The 9 Most Hated Trends of 2018, Ranked by Resentment

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.

2018 Trends

Trends With a Few Dissenters

9. Gingham
Gingham Trend - Dior Bag


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

For $35, what are you waiting for? 

8. Seashell Jewelry
Beaded Bag Trend


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

It's a pearl party, and you're invited.

7. Boilersuits
Boilersuit Trend



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

Shop an Easy-to-Wear Jumpsuit Instead:
The Reformation Essie Jumpsuit

Wear it for winter with a thin turtleneck underneath.

6. Plastic Purses
Plastic Bag Trend


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

Still eye-catching, but you don't need to hide your receipts and loose change.

5. Small Sunglasses
Tiny Sunglasses Trend


Urban Outfitters

"Easily small sunglasses." — Erin

Shop the Next Big Sunglasses Trend, Square:
Gucci Acetate Square Sunglasses

This was one of the last sunglasses shapes Phoebe Philo came out with for Céline. 

Trends With a Mob of Naysayers

4. Overdone Animal Print
Animal Print Trend


The Style Stalker

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

Shop the Other Print Every Brand Is Getting Behind:
Zara Chain Print Blouse

Zara is betting hard on scarf and chain print pieces.

3. Neon
Neon Trend


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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

A visual palette cleanser, if you will. 

2. Biker Shorts
Bike Shorts Trend


Urban Outfitters

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

Shop The Next Shorts Trend Instead:
Puma 3 Inch Running Shorts in Black

If Pernille Teisbaek is into it, so are we. 

1. Dad Sneakers
Dad Sneakers Trend


The Style Stalker

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

Shop Sleek Sneakers Instead:
Frye Ivy Sneakers

Can't fault 'em.

Next up, check out the next nine trends that are coming for 2019.

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