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Some Fashion Trends Of The 2010s Were Horrendous, Nevertheless We Wore Them: 18 Fashion Fads From The 2010s You Forgot You Loved

The 2010s will be missed. With less than a month left of this decade, the nostalgia is setting in. So we’re looking back on some of the accessories and fashion pieces that we were obsessed with in the last 10 years. Some of them seem strange now, cartoonish almost. They were exaggerated, wild and others were downright dangerous (platform heels, we’re talking to you). While the decade might be remembered for its divisive politics and the accelerating climate crisis, we want to remember it for its ugg-wearing, flower crown-clad fashion fads.

Silly bandz

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At the turn of the 2010s, who didn’t want various shapes of colorful rubber bands to wear on their wrists like cheap jewelry? A big hit during the earlier part of the decade, these animal/princess/anything-you-can-imagine-shaped rubber bands were all the rage.

Super skinny jeans

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Sure, boot-cut jeans were considered cute in the ’90s, but once the clock flipped on a new millennium, suddenly every cool girl fell in lust with her skinny jeans. The flattering, goes-with-everything jeans style had a resurgence not seen since the ’80s and—despite the recent comeback of wide-leg jeans—it became a wardrobe favorite throughout the 2010s.

Hair Feathers

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Ah, hair feathers, another gift of the early ‘10s. They were all the rage if you were in middle school at that time, and in the land of pop culture, celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff were embracing them the way fashion girls rock maximalist barrettes today.

Shutter Shades

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These completely useless, absurd glasses were also one of the best trends and fads ever. Why wouldn’t you want a pair? Everyone looked good in them. I’m going to shoutout Kanye here for these.

Leggings as pants

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Patterned leggings and leggings in general absolutely took over during the 2010s and I feel personally victimized by my choice in leggings. Did you ever fall victim to the see-through kind? Yeah, me too sis.

Flower Crowns

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Flower crowns were definitely IT during the 2010s.

High-Low dresses

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Remember those dresses and tops which were pretty much a mini length at the front, and the back went almost to the floor? Don’t remember why we were all so obsessed with them though.

Chokers

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The neckwear trend came in strong around 2015 and 2016 and it has pretty much stayed that way. From neckerchiefs to ribbons, to dainty chains and the classic 90s-era plastic ‘tattoo’ choker, we’ve seen them all.

Tiny Sunglasses

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Another gift from the 90s that made its grand return around 2017 and has stayed in the spotlight. The tiny sunglasses trend, evocative of The Matrix era, came out in full force and is still a thing.

Crop Tops

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Crop tops boldly came back in style around 2013–2014 and are still a pretty hot trend now.

The blazer

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A fresh alternative to the twinset sweater, the borrowed-from-the-boys blazer became a must-have for ladies looking to dress down a party dress—or glam up a pair of trusty jeans.

Statement necklaces

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Often sported by the decade’s best dressed (Michelle Obama, and Blair Waldorf, we’re talking to you), the oversize necklace had all of us believing bigger was better. Paired with classic crew-neck tees and tailored work shirts, the conversation-starting accessory proved itself a statement worth making.

Ankle-breaking Platform shoes

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Heels with chunku platforms that reached to crazy heights made perfect sense in a Lady Gaga-loving world. While the runways saw many models topple courtesy of such gravity-defying shoes, celebs—and, OK, we’re guilty as charged too—continued to go wild for the extra inches.

Ballet Flats

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Girly, comfy ballet flats quickly gained wardrobe-staple status this past decade. No surprise: Cool girls like Sofia Coppola and Sienna Miller showed us how great they looked in that not-trying-too-hard kind of way when paired with everything from work clothes to weekend wear to fancy dresses.

Oversized, over the top statement rings

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Style icons like Blake Lively’s fashionista character Serena Van der Woodsen, Fergie and Alexa Chung introduced us to the joy of sporting egg-size blingy rings not seen since our grandma’s generation. Faux or real, a big cocktail ring is the accessory version of the exclamation point (!!!).

Shearling booties

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Despite runway designers’ best efforts, years from now, fashion lovers will likely remember the decade for its comfy, fuzzy footwear: The Ugg frenzy and our insane passion for all other forms of furry winter boots was so 2000-2010. The snow-ready boots turned up coast to coast, far from any mountain—from sunny L.A. to the streets of NYC.

