The Rise of Ugly Fashion and Why You Should Get on Board

It’s a warm spring morning, the Fanny Pack looks out the window and smiles, gone are the days when it collected dust in vintage shops, it’s now a fashion staple. The Mom Jeans smile sheepishly too and nods, it’s now Instagram famous and finally well respected…skinny jeans who? Oversized Sweaters sway around the room dancing with their sleeves stretched out, another top celebrity just wore an oversized sweater and knee-high boots (pants optional). The ripped t-shirt is no longer tossed in the trash; it’s now on Kanye’s collection and proudly unaffordable. Sweatpants worn with stilettos, corsets worn over clothes and not under, fishnet tights with oversized sweaters, models and lunch ladies fighting over gingham. There’s been a turnaround, and ugly fashion is taking over!

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Kanye West poses during the finale of Yeezy Season 2 during New York Fashion Week (Photo by Randy Brooke/Getty Images for Kanye West Yeezy)

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The rules are changing, and the most daring get the most reward. High fashion has always toed the line of what’s considered wearable and celebrities and style influencers continue to push the boundaries. The 2017 MET Gala theme “Comme Des Garcons” cemented the initiation of seemingly unwearable and unconventional fashion into 2017 trends. When Kanye released his collection, it wasn’t readily accepted, but it didn’t take too long for people to start styling and wearing distressed tees in flattering ways. To a large extent, fashion is subjective, and it’s all about perception and preference. These perception and preferences are evolving every day.

Rise of Ugly Fashion and why you should get on board 
There’s a psychology behind these seemingly unflattering trends. People like to be daring, express themselves through their clothes, show their personalities and make a statement. And ugly fashion makes a statement. It says I’m confident enough to choose style over fit. It says I’m ok with breaking the rules and I’m ok with letting my individuality shine through. It’s quite empowering. The Olsen twins knew this. They always rocked “ugly fashion” unapologetically, and though they were made fun off, they stuck to their brand. The world is finally catching up. Needless to say, I am a fan of “ugly fashion.”

Try out some of these “ugly” fashion trends below and spice up your wardrobe!

Mom Jeans

As always, our moms knew what they were doing all along.

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Fanny Pack

High fashion plus you know where your phone is at all times

Get a floral fanny pack here
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Oversized Sweaters

If comfort and high fashion had a baby, it’d be oversized sweaters…and they did.

 Get a snuggly yet fashionable sweater here & Here
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Distressed Tshirts

Old people might ask if you fought a Tiger, but at least you didn’t ruin the economy 😉

Get a Pink Distressed Tee for the summer Here

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Jiji Ugboma

Editor in Chief

Jiji is a writer, entrepreneur, and digital marketing specialist based in New York. She writes about personal development, self-actualization, mental health, and creativity as they relate to the quarter-life crisis experiences of millennials and gen-z. She has a deep love for quirky podcasts, coffee, and chocolate desserts.


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