8 Outdated Fashion Trends You Don't Want To Be Caught In This Winter

Before we begin, it's important to say that the most important fashion trend is what you feel comfortable, beautiful, and empowered wearing. While trends can be a fun indication of what's hip and happening at the moment, fashion is what you make of it. If you feel most stylish in polka dot mini skirts, then that's the move to make, regardless of what anyone says. If we've taken away anything from the resurgence of Y2K nostalgia, it's that nothing really goes out of style. Fashion is cyclical and looks are always coming and going.

That being said, knowing what's trendy can also be a way of staying up to date. We are social creatures and knowing what's hot and what's not is, essentially, a way of achieving social acceptance. Being aware of fashion trends is also a way of playing around with looks and getting creative. For example, velvet is a major texture trend right now, and knowing this might inspire you to play with some velvet pieces you've been holding onto. Sparkly neutrals are also having a moment, so use this as an excuse to rock those sequins that you were otherwise hiding away until New Year's Eve. As we list some outdated fashion trends, use it as a template for what's current, but wear what you love all the same.

Steer clear of ankle boots and skinny jeans

Sorry, but skinny jeans are not coming back anytime soon. Skinny jeans and ankle boots as a combo are definitely not coming back anytime soon. The look is just so 2007 that we can't accept it as part of the current winter look. Instead, style loose denim over your favorite winter footwear. Or, if you like fitted pants and high boots, that's fine, so long as the boots follow the aesthetic of the very trendy engineer boots. 

Fitted blazers are a thing of the past

The era of the fitted blazers is long gone: the cropped sleeves and cinched waist are a look of the past, but not in the far enough past to warrant a comeback. Instead of a fitted blazer, go for a double-breasted blazer with slightly looser tailoring. Opt for blazers made of velvet, wool, or tweed. The oversized blazer is also very current as an alternative to the form-fitting blazer of years past. 

Mini skirts are taking a pause

If there's one thing we picked up on from the spring/summer 2024 fashion shows, it is that mini-skirts have taken a back seat for the midi-skirt. From Alexander McQueen to Erdem to The Row, skirt lengths cut off well past the knee. A-line and form-fitting midi skirts were everywhere, replacing the mini skirt trend. Plus, for winter months, the extra fabric will be insulating against the cold. 

Cropped jackets are getting replaced by long coats

While cropped jackets hold some appeal, the cropped length for winter wear is outdated. Instead of cropped jackets, Vogue notes that the new coat trend is the ultra-long. Everyone from The Row to Gia Studios is offering dramatically long coats in wool, shearling, and leather. The look is so much more romantic. Though we'll always love a cropped coat to rock with athletic leisure! 

Long vests vs. short vests

The knee-length vest is an outdated piece of outerwear. The particular style we're referring to is the sleeveless, camel-colored coat, and this formal look is out. This is not to say that vests in general are out. The suit vest, often styled as a top on its own, is very trendy right now, especially paired with loose trousers. So don't give up on vests in general! 

Simple jewelry is getting outdone by oversized bling

While we'll always have a soft spot for diamond studs and small, delicate jewelry, the current trend is big and dramatic when it comes to bling. We've got no time for tiny pieces; the winter look is geometric earrings, big, bubble necklaces, and baroque brooches. Bracelets are decadent and rings are huge. That's where it's at, so this winter, tiny jewelry is going into hibernation. 

Wedge heels are getting the boot in exchange for kitten heels

Wedge heels are no longer in vogue. Not only are the heels too summery, they're also too heavy for the aesthetic that's dominating the winter vibes. The current look now is kitten heels; if you need the warmth, pair your kitten heels with tights for some added layering. Since the heels are a more sensible height, they're easy to walk in and wear either dressed up or dressed down. 

Shredded denim is a pass

The denim trends from the SS24 shows were all about crisp, tailored denim. Jeans are dark wash or light wash, but they're intact. The trend of shredded and ripped denim is taking a pause in exchange for clean lines. The Canadian tuxedo is still on trend, but wear your denim on denim without any tears or rips.