Peplum

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Remember the times when tops had a little frill at the bottom? Something like an in-built skirt?The last time peplum had its heyday was circa 2012, when it really was the reigning silhouette among trendy women everywhere.

Hidden Wedge sneakers

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All high topped and puffy tongued, like a basketball/skater shoe hybrid with a child’s developmental building block jammed underneath. The shoe silhouette was first popularized by a luxury design by Isabel Marant —and boy, did we lose our minds for these. Maybe because the wedge sneaker offers us a magic formula: heel height plus comfort.

All Aboard The ‘Baby Hair’ Bandwagon, Alicia Keys Ignited A Fever For Embellished Baby Hairs And Edges And We’re On Board

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All Aboard The ‘Baby Hair’ Bandwagon, Alicia Keys Ignited A Fever For Embellished Baby Hairs And Edges And We’re On Board

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We’re all obsessed with the way Alicia Keys styled her baby hairs for the Grammys last weekend. So as an appreciation story, we thought we’d to give you a few ideas to style your own baby hairs for date night, work, or just any random day —you’re welcome. 

When Beyoncé declared that she likes her “baby heir with baby hairs and Afros” in the song “Formation,” everyone got ready to style the little fine hairs around the edges of their hairline. Traditionally black and Latina subcultures have been proudly rocking their baby hairs since birth, and now it seems like mainstream culture is finally jumping on the “baby hairs are awesome” bandwagon. 

When Alicia Keys walked on stage at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, she didn’t just wow the audience with her inspiring words and heart-warming ballads.

The singer also has us obsessing over her show-stopping hair. She was wearing cornrows and artfully laid edges —but the interesting part were the Swarovski crystals, each accentuating a swirl of hair. 

It was a beautiful way of putting baby hairs at the forefront of her beauty look. 

Keys’ hair moment was somewhat of a celebration for communities that have sported the look for decades. For black and Latinx communities who have styled their baby hairs for generations, it was a proud moment —and somewhat of an inspiration tbh. 

So instead of straightening them, damaging them with chemicals or “taming” your baby hairs, why don’t you check out the following list for some styling inspiration. Own those baby hairs this 2020. 

Alicia Keys

Of course we were going to start the list with this bedazzled look. Celebrity hairstylist Nai’vasha swept Alicia’s baby hairs into little swoops before adding individual crystals inside each loop. “Alicia and I are obsessed with glorious baby hairs,” the hair pro told Vogue.

H.E.R.

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We here 2020 Grammys!

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Singer and songwriter Gabriella Wilson, better known as H.E.R., also wore her baby hairs in an artful design at the Grammys last Sunday. Sculpted in a wavy pattern all along her hairline and down to her ears, her baby hairs were at the center of her beauty lewk —and they did NOT disappoint. 

Jennifer Lopez

So we’re all used to seeing JLo in super sleek updos and buns, yes. But for her Saturday Night Live promos, Jenny from The Block’s hairstylist Chris Appleton styled the singer’s baby hairs in long swoops that cascaded along her hairline. The design was a beautiful detail to add to an otherwise bland and sleek ponytail. 

Ella Mai

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forever grateful 🖤

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The English singer never misses a chance to stye her baby hairs in cute and artful ways. Her hairstylist Kahh Spence, a self-professed ‘slay gawd’ always slays Ella’s hair, and the hair of many other celeb clients, so I guess he really is a hair gawd of sorts.

Kehlani

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The R&B singer is a true hair icon, she always styles her mane in crazy colors or intricate styles. We love this relaxed take on the classic top knot. She let her baby hairs flow freely and maybe even curled them a bit —goals. 

Yara Shahidi

The Black-ish star never ceases to amaze us with her flawless skin, hair and style. And in this example, she’s proving that you can always make a statement by styling just one or two swirls of baby hairs around your hairline to make an otherwise simple do, stand out. 

FKA Twigs

The queen of baby hair art. Ok granted, some of Twigs’ signature baby hair looks might require an art degree but hey, nothing a sharp edge control brush and some good gel can’t help you do —with a lot of practice. 

Laura Harrier

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Here’s another embellished look that has us floored. A spring time look if ever we’ve seen one. Do like the actress and accentuate each swirl of hairs with a teeny tiny flower. The levels of cute and chic are just beyond. 

Ciara

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Serving Ariana Grande vibes, but with way more estilo. Baby hair styling proves, yet again, that with just a few waves, you can make a ‘normal’ hairstyle stand out.

