The Top "Ugly" Autumn Trends We're Here For


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"Ugly" fashion is no longer just a passing trend. Think about it—I bet you can't thumb through your Instagram feed for longer than two scrolls without coming across a pair of Balenciaga Triple S sneakers, a pair of looser-fitting "mum" jeans, or a bucket hat. Ironic fashion, the kind that purports a "Yes, I know this is uncool, but I'm wearing it on purpose" vibe, is here to stay, and quite frankly, we're here for the notion that fashion doesn't have to align with conventional ideas of what's "pretty."

Now that that's settled, let's talk autumn trends: This season is ushering in a new wave of "ugly" fashion items that we fully support. The baggy jeans you used to make fun of your dad for wearing? Believe it or not, they're a thing again. Remember those tie-dye T-shirts you used to make as a 13-year-old? Get ready to dust them off because the free-spirited print is gunning for a strong return. If you're just as ready as we are to fully embrace the latest ironic wares, go on to shop the "ugly" autumn fashion trends that are Who What Wear–approved.

I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter

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Unlike the crunchy tie-dye of the '60s hippie heyday, the psychedelic pattern is returning with a decidedly sleek approach. Instead of flowing fabrics, slim-fitting and tailored pieces give the print a modern update.

2020 Vision

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As soon as we finally said goodbye to slim Matrix-like sunnies, another (even more controversial) shape immediately took their place. Sporty and futuristic at the same time, these slick shades are what we'd imagine sports enthusiasts, athletes, and dads everywhere to wear by the year 3018.

Slime Green

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Kids from the '00s will remember the gooey green slime all over Nickelodeon's game shows. If you're one of them, prepare to get nostalgic because the electrifying hue is making a big splash right now. The key to pulling off the aggressively loud colour scheme will be to ground it with classic neutrals.

Related: 6 Ways I'm Wearing My Summer Clothes in Autumn

Cool Shirt, Bro

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The "bro" life (aka partying and doing guy things), are inspiring a number of current fashion trends, leaving us bewildered but intrigued.

Not Your Dad's Jeans

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For years, skinny jeans have had a stronghold on denim trends, but it's finally time for a new shape to take their place. Mark our words: Loose-fitting "dad" jeans are about to eclipse skinnies once and for all.

Holiday is a state of mind

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More and more stylish women are getting the flip-flop trend, and while we're personally still on the fence, they're a surprising trend we just can't ignore.

Next Up: Everyone on Instagram Is Going Crazy for This H&M Corduroy Suit.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.