If you thought padded materials were dead since the dramatic 80’s, think again. They’re back – and they have a new target.
What Are They?
Padded shoulders, move aside! Padded headbands have come to take the throne of padding. This year at fashion week, headbands with never-before-seen amounts of poof and pomp descended the runway. As the style expert and resident fashion royal Elizabeth Holmes describes, they are meant to combine the best elements of hats with a headband – she even calls them “hatbands” (which is a way better name that everyone should make a thing immediately). Unlike hats, though, they can accessorize your hair instead of covering it!
How Are They Worn?
Well, the models at Fashion Week certainly give a lot of exemplary options to try. Keep your hair straight and sleek, let its waves run wild, nestle them into your curls, or pull your hair back and let the hatband steal the show! And according to their models, there’s nothing stopping you from pairing the head pads with some sleeve pads. So far, it seems like blazers and maxi dresses are their best friends.
Where To Shop For Them?
Thanks to Instagram, some brands have already become famous for their padded headbands. So far, Lele Sadoughi and Jennifer Behr are the two most well-known brands. They’ve made rounded, braided, and knotted versions of the trend to choose from, even styling them with extra decoration such as pearls and crystals. These brands are on the more expensive side, but ASOS, Amazon, Free People, and Urban Outfitters are all getting in on the action with more affordable options as well.
Fashion is constantly changing, and so it is hard to keep up with all of those new trends. Some are great, while others just don’t quite seem to be realistic. Here are some of the social media trends that are simply incompatible with real life.
One of the trends that you see a lot online is the strappy sandal or gladiator-style sandal. If you choose to wear them on a day out, you may have ended up with feet that look like this. Or even a sunburn that has this weird pattern.
Jean for Everyone
It used to be that if you had a certain curvier body type, then you would probably have a hard time finding a good pair of fitted jeans. But then designers out there decided to start tailoring jeans to feet this particular figure. Or, so they say…
Unfortunately, the trends that show up in your Instagram feed don’t seem to fit nearly as well in real life. So it seems the jean designers really haven’t answered our prayers after all!
Halos for Brows
Sometimes the original story of a trend is just ridiculous. Then again, anything that can make you stand out in a crowd can be fun. So when a beauty blogger decided to join her eyebrows in a halo, the stage was set for a new trend.
But this is more of a look for a high fashion Avant Gard event. If we saw this on someone out and about at the grocery store, we would be a little frightened of the person.
Blending into the Background
We all know a celeb that we wish we could be like. So, one of the ways to do that is to emulate their style. For some, that person might be Taylor Swift, and when you see this picture of her, you might think that you too could pull off this geometrically designed two-piece.
That is until you’re in a public restroom and you have an epiphany as to where the designer got their inspiration. However, the look might be for you if you are trying to blend in with the restroom walls!
Having an edgy and risky piece in your wardrobe is never a bad idea. Especially, if you like to go out and get all glammed up. So, when deciding what to wear on a night out, choosing an edgy nylon top could be just what you’re looking for.
But the reality is that if you buy a super skin-tight one, you may destroy your fresh makeup trying to get the damn garment over your head. For this reason alone, we’re calling this fashion trend an epic fail!
Straps in the Front
When the weather starts to warm up, cute and summery swimsuits start to make a big appearance on our Instagram feeds. There are all kinds of styles out there, but one of the most popular are the strappy bikinis. They are cute for sure!
However, like anything strappy, they are going to leave quite an interesting pattern on your skin. This may make for some unappealing sunburn results as you can see here on the right.
Faked Out Freckles
Freckles have become a huge trend recently! For years, freckly kids would try to use all sorts of strong concealers to hide their spots but since Vogue started to promote the more natural look, things have changed!
So with that, many people who are freckle-less are trying to pencil on spots to their cheeks and nose. However, no matter what they do, it just does not look like natural freckles, so this may not be a trend that everyone can rock after all.
The Kardashians are a family full of trendsetters, and one of the most influential is Miss Billionaire, Kylie Jenner. So when she decided to sport this t-shirt dress and snapped about it, the trend almost instantly blew up.
However, not everyone can afford the ones she wears, so they try to create their own. That may lead to some questionable choices that don’t have the same ‘cool girl’ effect. However, we still want to give an ‘A’ for effort to our girl on the right.
Super Thick False Lashes
Adding lash extensions or filling out your lashes is something that ladies have been doing for a while now. Beauty influencers make the process of adding on lashes seem so simple in their online tutorials, but the reality for an amateur makeup artist (like most of us) is anything but!