Rihanna

Baby hairs look beautiful braided into a protective style; just be sure to re-braid those pieces as the hair grows to prevent breakage.

La Rosalia 

The urban-flamenco singer also knows that styling baby hairs can add that little extra-ness to her signature high ponytail. Celebrity stylist Jesus Guerrero added a few swoops on the singers temples to create a style that’s a little more glamorous and a little less basic.

Black Girl Magic Caught A Big Win At The Oscars Last Night Thanks To ‘Hair Love’

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Black Girl Magic Caught A Big Win At The Oscars Last Night Thanks To ‘Hair Love’

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Internalized self-hatred within communities of color is real. Throughout Latinidad, and in areas with large Afro-Latinx populations especially, the term “good hair” is phrase that is used to promote white supremacy and further oppress people of black descent. Young Latinas are often pressured by their families to look a certain way in order to project an image of perfection. It takes positive representation and the celebration of black features to eradicate anti-blackness from the culture. 

On Wednesday, it was announced that the wildly popular animated short film, “Hair Love” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, and the internet rejoiced. Issa Rae–who actually voices one of the characters in the film–announced the film’s nomination with a marked note of pride in her voice. After the movie’s nomination was announced, the film’s director, Matthew A. Cherry, posted a video of his team’s reaction to his Twitter account. 

The touching and adorable story of “Hair Love” follows the trials of a black father struggling to style his young daughter’s hair. The movie is a story of how self-love is accomplished through patience and attention.

The story begins with a little girl named Zuri who has dreams of having the perfect hairstyle when she visits her mother in the hospital. Struggling to do her hair herself, she recruits her father for help. Unfortunately, her father becomes quickly overwhelmed by not only the myriad of products and tools at his disposal but by the expertise and patience required to style black hair. 

Through the course of the movie, we see as Zuri’s father panics and struggle to become confident at handling his daughter’s hair. In the end, they both learn that love is expressed through both care and attention. 

Cherry has been truthful about why he wanted to tackle the issue of hair-care and self-acceptance among the African-American and black community.

“You know, media is so powerful,” Cherry told NPR. “And when you grow up and see magazine covers and TV shows and movies and you don’t see yourself represented, but you see every other type of hairstyle represented, you know, that can really affect your self-confidence” 

Interestingly enough, “Hair Love” was funded via a Kickstarter campaign. Initially, Cherry’s goal was to raise $75,000 for his passion project, but the campaign quickly gained a life of it’s own. The campaign went viral, and soon enough, celebrity champions like Jordan Peele and Gabrielle Union came on board as producers. All in all, the campaign raked in a total of $280,000–smashing Kickstarter’s short-film financing records. 

For many people, “Hair Love”’s nomination has been a bright spot among the bleak roster of very white Oscar nominations.

As has become customary, film fans and movie critics have decried the Oscars for the lack of diversity among their 2020 nominees. Not only is there only one black performer among the 20 nominees for acting, but assumed shoe-in Jennifer Lopez was snubbed for a Best Supporting actress nom. To make matters worse, there were no female directors nominated at all for the second consecutive time.

Even Cherry himself has vocally criticized the nomination roster, blasting the Academy for snubbing both Eddie Murphy and Lupita N’Yongo (for their performances in “Dolemite Is My Name” and “Us”, respectively). He called the day “bittersweet” and expressed his wish for “more black folks and POC” to be nominated along side of him. 

But Cherry has not been immune to the excitement surrounding the nomination, actively expressing his pleasure on social media.

“It feels like a dream,” he Tweeted out after the nomination announcement. “Huge thanks to our great team, our Kickstarter backers and @SonyAnimation for believing in us.”

Of course, social media was over the moon at the announcement of “Hair Love”‘s Oscar nomination.

Not only is the story touching and brilliant, but hundreds of people feel invested after initially donated to the project via Kickstarter.

Some people admitted that the movie brought them to tears when they first watched it.

Same, girl. Same.

Issa Rae’s co-announcer John Chu admitted a teeny bit of bias for the film.

This move is just so gosh darn easy to root for.

This person pointed out that Rae herself looked more than a little happy when the nomination was announced.

Tweet 3: https://twitter.com/ElijahjWilson_/status/1216745262435139584?s=20

We all know where Issa stands when it comes to whom she roots for.

Some Kickstarter contributors were already calling themselves Oscar-nominated producers

https://twitter.com/TimothyDeLaG/status/1216716372111024128?s=20 Where’s the lie, though?

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