5 Street-Style Trends You Should Not Try at Home

  • Before the runways even come to life with fall 2016 collections, we’ll see the industry’s style stars setting the bar for what’s cool now in street style. (And frankly, Phil Oh has just as much say in what’s going to be a hit as the buyers at Net-a-Porter.) Last season, a few strong trends emerged immediately: statement sleeves, twinning with your BFF, backward shirts, and more. The problem? They’re tres hard to wear IRL—which is why we say don’t. Yes, you read that right, there are a number of street style trends you should not try at home. Save yourself the trouble and read this list of five.

    Throwback Hoodies

    The edgy label Vetements, and the touch of Paris underground culture it brings, have become fast hits with the fashion crowd. So much so, that one of the most photographed looks of the spring season was their floral maxidress seen on influencers like Yasmin Sewell. Even more popular on the scene was the old-school hoodie. From the runway to the road, we saw this on the likes of Molly Bair and Binx Walton. But we remain firm: Don’t do it yourself. Why? If you’re not a fashion celeb, a lived-in hoodie will just make you look sloppy. Period. For a sharper image, try a borrowed-from-the-boys leather jacket.

    Trip-able Flares

    The cult favorite Australian brand Ellery helped bring back giant flares last year, and the OTT style is still going strong. Also in this category: super wide-leg pants seen on people like Gilda Ambrosio and Anya Ziourova. While they manage to run from show to show in the mega-wide, ground-grazing pants, we say avoid, avoid, avoid! If you’re thinking of donning fancy pants like this for work or a date, the last thing you want to do is fall over them. Instead, go for wide-leg culottes and kick flares all the way.

    Inhibiting Statement Sleeves

    This was arguably the biggest street-style trend of the season. We counted long, past-the-finger-tips sleeves on people like Margaet Zhang, Pernille Teisbaek, and Christine Centenera (above)—to name a few. We get it: they’re fresh, fun, and they add major flair to any look. But could you really function with so much fabric covering your hands? We think not. If you're still committed to trying a statement-sleeved number, try the off-the-shoulder tops that were also huge hits in front of the lens.

    Backward Shirts

    Can’t you just picture it? This is one of those things that you put on, get ready around the house in, and then change your mind at the last minute and change out of. (Also in this hard-to-commit-to category are floppy hats and dark lipstick.) Though backward button-downs were all the rage on the streets of cities like London and Paris, sometimes less is more. Solution: Just wear it the right way!

    Too-Big to Sit Skirts