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Tuesday 21 January 2020

From detachable jeans to eyebrow wigs - the 2017 trends that failed to catch on

Y Project detachable jeans
Y Project detachable jeans

Zainab Boladale

Last year had some crazy fashion trends that came and went as quickly as the season in which they were revealed.

We saw the hype of drawn on freckles, stifling chokers, unrealistically coloured contact lenses and press on makeups and since we’re nearly halfway through this year, it’s only fitting to take a look at which unfortunate trends have bamboozled us this year...

Clear Knee Mom Jeans

Clear Knee Mom Jeans were Topshop’s risky answer to futuristic fashion that dared to mix two contrasting elements.

Earlier this year they appeared on Nordstrom's site. At first, they look like any other pair of mum jeans until you notice the transparent nylon that reveals the wearer's knees.

Topshop's clear knee mom jeans

The website said, “Slick plastic panels bare your knees for a futuristic feel in tapered and cropped high-waist jeans” but they've managed to provoke confusion on social media, not only for how they looked but because they also came in at the expensive price of €89.65.

Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown managed to pull them off but few others have tackled the look and it has yet to filter down to elsewhere on the high street.


The highlighter trend has been building momentum for seasons as people began highlighting everything from their cheeks to their collar bones.

Around Halloween, Jeffree Star revealed his new black highlighter, ONYX ICE Skin frost which left his fans puzzled as it left dark streaks of coal-like shade on people’s faces rather than the glittery white or gold shadows of regular highlighters.

Even despite this, Rituel de Fille announced their ‘Inner Glow Crème Pigment: Eclipse’ which is described as a “black blush, contour, cream eye shadow and lipstick in one remarkable shade” or otherwise nicknamed as the “Anti-highlighter”.

People might start breaking out this black highlighter when Halloween comes around but it might not be a look suitable for this summer season.

Ruffle band shirts

ASOS currently has a large range of jersey band shirts on their website but one of them stands out the most for all the wrong reasons. The ASOS t-shirt with washed band print and exaggerated ruffle would definitely turn heads for any brave soul attempting to pull it off.

ASOS t-shirt with washed band print and exaggerated ruffle

The t-shirt is described as a “soft-touch jersey” with “contrast mesh ruffle” and has a “crew neck” and “short sleeves”.

Teen Vogue described the shirt as “Festival fashion at its weirdest”.

Detachable Jeans

In an attempt to be innovative someone has created a pair of jeans that can be turned into shorts. The Y project creation is described as “a straight-leg silhouette with slim-fitting, detachable shorts that feature high-rise cut-outs along the front.”

Y Project detachable jeans

The idea sounds as great as reversible clothing but upon closer inspection, there are a few potential problems that might come with clothing that can be pulled apart.

What if you lose a leg of the jeans? What if it comes apart while you’re bending over? What if a small child decides to tug at them to get your attention?

While not the first of their kind, they're certainly one of the first to come under internet scrutiny for their weirdness

Stick-On Eyebrows

This wouldn’t be a 2017 list if something eyebrow-related didn’t appear.

Stick-on eyebrows, also known as eyebrow wigs, is the latest trend for those who want to have the perfect arch without waiting months for their eyebrows to grow out.

Originally invented for people suffering from hair loss due to alopecia or cancer treatment, they're now being adopted by other people with over-plucked or naturally sparse brows.

Youtube beauty gurus and Instagram makeup pages have mastered the art of placing these strips of human hair, which can be easily found online, on their face and, while it sounds strange, they look really good.

They have been around for a long time, but they’ve only recently made a comeback as thicker brows became more fashionable.

Since you probably can't gauge who's actually wearing them it's hard to say how popular, or not, they are, although we're guessing they're probably not as ubiquitous as skinny jeans just yet.

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