The style trends to leave behind on New Year’s Eve

Gerard Ortiz

The bleached brow trend took off in 2022  but needs to be left behind on New Year’s Eve

Trend followers who have jumped on bleached brows, low-rise denim and fake freckles are among those being put on notice as the year comes to a close.

While all fads come and go, some that were fiercely popular throughout 2022 are destined to remain there, as the world moves on to bigger and better things.

Some of the favourites to leave behind in 2022 have been around for a few years, while others made brief yet impactful appearances throughout the year.

The looks that need to left behind, stat, are as follows.

Bleached brows

First Maisie Williams appeared on the red carpet pulling off the very bold look – then everybody else started doing it.

And while a select few look incredible with bleached brows it isn’t for everyone… far from it.

Most people including Kim Kardashian, fail to pull off the bold 90s era punk look.

But that didn’t appear to stop people from trying and in 2022 it appeared most women with a connection to Hollywood jumped on the startling trend.

By mid-year it had made its way to TikTok and the general public. The trend took off quickly but has been running out of steam over the last few months.

The look should definitely be left as a glitch in mainstream fashion and not be taken in to 2023.

Laminated brows 

These have been around for a few years, but unfortunately like the bleached look, they don’t suit everyone.

On one end of the spectrum the ultra brushed up brow look makes people look surprised, all the time.

On the other end it makes them look like Oscar the Grouch. 

When this brow trend started it was all about adding definition – but before too long people were taking it too far – brushing their brows upwards like their lives depended on it.

Laminated brows have also had their time in the spotlight - but are destined to be a fond memory among trend followers

Laminated brows have also had their time in the spotlight – but are destined to be a fond memory among trend followers

Yeezy slides 

As a friend said: ‘Surely anything Kanye has to stay in 2022.’ And she was right.

Not only are these shoes ugly and overpriced – but it they are connected to a man who constantly oversteps the line.

Like all things there is a sliding scale with Kanye’s cheap plastic shoe – the regular slides aren’t too bad – then there is the ‘running slide’.

Yeezy slides - particularly the running variety - should be put into a dumpster fire before New Year's Eve in the spirit of starting 2023 with good energy

Yeezy slides – particularly the running variety – should be put into a dumpster fire before New Year’s Eve in the spirit of starting 2023 with good energy

And they need to be banished immediately.

The foam shoes resell for between $400 and $800 despite being far less than that new.

They are in such high demand Adidas has had to implement a lottery system to make each release as fair as possible. 

Shoulder bum bags

Not. A. Good. Look.

Nothing says ‘I am trying to be bada*s’ like a bum bag strapped diagonally across your body.

Nothing says 'I am trying to be badass' like a bum bag strapped diagonally across your body

Nothing says ‘I am trying to be badass’ like a bum bag strapped diagonally across your body

And nothing is less tacky than trying to push that kind of energy.

We get bum bags, as a general rule, they are super handy – just wear them around your waist and stop trying to look like a cheap gangster. 

Low rise denim

‘These don’t look good on anyone.’

Proof that even the worst trends come back every 20 years. 

The low rise denim look was popular for a moment in the naughties but was soon relegated to the place in our brains where nightmares live. This needs to happen again

The low rise denim look was popular for a moment in the naughties but was soon relegated to the place in our brains where nightmares live. This needs to happen again

I am not sure who tried to pull this one back from the early 2000s but I think I speak for everyone when I say they should have left it there.

‘Low-rise denim has been firmly confined to our nightmares ever since someone realised that no one – save the occasional supermodel – can really pull it off,’ FEMAIL’s Alice Murphy wrote as they reappeared in 2020.

But the horrific trend has managed to dig its claw into the retail space again – with shorts, skits and pants all on offer.  

It has been a crazy two years, but we believe we should close the door on these threads, as we have with the pandemic, and walk into a brighter future. 

They will either make you the life of the party or look horrific, sometimes both. It's time to send this hair-do back to the 80s

They will either make you the life of the party or look horrific, sometimes both. It’s time to send this hair-do back to the 80s

Mullets

Mullets have an incredible way of reappearing – and unlike other trends likes to stay for a decade at a time.

But it is time to go to the barber lads and rethink the tragic yet somehow iconic hairdo.

The thing about mullets is that very few people pull them off.

