The 90s style trends that I just can’t get my head around

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There are a lot of fashion trends from the 90s that have come back into fashion over the last year. We have Kim Kardashian to thank for bringing back cycling shorts and bum bags. These were items that I never thought I would ever see again in the shops or in fashion magazines. I have grown to accept and love wearing some of these throw back styles, particularly cycling shorts, but I must admit that I really wasn’t sure to begin with when I first saw them back on the scene.

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T-shirt and cycling shorts: Pretty Little Thing, Handbag: Jimmy Choo

However there are some trends that have come back that I just cannot get my head around and there are some emerging trends on the horizon which fill me with the real horrors. Will I grow to love these in the same way as cycling shorts and bum bags though? I doubt it, but I have been proven wrong on this already so only time will tell – fashion is a funny thing!

Here are a couple of the 90s inspired trends that I will not be investing in:

Ugly trainers..

Balenciaga started off this trend with their extra chunky soled trainers. Other designers such as Prada and Stella McCartney followed suit and this has now filtered into the high street with sports brands such as Fila and Adidas creating some really scary looking shoes. I love a pair of trainers but these just don’t do it for me. I have short stumpy legs anyway and don’t think these will be the most flattering of options. These kind of trainers remind me of something a geeky teacher would have worn or Roy Cropper from Coronation Street. It has me wondering if anyone else thinks this when they look at these?

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Sports brands..

Kappa, Ellesse, Fila, Umbro, Diadora – oh my goodness if you wore these brands when I was younger you would be seriously laughed at.  The next generation though, see these as cool retro brands. For me, as they were so awful back when they first came out I just can’t bring myself to ever wear them. The adidas popper trouser (also brought back by Kim K) being a classic example of one of these trends that should have stayed buried back in the 90s school era days. I bet these brands are over the moon though that they have a new lease of life though which is pretty amazing.

There are 2 new trends that are in the pipe line that are also scaring me.

Shell Suits

Online retailers are slowly starting to bring in their Pre-Fall season clothing and I have noticed shell suits popping up. These are giving me major flash backs to my youth when everyone was wearing them. The slightly crunchy, fire hazardous material, the contrasting colours and bold stripes and the endless jokes about looking like the 3 scousers from the Harry Enfield sketch shows.

To be fair, I can see this trend catching on and blowing up. I think it could actually be the next cycling short and there is a chance I will end up getting involved in this myself once the weather cools down a bit.

Here is the version currently on sale at Pretty Little Thing. What do you think about this? Are you loving it or are you not sure about this trend coming back?

Eyebrows

In the 90s practically every girl had eyebrows plucked within an inch of their life – thin and arched as much as possible. There were quite a few make up shockers from that era – who remembers the dark brown lipliner paired with a contrasting creamy light lipstick look that everyone would wear? I was guilty of this myself!  At the time this was the fashion though and nobody batted a white eye-lined eyelid at it, however looking back it was pretty awful.

Like a lot of trends I suppose but they were part of the era and we all have a lot of funny photos to look back on. The August edition of Vogue features a front cover with Rhianna and she has the thinnest eyebrows I have seen in a very long time. Us females have only just started to get used to having thicker bushy brows, and many of us spend a fortune on micro blading and HD brows to get the perfect pair of Insta worthy arches. I personally will never be going back in time into this thin brow trend.

It makes me wonder if people buy into the latest trends purely because everyone else is, or because they genuinely love the look. Personally, I won’t wear clothes just for the trend factor. I have to feel good in what I am wearing and that’s become a new rule of mine now whenever I am shopping – if I don’t 100% love it or if I have any doubts then I will not buy it. There’s nothing worse than getting your shopping home and deciding you don’t like half of it after all.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the 90s inspired trends that are about at the moment. Are you wearing them and loving it or are there some items that you wouldn’t want to try?

Online shopping – is it worth the money or is the high street better?

