Style Later: Spring 2014 Trends To Avoid

by Paige Schultz, Fashion Editor, and Fashion Writers Victoria Fok, Annie Murphy, Alyssa Sage, and Meghann Stelzner

Entrancing, inspiring, and remarkable. Often when describing seasonal runway collections words like these are used to applaud the innovation of designers, praising their arduous efforts to produce the art that we ultimately live our lives in. Yet when it comes to style people are picky – and while we may admire the beautiful pieces seen on the catwalk, we recognize that ensembles of the like may not necessarily transition well into real-world settings.

Thus for the sake of Badger women, our Fashion Team has assembled a list of 5 spring 2014 trends to avoid. Yet note that our criticism does not come from lack of appreciation. Rather we’ve chosen these fashion and beauty trends based on their ability to not only work with your day-t0-day lifestyle, but also to make you look your absolute best so you don’t earn yourself a one-way ticket for the Hot Mess Express.

Jason Wu, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci
Jason Wu, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci

Overexposure

In fashion weeks across the globe it was apparent: subtle, sheer statements were one of the main trends for spring 2014. Often featuring lightweight, chiffon pieces, collections like Chloe kept their sheer ensembles minimal while others, like Gucci and Jason Wu, interpreted the trend inappropriately with transparent tops and see-through skirts that exposed models’ undergarments.

Yet although this look may be chic and avant-garde on the runway, it’s simply not practical for the college girl. Donning a completely sheer dress is not the best way to impress anyone on the first day of spring semester classes, and thus we caution you: avoid overexposure. While we encourage items with subtle sheer elements such as sheer sleeves or illusion necklines, we do not condone baring it all. As Coco Chanel once said, “a girl should always be two things: classy and fabulous.” So be tasteful Badger women, we have a reputation to uphold.

Wet Hair
Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone

Wet Hair

When wet hair first premiered as a trend in spring 2012, the only thought that came to mind was, “Do people actually find this attractive?” After all, looking as though you have just stepped out of the shower, or haven’t taken a shower in days, has never been praised as a beauty statement before. In fact, it has been shamed.

Yet top designer brands like Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag & Bone would beg to differ as they presented the wet hair look in their spring 2014 collections. While the intent may have been to portray a chic, slicked-back look, the trend turned out to be unfeminine and, more importantly, unflattering due to its unkempt nature. Needless to say, this is not a trend worth trying to adopt for the college woman or any woman for that matter. Thus, we’ll reserve our wet locks for more appropriate matters, like swimming or post-shower lounging perhaps.

Christian Siriano, Alice + Olivia, Giambattista Valli
Christian Siriano, Alice + Olivia, Giambattista Valli

40’s Inspired Silhouettes

Representing one trend that had us debating “yay or nay” for spring 2014 was bringing back 40’s-inspired silhouettes. Though flattering and feminine for certain ensembles, “nay” was the ultimate verdict we chose as we deemed this trend to be unrealistic to wear off the runway. Certainly many designers’ collections sported styles of the 40’s in the form of tea-length hemlines and ultra-cinched waists, but it’s unlikely that this trend will make a strong comeback this season – especially for the college student.

One major reason behind this theory is the potentially unflattering length being unable to accommodate a variety of heights. Additionally, warmer weather usually makes us want to show off our legs, not hide them as we’ve been doing all winter long. Thus, we’re letting this trend stay on the runway, but if you’d like to adopt it, we recommend a fabulous pair of heels for proper ensemble balance that may be a little more flattering.

Donna Karan
Donna Karan

The Middle School Slick-Back

In recent times, all-over slicked-back hair has often been the go-to look for runway shows as it provides a contrast to feminine collection by giving extra edge to minimalist collections. Yet this spring, Donna Karan reinvented the hairstyle by opting to pin back only the middle section of models’ hair versus gelling the hair back completely. Unflattering in a variety of ways, this look is simply not practical for a college girl to adopt. Though it may be fitting at a high-fashion show, you can look back at any middle school picture and realize that this look should not be brought back into everyday life. Thus, this spring do not revert back to those adolescent days, instead spring forward with undone waves or a cute tousled up-do.

Altuzarra, Costello Tagliapietra, Rag & Bone
Altuzarra, Costello Tagliapietra, Rag & Bone

Thigh-High Slits

It’s no secret that it is pretty customary for designers to showcase revealing, skin-baring pieces on the runway, and for spring 2014 collections like Altuzarra, Costello Tagliapietra and Rag & Bone did just that as they incorporated suggestive thigh-high slits into a handful of their pieces. Yet while this trend is generally well-received on the runway, it certainly would not generate the same response if it was to be worn in a college campus setting. If you ventured down University Avenue sporting a thigh-high slit dress or skirt, you would not only convey that you’re vying for attention, but you’d most likely give your fellow classmates the wrong idea. You may technically be abiding by current fashion standards by donning such an ensemble, but you wouldn’t be maintaining the proper level of appropriateness needed for a casual, everyday look.

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