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2014 Fashion Trends Denim Vest

2014 Fashion Trends: Pink Slip The Denim Vest

Cut Ties with this Vested Interest

In the past style decade, an homage has been made to the 70s, 80s and now 90s. One of the more popular style trends as of late that existed in all three eras has been the denim vest. Like other 2013-2014 fads such as overalls, ombré everything, spikes, and platform heels, the denim vest quickly saturated the shopping space, building a presence in teen and tweentysomething wardrobes (including my own).

Not only did the denim vest make a sharp comeback, it also reinvented itself, taking on studs, tie-dye, acid wash, or even patterns. With multiple iterations, the denim vest was available for any fashionista ready to add day-time edge to her look. Now that the year is winding down, it is time to toss this throwback back to its glorious 80s roots (we feel that’s when denim vests really took off) and look for other ways to add that rock n’ roll feel to our wardrobes.

For fall/winter 2014 style develop an entire tough-girl-chic look with key staple pieces like a leather skirt, concert tee, and printed handbag. All three of those pieces can be used interchangeably to keep your style constantly revolving. A bright red blazer, causal tee, distressed denim, and smoking loafers is another fashionable combo that gives your style edge without falling into the wardrobe fad category.

This season, let’s update our looks with a pop of contemporary edge and give denim vests the PINK SLIP.

90s fashion fads acid wash jeans

A 90s Fashion Fad We Should Toss

The 90’s are cycling back. We’re once again entering an era of good television, alternative media, and multiculturalism (which arguably, the latter will always evolve as time moves full speed ahead). But what hasn’t evolved for the better of society is some of the 90s fashion fads taking over our wardrobes. Luckily scrunchies and stick-on jewelry haven’t been fully reinstated into our day-to-day looks (though Nylon magazine does enjoy showcasing these style trends regularly as a means to be offbeat in a non-traditionally cool way). Yet one fad that has been spotted more is the acid wash jean.

The true roots of this trend lies in the 80s and was picked up by counter cultures. By the 90s, acid wash jeans was adored from punks to valley girls alike. Baggy jeans, cut-off shorts, sleeveless vests, and high-elasticized waists versions of this trend reigned supreme. This 90s fashion fad was all over and everywhere. It cooled off in the early 2000s, but since we’re experiencing a 90s fashion revival, acid wash jeans are making a comeback.

As with most style fads, acid wash jeans aren’t easily styled in a way that screams timeless and they often don’t work well with a lot of modern options. Because acid wash jeans are not an easy trend to put together without immediately dating your ensemble (most people will immediately think 80s/90s when seeing acid wash denim) its only edge is the recycled novelty of the “acid-wash” feature. Let’s put a stop to this dated trend as it spirals onto fashion’s last season list for 2015. This 90’s fashion fad is getting the PINK SlIP.

Pink Slip Music Festival Kimonos

Too Attached To Your Fringe With Benefits?

Lose the Fringe Kimono for Next Year’s Music Festival

Fringe kimonos were huge this season, especially at music festivals. The free-flowing, light weight fabrics and shake-ready hems encompassed the characteristics of a modern-day flower child. With help from celebrities who frequently don the boho-style, like Vanessa Hudgens, this particular look easily trickled down to the streets and into stores. Sadly, with the onset of fall and winter, boho chic for this season is fading to black and may be too stuck in last season’s closet for it to resurface for 2015.

Often paired with crop tops, distressed denim shorts, ankle booties, and a wide brim hat, fringe kimonos top off effortless looks with a featherweight touch. However, fringe has a habit of making its way back into our wardrobes with an element of out-of-date trendiness. Let’s avoid any wardrobe fads and axe the fringe hem before it makes it to the sale section of Urban Outfitters.

For next year’s music festival style, go for romantic patterns and diaphanous looks. Beaded, decorative fringe will also make a splash, wavering from the western feel of 2014. For an even more sleek finish, opt for suede in a deep, luxe hue adding decadence to your hit outfit.

