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6 Crimes of Fashion: Have you committed a fashion faux pas?

Honestly, how can you not resist a photo of a bulldog in leopard drag? All kidding & a cute dog picture aside, each of us have, at least once, committed a fashion faux pas.

Albeit, intentionally or not, we have all suffered from the crimes of fashion to some degree.

Listen up, it happens. Even if it was back in the day… the day of perms and massive earrings. (I think that was called the 80s and MTV style).

Look at our cute bulldog gal above. Do you think that her curly hair flatters her saggy  turkey neck? What about all that leopard? A little animal magnetism overload perhaps?

What should she/we do? Put our head in the sand and stay clear of style altogether? Keep wearing that fashion victim old drag knowing full well it makes us look like Grandma’s couch in heels (oops, that was Kim Kardashian).

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For me, these sparkle glitter UGGS win the fugly shoe of the year award.

For me, these sparkle glitter UGGS win the fugly shoe of the year award.


At a certain point, a crime of fashion is a matter of taste, like those red sparkle glitter UGGS that have to be one of the fugliest fashion fads in years to me. But, there are certainly grown women who think they’re “cute,” so, who am I to tell them not to have fun in their fugly footwear?

Diana Vreeland said it best, ”Vulgarity is a very important ingredient in life. I’m a great believer in vulgarity if its got vitality. A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste- it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”

Yup, the only thing worse than bad taste is no taste. (click to tweet)

We all need a little dare to wear every once in a while. It keeps us human.

BUT, there really are a few fashion faux pas no-no’s that you should stay clear of to make the most of your polished self.

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  1. Baggy t-shirts- particularly with promotional writing and you’ve instantly doubled the fugly. Listen up, these things are given away for a reason… no one would buy them.

  2. Waitress clogs- although comfy, I’m sure, when you are standing on your feet all day, these style busters scream WGAF (who gives a F) when worn off-duty.

  3. Camel Toe- You gained weight, it’s that time of the month and you’re a little bloated. Fine. But don’t fall prey to TMI and wear pants that creep up your whoha.

  4. Oversized Buttons- have you ever noticed something, like a knit hat, at a craft fair & thought it was nice if it only DIDN’T have oversized buttons as unnecessary decoration? Chunky chenille sweaters in mauve are another usual suspect to find an oversized button.

  5. Cinderella dresses on grown-ups- The red carpet fashion trend that wrecks my nerves. At a certain age, over 20ish, a WOMAN in a big Cinderella ball gown looks like they’ve stayed too long at the fair. You are sophisticated, dress like it.

  6. Butt Crack- It happens. But be aware when it does and know to wear a belt or a longer top. You surely must feel the breeze.

Okay, what crimes of fashion would you add to the list? Speak up in the comments below…



Photo: istock

Published on August 08, 2013

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