashion trend of 2014, probably because most people had no idea what the f*ck the fashion world was talking about. Known as “chic tourist”, normcore turned hot street stylers into fashionistas in even the blandest of colors. So basically, anything from the Gap, your old Levis and white Keds.



Workout Wear

Going to the gym? You could fool anyone now that workout wear is an everyday thing.

Bucket Bags

The 2014 “It” bag.

Vince Camuto “Leila” Drawstring Bucket Bag, $278,

vince camuto drawstring bucket bag


No dress? No problem. Jumpsuits give you the best of both worlds in comfort-chic. (Though going to the bathroom might take an arm and a leg).



Flash Tattoos

Often seen at music festivals, these temporary metallic tats/skin jewelry made you look like an Egyptian princess with a very random tan line.


flash tattoo



Sporty Chic

Wearing sweats in public never looked better.

Chanel Haute-Couture Spring 2014

chanel spring 2014



Your grandma’s favorite shoes had a moment–although to her, they’re probably not a trend if she wears that kind of style all the time.

Charles by Charles David “Paco” Sandal, $65.98,

Charles by Charles David mules


Slip-On Sneakers

Not your average Nikes.

Vans Classic Slip-On, $55,

vans classic slip on sneakers

Tell us: What do you see continuing to 2015? And what do you want to leave in 2014? 

Hannah Gettleman

Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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