While browsing through and you discover you have been or still are a victim of one or more of these fashion DO NOTS, don't be offended! These mistakes can happen to all good people, even for self-proclaimed fashionistas (#2*Cough Cough). Besides, you can always discard your fashion offenders and pretend it all never happened after this day.
So sit back and relax with a bowl of popcorn and get ready to cringe, cry, laugh histerically, gasp and reminisce on the worst fashion trends of the decade!
Number one is crocs. Oh where oh where to even begin. Let us first recognize that in this day and age of Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, cloning, ipods and self-cleaning robots, creating a fashion-forward shoe should not be so difficult. However, these immensely popular 'shoes' as some would call them, are simply unsightly chunks of rubber with some breathing holes on top.
What is even worse is the image it has projected unto other countires. My French and Asian friends facebooking me with 'Are those Croc things really the latest fashion over there in America?!' to which I responded with 'No. Its a nasty rumor being spread around by fascists hiding out in this country.'
Simply stated: For the sake of this nation's national image and integrity - No More Crocs!
2. Juicy Tracksuits
Juicy Tracksuits are an interesting phenomenon actually. This is how I honestly believe it became popular: A few unlucky women purchased it in thinking of comfort and men noticed. They noticed obviously from staring at the letters on any passerby's butt. The fact that the pants are fairly form fitting and have bold letters jumping off of them, forces people to look. As the male appeal began to grow, the women were just dying to have them. These 'butt' pants were flying off the shelves! What an easy way to grab any man's attention.
Now, focusing on the 'fashion' aspect. These are a major NO. The fact that most women's behinds are not made to be stuffed into some small polyester-spandex pants are just one aspect of why. They are tacky all the way, and no man in search of a classy woman would dare think of you as 'take home to mama material!
This one is completely self-explanatory. In what situation would a poncho be deemed acceptable or even warranted?
Hmm, without being a stereotypical a-hole and saying 'rodeo', there are NONE. Wearing a poncho at the beach? NO. Wearing one to an office meeting? NO. Wearing one to a party? NO.
See, there is no such need to wear a poncho. Just say NO!
4. Celebrity Clothing Lines
For this particular fashion offense, I refer to specific individuals. I appreciate some famous celebs who honestly have a love and knowledge of fashion who want to create their own lines. However, these very select few are now accompanied by every celeb in Hollywood.
Its hard to even name a female celebrity who doesn't have a fashion label. Since when did celebrity, model, actress and singer become synonymous with designer?
5. Iconic Nerd Glasses
This is one of the more recent fashion trends I do not understand. If you truly are a nerd/geek and want to display it, can't you just be yourself and sprout off mathematical algorithms and admit to playing dungeons and dragons? Why are random rappers and actors who probably do not interact with these so called 'nerds' sporting the look?
Its just interesting to wonder what kind of statement they are trying to make.
6. Hobo Chic?
In addition, in the haute couture world, jumpsuits have also sprung up. This is a very miniscule exception. These models are about 6'2" and weigh 115 lbs. Obviously if the cut is chic enough they will maybe be able to pull it off. Are we very skinny giants? NO
8. Ed Hardy
What's even worse is that Ed Hardy is now synonymous with Jon Gosselin, which of course in something no one wants to be associated with!
Leave tattoo art for your skin only please.
9. Platform Flipflops
The platform flip flop popped into US mass culture in the 90's, and unfortunately made it through the 2000's. What is there to say about a large wedge of styrofoam block. (Yes, I know, its not actually styrofoam) Is this a necessary fashion item? Why did this even come about? It makes women look very thick and unflattering. It does not give an illusion of height, which is what women assumed.
Lets hope that we do not see a single Platform flipflop in the coming decade!
10. Tights as Pants
Lets get this straight ladies and ladies: Tights are NOT pants. Leggings are also NOT pants for that matter. Tights and leggings are very fashionable and sexy when worn UNDERNEATH pants, dresses and skirts. Once again ladies, when wearing tights, its best NOT to ask a man's opinion on it. They will always tell you that tights are pants.
When wearing tights as pants, everyone can see everything! For those women who love wearing them despite this 100% fact, then more power to you, but consider this: Why not become a stripper who shows off everything? All men are starring at your *parts* in either scenario, and the only difference is, by being a stripper, you can make TONS of money!
Looking back at the 10 biggest fashion atrocities of this decade, we can see our mistakes and learn from them.