The 2010s Trends I’m Loving and Leaving Behind

Aug 16, 2023

Our tween and teen nieces spent the first half of 2023 reviving our high school fashions.  From peasant tops to low rises, I felt like I was back bopping to N’SYNC in my mint-green sedan for a minute.  Now, our 20-something direct reports are bringing back the 2010s in a big way, and I am not mad about it.

Everyone is talking about the rise of the 2010s (also, here) and 2000s in fashion.  Our glory days (well, the glory days of blogging, in those pre-influencing years) are making a comeback. That doesn’t mean, however, that I am embracing the reappearance of every trend from my teens and twenties.  So here are the new-old trends that I’m loving and the ones I’m leaving behind me (where they belong.)

Peplums // Yes, please, bring these back in force.  My post-pregnancy body thanks you for this flattering style that I already know I love.  I am ready for all of it.

Skinny Jeans // No. I was behind the times and just let myself get back into wide legs. I forgot how much I loved them, and you will not lure me back.  I still have my AG Farrah’s and I will wear them when the mood strikes, but these jeans are my new jam.

Wide Belts // Yes, my waist needs this definition.  Plus, all of my sleek sheath dresses will benefit from this accessory-boost.  I love this knot-detail one and this incredible buckle-free one that’s <$100.  Also, the slightly dominatrix-corset feel of this one speaks to me in a way that I’m just going to embrace.

Crop Tops // This is more of an early-aughts trend, but shorter shirt lengths are back in a big way.  I will not.  I can not.  I shall not.  I Mom So Hard can it explain it better than I can.

Color Blocking // This is a trend that I am happy to embrace in moderation.  I want it to be intentional, not sloppy.

Shearling Jackets // I skipped this trend the first time. After all, I lived in D.C. where it was routinely 50-degrees in December.  But now, it’s cold where I live, so bring it on.  I already bought a Patagonia Retro pullover last year.  I also might add a $99 faux shearling aviator jacket to really embrace that vibe.

Shearling not for you?  Bombers are also back.  This oversize one from Maeve is fun.  I also like this classic flight-green jacket with orange lining.

Studded Heels // Nope. Can’t do it.  Those Valentino Rockstuds were a 2012 birthday purchase, and the second I put them on, I realized the shoes were wearing me, not the other way around.  I own these Nordstrom flats, and that is as far as my studded styles will be going.

Statement Necklaces // I want to jump back into this trend, but I am being cautious.  There will be no bubble necklace or chonky styles.  I just can’t go that deep.  The PTSD might be a little stronger than I anticipated.

However, I still love a good large-bead necklace ala Diane Lockhart.  If you want something with impact that won’t overwhelm you, Anthro has this cool gold knot-chain necklace and this silver one.  Both of these would look fab with a crewneck sweater.

So which trends are you excited to bring back and which should stay in the past?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Melissa says:

    “Now, our 20-something direct reports are bringing back the 2010s in a big way, and I am not mad about it.”

    Today one of our co-ops is wearing a fitted, slightly cropped t, a midi length bias cut satin skirt, white socks, and Docs. I feel like she’s cosplaying my youth!

    Honestly there isn’t one specific trend that I’m stoked about returning, but I’m damned happy that comfortable shoes are in style. Docs, Nike Airs, ugly freakin’ Tevas … my feet are ruined from 25 years of jamming them into “grown-up shoes” and I’m dead ready to entirely banish the last vestiges of corpor-wear to accommodate happier feet.

  2. Kelly says:

    I’m looking forward to trying jeans with a little flare in them again. They were nowhere to be found for the last 13 years, and I really did love them.

  3. Katel says:

    I agree with Melissa on return of comfortable shoes. Somehow I can’t bring myself to wear the loafer style heels again though. Memories of ill fitting suits in my mid 20s…

    I never completely gave up wide belts so I’m excited that they are back

  4. Jess says:

    I am in my “statement necklace” years (42) and proud of it! No JCrew bubble necklaces for me either, but pretty much every outfit I wear is improved by a statement necklace…..or cashmere wrap scarf…..but it’s still too warm for that.

  5. Cait says:

    I never stopped wearing skinny jeans and just cannot embrace the wider leg trends. I think skinny jeans are universally flattering (especially with the higher waistlines!) and that today’s on trend jeans make people look oversized (particularly me with short legs and wider hips). I’m happy you’ve found happiness elsewhere than skinny jeans, but I will be embracing the return of this trend!!

    • Jenny says:

      I truly could not agree more. The “trendy” jeans make everyone who is not a size 0 look overweight. Especially for those of us who have given birth…it’s like putting a spotlight on the part of my body I hate the most. Yikes! Long live the skinny jean!

  6. Lisa says:

    I LOVE a good statement necklace. But I also think of this fab funny take by Baroness Von Sketch every time I put one on 🙂 https://youtu.be/Oz-KkQhCZnU

    • Whitney says:

      OMG! I’d not heard of Baroness von Sketch Show until this comment. Several YouTube clips later and I’m determined to find full episodes.

  7. Tiffany says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever fully give up my skinnies, but for me a long bootcut is the best look for my body. I’m just grateful they are easier to find right now.

    I like the color blocking – wish I could pull of that swimsuit you linked but a one piece version would be my jam. Peplums and the necklaces will be easy to incorporate back into my wardrobe.

    Hell no to crop tops.

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