Love them or hate them, and in all likelihood, you fall into the latter category; you can not deny the Kardashian family’s impact on society as a whole. That crazy family has been responsible for shaping the trends that many of us have gladly followed and made a few dollars in the process.
On the face of it, the Kardashian family don’t appear to be most clued up, but clearly, a lot of their somewhat simple-minded antics are for show; they have a business savvy that should be applauded.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians is the very definition of a guilty pleasure, a show no one would readily admit they watch, but one that pulled in a massive audience throughout its 14-year, 20-season run. The show came to a close earlier this year, though no doubt another iteration will soon be on-screen; in the meantime, let’s look at some of the trends the family has spawned.
Yes, now it appears that personalized jewelry is all the rage, but it would be fair to say that the Kardashians’ interest in such items predates the trend. The family has been watched by millions wearing a number of items, from Kim and Khloe’s matching nameplate necklaces to more recently when Kourtney and her boyfriend, Travis Barker, were spotted wearing customized jewelry. A personalized name necklace is an excellent mixture of a luxury item and a statement piece. This is one trend that the Kardashians have helped raise awareness that we can get behind wholeheartedly.
This is a trend that was big in the 1990s and then vanished but came back with a bang thanks to the repeated wearing of these by a number of the Kardashians. Khloe was the main culprit, and it’s a craze that has become very popular, and it’s at least a comfy way to dress when slouching around the house.
One-Piece Bathing Suits
Another fad that reeks of the 1990s. This puts us in mind of Baywatch, and the styles, usually worn by Kim, are very much in the style of that particularly woeful 90s tv show. They have been a constant feature of paparazzi shots of any of the Kardashians exiting from the water in a pre-arranged manner that suggests they were laying in wait following a call from the family’s agents.
The Kardashian girls really can’t get enough of boots that go up for days. They choose to wear them with any look and in any situation. Whether it’s on leaving a nightclub or taking a walk while wearing a bulky, oversized sweater, it’s a trend that was popular a few years ago but perhaps is less ‘in’ now than it used to be.
Now, if there’s one trend that you can actually 100% lay at the Kardashians’ door, then chokers may be it. Again, it’s a trend that was massive in the 80s and early 90s but got something of a renaissance due to Kim and others wearing them often. They elected for lace chokers, occasionally pearls, and these remain a very popular trend in 2021.
Sadly this is one trend that we can’t really endorse. The use of this kind of cosmetic procedure has undoubtedly been impacted by the likes of Kylie and Khloe and has led to many opting for similar procedures. This has led to the trout pout and scores of women looking seriously bizarre due to the overuse of this unnecessary trend.
Let’s be honest, none of the Kardashians are averse to showing their features and, as such, often elect clothing choices that leave little to the imagination. That has led to them championing sheer clothing with Kendall Jenner’s 2016 ‘casual’ walk through the streets of NYC while wearing pretty much see-through clothing. It’s a look that we mere mortals have attempted, with sometimes embarrassing results.
Otherwise known as a Canadian tuxedo, double-denim as a look has been around for a while, but the Kardashians helped make it acceptable once again. All of the sisters have had dalliances with this look, and it’s perhaps one of the more reserved outfit choices they have pushed; after all, it’s not one you’d associate with a plunging neckline.
Smoky Eye Make-Up and the Wet Hair Look
Sometimes the trends the Kardashians have helped to promote are not ones that require accessories but are more make-up-oriented. There are some who believe they were the forerunners of the smoky eye look, though it’s clear this look existed long before they pushed it. As with many trends they helped to promote, it was an existing make-up routine that they helped to bring to the masses. Similarly, they, and especially Kim, were adept at promoting the ‘wet-hair’ look, which almost certainly didn’t just come about by accident. Indeed there are now thousands of tutorials on how to achieve the look, and almost none of them involve simply getting out of the shower and not drying one’s hair.