The 7 Biggest Style Risks People Take Today

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In fashion, a few years — or a few decades — are the only difference between an outfit that draws stares and one that draws compliments. Just ask any woman who braved wearing pants in the 1920s (or Birkenstocks in 2013).

The same goes for trends of today, of course. The naked dresses, newsie-cropped pants, and men in skirts that inspire a thousand think-pieces today will be the mainstream trends of tomorrow. To prove what a difference a few years make, we take a look at 7 of the most outré trends fashion people wear today — and predict how long it'll take them to go mass. Your glimpse into an odd future awaits...
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Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
The Naked Dress
If Kim, Beyoncé, and Rihanna left you with any doubt as to the popularity of the naked dress, how about the fact that Nicole Richie was one of three celebs to wear one at Tom Ford's Fall '15 show in Los Angeles?

The formula of a sheer dress with strategic beading is not new (Marilyn did it, and Cher did so spectacularly), but the last few years saw a massive spike in the look's popularity on the red carpet. Mid-market brands are already capitalizing on the trend, producing their own, less spangly versions.

The Verdict:
If you haven't already seen a nude-look dress at the club, you will this summer.
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Socks With Sandals
A perennial favorite of Prada's runway styling, we credit Chloë Sevigny with bringing the trend to mainstream consciousness when she wore it not once, but twice at Coachella in 2009. So foreign did it look to us then that many reacted with a mix of disgust ("She looks like a Women's Studies professor," The Frisky snarked), and concern-trolling (she must be trying to prevent blisters or cover her un-pedicured feet, People reasoned).

Since then, thin socks with sandals have gained some traction among fashion-girl types, but the world at large still nurses a knee-jerk hatred of the trend — especially when you really go there with an athletic sock for evening, like Hanneli Mustaparta does here.

The Verdict:
Thin socks with sandals will finally shed its grandma associations by 2018. Sport socks with fancy sandals: Forever for fashion-girls only (you do you, Hanneli).
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Photo: Angela Pham/BFA.
Dress Over Pants
A longtime staple of high school hippies and late-'90s cool girls, the dress over pants look has recently gained new fashion-world cred, showing up on the runways of more outré designers like Undercover and Marques Almeida.

The look is also starting to take off for evening wear, as Solange's acid-green secret pants and Emma Watson's elegant Dior ensemble can attest.

The Verdict:
As the trend cycle hungrily turns its eye to the late '90s, we expect the futuristic slipdress/slouchy-pant combo to come back to the mainstream by 2017. We hope dudes get in on it this time around, too.
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Men In Skirts
A man in a kilt is one level of daring — despite that garment's history as traditional ceremonial dress for men and boys, the fact is that a dude in anything other than pants draws stares. We're even more enamored of guys who really go there with a non-kilt skirt, like Kanye did when he wore his Givenchy leather one to perform at Madison Square Garden during the Watch The Throne Tour.

Of course, fashion dudes have long loved a skirt: Rick Owens experimented with the style, Marc Jacobs pairs his with a Birkin bag (en route to jury duty, naturally), and for fashion-goth boys, the skirt is just another droopy, black layer.

The Verdict:
By 2030, the world will realize that dudes in skirts is really no different than women in pants, that gendered fashion is the opposite of chill, and humankind will unite on a hilltop in love, like that '70s Coke commercial.
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Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFA.
Wearable Tech
Personal activity trackers like the Garmin or FitBit are already status symbols for weekend half-marathoners and goop-subscribing yoga moms. But, newer products like the Apple Watch and Google Glass face an uphill battle in their struggle for mainstream acceptance: Let's call it the Douchebag Bias.

Both items look uber-futuristic in a way that many deem — let's be honest — dorky. There's also a certain "couldn't I just use my phone for that?" resistance to new technology. The fanciest version of the Apple Watch also costs $17,000, leading to much speculation about the "narcissists" and "rich creeps" who buy them. Interestingly, dorky and douchey are exactly what we used to think about people who carried cell phones.

The Verdict:
36 million Apple Watches are expected to sell within its first year, but they won't be a common sight on non-Silicon Valley types until closer to 2017, and will probably never reach iPhone-like ubiquity. Google Glass is now tabled pending further development, but by 2022, expect to see people standing around, eye-scrolling through cat GIF listicles.
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Photo: Wendell Teodoro/WireImage.
Fashion JNCOs
More extreme than a palazzo pant and more like a full ball skirt split in two: The extreme silhouette pioneered by Delpozo, and frequently championed by Leandra Medine, is like the fashion version of the JNCO (which are also back).

The Verdict:
Too impractical to be an everyday choice for real humans who contend with subway grime and refuse to wear six-inch heels at all times. But, expect the ball skirt-pant to show up on red carpets by next year.
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Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagic.
The Awkward Crop
Once upon a time, the high-water pant was deemed so geeky, it was the sole province of cartoon nerds like Urkel. But, at some point a few seasons ago, the idea took root on the runways and hasn't stopped since.

Now, Vogue's declared it a thing, Rachel Comey's cropped, frayed jean (and its myriad knockoffs) is an It item among fashion girls everywhere, and retailers from H&M to J.Crew are selling their own version of the not-quite-ankle pant, making Urkels of us all.

The Verdict:
T-minus one year 'til this one breaks big.
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