Top Trends of 2011 (That I Want To Forget)

My family went to Center Parcs between Christmas and New Years for a bit of a getaway. We had a wonderful time, but I have to admit, while we were there, I saw some fashion trends that pretty much made me want to wash my brain or gouge my eyes out.

Some things you just can’t unsee. Thank you, Mama Kat, for reminding me that I wanted to write about this, anyway.

Yes, another list. (I think I mentioned that I love them). And yes, it is a bit…snarky.

5. Feathers. Feather hair extensions…feather earrings. Unless you are under 14 – or Cher – please, don’t.

4. Animal knit hats….on adults. I’m all for feeling like a kid. But I don’t think I need to dress like my 5 year old.  No, you’re not cute, and if you come any closer to me, I’m cutting off those flipping floppy ears.

And if you are wearing a sock monkey? I’ll have to punch you.

3. Nordic Sweaters. Or what we would call “Ugly Christmas Sweaters”. Granted, there are SOME out there that are cute. Yeah, I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about the ones that look like they came from the local charity shop – baggy, boxy, unflattering, and downright ugly.  Some things weren’t meant for resale.

What’s next – the Cosby sweater making a comeback? (If so, the Hubs will be right in fashion. I think he still has a few tucked away in the spare closet….)

2. Nordic Patterned leggings. Worn as pants (trousers). Seriously, people? Ok, I’ll admit, these are kind of cute…kind of…if I’m going to a ski lodge…or a Christmas party…in Oslo…

BUT – they look cute ONLY while your backside is covered up. (See? She is wearing a long sweater….)

But with a t-shirt or short sweater? Seriously? I don’t want to see the snowflakes and deer st-re-tch-ed across your back end. Cover it up with something. (And in case you think otherwise, I’m not the only one who feels this way. There are lots of people.

1. Stirrup Leggings.  Honestly, people – these weren’t a good idea the LAST time around. Trust me, I had plenty a pair. Tell me quick: What’s the point of wearing leggings that give you hugely fat, saggy ankles?  Unless you’re under 14, I think they look silly. And not just because I accidentally bought a pair at Sainsbury’s a few weeks ago.

See? Even SHE has saggy, baggy ankles – and she is thin. Why is this a good look?????

And that is MY personal top 5 – although, really, can we just get rid of anything 80’s inspired?

I really, really don’t want to ever wear anything like this again.



Today’s post was inspired by a prompt over at Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. It was a tough choice today, so pop on over and check out some more fun posts!

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  1. Weren’t stirrup leggings called ski-pants in the ‘old days’? And I have to tell you that I disagree with you on the sweater point: there is always room for an ugly sweater if it is warm. It’s like chicken soup for the body.

  2. You made some great choices on your list! Your #1 is the best. Had me laughing out loud. I actually tweeted that I saw someone in the mall with these on over the holiday shopping. I prayed it was just a mistake (although the girl wearing them was stunning). I really don’t want to see these everywhere I go!

  3. Great post!! Can’t believe some of those items are back in” style,” or in style for the first time!!

  4. I can’t wait for the feathers to disappear and my 6 year old can quit asking me for something she is never going to get.

    I like the animal hats and the only reason I don’t have one is because I am over 40….dammit. If I was going skiing again I would definitely have one!

  5. I love your list. I was excited to see someone else’s list – I made one also. Your items could SO be on my list too. Stoping over from MamaKat’s. Kristen

  6. Your list was exactly what I was thinking about some of the trends that need to go NOW! Your #1 shocked the heck out of me when I saw them. Really? I remember when feathers on those alligator clips were the rage when I was a kid in the 80’s and now feather in 21st century. Seriously?

  7. I am so glad I haven’t joined any of these trends! I don’t think my 5 foot three frame could handle them.

  8. Laughing so hard at #’s 4 and 5. Because yes, adults in animal hats worry me and the feathers! The feathers belong on children, who LIKE shopping in Claire’s. And the stirrups…come on, let Sheena Easton go, people! I feel like walking around w/scissors randomly cutting them into leggings.

    • Yes!!! And the thing about stirrups (at least in the UK) – some are just super long leggings. I was so confused at why all the young girls’ leggings went over their heels and into their flats (as if they had borrowed clothes from a really tall sister…..)

  9. Yes! 80’s inspired anything needs to be purged from our lives. Unless it’s the 1880’s, because they were kind of cool.

  10. Those were great. I hadn’t seen that stirrup leggings were back. They never fit me well when I was young. Long waist, short legs. Disaster.

  11. I actually quite like those leggings – does that make me a complete fashion dodo? Well, I am anyway so that’s probably why 😉

    • Well, but lovely…you’re 7, right? So you can perfectly get away with…um…oh….the mummy. The mummy can likely pull off said leggings AND doesn’t wer them as trousers, though. We’re all classy here. Right? *scratches self*

  12. Love this post.

    I am with you on the ugly sweaters all the way. Weird thing is, they come back every winter!

  13. I wear the hell out of a Sock Monkey. Trust me, women weep and men gnash their teeth when they see me. Hmm… I wonder if I was wrong and it is not because they are jealous of my dashing good looks. 😉

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