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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.

Taylor Swift New Album Pink Slip Country

The Taylor Swift New Album, “1989” Gives Country The Pink Slip (& We’re Lovin’ It)

Country darling Taylor Swift is steadily rebranding her image, transitioning from doe-eyed American sweetheart to take-charge pop star shakin’ off the haters. From her current outings in the media, she seems to be more in control and confident than ever. Using this time in her life as a springboard to evolve as a person and artist, Swift shows us how New York and the era of the 80’s, two powerful spaces, have impacted her musical and personal identity. Lucky for us fans, we get to follow her on this new journey!

From buoyant curls, porkpie hats, and Keds to red lips, a polished bob, and a more timeless (still swoon-worthy) style that even Amal Alamuddin fancies, Taylor is ready to leave her good-girl country image in a trail of dust, pursuing a mature yet still fun-to-dance-to sound. She’s growing with her twentysomething fanbase and we’re ready.

The Taylor Swift new album, “1989,” which will be number five for the international hit maker, will be released next week, October 27th and is currently available for pre-order on itunes. She’s already released three tracks, including the infectious dance song of the summer/fall “Shake It Off,” as well as “Out of the Woods,” a more rhythmic tune reminiscent of the band M83, and “Welcome to New York,” a soon-to-be anthem for movers and groovers of all kinds.

Thus far, my favorite track is “Out of the Woods” (I’ve probably contributed to 100+ listens on YouTube) as it does both a great job of storytelling, and melodically/methodically luring me into the emotions of Swift’s narrative. For those who don’t know, the song is about her previous relationship with Harry Styles.

Taylor Swift continues to wow us with her charm, down-to-earth charisma, and quirky (but not in a Manic Pixie Dream Girl kind of way) personality. Fans adore her because she engages with us, tells our stories, and is truthful in a way that makes us certain she is nothing but herself onstage, in front of the camera, or even when sporting a cat-adorned graphic robe on a flight. Whether she’s hosting listening parties for her biggest fans, or poking fun at a tumblr meme, Swift assures us she is one of us, just another twentysomething trying to find her way.

Has Taylor Swift given country music the PINK SLIP? It seems like it for now, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing.

(Photo Credit: Taylor Swift’s Official Facebook Fanpage)

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.

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!

Those Nails! YIKES!!

Hello everyone!

You can call me Make It Work Molly- Miss Pink Slip Fashion and I “met” one another through the Lucky Blogger Community and I’m so excited to be syndicating my own blog posts here!

Now that we have introductions out of the way, let’s get along to what I think needs to be given the pink slip. Nail art. And not all nail art is bad, but I’m talking about the outrageous patterns that clash with your outfit unless you’re in all black/white/grey tones.

I really really really HATE the multiple patterns and drawings and gems that people stick on their nails. First of all, let’s be honest, how long does that stuff actually last? If you’re anything like me and do absolutely anything with your nails there is no WAY it lasts past the picture. It just can’t.

A quick Pinterest search pulls up some fun ones:

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I mean for real seriously? I truly hope if I were a guy and I went out with a girl with THIS on her nails for Valentine’s Day that I would find some way to sneak out the window of the restaurant bathroom. Yuck.

 

Oh this is another fun one:

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I am truly concerned about the amount of time that you literally have on your hands (pun intended) if you have the time to paint itsy bitsy leopard dots on top of your gold French manicure.

 

And this one:

 

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Please make it stop.

 

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OMG.

 

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With nails like these, I’m afraid to even criticize. You could literally claw my eyes out.

 

I think y’all get the point. So anyways- please, give this trend the pink slip!!

And feel free to check out my site too- should you feel so inclined:

Make It Work Molly

 

Love to all y’all,

 

Molly

This Trend Makes Me Want to Claw My Eyes Out

Stiletto Nails…Ouch

by Ashley Salinas

Pink Slip Fashion Stiletto Nails

Time to put the stilettos away and I’m not talking about the stilettos
that we walk in ladies. Yeah you got it, those stiletto nails that
you see just about every woman wearing nowadays. The ones that make
you cringe by just the thought of being accidentally poked in the eye
by these things. I think it’s time to give this trend the pink slip.

Not only am I getting a Vampira vibe, these Lady Gaga inspired claws
just seem dangerous to be around! Plus, what happens if one breaks??
Awkward anyone? Unless you’re a Scooby Doo monster or going as a witch for
Halloween, there’s no need to rock this celebrity-popularized trend.

Now for those who are guffawing and absolutely just can’t let this trend go
we’ll give you a break and say try a shorter version of the stiletto nail.
Short looks more chic and sophisticated. If these nails are too long the look kinda
turns costume-ish. I mean honestly you can’t do much with nails that are
6 inches long anyways!

Stiletto nails are getting the PINK SLIP.

Send this Look to the Shredder

Pink Slip Ripped Jeans for Women

Pink Slip Overly Ripped Jeans for Women

Guest Post by Ashley Salinas

I’m not sure why anyone would want to be caught in overly ripped jeans. This trend needs to be pink slipped and quickly. Here’s why: there is no way to make this jean look good on anyone. Either you look like a stuffed sausage or you look like a hobo, and trust me when I say neither are flattering.

If you’re going for a boho-chic outfit, try a wide leg jean or pant for a bottom or a tassel hem wrap. Don’t be afraid to toss in a wide brimmed hat for extra drama. The ripped jeans for women look however just screams Tara Reid from a 90’s teen flick and though we’re bringing back the 90’s, this still isn’t part of the decades-repeating-itself revival.

Let’s say you do get the urge to slip on a pair of sliced up jeans, go easy and opt for a pair that maybe has two or three rips and not those that are going up and down the jean revealing your whole leg and then some. Minor wear and tear or distressed detailing totally gets the OK. It’s when we go for extremes that this style easily transitions into slop-fest territory.

Let’s save a trip to the mall for the overly ripped jeans look and Pink Slip this trend.

It’s Time to Break Up With Your Boyfriend (Jeans)!

Pink Slip Fashion Boyfriend Jeans

Hi again from Pink Slip Fashion! In lieu of Katy Perry and John Mayer’s breakup, we’re also calling it quits with our beloved relationship we’ve had with boyfriend jeans…no pity party necessary!

A staple at mall-mainstream stores like Old Navy and The Gap, the boyfriend jean was supposed to hit all the style checkpoints. We’re talking comfort, fashion, and cool factor. Let’s no forget, it’s also a beach gal’s perennial favorite if you’re close to the sand. Think Jen Aniston in striped tee, slashed boyfriend jeans, and flats.

The problem with this “schlubby” trend however, is that it easily falls into the category of something celebrities and models can sometimes pull off and the average woman may fall into the style don’t cateorgy when attempting.

What happens is that the baggy silhouette creates an unflattering backside (who doesn’t want to show off healthy junk-in-the-trunk proportions) and shorten the leg length, as the pants are most likely to be cuffed at the ankle. Layer on a thick cardigan with a slouchy tee and you have a recipe for a style slop fest.

If you want to pull off a shabby supermodel chic look, choose a jean flattering to your shpae but that has mild distressing. Keep the slouchy tee OR the cardigan and opt for a loose bun. Voila!

So it’s time to cut loose this relationship and PINK SLIP boyfriend jeans.