We had hopes for maxi dresses at first as a refreshing change from the minis. In theory, maxi dresses could work for everyone because they hide so many sins. In practice, maxis and floor-dragging skirts swallowed petites and made almost everyone else look dumpy.
Gladiators — the "It" shoe of 2008 — were never a trend for the fashion faint of heart. But these bold, gutsy sandals quickly wore out their welcome in '08 because they were, well, everywhere. In metallic, studs, platforms, flats: anything that could get a gladiator twist, got it.
Black Tights with Everything
From strappy dresses to white shoes, the black tight replaced bare legs as the preferred look. On the one hand, heavy tights made terrific sense in cold weather. On the other, they weighed down the prettiest little evening dresses for an awkward combination.
The shootie — a blend of shoe and bootie — emerged for the fall and began popping up on trendy feet like Gwyneth Paltrow's. But as us smart girls know, trendy doesn't always make it right; these ungainly shoe/boots were hard for most of us to pull off.
Boho — which cycles in and out of fashion every few seasons — attempted a comeback this year with deluxe fringed pieces. While some boho mainstays — like peasant blouses and hippie prints — have become mainstream summer staples, the fringe pieces deserve to die a faddish death.
The most hilarious part of the mega-scarf trend was that it reached its peak during the hot summer months. Heavy piles of fabric at your neck during August? Some girls thought it was OK to suffer for fashion.