Corsets, Khakis and Platforms: 5 Women Face the Trends That Scare Them
12.12.17

Though I do not consider myself a particularly adventurous person, I have no qualms about experimenting with a previously unexplored trend or style of clothing. Similarly to how people proclaim, “It’s just a haircut! It will grow back!” I like to think, “It’s just clothing! You can take it off!” This philosophy has resulted in many a dressing room disaster, but for every 10 failures, there is generally at least one success, and therein lies my firm belief that you should never say never when it comes to trying something on, even just for kicks.

In the interest of spreading the gospel, I posed the following question to my colleagues: What’s a trend or article of clothing you’d never wear? Having collected their answers, I proceeded to convince them to let me make a few suggestions about how to style said trend or article of clothing and give it a go. Best case scenario they would love it, worst case scenario they would hate it; whatever the outcome, I figured we would still have fun, and in that sense there’s really no worst case after all. Keep scrolling to see them face their style fears and read how it felt.


Kate

Kate told me she would never wear a wool bra. I called in one that looked more like a crop top than lingerie and suggested layering it over a turtleneck and high-waist pants so it wouldn’t feel like an intimidating style departure so much as a seamlessly-incorporated accessory.

Why wouldn’t you wear this trend?
It didn’t occur to me that I could layer it over something else, so I was more intimidated by the idea of wearing something that showed my midriff, not so much because of my body (the older I get, the more I love my body), but because I just haven’t done that before? Except for maybe in the heyday of low-slung jeans, with a billowy cropped top. For some reason a fitted cropped top felt like it was too much of a “look” for me to feel comfortable in. However, if I’d known it would be layered over something I still would have been intimidated because my only real previous experience with layering was wearing sweater-vests over button-downs in middle school, and I wasn’t thrilled with that.

How did it feel to wear it? Did you like it? (Be honest.) 
I did! Everything felt great and I loved the pairing with the pants and turtleneck. I think the combination of me not knowing what to do with my body when I’m being photographed and the wider straps of the top gave me a broad-shouldered look in some of the pictures that I did not love, but overall I felt very comfortable both physically and in how I looked.

Would you wear it this way again?
For sure. Can I have that top?


Erica

Erica told me she would never wear khakis. I called in khaki-colored Kamm pants with the intention of combatting khakis’ dorky middle school associations with a modern, slightly funky, thoroughly grown-up silhouette. 

Why wouldn’t you wear this trend?
I had to wear a school uniform from Kindergarten allll the way through 12th grade. In high school, we no longer had the plaid skirts from junior high. Rather, we had shorts and pants in two color options: navy and KHAKI. These then had to be paired with polo shirts in either navy, white or red. Now, whenever I see khakis, all I can think about is that not-so-flattering uniform, the cringe-y yearbook photos… and how my friends and I would try to trick people shopping in Target into thinking we worked there if we all happened to pair our khakis with red polos that day.

How did it feel to wear it? Did you like it? (Be honest.) 
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking the look! I definitely felt “off” when I looked in the mirror because I haven’t seen myself in that shade for a decade, but the shape and cut of the pants were so flattering — the complete opposite of the baggy, draw-string contraptions I had to wear in high school — that they won me over. Consider me a convert.

Would you wear it this way again?
I would! I believe that I personally can never have too many pairs of pants, especially high-waist ones, so what the heck, let’s throw a voluminous khaki pair into the rotation.


Jasmin

Jasmin told me she would never wear “dad” sneakers. I suggested styling them with feminine pieces like a midi-length slip dress, sparkly gold socks and a tailored blazer to provide contrast and circumvent the possibility of looking like Seinfeld (unless that’s your thing, in which case I fully support).

Why wouldn’t you wear this trend?
As a naturally small person, I could never get on board with the whole Dad sneaker thing because they always look and felt too clompy to me and thought they would look very out of balance on my frame.

How did it feel to wear it? Did you like it? (Be honest.) 
I actually loved my outfit, definitely something I’d wear, but though I think the sneakers look really cool in the pictures it still doesn’t feel like me. I was, however, incredibly comfortable.

Would you wear it this way again?
The outfit and the sneakers individually, yes, but not together. I’d likely wear the outfit with a pair of calf-length boots and the sneakers with leggings but together it didn’t gel for me as something I’d wake up really wanting to wear.


Patty

Patty told me she would never wear platform shoes. I called in platform *loafers* and suggested wearing them with striped socks so the aesthetic leaned more in the direction of “cool art teacher” instead of Lady Gaga circa 2009. 

Why wouldn’t you wear this trend?
Other than a short but enthusiastic stint with a pair of cable-knit platform clogs in high school, I’ve always dismissed platform shoes as too theatrical for my needs. An unnecessary hindrance. I assumed the all-around elevation would slow me down, trip me up, and/or make me feel like I was walking around in Moon Shoes (remember those?!).

How did it feel to wear it? Did you like it? (Be honest.) 
I felt like myself, and that was surprising. I love that they are a lace-up loafer, which made me feel strapped in and secure. And at just an inch or two the platform was less the Spice Girls tribute I imagined/feared and more of a gentle, cushioned lift.

Would you wear it this way again?
Would totally wear again. Would also like Harling to pick out my socks every day.


Haley

Haley told me she would never wear a corset. I suggested styling it with her usual uniform of Levi’s vintage jeans plus an oversized white shirt dress so the look wouldn’t feel too body-con.

Why wouldn’t you wear this trend?
I tend to avoid anything that hugs my waist or boobs — not out of self-consciousness or modesty, it’s just not my personal style, like how five-inch heels and maxi skirts aren’t my style. I even prefer cotton T-shirts a size or two up. Suffice it to say, I’ve stayed far away from corsets.

How did it feel to wear it? Did you like it? (Be honest.)
It was…interesting. And I don’t mean that in the mom way when she’s pretending to like your new boyfriend. I mean it really was interesting to have something tight around my waist like that when the rest of my outfit was baggy. However, tbh, I wasn’t really feeling myself in this look.

Would you wear it this way again?
I’d probably never wear it. Maybe it was my jeans and shoes? In which case it’s my fault. Anyway, SORRY HARLS. And love you, Tibi!

Your turn: What’s a trend or article of clothing [you think] you’d never wear?

Photos by Edith Young. 

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