11 Spring Looks That Aren’t in Style Anymore
All year, the fashion world looks forward to the release of brand name spring/summer collections. While some trends are forever fitting — think flowing fabrics, light colors, and whimsical prints — spring styles are still always changing, and often in unexpected ways. To keep up with what’s in, we’ll first help you determine what’s out. Read on to see which once-popular looks have been permanently banished to the past. If you planned on sporting any of these looks this season, it’s about time you update your wardrobe.
1. Toga dresses
There’s a time and place for one-shoulder tops and dresses — and that time is not on a gorgeous spring day. Without a doubt, this style should be exclusively reserved for evening wear. Colorful, one-shoulder toga dresses, in particular, have largely gone out of style. So if you feel like throwing on a flowing, pastel version this spring, it’s best to reconsider and go with a dress that’s either strapless or has balanced sleeves.
2. Knit tanks
Knit tanks were staple wardrobe pieces in the ’90s. Members of girl bands like The Spice Girls and No Doubt were rarely seen without them. Today, however, even pop stars have moved on from their beloved knit tanks, so it’s time you do, too. On top of the fact that they’ve gone out of style, the chunky knit material is seriously unflattering. We’ll stick with cotton for the time being.
3. Brown leather flip-flops
Choosing stylish spring footwear is a challenge for everyone, so allow us to help by permanently crossing one option off your list. Brown leather flip-flops have got to go. In the early 2000s, it was perfectly acceptable to wear leather sandals with a jean miniskirt and halter top (more on those shortly), but they’re painfully outdated at this point.
4. Strapless mini jumpsuit
It’s difficult to remember when strapless mini jumpsuits had their moment, but that era clearly passed pretty quickly. This look can be summed up in just one word: tacky. If you love the ease of wearing jumpsuits during spring, we recommend opting for a full-length version. A strapless jumpsuit can go from unstylish to chic, simply by covering your legs.
5. Mustard trousers
Spring is the perfect time to bust out your favorite colored trousers. Light pink, cobalt blue, and red each have their place during this season. That being said, remember that not all pant shades are created equal. Mustard, in particular, is long past its prime. If you own a pair of mustard trousers, put them in the donation bin as soon as possible.
6. Loose crop tops
We understand wanting to be cool on warmer days, but is it ever truly hot enough in spring to need to bear your entire midriff? Probably not. Crop tops saw their heyday a few years ago, but most of us quickly realized how unnecessarily revealing they are. Unless you’re working out in a short tank or doing yoga in a sports bra, it’s probably best to cover your belly when in public.
7. Chunky waist belts
The ’80s were one of the most iconic fashion eras, but there’s one trend from the time we’re relieved has gone out of fashion: chunky waist belts. These bulky accessories completely detract from the dresses they’re fastened around. If you’re still wearing one, we say ditch the belt and find a dress that’s naturally cinched, like a fit-and-flare skater dress.
8. Fringed tops
Unless you’re attending a music festival, we need to remind you that fringed tops have completely gone out of style. Though you’ve been dying to get back into lightweight tops since winter ended, this expired trend is a no-go during spring. If you love the look of fringe, we recommend finding a fringed purse.
9. Costume jewelry
Of all the seasons, spring used to be the one that called for an accessories overload. Today, by contrast, fashionistas know less is more. Rather than piling on stacks of bangles and and wearing multiple bulky rings, find a single statement piece that can do the work of five lesser accessories. Bear in mind that quality is greater than quantity, and an elegant, high-end bracelet will turn heads more than eight pieces of costume jewelry.
10. Polka dot nail art
As we’ve said before, spring is our favorite time to experiment with funky nail polish colors. Creams, pastels, and fluorescent polishes all double as excellent outfit accessories, complimenting any spring look you want to sport. However, wild colors are as far as you should take your nail preferences. Polka dot nail art has got to go. If you want a little something extra on your fingertips, add a sparkly layer.
11. Halter tops
The early ‘2000s was an era of halter tops and bell-bottom jeans. Clearly, we all loved clothing with a flared shape. But fast forward to present day, and you’ll see clothing is now far more sleek and form-fitting. Unless you’re wearing a halter-top bathing suit (still going strong), throw out those tired tops and find a blouse with a straighter silhouette.