Trends come and trends go, but there are those we wish would leave the party a little early. Thankfully the world of fashion is ever-evolving, and with a little luck, some new trends that are more pleasing to the eye and less taxing on our sanity will soon replace the misguided efforts below.
We all have the decades we love, especially when it comes to fashion. We might even try to incorporate some of that decade’s iconic pieces into our personal style. Of course, we’ll put a modern slant on it by combining it with something that’s currently über-stylish, but you get the picture. A hat from the ’60s, flares from the ’70s—there are a lot to choose from—but whatever you choose, it’s usually a piece that is stylish in its own right.
Then came the genius who dreamed up normcore. In case you’re wondering what normcore is, here’s a brief explanation: It’s everything that was bad about ’90s fashion (was there anything good?) in one outfit. Need we say more?
Overalls or dungarees—whatever it is you want to call them, if you have a pair and don’t work in construction or on a farm, throw ’em away. Think you’ll look rugged like your cousin who builds boats? No chance. These might look great on a worksite, or even the runway, but they look nothing short of ridiculous on the street.
Dressing like you’re 8 years old doesn’t impress anyone (except perhaps your mother). Sorry, guys, this one’s just wrong.
3. Short shorts
The Simpsons may have loved them, but who in their right mind would wear short shorts? What happened? A few years back they were too long, and now they’re short enough to make a cheerleader blush. Is there no middle ground in the world of shorts design and manufacture?
Thankfully this is a trend that didn’t take off in a big way (we wonder why) and doesn’t look like it’ll be around in 2017. Could it be that it was just a design template someone folded in the wrong place?
4. Socks with sandals
You know it’s wrong, we know it’s wrong. In fact, just about everyone—except style-redundant dads of a certain age—knows it’s wrong. So why is it still happening? Socks are for warmth or for soaking up sweat. Perhaps you might catch a glimpse of them now and then, but on the whole, they’re not for our viewing pleasure. Sandals, on the other hand, are for keeping your feet cool. Together they just don’t work.
Here’s an idea: If your feet are cold, wear shoes and socks; if not, wear sandals or thongs. Once you start messing with established norms like these, the world becomes a different place.
5. Dressing for Instagram
Everyone likes to look good. We all try our best—whether it’s by donning a custom tailored suit or combining a great sweater with jeans—and we all love to get a compliment. But fishing for those compliments in the form of social media likes comes off as just plain sad.
Posing for social media is nothing new, but creating complete looks just for those Insta hearts is something that crept up on us males last year. Is it Kanye’s fault? Probably, but that’s no excuse. Men need to step out of their social media bubble and dress for themselves, not for their followers.
6. Destroyed denim
There was a time when your distressed denim looked distressed because you ran it through the proverbial mill. It took years of hard work and sweat to earn a pair of worn jeans!
These days all it costs is a rather exorbitant charge to your credit card. But it’s not the high-end distressed look that’s the problem here; it’s the torn-to-shreds, will-it-stay-in-one-piece? look that offends the most. Put those poor jeans out of their misery!
7. High-end band merch
Slayer, Metallica, AC/DC—some people love them, some don’t. And while it’s wrong to cast aspersions, we’re not quite convinced the Biebs rocks out to a bit of thrash metal or heavy rock in his spare time.
What we doubt even more is that the many guys we see wearing band merch on the street actually like these bands. In fact, we’re quite sure they’re not even getting these tees in the usual manner. No, someone is making a killing selling band merch in a high-end store. Please stop the madness and buy your shirts from the back of a guy’s car like everyone else does.
Awfulness aside, 2016 was actually a great year for men’s fashion, and here’s hoping 2017 brings more of the good (like these suit trends). I mean, check out some of these amazing men’s looks from this past month’s Golden Globes. If you’re in the mood for something more outrageous, check out these looks from Paris Men’s Fashion Week and these five trends to come out of London Fall/Winter Fashion Week.
But let’s leave these terrible trends where they belong: in the past.
About The Author
Jatin Vengurlekar is the CEO of Montagio Mens Suits Sydney and a leading men’s fashion consultant in Sydney, Australia. He’s been featured in HuffingtonPost, GQ, Men’s Fitness and many other leading publications. In his spare time, he likes to write men’s fashion advice on his men’s style blog and take his dog for walks on the beach. Find Montagio on Facebook and Twitter.