Disclaimer (edited 22/2/2017): Although the overall style of this article may come across as abrasive, it wasn’t written to humiliate or laugh at anybody, nor to preach about how clothes should or shouldn’t look. As an admirer of art I respect fashion as an art form, too; if it wasn’t creative, we wouldn’t speak of trends or styles or anything like that at all. Nevertheless, everybody have their own taste and beliefs, be it in art, fashion or design. We are lucky to be able to wear whatever we want, as well as to express our opinion whenever we want. This is mine.
One of the reasons why the production of such trends irritates me is the environmental one; huge amount of natural or other resources is perpetually invested together with human labor in making of clothes. And then, whenever trends change (style elements, materials, designers who are “in”, etc.), they are donated and/or thrown out.
But this article is more focused on the aesthethical and functional side of clothing. It consists of rants of one girl who is fully aware that her taste may be hopelessly conservative.
(Thank you to SA of Dear Beautiful World for inspiring me to share the trends that make me scratch my head.)
Messing-up the shirt: Off-the-shoulder, tied-up, oversized flared cuffs
For me, the beauty of shirt lies in its tailoring. Trying to make an off-shoulder top from it seems to me aggressive with all the wrinkles and hems cutting into skin. The worst version is that with a tied-up knot at the bottom of the shirt.
Stumbled upon few sites and blogs who praised the mentioned elements as a “fun twist on the classic button-up”, recommending them to be worn in office or formal environments instead of the ordinary shirts. Well, not really. I can’t imagine wearing such shirt to work and not feeling cheap. And can somebody explain me how am I supposed to write, to type or to do something in general with these ridiculous cuffs that will get in my way every time I try to do so?
Can’t stop thinking of tents when seeing things like this. Is the purpose to hide oneself? Or to emphasize his or her small figure?
Pyjamas and slip-ons
Why don’t you stay at home if you want to wear your PJs and furry slip-ons so badly? I haven’t seen anything so hideous like the Gucci slip-ons in aesthethical sense. Also, they just ask for catching so much dirt from the streets on the fur and back of your feet.
Sweatpants with anything and anywhere
I shivered when I saw this trend creeping in our streets, reaching even the university. So many guys wearing their ugly gray sweatpants paired with a t-shirt and a jacket that was supposed to dress the whole ensemble up but guess what – it didn’t. Putting the jacket on doesn’t make you look more formal or polished if you have those baggy sweats stained with your lunch on. When I saw the guys sitting in the auditorium, I just expected them to take out a bag of popcorn to crunch on while the teacher delivers a lecture.
I noticed it’s a part of the sport-inspired trend, going-to-the-gym-and-doing-my-business-after-in-same-clothes but it doesn’t really have such an impact when the person wearing it seems to have done everything except for that gym part.
But don’t worry, our country was (hopefully is not anymore) long time typical for its inhabitants sporting hiking boots, soft-shell jackets and other gear everywhere – to work, school, restaurants, universities, theatres… Hiking and going to mountains is a favourite activity here so it somehow leaked in everybody’s wardrobe. Seeing the sweatpants around shouldn’t shock me that much actually.
Michael Kors everything
Michael Kors became here a mid-class synonym for exclusivity with a hint of elitist attitude, therefore quickly losing the meaning when everybody started to hunt for him. I don’t understand the hype around him; his bags are nothing special regarding both design and quality and they are of course overpriced (like Starbucks). It seems to me like he just copied some ideas of other fashion houses…? But he does invest a lot in marketing, paying some of the most influential personalities to advertise for him.
O Bag and its bizarre variations
Not sure how widespread are creations of this company but one day, suddenly a store named “O Bag” appeared on the main shopping street in my city, offering plastic bags with some options to personalize them. Those who noticed divided into two camps: the O Bag enthusiasts who praise their original design and practicality, and those who, well, don’t. Guess in which camp I am?
This is the bag version of Crocs. If you have ever dreamed of carrying around the shopping basket, then I have good news for you! I owned a plastic bag when I was a kid but never thought of it to be so in few years later. Should have keep it… or not.
Ok, to be honest, I appreciate some color on the streets so it doesn’t really bother me to see them if they are of other colors than beige, gray or black; and the basic shape is quite nice and unusual. Looking at variations like these, however, make me want to burst in laughter.
By the way, has anybody ever understood the purpose of fur (of faux fur) lining on bags?