Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Why, for the love of everything that is holy, why?

Why must every generation have a style that just sucks?

  • Bell Bottoms
  • Crimped Hair
  • Acid washed, peg-legged jeans
  • Hammer Pants
  • Coulotts
  • Sagging jeans
  • Pleated Plaid Skirts with thigh highs and Mary Janes

You'd think we had experienced enough to not fall back into the horrible trap. Alas, we have allowed ourselves to succumb to the age old temptation of bad fashion.

I don't want to offend anyone who has been led astray, but this new wave is just bad. It is horrific.

I can almost hear you saying, "what is she talking about?"

Feast your eyes on the most recent atrocity that plagues this generation of high school year books:




I call this a "boob shirt" because there is just no other way to describe it. Is it a sweater? Is it knit? Is it a t? Who knows?

I just hate this look, and I am even more deeply worried because I pulled this picture off the Banana Republic website. My store. The place I turn to for solace and reassurance that teen-aged immodesty isn't taking over the world has completely let me down on this point.

It is a sad, sad day.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I might add "miniskirts and 'Ugg Boots' " to that list. Or "legwarmers with miniskirts".

Edge said...

I lived through bell bottoms the first time. Hated them then. And I remember when Banana Republic stores looked like tiki huts and sold cargo pants and Chinese document bags and had cool mail order catalogs. They ruined gap a few years back. Used to have great jeans in the 90's. It will all come back around. I see my step daughter wearing stuff that was popular in the early eighties. It will come back soon.

Anth said...

I agree with the addition of Ugg boots. (Though I know Katie does not, because she was wearing her Sherpas years before Uggs became cool.) However, bell bottoms look good on me, so I object to them being on the list. Plus, I think the tie-front shrugs are kind of cute. At least Banana doesn't carry the 4-inch ruffles passing as skirts among the teen crowd.

Katie said...

It is true, I love my UGG boots and I was wearing them 6 years ago. Everyone thought they were ugly, but I didn't care. That is the one time that comfort wins over fashion for me.

I've never worn them with leg warmers, or with my jeans tucked into them, or with a really short miniskirt.

katezmom said...

I have been calling them boob warmers. I saw an unfortunate one on a girl in the airport. She was rather well endowed and short and the sweater was watermelon green. Guess what popped into my mind!

Chris said...

I'm kind of insulted Parachute pants didn't make the list.

I love me some parachute pants.

And I don't see anything wrong with the ... shirt.

I mean, that's all I'm really seeing ;)

Bryan said...

You don't happen to have that girl's number do you?

Susannah said...

Katie, Katie, Katie!!!

Although I absolutely love you and everything you write I must disagree! Front-tie shrugs can be dar-ling on some people. (I, on the other hand, have a freaking huge chest and would look horrible in such a thing.)

And the very thought of your non-Ugg Uggs make me cringe.

(But I agree with you on everything else! Although I am guilty of occasionally crimping my hair--nothing 80s-inspired, more clubbin'-esque. Forgive me.)

-Sue

(btw--Honeyman [http://doyouhaveasweettooth.blogspot.com] has been wondering why you stopped coming around. I am supposed to send the word to you that he has started updating more often. Hahaha!)

Courtney said...

I must say I love the boob shirt. (Hi Katie - I work with Derek - he introduced me to your blog - I read it all the time... please don't think I'm a stalker) :)

The boob shirt is a great invention - granted it's sort of strange looking - but it totally keeps your arms warm and is easy to stuff in a purse once you get to wherever you're going. The ultimate going out on the town at night "jacket"... similar to the shrug but not quite as ugly. :)

AND sometimes it's nice to draw a little attention to the girls... especially for a night out on the town. It's a great way to show em off without showing cleavage... note how the chick in the ad isn't showing any clevage but the eye is still drawn to her boobs. nice. :)
That being said, this thing should NOT be worn with a low cut top. Yuck! Then you end up with "Watermelons" bursting out from a too small top. Not cute.
All and all, I give it a thumbs up. But definitly a "wear with care" item.

girl from florida said...

yuck yuck yuck! I hate those shirts! and my best friend bought one... I just don't know how to tell her how UGLY it is. Instead, I told her how horrible it looked on someone else and hope she takes the hint. :) They just accentuate hips and any stomach problems one may have.

I do like bell bottoms though.

Anonymous said...

I guess this blog post goes to show that everyone has their personal bad fashion favorites whether they be Ugg boots, bell bottoms, parachute pants, or boob shirts. If you don't think you have a personal fashion faux pas favorite you're wrong. Just look a little closer.

Heather said...

I think the reason why I lack a fashion faux pas is because I don't have any fashion to begin with...

I would never wear the boob shirt, but I have a super skinny friend who looks great them, she doesn't really have any boobs for you to be able to call it a boob shirt.

Maggie said...

Is that Brooke M?

SunnyBoy16 said...

I think it is unfortunate that the part you choose to highlight of that woman's clothing is her "boobs." Sure, her breasts are noticable but so are all women's because they are part of their body. I don't think the shirt seeks to emphasis her chest, but is a comfortable way to add sleeves to her tank top without hiding her slender waist.

Katie said...

sunnyboy16 - why so hostile? This post was meant to be light and entertaining.

Plus, if she wanted sleeves, why doesn't she just wear a shirt with sleeves?

And, I do think that it emphasizes her chest.

Anonymous said...

I just think it's pretty. I don't think there is anything wrong with it. I also don't think sunnyboy's comment was "hostile" hehe. I think sunnyboy has a good point actually. I mean it's not like if the girls wearing that sort of shirt would wear it solely because it accenuates that part of their body.. I mean maybe some but not most sane people.. plus, I've seen a lot of girls with barely anything to accenuate wearing those shirts because they're just perdy. =)But, hey don't listen to me.. afterall, I am one of those bell-bottom wearing-fashion-don'ts, apparently hehe.

I suppose the reason she isn't wearing "just a shirt with sleeves" is because it's just cuter this way I think..adds more color and dimension ... what difference does it make if it's a long sleeve shirt or two shirts put together ... it could be sewn together as one shirt designed to look a certain way and you wouldn't be able to tell. wIt doesn't take much more energy to put on two shirts than it does one so why not? I duno. Woah I exhausted myself haha ... toodlez

SO THERE haha,
-Vanessa

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