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25 Fashion and Beauty Trends We Shouldn't Bring into 2021

Wedge Sneakers

Wedge sneakers first made an appearance in 2012—and thus the most controversial shoe was born. Some loved the combination of comfort and style, while others were completely opposed to the shoe’s agenda.

It’s been more than eight years and this style sneaker is still prevalent. My advice? Wear sneakers or wear wedges, but please don’t wear them both at once.

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Chevron

For an entire year of this decade, chevron-patterned fabric was unstoppable. The print was extremely popular during the ‘70s and made a celebrated comeback during the 2010s. Dresses, blouses, skirts, leggings, tights, and accessories were covered in this geometric pattern.

But how much chevron can one person own? The limit does exist. If you still have chevron-print anything in your closet, it’s time to do away with it. Let’s hope it doesn’t make another appearance in the next decade.

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Patchwork Jeans

Late in the year, patchwork jeans got super popular. What is this, the '90s? As wide-leg jeans come back, patchwork is heading right out the window. 

This goes double for distressed jeans that use patches. That doesn't fix them. They look just as bad, but now with a little more color. 

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Kylie Jenner Lips

In 2015, women became infatuated with the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge. This social media challenge encouraged teenagers to use suction bottles to temporarily plump their lips—but many lips were harmed in the process. Not only was this trend against medical advice and reason, it was a fad.

Yes, a perfect pout is desirable. And yes, artificially plumped lips may still be all the rage, but there are safer ways to achieve this look. If you’re still using lip suction, stop. 

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Giant Bags

Giant bags are literally the worst. They were super popular in 2020, but it makes zero sense. They cause all sorts of back and shoulder pain, and there's no reason to carry that much stuff. 

No one ever needs to carry that much stuff. It's time to cut back on the stuff and only carry what we need on a day to day basis. If you don't use it in a month, take it out of your purse. 

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Baby Bangs

One of 2020’s biggest hair trends was ‘baby bangs.’ These blunt, cropped bangs are significantly shorter than the long, layered bangs we’ve grown so accustomed to.

Although many celebs debuted baby bangs this past season, let’s not look to them for inspo. This hairstyle will leave friends and family wondering if your micro bangs were intentional...or the result of a haircut gone awry. 

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Chokers

In 2016, chokers were resurrected. Celebrities’ influence on this fashion revival was evident. Once they were seen on the necks of celebs, women everywhere followed suit. Whether you preferred minimal, dainty chokers, or bold, statement-making chokers, this necklace has had its moment.

As we transition to spring of 2021, trade your chokers for long, layered necklaces or chunky chain-length jewelry. These accessories will feel fresh and fun as we enter a new decade.

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Disco Collars

Thankfully, the '70s fad is falling out of style with the new year. Disco collars are saying goodbye and scalloped collars are coming back. 

They certainly look a lot better than these giant, winged things. The only bad news is that the '80s are coming in, and yes, that means huge shoulder pads. 

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Contouring

When Kim Kardashian posted a photo of herself on Twitter—pre and post-contour—she had no idea she was revolutionizing a makeup phenomenon. Millions of women decided to purchase a new set of brushes, a jar of foundation, a dewy highlighter, and a matte bronzer ASAP.

Even though this happened in 2012, women are still contouring—and it’s 2020. Not only is it an expensive habit, but it’s also an extremely time-consuming process. My advice is to leave contouring in this decade. It’s time we embrace our natural, healthy, and glowing skin.

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Quilted Textures

How did quilted textures ever become a trend? Maybe if we're snuggling up during a cold night, but it isn't something you should wear outside. 

There are better ways to stay warm than looking like a grandma. Not that grandmas have terrible style, but this isn't it. 

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Shellac Nailpolish

When you go to the nail salon for a luxurious mani/pedi, you’re expecting relaxation. But have you ever thought about the negative effects of the type of nailpolish you use? It may be more harmful than you realize.

Nails are a six billion dollar a year industry, which is why they’re not going to tell you that shellac nail polish, also known as gel nail polish, can be a safety hazard. It uses UV lights to dry the polish, but UV exposure of any kind can be damaging. Dip powder is the new and improved nail trend that you need to try in 2021!

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Fanny Packs

Fanny packs may be functional, but this trend has seen its better day. Since the ‘80s, fanny packs have evolved significantly. Instead of your dad wearing them during your family vacation, they’re being worn by celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.

I’ll admit that fanny packs are convenient, but they aren’t cute. And as if they aren’t bad enough, bloggers and social media influencers have started wearing the quirky accessories as crossbody bags. 2021 is the ideal time to put an end to this madness.

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Too Much Eyeliner

Will we ever learn? It’s doubtful. Eyeliner is tricky—and I’ll be the first to second that statement. Eyeliner should be sleek, steady, and smooth. But there are days when your lines are jagged and uneven, and when you apply way too much liner to your lower lid.

