12 Jul, 2021


When it comes to fashion, I like to think that anything goes.

Want to wear clogs this season? Go for it! Planning to pair paradoxical prints? Fine by me! Lusting after a handbag the length of your left thumb? You do you! But sometimes (and only sometimes) I find myself fiercely shaking my head at a fashion trend and banishing it from my wardrobe.

Now, beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder.

Just because there’s a selection of trends which I’m not a fan of doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear them if you happen to love these styles. But, personally, I just can’t seem to muster up adoration for this selection of trends.

And true love for a fashion trend, as we all know, simply cannot be forced.

A certain trend ending up on this list doesn’t mean I have never been a fan of the style, it just means that I’m no longer scrambling to don the trend anymore.

In this post, I’m going to share with you the fashion trends which I have come to view as (dare I say) fashion faux pas.

Bomber Jackets

credit - courtesy of Celine, accessed via Vogue.com

Credit - courtesy of Alessandro Lucioni, accessed via Vogue.com

Bomber jackets were first worn by WWI military pilots.

Then the style garnered widespread popularity in the form of varsity jackets as part of the quintessentially American ‘80s and ‘90s high school aesthetic. But now bomber jackets just feel a little too 2015 for me. Don’t get me wrong, the bomber’s practicality and sleek design are indisputable and this is no doubt why the style has been so popular throughout the years.

I myself have worn, and loved, many bomber jackets in my time.

However, bomber jackets are now perhaps suffering from the ‘too much of a good thing’ curse. The way I see it, this style will go down great in the fashion history books but it belongs there more than in my wardrobe.

Tiger Print

Animal print is one of those styles which will always keep reappearing.

credit - Vifill Prunner, courtesy of Dundas, accessed via Vogue.com

credit - courtesy of Roberto Cavalli, accessed via Vogue.com

credit - Vifill Prunner, courtesy of Dundas, accessed via Vogue.com

From the runways, to street style, the fashion crowd is always, at one point or another, obsessed with trying to look like they belong in the wild. I have to admit that, while I’m an animal print fan myself, tiger print is my least favourite of all the prints in the animal kingdom.

Why? I’m not totally sure.

It has all the qualities of a covetable animal print - statement-making, loud, alluring.

But it doesn’t give me the same fashion-forward vibe as its leopard, snake and zebra counterparts (which I adore). Perhaps it’s because tiger print reminds me of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh or maybe it’s because the orange and black colourway combined with the tiger stripes pattern is just all too much for a single print.

Either way, I’m avoiding tiger print.

One-Piece Suits

There’s something inherently sexy and stylish about the way catwoman wears her one-piece catsuit. But in reality, it’s more of a pain to go to the toilet in than anything else.

Sleek one-pieces so often look beautiful but I think that the impracticalities of the style unfortunately outweigh its alluring qualities.

Credit - courtesy of Bottega Veneta, accessed via l'Officiel USA

Credit - courtesy of Tom Ford, accessed via l'Officiel USA

There are styles which, no matter how uncomfortable they may be to wear, I grin and bear it for fashion’s sake.

But the one-piece suit is sadly not one of those styles.

If I’m after an elegant and tight-fitting outfit I opt for a corset and trousers combo instead.

Patchwork Overload

Let me make it clear. I am certainly a fan of the quirky patchwork aesthetic, particularly designs involving mismatched fabrics and the Y2K denim style patchwork which is everywhere on Instagram right now.

Credit - courtesy of Alessandro Lucioni, accessed via Vogue.com

Credit - courtesy of Alessandro Lucioni, accessed via Vogue.com

But there is such a thing as too much patchwork.

This, I can’t get behind.

I think the patchwork style should be on one statement piece in an outfit, such as a trench coat, blazer, bag, pair of jeans etc. Any more than an individual standout piece and I feel I look like an arts and crafts project gone wrong.

Some people may be a fan of the patchwork overload look but it’s just not for me.


This last fashion faux pas is more to do with these unique times than anything else. I don’t know a single soul who over the past year and a (however long we’ve been plagued by this pandemic)hasn’t grown sick of sweatpants.

Yes of course they’re comfortable and yes of course there’s a certain novelty in wearing a garment akin to pyjamas outside of the house.

credit - courtesy of Sandra Semburg, accessed via Vogue.fr

However, I think the time has come for me to break the metaphorical comfort shackles and wear real clothes.

Interestingly, the lockdown sweatpants phenomenon has had an influence on our post-lockdown wardrobes. Thanks to a year sitting snug in the style we are favouring baggy designs and prioritising wearability.

An example of this is fashion’s current obsession with baggy jeans over previously popular skinny styles (check out my blog post on this fierce debate if you haven’t already).

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xoxo, Tamara

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