NYC Girls Won't Go Near These Current Trends

There are trends, and then there are NYC trends. New York fashion girls have more than just the seasonal hype of a product to consider when choosing which trends they want to invest in, including functionality, breathability, and much more. Thanks to the infuriating heat and unavoidable walking and schlepping, rocking the latest heel trend might be tempting, but it can be far from practical. Get the picture?

Ahead I reached out to some of my favorite NYC girls to find out which fashion trends they are hating at the moment, in addition to the ones they are loving. Luckily, there are a lot of kitschy summer 2020 trends to consider, meaning the styles listed below are both exciting and practical. 

Won't Wear: Platform Sneakers

Will Wear: Neon Pink


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"Platform sneakers are having a moment right now, but they're just not for me. At 5'8", I'm not dying for a height boost, and when I do want to add a little lift, I prefer a heel! A current trend I am really into is neons—I'm basically treating neon pink like a neutral this summer." — Michelle Salem

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Won't Wear: Tight Dresses

Will Wear: Breezy Dresses


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"In general, I am not a huge fan of super-tight clothing, but I am especially against it in this New York humidity. This summer, I'm gravitating toward anything flowy that will generate some sort of breeze." — Lauren Eggertsen

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Won't Wear: Espadrilles

Will Wear: Mules


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"I love a good summery trend, but for some reason, I've always struggled with espadrilles. They look so cute on other women, but on me, I feel like they're a bit too beachy for the streets of NYC. Instead, I love great mule sandals." — Aemilia Madden

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Won't Wear: Belt Packs

Will Wear: Anything Cowboy-Themed or Leopard-Printed 


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"I'm really sick of the strap bag or fanny pack. It's been overdone in my opinion. I sort of associate it with festival style now. I'm all about kitschy fashion these days—I don't know what's gotten into me. Sign me up for crazy cheetah prints and anything cowboy-themed. The trick is having a futuristic take on it. For example, pair some matrix sunglasses or something that wouldn't normally work with it to make it your own." — Anaa Saber

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Won't Wear: Neon

Will Wear: Leopard Print


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"As someone who prefers to stick to a more neutral palette, I will definitely be staying away from the neon color trend this season. However, I'm highly excited about all the animal print that's bubbling up right now and have already ordered these killer Reformation pants upon the suggestion of my co-worker Allyson Payer." — Nicole Akhtarzad

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Won't Wear: Sheer Clothing Sans Undergarments

Will Wear: Midi Skirts


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"I'm not exactly sure how to name it, but the one trend I wouldn't go near is sheer clothing sans undergarments. I don't think I'll ever feel comfortable showing off my body in such a public way like that, but I respect other women who do, especially because it's a subtle form of resistance. Instead, the trend I'm wearing on repeat is midi skirts—I love to pair a high-waisted vintage skirt (ideally one that's asymmetrical) with a white tee or a tube top. It's such an easy outfit formula, and I always feel comfortable, even in this crazy heat." — Lauren Caruso

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Next up, check out more fashion trends NYC girls are loving.

This post was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Editorial Director

Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.