The Best and Worst Trends of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to look at the trends that squashed the competition and the trends we’d rather forget. This year, trends from the mid-’90s and early ’00s made a resurgence. Whether or not they were welcome is an entirely different conversation.

From Clueless plaid to “alternative facts,” 2018 was one for the books. Pop in your old VHS of Spice World and get acquainted with the era where fake news and the Tide Pod Challenge reigned supreme.

Tiny Sunglasses

Claudio Lavenia / Contributor
Claudio Lavenia / Contributor

Verdict: Worst

In June, Cosmopolitan begged its readers to question “why have sunglasses gotten so tiny?” The truth is, the whole thing is perplexing. In the whirlwind of awful that is 2018, Matrix-esque, tiny sunglasses have somehow crept up on Hollywood trendsetters without anyone noticing they’re absolutely heinous.

Most of us could blame Bella Hadid or Kylie Jenner, who were among the first to boldly squint at the sun because their sunglasses were too small to actually be functional. Then, there was Kanye West, who famously told Kim Kardashian that she shouldn’t wear big sunglasses if she wanted to be cool (though, he’s been known to make equally ill-advised comments such as “slavery was a choice,” so his opinion is definitely worth questioning). Either way, a whole generation of Instagram models spent 2018 walking around looking like Neo. Ladies, please unplug yourself from the Matrix and see the truth: those sunglasses look crazy.