Unless you are able to glue them down really well, you will end up with your lashes peeling off like seen here. This actually looks painful and potentially dangerous for our eyes!
Smokey Yet Glittery Eyes
For the evenings, the smokey eye is one of the hottest trends on social media and has been for years. There are many variations of this, but one that is super popular on Instagram is the glittery effect. After all, look how amazing it looks on the left!
However, in real life, this artistic design often turns out to be a clumpy mess. That is why, unless you are a makeup expert, you probably shouldn’t be trying to execute this. Nobody wants to have raccoon eyes!
Women are not the only ones that find their fashion trends on Instagram. Guys can find a lot of cool ideas, and many of them do. A pretty popular one is to match a pair of funky socks with their outfits. But this one is only compatible if you are wearing a suit or a business casual outfit.
Otherwise, the trend just doesn’t look right (as indicated on the right-side.) Also, men, do yourselves a favor and never try to wear your socks with sandals!
We are all looking for ways to save money on our beauty routines. So the DIY manicure trend that many of us have seen on our social media feeds has the right idea. But unfortunately, when we try to cut corners, this could end up catching up to us.
After all, is it really worth saving a few bucks if your nails are going to look unpolished and messy? For us, we’d rather spend the money and feel amazing with perfect nails.
Contour, Contour, Contour!
Contouring has become a household word now thanks to social media influencers who have been posting tutorials online for a while now. While we love the end result done by professional makeup artists, we don’t feel the same way about when we attempt this.
The trick with contouring is knowing how much is too much, which could make it incompatible with your everyday makeup. Also, if you don’t know which shades are right for your skin tone, your makeup could look like it’s wearing you, as opposed to the other way.
Thick and Luscious
Cara Delevingne and many other celebrities took to rocking the thick eyebrow trend, and suddenly everyone wanted them. But have these caterpillars for eyebrows takes a lot more grooming and maintenance than you might think.
That may be why some people tend to go really overboard, making their brows look almost cartoonish (see above.) This is a perfect time to mention the calming phrase of “everything in moderation.”
Excuse us for a minute while we try not to be sick from looking at these twirly nails. We get that trends aren’t meant for everyone but we don’t understand why anyone would want these. Looks aside, imagine trying to go about your day with nails like these…
So, with all that being said, there are a lot of sufficient reasons as to why this trend might not be compatible with real life. We hope you’re on the same page as us because truth be told, you probably wouldn’t even be able to turn a page with nails like these on. Get it?
Have you ever scrolled through your feed and seen one of those beautiful influencers post a flawless selfie with the caption hashtag ‘no makeup’? Many of us end up questioning why we don’t look quite as unblemished when we wake up in the morning.
Don’t worry! The #nomakeup thing is not even a real-life trend. Most of the time, these beauties use natural makeup to give them smooth and bright skin.
Shimmery Eye Makeup
Beauty influencers on social media tend to take big risks when it comes to their makeup and because they’re pretty professional, they make the process look easy. Plus, the end result is usually fantastic so it makes sense why we’d want to try to emulate it.
However, a lot of the time we get disheartened when our finished look is nothing like what we see online. Try not to be too hard on yourself when this happens. These trends are not for the faint-hearted.
Heels and Brows
Not everything you see online is real. When an Instagram influencer puts up an image of eyebrows in the shape of a high heel, chances are it’s photoshopped for dramatic effect. But still, some believers of the trend tried to follow suit.
We hope people didn’t shave off a brow trying to achieve this fake trend. Plus, we’re not sure why this even made it to a trend level in the first place. But hey, each to their own!
When you look at these really cool jeans, you may think that you want to try them out. They certainly would give your wardrobe a bit of an edge. But once they are actually on, you may notice you don’t look quite the same as the model you saw pose with them on.
Maybe it is the lack of fishnet underwear, or perhaps a little thing called Photoshop, but these don’t translate as well in real life as they did when you scrolled through Instagram.
Based on the idea that many little girls want to be a princess, these crown-styled eye makeup designs were not only colorful but bejeweled too. In the right party setting, this look could be great but other than that, we never want to see this on anyone.
Imagine running out to do your daily errands with this design on your eyes. You’d definitely get some stares at the grocery store. So because of this, this social media trend is just not compatible with anyone’s real-life world.
Ripped Up Jeans
Ripped jeans have been a trend since the ‘9os and probably will continue to be. However, this type of jeans is not always the best choice when it comes to hot summer days for multiple reasons. The biggest of which is those strange tan lines you’ll end up with.
