The ugly shoe trend is still around because, I suppose, devout followers of trends are still idolizing these popular eyesores. I am never sure if trends attain their popularity because of their star-studded exposure by Instagram influencers, or it’s that street style aficionados love to shock in order to drive a look? It’s really a chicken or egg question; does the direction of a trend begin with celebrities and influencers wearing trends first or do these fads really begin on the fashion savvy streets of hipster neighborhoods and then influencers follow suit? It’s hard to say.
Ugly trends seem to be a thing now but have existed in the past. However, in the past awful looking tends were deemed ugly only after the fact—just think 70s. During the 70s it seemed like a good idea for men to wear skintight polyester shirts and pants with clunky platform shoes but today we can look back at the 70s with a clear head and laugh as we realize the error of our ways. At the time those fashion trends were considered hip and even sexy. Yes, some trends from the 70s are considered awful by today’s standards but only in hindsight. Today, the purposely ugly fashion trend is something new. Today ugly is cool. This trend may have started with the popular dad seeker of 2017 but it appears that ugly inspired clothing is going to be around for awhile.
Take the Prairie Dress—as in Little House on the Prairie. That’s right—it’s “in” again. And because of its popularity there is a large selection to choose from. Some merely look like your grandmother’s nightgown with a fitted waist and others are more thoughtfully designed with intricately ruffled details stitched around the neck, sleeve, placket or hemline. Other Prairie Dress styles are designed with a bib or apron and even sweeping ruffles attached to the skirt of the dress.
If you would love to give this look a try but are a little confused as to how you can rock this style there are lots of tips from online magazines like Refinery29, The Cut, and Who, What, Wear. For example, Who, What, Wear suggests you ”opt for a cowboy boot to offset a floral midi dress.” Or, ”pair it with PVC pumps (shoes designed with a plastic see-through detail) and sporty sunglasses.”
Western themed clothing has come and gone over the last 40 years. My guess is that this look, much like the skintight jumpsuits and polyester separates of the 70s, is one where we will look back with a clear head and laugh as we realize the error of our ways.
Eat well, laugh a lot, and be chic!