I think about trends a lot (it's my job, after all), but the truth is I'm quite picky about the trends I actually buy. The reason? The sheer number of outdated, "trendy" pieces I remove from my closet each season. Don't get me wrong—I still invest in plenty of trends, but I prefer to wait a bit before purchasing to see if said trend will stand the test of time (no one-season wonders for me), as I hate having to donate something I only wore a handful of times. But it happens, so before I add to my closet each season, I usually weed out the expiring trends that I know I'm done wearing (for the foreseeable future, at least).
For summer 2019, I've been busy shopping for tie-dye, kitten heels, longer shorts, and much more, so a closet clean-out was imperative. Scroll on to find out which summer trends sadly didn't make it into the "keep" pile and which ones sparked enough joy to stay.
Removal in progress:
Retiring: Short Cutoffs
Keeping: Bermuda Shorts
I'm very happy to do away with my short shorts and replace them with pairs that are a little more modest. That said, I'm keeping a few pairs for the beach.
Retiring: Boho Maxi Dresses
Keeping: Puff-Sleeve Styles
There's a time and a place for boho maxi dresses, but every time and place is for puff-sleeved dresses, in my opinion.
Keeping: Shades of Blue
I gave the neon trend the old college try, but I ultimately decided it's a little too loud for me. Luckily, I predict that it won't be around much longer. Shades of blue, on the other hand, are all I want to wear this summer.
Retiring: Cropped Flares
Keeping: Relaxed Denim
I wore cropped flares so much that I wrote a story on how many pairs I had. I learned from that mistake and am now diversifying my denim collection.
Retiring: Off-the-Shoulder Tops
Keeping: Smocked Tops
I strongly believe that off-the-shoulder tops will be a major thing again, so I'm not getting rid of all of them to make room for smocked tops, but I'm certainly reducing my collection of the oversaturated off-the-shoulder trend.
Retiring: Printed Leggings
Keeping: Bike Shorts
If I'm going to wear leggings this summer, I'd rather wear a pair of neutral ones. Even better, a pair of bike shorts, which is a trend that continues to dominate.
Retiring: Athletic Pool Slides
Keeping: Velcro Sport Sandals
I didn't think I'd care for this sandal trend, but I've already bought two pairs (and counting). I still have a few pairs of polished pool slides, but these sporty Velcro sandals feel so fresh this summer.