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In the last few years online shopping for clothes has really boomed. I remember when Asos first launched and they were actually called ‘As seen on screen’, selling clothes that were inspired by what celebrities had been spotted wearing. Now days they are a multi-billion pound global success selling womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery, beauty products and a huge range of well-known brands. They continue to grow every year and since then there has been a surge in other online fashion sites such as Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, Missguided, and Misspap which are also following the same pattern of success.  

The appeal of these sites is mainly for the price which tends to be a lot cheaper than the high street stores such as Topshop and they are also very trend led, leading the way with the latest fast fashion styles and marketed in a way that make you want to spend your money with them. They often send out discount codes, newsletters and emails on a daily basis to get you back on their site looking at what’s new. It certainly works for me so they are doing something right in keeping hold of our attention!

These online fashion companies have grown with the help of celebrity collaborations such as Paris Hilton, Kourtney Kardashian and Pia Mia, as well as social media platforms such as Instagram. The rise of the influencer on social media has also really boosted the popularity of these online retailers. Pretty Little thing have even started selling clothing covered with their own brand name which has been selling really well for them.

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However, with the plus points there are also the negatives. Personally, I have been really disappointed with shopping online lately and I have sent back 90% of what I have ordered. This is what inspired me to write this blog post as it makes me wonder if everyone else is experiencing the same as me? Is everyone else spending hours queuing in the post office returning their online purchases or are the clothes working for everyone else and it’s just me finding it a palaver? Here are a few of my biggest nightmares with online shopping:

The quality

A lot of the items ordered online seem to be of a lower standard in terms of quality. You can tell as soon as you touch it that the fabric is not going to last long and doesn’t always look or feel the nicest to wear in real life. I find a lot of the white clothing, particularly trousers tend to be transparent and no one wants to walk around with their pants on show – that’s an outfit killer right there!

The item doesn’t match the image online

OK, so I know that the models are there to make the clothes look the best that they possibly can, but so often I see an outfit online that looks incredible and as soon as I try it on it looks nothing like how I imagined which is so disappointing. This can be anything from the colour not matching how you hoped or the fabric being too thick/thin/stiff etc. When you shop in a high street store, though you have the chance to try the clothes on and test them before you buy to see if you look good in them which saves you so much time and money, which leads me onto point 3.

The fit

I have literally given up ordering trousers online now as I am not blessed with the longest of legs, but the length of some of these trousers makes me wonder who all these tall people are as I never seem to see them walking around!  Also, I find that I can be a size 8 with some items right up to a 12. This is because the clothes are cheaply made and from a variety of factories so the standard of sizing is usually all over the place and often hard to judge.

Waiting 

If you are impatient like I am, when I buy something new I like to take it home with me straight away. Deliveries have improved for a lot with the bigger named online retailers, and they often offer free next day delivery deals, but even still, you need to wait and if you are not home when the delivery man arrives, this could also mean an extra trip to the post office. I think I am on first name terms with my postman and local post office now!

Returns and refunds

This is one of my biggest hater points of online shopping. You might get a good deal with free postage when you place that order, but you will have to pay to return items the majority of the time – apart from ASOS who have a fabulous 28 day return policy for absolutely free.

I also find the length of time you have to wait to get your money back can be frustrating and you could easily forget if you are due a refund if you have had to send a few things back in the month. This makes me wonder how high the return rate is for some of these online retailers. I know that a lot of YouTubers that film fashion hauls do not keep all of the items they order online, and a lot of people are starting to do these type of videos.  I personally love watching them and often get really good inspiration for outfit styling watching these.

Talking of YouTube, a lot of the well-known influencers are gifted the items that they show and haven’t had to pay for them. This could also be the reason why they speak so highly of everything they show usually and I would love to know if they really love the items they have received as much as they say that they have.

The high street stores have really been suffering in the UK over the last few years and many have been going out of business which is a real shame. I really enjoy shopping in stores and would hate for that to disappear completely and everything to become purely focused on online shopping.

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What are your thoughts about shopping online? Do you prefer it to shopping on the high street now? What do you think about the quality and service you are getting from online retailers?  I would love to know your thoughts on this!

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