Plan for next season and ditch the 2014 fringe kimono wardrobe fad. Fringe Kimonos are getting The Pink Slip.

I’m Spooked By Your Bad Halloween Costume

Bad Halloween CostumesIt’s that time of year again where we all get to dress up as our alter egos or self-actualized inner beings… in lamest terms, us women get to flaunt our best assets with minimal judgement. To some, this may be the most fun part of Halloween (although, if I have a say, trick or treating still floats my boat). Currently, I’m wondering where has the creativity gone when it comes to dressing up for this magical pseudo-holiday.

As women, we grew up loving to play dress up, a pastime that started when we were old enough to attempt steps in our mother’s heels. Donning jewelry oversized for our small frames and dabbling in makeup vials provided a since of wonder. Now that we’re older and a lot of the mystery has been taken out of “dressing up,”–it may even seem like a chore to some–Halloween has become that time where we can recreate the festivity of dressing up outside of our day-to-day work uniforms or semi-causal weekend style. So let’s put some creativity into it and step away from these terribly cliché, and kind of bad halloween costumes.

1) To start, The Playboy Bunny may have been a sexy idea when The Girl Next Door was on air…in the early 2000’s, but I’m sure even Hugh is tired of this bunny business. So let’s skip past this cliché for something more fun. If the animal kingdom is your inspiration, add a bit of whimsy to your look by opting for a peacock costume.

2) We all love superheroes and we all love to kick ass! So it makes sense why we would gravitate to the sexy bustier and cape costume. But this Halloween cliché may have overstayed its welcome. Switch it up this year by going for something like a Rosie the Riveter costume or even Xena the Warrior Princess that way you can still kick ass and take names.

3) What’s new pussycat? Certainly not the idea of a “sexy” cat costume. Lose the whiskers pronto, as this option for a Halloween costume couldn’t be more of a I-ran-out-of-ideas-at-the-last-minute pick. A little bit lower on the food chain, but just as cute, a Minnie Mouse costume can set you apart from all of the animal print onesies and eyeliner drawn whiskers.

4) I think we can agree that this Halloween, your costume may need an extra pep in its step, sans the pom poms. The cheerleader costume is fun, easy, and predictable, but why not give your costume an extra bit of cool with another overlooked highschool cliché: the band geek. Plus, that one time at band camp…

Have fun with your sexy Halloween costumes and toss out those already-been-done-before looks. Bad Halloween costumes are getting The Pink Slip!

8 Boots to Lose this Fall

8 Fall Boots to Lose

Is your boot collection stuck in another decade, or even worse, LAST SEASON! Pink Slip Fashion is here to make sure you ditch any wardrobe fads that could be holding back your inner fashionista. Here are 8 fall boots to lose this season and stat:

1) The Jeffrey Campbell platform bootie was all the rage two seasons ago and was more than a fall staple; it became a year-round wardrobe must. Now that we can sit back and laugh at our fashion faux pas, it’s safe to say this thick-heeled platform was more than a little silly looking! Not only does it shorten your leg line with a stumpy design, they also are uncomfortable to wear. This boot is definitely OUT. Replace with a simple wedge bootie that has a zip side or buckle trim.

2) Pink Slip Fashion loves a little sparkle, but on a UGG? No WAY! Pre-teens going to ballet may still find these stylish, but if you’re too old to play with Barbies, this shoe is a definite toss. For a bit of glam, try a boot with a metal trimmed heel.

3) Moccasins mixed with booties never seemed like an appealing fashion idea, unless you were Pocahontas. Things from other cultures that were made questionable with the help of American society (i.e. chop sticks as hair accessories, Native American headdresses, and kimonos), should be re-evaluated. Fringe can still be stylish, just with a modern update. Go for something fun like a bootie with fringe side trim instead.

4) Ombré hair may be on the up and up for fall, but this fade-out-color fad has drip dried out of our wardrobes. Doc Martens, or similar style shoes, are cool and still have a following but let’s not get too crazy with how they’re designed. Ditch the bubblegum pink ombré, or any ombré for that matter, and don a statement print for nod-worthy street style.

