Power ranking 2010s fashion trends

Infographic ranking fashion trends from the 2010s
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The 2010s may have only ended a couple of years ago, but I still can’t help but reminisce or cringe at the fashion pieces we all decided to wear. Many people view the past decade as the worst era of fashion, so it’s only right for us to power rank the most iconic and popular fashion pieces.

6. Jeggings

The end of the decade saw us departing from skinny jeans, but I think we all forgot about the skinniest of jeans, or jeggings. The Spandex pants that oddly resembled jeans with their fake pockets and zippers were all the rage at the start of the decade. People loved them because these pants were skinnier and stretchier than the typical jeans. I’ll give jeggings points for being innovative, but I can’t help but cringe at how far we took the concept of skinny jeans.

5. Skater skirts

When I think of one item of clothing that ruled the 2010s, the skater skirt quickly comes to mind. You couldn’t leave your house without spotting at least one person wearing the skirt. The skater skirt was famous for its versatility and modesty, which is why the trend lasted for many years. At the time, I liked these skirts because they were the closest thing to a miniskirt that I was allowed to wear. However, I will never wear them again if the trend becomes popular years down the road.

4. Flower crowns

Because the floral design was so popular, it’s no surprise that people actually started wearing flowers in their hair. Popularized by Lana Del Rey, the flower crown trend was all over the internet after she wore one in her Born to Die music video. The trend progressed from the internet to music festivals such as Coachella to finally, daily wear. There was something so ethereal and charming about regular people wearing flowers in their hair as they went on about their day. While the look of flower crowns was cute, I have to admit that they were not functional nor comfortable. As much as I’d love to see a flower crown revival, I don’t know if it could be a part of an everyday wardrobe.

3. 2014 grunge aesthetic

If you were on Tumblr anytime during 2014, then you most likely remember the refined and diluted revival of 90s grunge. Many young adults and teens like myself became victims to the cultural reset that was known as the 2014 grunge aesthetic. This trend included many expensive microtrends such as the American Apparel tennis skirt and Dr. Martens 1460 boots. This aesthetic was not everybody’s cup of tea, but my love for it stems from nostalgia, and I can’t deny that it still has a strong influence on my sense of style to this day.

2. Floral print

The 2010s had some pretty questionable yet popular patterns. Remember the galaxy and chevron print crazes? Those prints still send shivers down my back, but the floral pattern holds up to this day. Unlike the other popular prints from that decade, the floral craze was soft and tame on the eyes. My favorite part about this trend was that anybody, no matter their style or aesthetic, could incorporate it into their wardrobe. Whether it was embodying the vintage flower power look from the 70s or doing a more modern take such as a floral print button-down, this pattern was the most versatile.

1. Oversized denim jackets

Even after the trend died, the oversized denim jacket that I stole from my dad never quite left my closet. These jackets had everything; they were stylish, comfortable and versatile. The trend was heavily inspired by the 90s, with celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Tyra Banks rocking it back in the day. The oversized denim jacket was accessible and became a wardrobe staple for the everyday person. It’s rare for trends to still be fashionable after the craze settles down, but the oversized denim jacket has stood the test of time.

If the 20-year trend cycle continues to be correct, we are bound to see the revival of one of these trends by the 2030s. Hopefully, the next generation will choose to wear pieces that are placed higher on our ranking, but I guess we’ll just have to wait a few more years to see!

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