The 9 Most Hated Trends of 2018, Ranked by Resentment


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It all began as a casual comment in Who What Wear’s secret Facebook group asking for everyone’s least favorite trend of 2018. It quickly grew into a large feedback forum on the trends that collectively earned an eye roll from fashion followers this year. Scanning the comments, there were a lot of common themes, which inspired one member Rochelle to ask, “Looks like we are all in sync, so why is this junk showing up as cool?”

Well, it turns out junk is in the eye of the beholder, but there were some trends that stood out as earning the most exasperation. Accordingly, we cataloged the mentions, which largely fell into two categories, trends with just a smattering of dissenters and trends that earned an avalanche of naysayers. We organized them below, ranked from least hated to most. Scroll down to the bottom to see the top trend that drew the most ire and shop alternatives to the highly debatable styles.



9. Gingham
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"All the gingham print was too much." — Natalie

Shop Gingham's Grown-Up Cousin, Plaid:


8. Seashell Jewelry
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"I prefer the pearls trend by a longshot." — Diana

Shop Pretty Pearls Instead:


7. Boilersuits
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"A little too auto mechanic for me." — Tal

Shop an Easy-to-Wear Jumpsuit Instead:


6. Plastic Purses
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"So not here for the plastic bags and clothing trend." — Sarna

Shop a Glossy Bag That's Not See-Through:


5. Small Sunglasses
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"Easily small sunglasses." — Erin

Shop the Next Big Sunglasses Trend, Square:


4. Overdone Animal Print
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"Animal-print overload. I saw someone wearing top-to-toe snakeskin and leopard print!"  Shantila

Shop the Other Print Every Brand Is Getting Behind:


3. Neon
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"Neon for sure. I hate anything hot pink or neon yellow/green. It just takes me back to cringy middle school discos."  Emilia

Shop Pastels Instead:


2. Biker Shorts
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"Biker shorts and dad sneakers. I mean, just no." — Diana

Shop The Next Shorts Trend Instead:


1. Dad Sneakers
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"Ugly sneakers. Without a doubt, the absolute worst!!!" — Nikki

Shop Sleek Sneakers Instead:

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Kat Collings has over 15 years of experience in the editorial fashion space, largely in digital publishing. She currently leads the vision for editorial content at as the site's editor in chief, having risen through the editorial ranks after joining the company in 2012. Collings is a Digiday Future Leader Awards nominee, was named Buzzfeed's best fashion Instagram accounts of the year, and is a member of the CFDA Awards Fashion Guild. Prior to Who What Wear, Collings worked on styling projects for brands such as Vogue, Teen Vogue, Lucky, and Oliver Peoples. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in communications and calls Los Angeles home.