5) A slipper-style heel poorly executes the whole idea of fashion meets comfort, mainly because this hybrid isn’t fashionable! Not only does this clog-like design scream Orange County housewife who has no concept of winter weather, this boot can easily fall into the trap of being terribly styled with, dare-I-say-It, the JEGGING. Just stick to a riding boot, especially when pairing with leggings or skinny leg denim.

6) The high-heeled boot that reminds us of The Matrix can go in one of three style directions: military, street punk, or goth. All of these styles meet the characteristics of trends that once had edge. Now this look is being phased out for a more sleek shoe silhouette. Adding tough-girl appeal to your style can be as easy as incorporating an unexpected design element like mixed textures, studs, or a lace-up front. Leave these boots to Trinity and update your boot collection for this movie season.

7) The construction boot was popularized by the brand Timberlands and was in style circa the early 2000s–even Timbaland felt so inspired to make the brand his stage name. Now, they’re simply dated and the only people that can get away with wearing them are in fact construction workers. No matter how strong your urge is to take on a hip-hop persona, don’t revert to this 00’s fad. Leave it in the dust with the hard hats and neon orange traffic cones. A flat ankle boot is a great alternative to this style, as it boasts a clean, accessible design without losing its cool.

8) Lastly, a more feminine take on the latter style trend, the heeled construction boot in all it’s light brown, suede glory, is just as dated as its mate. Similar to the wedge sneaker, taking a typically masculine style and outfitting it with a heel is trendy for that moment. As of fall 2014, the construction boot with and without the heel are fads meant to fade. Stick with the classic boot design in non-construction brown to give day-to-day looks a fresh finish.

This Trend is Going on Bed Rest

Pink Slip Fashion Pajama Inspired Pants

Pajama inspired pants became a hit on the runway in 2012 and trickled down to the masses in 2013.

With a loose, sometimes baggy silhouette, comfort was huge on making these pajama inspired pants stick. Toss in a geometric multicolor print and you have a fashion trend that’s ready to be dolled up with a tee, blazer, and pumps.

Sadly, we’re starting to get a yawn from this lounge pant and its amorphous shape. So before you dismiss that snooze button, let’s take a look at why the pajama-inspired pant may be hitting the sack.

The pajama inspired pant in all its comfy glory is not enough to stop us from ignoring the fact that we lose our shape when we toss a pair on. I’m sure they even get mistaken for clown pants because they’re so baggy. For ladies that may not be endowed in the back, this pant would definitely be a misstep!

In addition, there’s only so many ways you can style the pajama inspired pant. Anything slouchy on top and you look like a slob.

A fitted color tee typically works well with a jacket, but other than that, this pant is definitely not transferable with other looks unless you opt for a non-printed pair, but at that point you might as well don sweats.

Ditch the pajama inspired pant and go for a palazzo pant or wide leg jean if you still want the comfort.

Pajama inspired pants are getting the PINK SLIP!

Back That Thang Up & Into The Trash

Pink Slip Cheeky Shorts

It’s Time to Pink Slip The Cheeky Short

Feeling cheeky? Snap out of it!

Cheeky shorts—with or without a fringe hem—is definitely out. Chuck this trend into the same pool as tramp stamps, choker collars, and platform boots. (Slip dresses from the 90’s are the only trend that still gets a pass).

Though Pink Slip is a fan of baby-got-back style, believe it or not, there is such a thing as showing too much skin and cheeky shorts fall into that category.

Who knows where this trend cropped up from–I’m guessing during the pop princess era of Britney/Christina/Mariah–but cheeky shorts are still making rounds with teens and twenty-somethings trying way too hard to emphasize their barely-there-derriere.

Opt for a high-waisted, mid-thigh short instead, which will look fab with a cropped top, to accentuate the glutes and show off leg. Plus a high-waist short can work well at any scene, whereas the cheeky short may only be good for the beach or in a rap video.

