We're Sorry, Fishnets: Apologizing To 8 Trends We Used To Hate On

We like to think we have pretty good judgement when it comes to calling out what's cool. Every season, we watch trends come down the runway and pick the ones we think will stick — and while our predictions tend to be pretty spot-on, there are other times fashion takes what we consider "cool" or "trendy," and completely flips it on its head.

What we've come to realize now, though, is that there are a few pieces out there that we were a little too quick to judge. Fishnets, for example, have gone from a costume accessory to a full-on staple — but if you asked us a year ago if that would be the case, we would have responded with, "no way." That's why, we're taking a moment to sincerely apologize, Justin Bieber-style, to the items we used to hate, that we've now come to love and accept. Here's hoping it's not too late.
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Kitten Heels,

I’ll be the first to say I was quick to judge. Dismissive even. Brash and cold. You did not deserve this. And for that, I’m sorry. It’s my fault for not realizing that you were actually a practical, adorable solution (not an abomination that should be ashamed to call yourself a heel at all). Your silhouette has now become nostalgic and forward-thinking; sought after; ladylike and amusing and, most importantly, not ankle-breaking. Now, I love you, kitten heels. And I hope you accept this heartfelt apology.

Yours,
Annie Georgia Greenberg, Fashion Editor-at-Large

J.W. Anderson Embellished Kitten Heel Pumps, $2,125 $638, available at Farfetch.
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Hello, Wide-leg Pants,

For over two-and-a-half decades, I never gave you a chance. Save for a brief flirtation with flares during one of their many comebacks, I brusquely flipped past you on store shelves, eschewing you for boot-cut and skinny styles. I have hips and an ass; why the hell would I want to add any further bulk to my lower half? Don't get me wrong: I've always thought you looked so absurdly chic on other people, but I certainly never considered taking you out for a spin myself.

Well, I was wrong. Oh so wrong. You swing dramatically around my legs, instead of giving that inevitable sausage-casing effect of my now-neglected skinny jeans. You are God's gift for muscular calves. You accentuate my waist-hip ratio beautifully, and I feel like a boss lady with a tight turtleneck tucked into your waistband. And though I thought you'd be tricky to accessorize shoe-wise, you're actually quite versatile, and you look cool AF with fancy sneakers (way more so than any of my jeans ever did). Can we please make up for lost time?

Sincerely,
Alex Ilyashov, Senior Fashion News Editor

Zara Pleated Culottes, $49.90, available at Zara.
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Dear Chokers,

I'm sorry for writing 20 stories about how much I hate you. You're actually pretty cute. It's not your fault everyone from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid exhausted you so quickly. We hoped you wouldn't spark early and burn as fast as you did. But I still hate you.

Sincerely,
Landon Peoples, Fashion News Writer

H&M Satin Choker, $5.99, available at H&M.
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Dear Crop Tops,

I spent my entire college years making fun of your standard Friday night appearances. I was so positive you were best left to girl who couldn't throw together a full-look, or was stuck in a phase of early-aughts nostalgia. I now admit I was wrong. You probably take up 60% of my closet, in the section just to the left my one too many high-waisted trousers. Button-ups, long-sleeved, mesh, crochet...there's no version of you I haven't learned to love. Future me might make fun of this phase, but for now, I'll fight to the death to wear you to all events, both casual and classy.

Love, The Basic Fashion Girl-at-Heart,
Ray Lowe, Fashion Market Writer

Wilfred Free Taja T-shirt, $50, available at Aritzia.
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Dear Fishnets,

I'm so sorry I was so quick to judge. I totally formed the wrong opinion about you over time. Maybe you didn't even give off the wrong impression; maybe I just misunderstood you.

I see now that you're back in a whole new way, shedding your old reputation and becoming something I actually enjoy wearing — which makes me feel even worse about judging you so hard all these years. I hope we can move forward from here.

Forgive me,
Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Writer

Gipsy Large Scale Fishnet Tights, $9.50, available at ASOS.
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Hi, New Gucci —

Sooo, I might have said some not-so-nice things about you when you re-debuted under Alessandro Michele. Like that your collection was full of rehashed ideas and awkward fits. Like that Wes Anderson and Luella Bartley might have done it better (and way earlier). But, what I didn't exactly understand then was that you tapped into something that women really, really want: That fashion is most covetable when there's a potential to D.I.Y. it yourself. That "thrift-store" appeal I bashed you for initially was actually where the magic lied. Women (including myself) are able to shop their own closets, dig in a Goodwill, or splurge on a real Gucci sweater to evoke a vibe that feels rich, playful, and relevant.

Plus, I severely underestimated the appeal of a backless, fur-lined loafer (though I still think it's kinda wack that it's kangaroo fur). Feet just want to be cozy!

Love and Lallo,
Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer

Gucci Cashmere and Merino Stripe Knit Top, $1,150, available at Gucci.
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Dear Creeper Sneakers,

For a long, long time, you confused me. I appreciated the practical nature of an oversized gum sole, especially when walking on the slush-covered streets during the winter. But, I never really understood the look — frankly, because I felt I wasn't cool (and definitely nowhere near punk) enough to wear them.

Then Rihanna come along and make it her signature Puma shoe. And there's not a fiber of my being that can go against Rihanna's wishes. Even she was admittedly surprised by the overwhelming response her sneakers got, drop after drop; the performer admitted during her speech at the Footwear News Achievement Awards, where she was awarded with Shoe of the Year. As was I, when I found myself scouring eBay for a pair of 7.5, mint-condition velvet Fenty creepers.

Here's the thing: Rihanna can pull of virtually anything. While I don't share this very unique skill and, frankly, strong sense of personal style, seeing her try a daring trend makes me think: Hey, I may as well try it. And so I did. And now, I'm hooked. Thanks, Rihanna. I love my creepers so.

Sincerely,
Ana Colon, Fashion News Writer

Puma Suede Platform Women's Sneakers, $100, available at Puma.
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To All The Real Winter Coats,

One look at my winter wardrobe and you'd assume I grew up in Southern California, when I'm actually from right here. Still, it's been years, and I mean years, since I've had a real coat; one that's water-proof, with a hood, and actually warm. But this season, I finally gave in, opting for practicality over style...and I can't believe what I've been missing out on. I'm sorry for judging you by your looks, and not your purpose. And let's just say I will never, ever, ever go through another cold weather season without you.

Love,
Erin Cunningham, Senior Fashion Editor

Canada Goose Rideau Shell Down Parka, $700, available at Net-A-Porter.
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