I definitely wouldn’t consider myself the super adventurous type when it comes to my personal style, so when certain trends get really popular I tend to hide away in my leggings and black tunic and judge from a distance. For the most part it isn’t that I think the trends are just god-awful—I actually admire most new trending styles when I see them on other people—but I always think to myself “I couldn’t get away with that!” But now, as long as I’m staying true to myself and my style, I will give them a shot (in the dressing room, at least) and most of the time I end up loving it.
Here are 10 trends that I couldn’t get on board with right away, but have become staples of my wardrobe.
10 Trends I Used To Hate 1 of 11
Maxi Skirt 2 of 11
I always thought I was too short to wear maxi skirts but then I bought one and realized that wasn't at all true—They are actually extremely flattering. Easily one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe, plus it sort of feels like you're wearing pajamas all day. Who can argue with that?
Leather Leggings 3 of 11
Leather leggings were always a little too biker chick for me but I took a chance on them and realized their full potential. I like to dress them super casual, with long tee's or simple tunics. One of my favorite items in my closet now!
Chambray 4 of 11
I was an avid chambray hater for the longest time. I have bad memories of outfits my mom used to wear in our homeschool days—the horror! Then I embraced it and now wear it once a week at least, with jeans or leggings, buttoned-up or left open, I love my chambray these days!
Clogs 5 of 11
I couldn't be happier that wooden-heeled clogs are trending right now. I wear mine year round with everything! The wood heel is actually very comfortable and I like the added height they give while remaining super casual.
Crop tops 6 of 11
I love crop tops for layering (especially knotted over my growing bump these days) or tucking into a high-waisted skirt so there isn't added bulk. However, crop tops without something underneath still make my hate list. No midriff or 80's for me, thanks!
Booties 7 of 11
Booties took me a really long time to love. Every time I bought a pair I'd see myself in a mirror and couldn't help but think it made my legs look short and stubby. It took a few different outfits to convince me they were actually everything I wanted and now I have several pairs. I love them with skinny jeans or leggings!
High-waisted Bottoms 8 of 11
High-waisted bottoms can still be pretty unflattering if they don't fit correctly. Finding a pair that fit your shape will elongate your legs and draw in your waist! I like them best with shirts tucked-in, though longer crop tops work well too!
Rompers 9 of 11
I know by and large the romper (or jumpsuit) is still a widely hated trend but I just can't quit my obsession with them. They can actually be incredibly classy and flattering, especially full-length rompers. Don't let the toddler comments scare you away!
Harem pants 10 of 11
Harem pants were another trend I was scared to try as a short gal. I tried on a couple pairs and I thought they made me look two sizes larger than I was. I eventually tried a pair on with heels and hiked up the waist just a tad and the rest is history. Sorry I ever doubted you harem pants!
Tights with Shorts 11 of 11
This might've been a strange one to hate but I felt like tights under shorts were a little too grunge or goth. When in reality they are a lifesaver for the cooler months, I wear them constantly during fall and spring when I don't want to be in jeans all the time! I usually just stick to black tights to prevent the outfit from becoming too busy.
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