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The 6 Trends to Break Up With in 2017

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It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.

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It would be foolish to say anything in fashion is really “out” considering its cyclical tendencies. We’ve welcomed everything from flared jeans to platform boots and the Laguna Beach style of denim skirts back with open arms (all within the last couple of years), so it’s safe to say nothing is gone for good.

But in 2016, we were met with a handful of trends that reigned supreme— from your Instagram feeds to the streets — that we wouldn’t mind saying “see you later” to until (much) further notice. Here, the six trends that we’re taking a serious break from in the new year.

Karlie Kloss wearing a choker necklace. Photo: Foc Kan/Getty Images


This year, we saw the choker in many forms: the simple black cord, the DIY denim strap, and the leather- and diamond-encrusted numbers that landed on the necks of every Kardashian, Jenner, and Hadid. At this point, you might not believe that any other type of necklace exists than the choker. But they do! And it’s time to give them a chance. (Please.)

A woman in a black Justin Bieber tour shirt. Photo: Timur Emek/Getty Images

Tour Merch

So, you went to the [Drake, Justin Bieber, and/or Kanye West] concert this year; or maybe you didn’t, but instead waited upwards of seven hours in a pop-up store line. Either way, obtaining the gear was a notable feat — and you and the other trillion people in line should be proud! — but, we’re honestly merch’d out.

A person in an all-white athleisure outfit. Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images


Ah, athleisure. One of the many fashion buzzwords of recent years that is almost more annoying than the thing itself. Leggings, sport bras, and all of their activewear affiliates became the norm in 2016; head to toe, gym or not. And while there will always be a place for activewear (and even still sport-inspired fashion!), maybe we tone it down in 2017.

A woman in a bodysuit with a lace-up front, ripped jeans, and flats. Photo: Getty Images

Lace-Up Body Suits

Let’s be clear here: Other than when you have to use the bathroom, plain old bodysuits are still good. They’re great for layering, or as this year proved, just as good to wear as a normal top without worrying about constantly tucking everything in. But the particular front lace-up style à la Kim K. has truly been worn to death in 2016, from her celebrity entourage to everyone at the bar you’re going to this weekend.

Photo: Sandra Semburg

Cold-Shoulder Tops

Off-the-shoulder? Great! Sexy! Fun! But the cold shoulder — the shirts that just have two holes on the tops of each side — just look like a mistake. If you’re going to expose your shoulders to the outside air, you should probably just go all out. Experimenting is good, but what we learned from this is that a peek-a-boo shoulder is not.

Photo: Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

Thrasher Everything

The logo merch from the beloved monthly skateboarding magazine Thrasher somehow made its way from the usual skate crowd to off-duty models and celebrities — like Ryan Gosling, Rihanna, and even three-year-old North West — to just about every other breathing person on the planet. The hoodies and T-shirts were so widespread that earlier this fall, Thrasher editor Jake Phelps called for celebrities and any other “clowns” (a.k.a. posers) to stop wearing the merch as it infringed upon the authenticity of the skating community. If you skate, by all means, wear your Thrasher merch proud. If you don’t, maybe head to the nearest Buffalo Exchange.