Even the most stylish people have that little mental list of trends or items they refuse to wear. Whether it's a made-up idea in our own heads that whatever the piece is will look ridiculous, or it's a style that just doesn't resonate with our usual vibe, ask
anyone and they're sure to immediately tell you, " Oh, I'd never wear that thing!" Even our own global editor-in-chief and cofounder Christene Barberich has a personal vendetta against shorts.
While we're fully allowed, even as fashion editors, to decide what we choose what we do and don't wear (even if that means avoiding certain things at all costs), we also know that you can't knock something until you try it. And, what better time to step out of our comfort zones than the time of the year that personal style is on
extra display? This Fashion Week, we put ourselves to the challenge of finding something we'd (air-quotes) " never, ever" wear — and do the opposite.
With street style photographers aplenty, there was no hiding and no changing — just us, in a piece of clothing we thought we'd never be caught dead in. Here's how we felt about it.
"I do not like floral dresses. Like, at all. On me, they feel reminiscent of
Little House on the Prairie. That, and because I am petite (I just look really young), I tend to shy away from anything too boho. Initially, when I put the dress on, I felt like Kirsten, the American Girl doll (and not in a good way). But once I added dark, vampy lipstick and '70s-esque glitter boots, I felt more like myself — a chic bohemian version of myself I always saw other women pull off so effortlessly but never thought I could." - Channing Hargrove, Fashion News Writer
"The thing about agreeing to wear something you'd never wear to fashion week is that, well, you have to figure out a way to wear it to fashion week.
Why did I have to pick jorts? I thought the night before as I struggled to come up with an outfit where I didn't look like I had just gotten back from the beach. On top of everything, it was cold! There were a lot of things to work around. In the end, I was happy, but I can safely say I would never wear jorts to fashion week (again)." - Laia Garcia, Senior Fashion Editor
"I've said it once and I'll say it again: If you see me in something other than jeans and a T-shirt, something's wrong. But alas, NYFW is a time to experiment with our style, and try out things we wouldn't normally wear on the daily. That's why I opted for this Acne jumpsuit that — thanks to a clever styling hack — felt just like my everyday uniform, but was just the right amount of newness that I needed. Plus, if it gets a little cold, I can just fully put it on."
- Landon Peoples, Fashion Writer
"Don't get me wrong, I've been shopping the men's section for quite some time, and your girl's all about comfy, practical shoes during NYFW. But never before have I owned a pair of studded brogues — a shoe that's at once sensible and a little 'look at me.' Boy am I glad I went for them. These Zadig et Voltaire numbers are not only sharp looking but they're walkable for hours, too."
- Annie Georgia Greenberg, Fashion Editor-at-Large
"This look is head-to-toe not my usual M.O., starting with this highlighter pink dress by Eliza Faulkner. But really, what irks me most about this ensemble is that I tried wearing the flattest shoes I own. I love this sandal for the beach or for running errands, but I normally would not be caught dead in a shoe this flat at fashion week — I'm always in a kitten heel or a chunky-heeled bootie, at the very least. Checking into one show, I caught my reflection in the window and just had to laugh at myself standing behind a very dressed-up show-goer in skinny, sky-high heels; I looked like a kindergartener next to her. But I have to admit, I was super-comfortable all day — no blisters, no sore feet. And that's something I could get used to..."
- Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor
"I chose heels as my trend because it's so out of my comfort zone. I'm a flat shoes only girl. I loved the color, and the block heel feels like an easier compromise. Wearing heels definitely made me feel a lot more dressed up and confident (but also made me walk at a glacial pace and slightly late for all shows that day)."
- Michelle Li, Associate Stylist
"Sheer clothing and I do not mesh well (see what I did there?). I actually love the trend on its own — I've included sheer clothing in countless stories and aggressively like any Insta post of someone wearing a sheer item. But on the personal end, there's something too breezy, too revealing, too uncovered for me to go out of my way to buy a see-through piece.
When we embarked on this endeavor, I thought I 'm going to go full out. Where can I find a head-to-toe sheer dress I can style? And at the eleventh hour...I chickened out by choosing a top that was only partly sheer. I think going half throttle was the best decision, it was much more a reflection of my own personal style, while still letting me dabble in the trend (and give me the rights to say I did it). Look at those bare arms! Look at that exposed décolletage! This is the closest to 'sexy' you're ever going to see me get. I guess the proper fashion lesson was learned here: Never be afraid to try whatever trend you want, but make sure you're still staying true to you....Or something along those lines." - Ray Lowe, Fashion Market Writer