Toss the risky-and-frisky style for a more fashion savvy skin-is-in look. Cheeky shorts are getting the PINK SLIP.

So You Creep? Let’s Keep That On the Down Low

Pink Slip Creeper Shoes

Pink Slip Creeper Shoes

Creeper shoes go way back…we’re talking the 50’s, far from the trend now donned by Hot Topic hipsters.

And though the name of the shoe alone reminds me of Radiohead’s debut single “Creep” when their experimental alternative rock took over the airwaves, I still can’t help but shudder when I see a chick sporting a pair with an A-line skirt.

Originally designed for soldiers to make navigating tough terrains a bit easier, these shoes found their way into London pubs, worn by the same men serving, sparking a trend.

Now creeper shoes, in all their rock n’ roll varieties with suede textured vamps in plaid or leopard patterns, have surfaced in wardrobes.

Mixing in these platforms with clothes like a colored skinny pant, maxi skirt, or high-waist short gives the impression of a whiny teen on their way to a Fall Out Boy concert (No offense: I <3 FOB). If you really want to edge it up, why not go for a pair of ankle-length moto boots with buckles, zippers, or even distressing for a perennial badass staple? Let's give this juvie style back to our kid sisters. Creeper shoes are getting the PINK SLIP.

Hair Today…Gone Tomorrow!

Pink Slip Lavender Hair

Pink Slip Lavender Hair

by Elan Carson & Ashley Salinas

Color me crazy, but is anyone else tired of seeing the lavender hair trend?

First spotted on Katy Perry in 2011, lavender hair was once heralded as rock-n-roll runway chic. From catwalk to street style, this look quickly became all of the rage, with teens recreating the lavender-blonde locks.

Now that we’ve reached the peak of pastel hair colors, with style divas like Kelly Osbourne sporting this fantastical hairdo, I think it’s time we start to color in the lines again and ditch this candy queen/fairy aesthetic.

It was chic before but now this trend needs to be given the pink slip. As with any dye job, maintaining vibrant locks is a high maintenance feat. Unless you are a celebrity with a team of stylists on call, regular hair upkeep kind of goes out the window and the once vibrant color starts to fade to a grayish hue. And who wants more gray then lavender! Plus, all of the chemicals are bound to be damaging to your mane.

Let’s lose the lacquered locks all together (unless you’re prepped for some serious hairdo upkeep) and opt for natural hues instead. If you insist on having a colored coiffure with a pop, look into more temporary options, like a wig, extensions, or even semi-permanent dye that’s easy to abandon or wash out when the look simply isn’t working anymore.

Lavender hair is getting the PINK SlIP!

Hammer Time? Let’s Reschedule…

Pink Slip Harem Pants

By Ashley Salinas & Elan Carson

Pink Slip Harem Pants

Justin Bieber is a huge fan of harem pants. He rocks the crotch-sagging style whenever he gets the chance to finesse his bad-boy chic persona. After seeing Justin in this trend, some “Beliebers” have probably made the effort to go out and purchase a pair of this horrendous pant.

Harem pants hit the style scene around the release of M.C. Hammer’s 1980’s “Can’t Touch This” music video, sparking up a large following. Fast forward to the 2000’s and they once again became a trend in 09′ with more crazy patterns and now different sized crotch bagginess.

Like most of you when this trend first came out you wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing them. You probably even said “Who would sport those?” Or if you did don a pair–for like a week–you tried to give these super silly looking pants a fashionable appeal with stilettos and fitted top.

But no matter how these pants are styled, they simply are unflattering and does no one any justice. Think wide hips, thin legs, and no derriere shape. Pink slip the harem pants trend so you don’t look back and say “What was I thinking!”

If you can’t seem to let this trend go back to 1980, here are a few styling tips: Go with a slimmer fit harem pant with not so much crotch action and follow the style tip above on pairing it with a fitted shirt and heels. Trust me, you’ll look less like you just came out of a genie bottle.