What not to wear in 2020

Don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
Don’t cry for me, Argentina.
Don’t stop believin’.

All solid advice for life in general. But what about the “don’ts” we need to know for fashion in 2020? We already know the do’s, but what styles should we avoid? We’ve rounded up advice from a number of experts, and here’s what they have to say:

Papa Don’t Sneak

It’s time to stop borrowing dad’s shoes.

Just about everyone agrees the “dad sneaker” is out. Chunky tennies were all the rage in 2018 and ’19, but those on the front lines of fashion are saying enough is enough. The replacement du jour? The “snocker”—a sock-like sneaker. This new trend requires an adjustment to the eye, to be sure. We’ll just have to see whether it actually catches on.

The jury’s still out on the “snocker,” including about the word “snocker.”

I Can See Clearly Now

If you’re like us there are at least three items in your purse right now that for sure don’t belong there or, worse, are a complete mystery. (Is that an old banana down at the bottom or a black sock?) As cool as a PVC bag looked in the store when it was empty, you don’t really want strangers looking at what it contains once you’ve been using it for a while. Do you? It’s time to clear out the clear bags.

Happy Trails, Bike Shorts!

No. Just … no.

If you’re a cyclist, you can ignore the following. For the rest of us, no more bike shorts … at all. Ever. Skin-tight black latex that ends above the knee probably should have been a fashion don’t all along.

Please Release Me, Let me Go

They were fun while they lasted. The so-called “cold” or bare shoulder captured our interest—and our clothing budgets—when it first hit the runways a few years ago. And we were still into them as late as 2018. But long sleeves with bare shoulders have run their course. Fashion is now shifting its visual focus downward to the hip and leg. In short it’s time to give the cold shoulder the cold shoulder.

Lookin’ for Cloth in All the Wrong Places

And you can wear what kind of underwear with this gown?

And speaking of cold body parts, please let’s have only the most strategically placed cut-outs. Please.

More tips in this fun video.

All that said, rules are meant to be broken—especially when it comes to fashion. So if you like it, wear it! After all you are your very best stylist.

Share your own do’s and don’ts in the comments!