Also, who really wants to wear a pair of thick jeans in the summer? Well, we’re biased because we’re big jean-lovers but those ugly tan lines will probably deter us from doing this.
Highlighting Your Features
Along with contouring, came another trend, known as highlighting – this is done to brighten up certain facial features. But once again, there is such a thing as too much. Often when we are trying to replicate a certain look, we can take it just a bit too far.
The end result can even look like you’re wearing shimmery body paint which is most definitely not the look you were going for. As a rule of thumb when it comes to makeup, remember that less is more!
Cinch Up That Braid
The cinch braid is something that comes and goes over the years. Over the last few years, it has been seen on several celebrities, which is more than enough to help boost a trend. But truth be told, nothing about this hairstyle is practical.
Not only is it super time-consuming but you’ll also need someone who knows how to do hair to help you achieve this. So for those looking for a quick braid to run to Starbucks, this is not the right choice for you.
Ombre became such a big trend at one point that people started applying it everywhere. From their hair to their nails and now even their eyelashes. You might be wondering how you’d achieve this? Well, you’d have to use fake eyeless and then color them with whatever color combo you are looking for.
In reality, this trend doesn’t shine as much as the social media posts make it look like it would. On top of the fact you have to deal with putting the fake lashes on, it is just not really functional for everyday life.
Spring Has Sprung
If you are into fashion, then you know that in order to remain on-trend, sometimes you’ve gotta take some risks. This could include trying out weird nail designs or adding a springtime forest to your eyebrows.
While we think this look would be awesome for a costume party, nowhere else would this look acceptable. Plus, it would take a lot of time and effort to be able to put together a spring tableau with flowers and all.
Sheer Fronted Tops
Adding a little high fashion to your wardrobe is never a bad idea. And if you’re for inspo, then usually Instagram or Pinterest is the place for you. One of the trends that made a splash online was this sheer fronted outfit.
But like most fashion trends, you may have to have a particular body type to be able to rock it. Also that aside, we’re kind of getting ice skater vibes from this which is most definitely not an everyday look.
Most of us probably try to keep our nose hairs under control. After all, looking over and seeing someone with curly cues coming out of their nose is not something we ever want to emulate. In fact, we’re starting to feel sick from seeing this.
This trend made an appearance just a little while ago. We are overjoyed that it didn’t stay long as it is just not compatible with anybody’s everyday reality.
Crystals and geodes have become super popular, so it is not surprising that someone decided to add this to their hair. If you were going to a dress-up party and you donned this hairstyle, you’d definitely expect to have all eyes on you.
With that being said, we are not sure how well it would play on the everyday stage. It seems like the geode glitter might just flake off and get everywhere (as glitter does), and that would be a total pain in the derriere.
Eyebrows are a big target when it comes to social media trends. That is why so many interesting styles have been designed. Though many of the initial images are edited, that doesn’t mean that it won’t inspire people.
These eyebrows mimic a fishtail, which might be cool for a second, but then the truth serum kicks in and you realize this is not a realistic look. Or at least that is what we think! What do you guys think?
Nails are one of the areas where people can let their freak flag fly and get really creative. Also, there are so many options when it comes to nail art. One of the trends to hit our social media feeds worldwide (especially around Valentines Day) is the heart-shaped variations.
But like many of the specialty nail art, it might be hard to do everyday tasks with these spikey things. That is why for a special event, they are great, but for your everyday manicure, they just don’t make sense.
Shimmered Out Brows
Adding a mermaid shimmer to your eyebrows is another trend that caught our attention online. Though it looks pretty cool and aesthetically pleasing, we are not exactly sure where it would fit into the everyday life of practically anyone. Except maybe a mermaid…
It is just a little too fantasy-inspired to wear out and about and the shimmer is bound to get all over you. But with that being said, it could be fun for a themed party or just playing dress-up at home.
So sometimes these trends just seem like a science experiment that went wrong or a practical joke that the beauty professionals are playing on us. At least, that is how we feel about the idea of whole hand swatches.
Why this would even be a trend is beyond us. Unless you’re trying to look like an avatar for a dress-up party, we do not suggest attempting this. Also, can you imagine trying to clean this off after?
What is it with beauty bloggers doing weird and impractical things to their eyebrows? We’re totally on board with the Cara Delevinge-inspired caterpillar brows, but as far as these wavy brows, we’re not understanding. We’d really like to wave goodbye to this trend. Get it?
Whether you go with the literal wave or the squiggly wave, this eyebrow look is just too much. It is definitely something that is outside the bounds of being realistic in everyday life.
