I Weighed the Pros and Cons of 14 New Trends, and These Fared the Worst

The older and (hopefully) wiser I get, the more I try to be a more mindful shopper. In this Instagram age we live in, it's easy to get swept up into any and every trend on the scene for any given season, which has guided me toward quite a few regretful purchases in the past. So, this year, I've decided to make an effort to put more thought into the trends that I buy into. I'm a list person, so naturally, that's what I decided to make to choose the best new fashion trends of 2019 to try.

It's already shaping up to be a very stylish year, but because not all trends on the horizon will be for everyone, I did my part and made a list of the pros and cons of 14 of the biggest ones. Half had more cons than pros for me, but if you love any of those and know you'll be able to work them into your existing wardrobe, by all means, do so. This is just my take. Without further ado, keep scrolling to find out which 2019 fared the worst on my pro/con list, and then shop the trends to buy instead (in case you agree).

TREND: Low-Rise Jeans
CONS:
Looks dated
Unflattering
Won't stick around

ALTERNATIVE: Cargo Pants

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First puffer of the season ❄️

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TREND: Ultra-High Platform Shoes
CONS:
Bad for your feet
Hard to walk in
Not particularly versatile

ALTERNATIVE: Sport Sandals

TREND: Neon
CONS:
Not appropriate for many situations
Tricky to style
Too bold for most wardrobes

ALTERNATIVE: Feathers

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Never enough feathers 🕊

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TREND: Bike shorts
CONS:
Not cold weather–friendly
Limited styling options
Oversaturated

ALTERNATIVE: Maxi-Length Pieces

TREND: Shell Earrings
Cons:
Oversaturated
Very seasonal

ALTERNATIVE: Pearl Earrings

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TREND: Coral
Cons:
Already ubiquitous, thanks to Pantone
Feels old-fashioned

ALTERNATIVE: Cow Print

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TREND: Visor/Shield Sunglasses
CONS: 
Too "I just hit the ski slopes"
Not universally flattering
Probably won't make it to 2020

ALTERNATIVE: Slightly Squared Frames

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