Although your eyeliner may never be perfect, there are tips and tricks that can help you avoid midday smudging and over-application. By wearing less eyeliner, or a lighter shade of liner, you can perfect your eyes with minimal risk of beauty blunders. It’s the perfect New Year’s resolution!

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Bermuda Shorts

The return of bermuda shorts has been controversial—and even that’s an understatement. During the summer of 2019, these shorts were everywhere. While many celebrities and Instagram influencers began wearing them, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been teleported back to middle school.

The knee-grazing shorts may be appropriate, but they’re definitely not trendy. In my opinion, they’re worse than denim capris. Many others have expressed their distaste for the bermudas as well. That being said, we should just do away with them!

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Indoor Tanning

Over the last decade, many health professionals have shared the dangers of indoor tanning. Contrary to popular belief, tanning beds are not a safe alternative to sunlight. They too increase the risk for skin cancer.

Although tanning bed usage has declined, there are still millions of Americans who continue to tan indoors—despite the warnings and cautionary tales.

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Wet Hair Look

For the last five years, the ‘wet hair look’ has been a trend to follow. Celebrities and models have made many red-carpet and runway appearances with hair that looks to be sopping wet. But in reality, this hairstyle requires much more than water.

If you don’t mind using a heaping amount of hair product to achieve this look, be my guest. But this trend is anything but realistic. Instead, opt for styling your hair while it’s dry. High updos, blunt bobs, and tousled waves will dominate 2021.

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Velour Tracksuits

How could we ever forget the infamous velour tracksuit? Juicy Couture’s two-piece ensemble was offered in a variety of colors and patterns during the early 2000s. Celebs like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Kim Kardashian iconicized this trend. Not only was it comfortable, but it was considered fashionable.

After a decline in style, the velour tracksuit resurged in 2018. New prints and fits were introduced. And new brands adopted the re-emerging trend. But this fashion statement has had its moment. You don’t need to own a tracksuit to follow the athleisure trend. Leave them in this decade!

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Biker Shorts

Wearing biker shorts in public is basically the same as showing up in your underwear. Nothing says classy like lycra bunching up in every nook and cranny south of your belly button.

It looks a lot worse when you couple it with a blazer. Overall, they don't look good. Skip out on the biker shorts and wear regular shorts or pants. 

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Crimped Hair

Fall and winter of 2020 has brought us asymmetrical neck lines, chunky chain jewelry, and…crimped hair? Unfortunately, it’s true. Women have dug their crimping irons from the depths of their beauty drawers and clamped down on their hair.

But two seasons of crimped hair is two seasons too long. Let’s do ourselves a favor and give our straighteners and curling irons the attention they deserve. There’s a reason why crimping was supposed to stay in the ‘80s.

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Itty Bitty Bags

If you watched the 2019 American Music Awards, chances are you saw Lizzo strut in with her teeny tiny Valentino purse. They’re not typically that small, but the mini purse trend is still inconvenient. If you’re lucky, they’ll hold your debit and credit cards, a package of gum, and your go-to lipstick.

Honestly, that’s reason enough to leave this trend behind. You need a bag that fits everything you need, but nothing extra to break your back and shoulders.

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Leopard Print

Animal print—especially leopard—has had its five minutes of fame. It’s come in and out of style multiple times throughout this decade and it’s time to retire it for good.

With street style no longer resembling a safari, you can get wild with your wardrobe. Swap leopard print for plaid this winter, and plaid for pastels this spring.

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Waist Trainers

The waist-trainer trend is nothing short of torturous. By wearing high-compression shaping garments, you literally train your waist to develop an hourglass shape. Not only is this body type unrealistic, the act of waist training can be detrimental to both your physical and mental health.

Waist trainers and corsets put added pressure on the abdomen, which can cause unwanted side effects. In 2021, let’s just keep our waists slim by working out and eating healthy!

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High-Low Hemlines

High-low hemlines are a fashion crime. They were in 2012 and they still are now. The uneven hems were seen on dresses and skirts for years. They were longer in the back and shorter in the front. Although they are no longer in style, many women continue to wear them.

Do yourself a favor and opt for anything but a high-low hem. Instead, try a midi length, calf length, or tea length dress or skirt!

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Crocs

Over the last year, shares of Crocs have increased by 30%. Teenagers are the ones driving this trend. Many teens have said they know Crocs are ugly, but they wear them anyway because they’re “popular.”

If anyone brings their Crocs into 2021, I will scream. Don’t even get me started on the fur-lined Crocs. It was bad enough that they could be worn in the summer, but now they can be worn in the cooler months as well.

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Feather Hair Extensions

If you religiously follow each and every upcoming trend, it’s likely you remember feather hair extensions. The early 2010s was known for them. Women flocked to their hair salons and begged their stylists for these coveted hair accessories.

They became so popular that salons couldn’t even satisfy the demands of their clientele. America was quite literally experiencing a saddle hackle feather shortage. Not only were women upset about this feather shortage, but men were too. These were the same feathers used by fishermen for fly tying. Ladies, let’s leave the saddle hackle feathers where they belong—on the end of a fishing pole.

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