Long Yet Short Hairdo
There are many variations of this haircut, and we are not sure why this trend came about in the first place. Maybe it’s thanks to the famous pop diva, Ava Max who rocked this haircut? As much as we love her music, we draw the line at her choice in hairstyling.
Unless you’re being featured in a pop music video, this hair doesn’t really work with people’s normal lives. Especially if you work in an office job where you need to be presentable in a “traditional” way.
Most of us try as hard as we can to forget about our sunburn. The feeling of being burnt is uncomfortable and can often make us look very red and blotchy. Apparently, not everyone feels this way about over-exposure to the sun. In fact, one trend for makeup was to create sunburnt eyes.
This make-up seems like a delusional way to go – either someone will think you are burned or have been socked in the eye. So that for sure makes it problematic for everyday makeup.
Lips can be a difficult feature to make unique. After all, the only thing you can really do is choose some interesting lipstick colors, right? Wrong! Apparently, you can also change it up with the shape in which you apply it, hence the wavy lip trend.
We just can’t seem to get on board with the idea of changing our lip shape to mimic the design of ocean waves. If anyone can explain why they’d want to do this, we’re all ears.
We’re not sure if this is a hair or accessory trend, but what we are sure of is that we don’t understand how it became a trend in the first place. This vase-style hairdo may make getting in out of places quite difficult. Plus, how do you execute something like this in the first place?
It might look pretty cool on the runway or in a professional picture, but nothing about this hairdo would work in real life. Plus, imagine how heavy that flower vase would be to hold up? We’d probably get an instant migraine from it.
Who doesn’t love Shrek? The movies were hilarious and enjoyable for both kids and adults, which is why many trends came as a result of the popular film series. But how the character Shrek managed to become a model for eyebrows, we have absolutely no idea!
This is another one of those trends that just seem like something that would be used for very specific situations and not a coffee date with the girls.
Beauty influencers on social media are always looking to find new artsy trends to share with their followers. After all, eyebrow makeup and nails are super oversaturated. So, enter this unique trend – nose art.
As much as this tribal look would look great for a party, we don’t suggest donning it while walking on the street. However, if you’re tempted to try it, then this might be a great thing to do at a sleepover.
Rainbow Fringed Hair
There are a lot of fun hair trends out there, and that includes hair dying. So, we’re not actually surprised that the rainbow fringe became a thing. This is often shown with just the bangs being colored but it can be extended throughout the hair.
But this bold look is super hard and expensive to maintain. From touching up the roots to maintaining the brightness of the colors, it is just something that is too time-consuming for most people. Rather wear a wig like this to a party and be done with it!
Hair on Nails
Nail art is a popular thing that forces us to get super creative, but this social media beauty trend takes the cake. How many of you would like to add hair to your nails? We truthfully are at a loss for words on this one, which as you know by now, is new for us.
Imagine getting your finger hair caught in your laptop keyboard? Or how about on the door of your car? This is probably why this trend didn’t last long. Oh, and also because it looks creepy and hideous all at once!
All About Unicorns
There is no one on this planet that could possibly hate unicorns, right? Well, maybe we’re being a tad overly dramatic but unicorns like mermaids, definitely bring out our inner kid. That may be why this nail trend cropped up on our social media feeds.
As fun and funky as these nails look, the upkeep would be too extensive. If you lose just one diamond stud, then the whole look is ruined, which means they may be too pricey and impractical to execute.
This trend is everywhere, from your social media feeds to red carpets. It is indeed a cool look and can say a lot about the person who chooses to wear this rainbow hairstyle. But just because we’ve seen this trend everywhere, doesn’t mean it is compatible with everyday life.
This hair choice would need to be consistently updated as colors fade, and your hair grows out. You can attempt to do it at home but chances are the DIY version won’t look good. The smarter way to go would be to seek the help of a professional hairstylist.
After seeing hair on people’s nails, nothing stands the chance of surprising us anymore. So, when we caught word of this feature-inspired brow look, we didn’t even bat an eyelash. Truth be told, in an Avant Gard way, we’re kind of feeling it.
But the extra time that it would take in the mornings to accomplish this look is just too much for most, and so this trend died quickly. It was just not an easy thing to maintain on a daily basis, it seems.
A lot of trends find their way to social media from fashion weeks across the globe. A few years ago, one of these was the lollipop lip look. This was supposed to give women a freshly kissed look.
But as edgy as this might look on a runway, it doesn’t have that same effect on the streets. Instead, we just look like we’ve smudged our lipstick which is so not a desirable look.