Terrible Trends That Need To Die In 2016

Terrible Trends That Need To Die In 2016 ©iStock/Tinatin1

Last year was a weird one, wasn’t it? Some of the things that became popular were strange, unwelcome, and some were downright terrible. Now that we’re into 2016, let’s agree to leave these 10 trends from last year behind us, where they belong.

  1. Outrage culture. Basically, outrage culture is being outraged and offended all the time, by everything. Check Tumblr to see what the latest outrage is. I can’t be the only one sick of how quickly the Internet/people are to make a little thing into A Big Deal. It’s like people start competing to see who has it the worst, and who can complain the loudest. Ugh. Enough.
  2. Culottes. I was terribly disappointed by the culotte trend that came out of nowhere in 2015. It seemed like every celebrity ever was donning pair after pair of designer culottes on the red carpet. To me, a culotte is the worst kind of pant because it’s like someone said, “Hey, let’s make a pair of really long shorts!” and someone else said, “No no, let’s make a pair of pants that stop at the least flattering place,” and then the two looked at each other and said, “Heeeeey, let’s do this.”
  3. Bubble nails. Thankfully, bubble nails seemed to be confined to Instagram and not the great world beyond, because seeing those things even on a phone screen was awful enough.
  4. Donald Trump fever. It isn’t so much that I disagree with the man on all of his policies (though that’s true), but at this point, it’s more like I’m just plain sick of hearing about him. I’ve got Trump fatigue. And quite honestly, I’m starring to get burned out on Bernie Sanders, too.
  5. Formal crop tops. By “formal crop tops,” I mean the trend in 2015 of wearing a (typically) long skirt with a cropped top at a formal/red carpet event. Another variation was wearing a crop top with tuxedo-like pants. Why make it cropped? What does that really add? I think it looks ridiculous, and I’m sick of seeing it on every celeb.
  6. Thigh gap obsession. Some people have thigh gaps, others do not. Having one doesn’t make you better than everyone else, and not having one doesn’t make you the worst person in the world. They’re just thighs. The end.
  7. Claw-like fingernails. Even worse than bubble nails are manicures that resemble talons. You know, the super sharp almost triangular claw-like nail that was so popular in 2015 on everyone. Let’s leave the look to lions and Disney villains.
  8. Slogan shirts. Popular examples of these shirts include tees with messages like, “I WOKE UP LIKE THIS,” “KEEP CALM AND ______,” and some attempt on a witty saying on being lazy. They were cute and somewhat funny at first, but now everyone reads like a walking Tumblr post.
  9. Man buns. I guess I could maybe give the go-ahead a man bun in a gym, but beyond that, hell to the no. I blame Jared Leto for making men everywhere think that this was an acceptable look. It is not. Sorry, dudes.
  10. Netflix And chill. It was kind of funny the first time we heard it (I think? Right?), but the Internet and then media quickly wore it down, fast and hard. Let’s please retire the phrase “Netflix and chill” for the new year, OK? You can still practice it, but stop tweeting and blogging about it.
Almie Rose is a writer from Los Angeles, California. Her favorite thing to do is eat, sleep, and repeat. If you enjoy reading about dating and Los Angeles and pop culture, check out her book, "I Forgot To Be Famous."