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New Year, New Fashion: Goodbye to 2017's Fashion Nightmares

New Year, New Fashion: Goodbye to 2017's Fashion Nightmares

Hello 2018! As we've said our goodbyes to 2017, let's also say good riddance to the worst fashion trends of the past year. Scrolling our social feeds, we saw them rear their ugly heads in street style, strut down catwalks and even on red carpets donned by celebs and stars. But the new year is here, and it's definitely out with the old and in with the new when it comes to these fashion faux pas.

The Man Romper (RompHim)

You can blame this gem on a Kickstarter campaign that made a huge splash and some serious coin to turn the RompHim "dream" into a reality. Making their debut just in time for summer 2017, man rompers were the male fashion trend that no one was expecting and everyone was talking about. But despite all the jokes around the bromper, more than a few brave souls sported these man onesies over the summer

Then in June, Los Angeles fashion brand, Hologram City, took the male romper to the next level when they introduced lace shirts and shorts in a series of pastel colours like pink, blue, yellow, green and purple, which could be styled individually or as a romper. The reactions to the men's lace styles were extreme, some loving and others loathing the look. Lace shorts for men? "Y'all, this is just WRONG", one Twitter user wrote. "Make it stop" another said. And of course, as you can imagine the memes and GIFs were endless on this one!

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Meet Jasmine Yarbrough

Meet Jasmine Yarbrough and Tamie Ingham of comfortable, yet head-turning shoe label Mara & Mine

As difficult as it is to manage time zones and glitchy phone lines, speaking with Jasmine Yarbrough and Tamie Ingham across multiple devices is a flash insight into the lives the pair lead. “Sorry, Jas, you go!” says Ingham, laughing, speaking from the pair’s base in Los Angeles to Yarbrough in Sydney visiting family. “Tamie was dressing me a lot for fashion shoots and shows, so we got to work together,” the former model says of Ingham’s previous career as a stylist, telling the story of how the friends and co-directors of shoe label Mara & Mine met. “We have a lot of mutual friends, so we’d always see each other socially.”

The Australian-born Ingham and Yarbrough came to their present roles through a current that is still carrying them along: travel. “We were in Capri and we were invited to a really good friend’s party,” says Yarbrough, flitting quickly to the duo’s next formative narrative. “We left the hotel in high heels, and a cobblestone street and high heels just don’t go together, so we said: ‘How good would flats be?’, but thought not because [the party] was really dressy. When we arrived, we realised every woman had flats on, and they looked so chic. So we thought: ‘We have to emulate this.’”

Ingham is quick to emphasise the practical element – most of their shoes are lined in lambskin for comfort – something that stemmed from her experience as a stylist in Sydney. “Being expected to run from set to PR appointments in heels just wasn’t really exciting for us,” she says, a sentiment that spoke directly to their high-powered customer base with the need to shift swiftly between off- and on-duty modes, including Margot Robbie, Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne.

“It was a shock to Jas and I,” remembers Ingham of seeing Delevingne in a pair of their signature Jem skull slippers; shoes with the foot’s skeleton embroidered on the toes like a luxury X-ray composite. “I think we first saw it in Japanese Vogue. We were sent this image and we couldn’t believe it. We were getting calls from stores internationally ... and then it just expanded.

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We were sure that fashion would get its proverbial act together in 2017, but every now and then, the industry let its thoughtless actions get the better of it. For instance, designers continued to pair their sartorial offerings with very questionable cornrows, and both fast fashion and luxury labels played the good old grand theft fashion game — stealing clutch designs, Insta-gold packaging, mink coats and more from other, lesser-known names. Thievery and cultural appropriation aside, this year also met mishaps with a social media-made music festival, racial and gender stereotyping in photoshoots and a now-infamous soft drink commercial starring Kendall Jenner.

We're hoping that 2018 is better — or at least, that these designers, retailers, models and editors stop repeating the mistakes that continually get them into hot water. Click through the gallery below for a refresher on all the painfully awkward moments and fails of 2017. If all goes well, this will be the last year these gaffes wind up on one of these lists

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