Spring 2008 Fashion Trends: Omiru Picks the Top 5 Least Wearable Trends

September 14th, 2007

Maxi Dresses
Unless you’re six feet tall, maxi dresses look as if they swallowed you alive.
Maxi Dresses by Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Steffe
Pictured: Diane von Furstenberg, Cynthia Steffe, Zac Posen.

Mini Dresses
Great to wear…if you’re blessed with flawless (and long) legs.
Minidresses by Zac Posen, Nanette Lepore, and Temperley London
Pictured: Zac Posen, Nanette Lepore, Temperley London.

The Bubble Skirt
A visually interesting but awkward-to-wear silhouette.  Fun for stylists, less fun for you. 
Bubble Skirts by Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, and Temperley London
Pictured: Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Temperley London.

Sheer Fabric
Done tastefully, sheer fabric can be gorgeous.  But it’s
tough to pull off during the day–and the transparent nature of the
fabric often shows a little more than you’re intending.

Sheer Fabrics by Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen
Pictured: Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen.

Feathers
Absolutely fabulous on accessories, tough to wear on clothes.
Feathers by Oscar de la Renta, BCBG, and Zac Posen
Pictured: Oscar de la Renta, BCBG, and Zac Posen.

All photos courtesy of Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz.

Entry Filed under: Trend, Trend Predictives, Trendscape, What's In and What's Out

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mimi  |  September 14th, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Wow– thanks for a great wrap-up on all the trends for Spring. I’d love to have a party to wear the Oscar de al Renta feather dress to!. I think the mini and maxi skirt look a bit tired and almost dated. Although I suppose minis in spring-summer are always going to be in. I’m surprised at the Vera Wang– hers look dull and dreary next to the beautiful colors.
    I’m ready to shop!

  • 2. RobynT  |  September 15th, 2007 at 1:06 am

    i agree! bubble skirts often make people look like they’re wearing “full” diapers! i guess if they are longer they are not as bad… and i hate that even a lot of t-shirts nowadays are so sheer.

  • 3. Nikki  |  September 16th, 2007 at 8:14 am

    I agree with your review. UUGH!

  • 4. Trisha  |  September 16th, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Yeah, I totally agree, Mimi. It’s tough to find an occasion to wear such an over-the-top elegant dress. But then again, it’s also tough to afford the dress, period. Alas.

    Haha you really could fit a diaper under a bubble skirt! I don’t mind a slight bubble shape–but when it’s exaggerated, it’s extremely tough to wear. Even for models.

  • 5. Meg  |  September 16th, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah, I’m not a big fan of bubble skirts, either.

    The only feathers I wear are on a couple of tea hats that I have.

    I’d only wear sheer fabric over another layer that has plenty of coverage.

    I’m definitely not blessed with the thighs to wear mini dresses. Plus, I have enough trouble keeping somewhat longer skirts down in the wind.

    Ahhh, the maxi dress… I’m 5′10, rather slender, and in my mid-20s and I can’t pull them off to save my life. They make me look old, prudish, and big.

  • 6. KB  |  September 16th, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    I agree with you about maxi dresses, but not with the mini dresses comment. Many people can pull this look off, and it is a staple to short girls like myself!

  • 7. Trisha  |  September 17th, 2007 at 4:10 am

    True–mini dresses can be great for short women. But they require a pair of great legs…which is not something all of us are lucky enough to have. As with everything on this Least Wearable list, mini dresses can be done right, with the right body type.

  • 8. Ariella  |  September 17th, 2007 at 9:11 am

    Dresses with pockets? Really? I remember the Jennifer Hudson dress with pockets worn at the Oscars that looked terrible AND got smashed by everyone who saw it.

  • 9. Trisha  |  September 17th, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Yeah, we oh-so-vividly remember that too. But I don’t think it was the pockets that killed the dress ;)

  • 10. ambika  |  September 17th, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Love this! I’ve got 3 or 4 dresses now with pockets and I love them to death. And agreed on all of the difficulty trends, *especially* bubble skirts which I can’t quite figure out why they’re still around.

  • 11. Trisha  |  September 18th, 2007 at 12:30 am

    Thanks, Ambika! We heart dresses with pockets too :) So convenient and so chic!

  • 12. Robert  |  November 26th, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Minis, minis, minis! Guys love ‘em. Women love to be seen in ‘em. Don’t have the legs…wear pants.

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