The people that do become everyone’s best friend immediately – the people that don’t look like they have been in a fight with a lawn mower or fell asleep in front of cruel mates armed with clippers.

They look messy and unprofessional and although they will be back – it is time to put them in the 2022 time capsule and await their inevitable return in 2050. 

Super long hair extensions 

I am talking Nicki Minaj style- even on someone as glamorous as the Super Bass hitmaker can’t pull them off.

These extensions, I am talking from the middle of the back onwards, make people look drawn out and unhealthy.

Super long hair extensions had a moment this year - but even Nicki Minaj proved they are almost impossible to pull off

Super long hair extensions had a moment this year – but even Nicki Minaj proved they are almost impossible to pull off 

Their hair always ends up looking thin and desperate down the bottom – and due to the serious weight of each piece are rarely invisible at the crown.

The only way to avoid bad hair like this is to avoid super long hair extensions altogether – and remind your friends that the look is so last year – and doesn’t belong in 2023.

Poll

What’s the worst trend of 2022?

  • Mullets 79 votes
  • Bleached brows 179 votes
  • DIY vampire lips 26 votes
  • Yeezy slides 74 votes
  • Low-rise denim 19 votes

White sock, black shoe look

It has been nice, but it is time to send this look back to school – where it should stay forever. 

The long white sock trend was bad enough – especially when paired with trainers and sandals but in our opinion adding little leather school shoes is taking it entirely too far.

The Kardashians and co have pushed the trend to its limits – and now it has been seen on Instagram, in city streets and office buildings around the world.

And it has to stop.

Leave that particular pairing alone this year – keep your white socks for days at home and wear your cute leather shoes with invisible socks for a while. 

The black leather shoe, long white sock look became very popular this year

But with any luck it will be staying in 2022

No, no, no. this look needs to go back to school and stay there

DIY vampire lip 

This one came from left of field – and is wild considering there are lots of dark-lip options out there.

The DIY version involves mixing clear gloss with mascara and is nothing short of tragic. 

Rising to popularity on TikTok the trend has been dubbed ‘vampire lip’.

This look went viral on TikTok, but thankfully wasn't seen in the wild too often - we think it should stay in 2022

This look went viral on TikTok, but thankfully wasn’t seen in the wild too often – we think it should stay in 2022

And while social media stars have been quick to push it from the comfort of their bedrooms – it thankfully hasn’t been spotted in the wild.

This trend definitely needs to be chalked up as a creative mistake and forgotten about as the world celebrates new beginnings. 

Celebrity skincare lines

There’s a great video on why every celebrity has their own skin care line and I can’t make it any clearer myself so I will quote it.

*dermatologist stares into the abyss, confused, terrified, upset.

Okay – not really a quote but it turns out even the professionals are lost for words when it comes to this disturbing trend.

Celebrities need to stick to what they know and quit slapping their name on everything – especially in the self care,  health and wellness space. 

The ‘crying’ makeup look

This one was super big for a hot minute at the beginning of the year. 

And while feeling down has been a general global vibe for the last few years the idea of doing your makeup to look like you have been crying is nothing short of desperate and tacky. 

Dozens of tutorials show off this trend and direct makeup lovers to put red powder around their eyes and nose to make it look like they have been crying.

They also smudge their eyeliner and have tricks to ‘make their eyes glisten’. 

Unless you are a creative doing an emotion-based photoshoot or video then this look should be left in the ‘what the..’ box before 2023. 

Stamp on freckles

These can definitely stay in 2022, and are the last entry on the ‘must’ leave behind list.

And we aren’t just talking about the stamps. The pens, stencils, tutorials and tattoos can be left behind as well.

Looks that are ‘on notice’ and should also be considered no-go’s in 2023 and beyond: 

Drop crutch pants 

Smart shoes with blue jeans

Tie dye

Bejeweled ears

Ruched (scrunch bum) tights 

Feathered, fluffy Pjs and going out dresses

Chokers

Crocs 

Caps with suits 

Bike shorts with smart attire

While this trend was cute for a while it became far too mainstream and lost its charm.

Other looks that haven’t been cancelled for the new year – but should be adopted with caution as they may not see it through to 2024 include ruched (scrunch bum) tights, drop crutch pants, tie dye, chokers and crocs.

Wearing bike shorts with smart attire has also been put on notice as has wearing smart shoes with blue jeans. 

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