Bad Fashion Ideas: Springtime of Psoriasis

I have to admit, I was surprised when I was at the mall the other day.  The women’s clothing had…well, I can’t quite say there was a dearth of ugly clothes, but…a relative dearth of ugly clothes…for sale.  Shock me shock me shock me!  Though you can rest assured, dear reader, that there were indeed unattractive and unflattering items out there aplenty.  Imagine if you had a hundred things, and five were great and five were OK and the other ninety things were crap.  That’s how it normally is out there in anchor store mall land.  This weekend, it was more like, if you had a hundred things, five of these things were great and TEN were OK, and the other eighty-five things were crap.  A slight change for the better.  Slight.  I will consider it a blip.

As always, these pictures were taken at anchor stores, all chains, most of them national.  Despite my normal, self-imposed “no clearance” rule, I have included one clearance item in this selection, but only because it was too ugly not to immortalize.  In fact, before we even get involved in this season’s fashion miseries I’ll post the clearance, just to get it out of the way.  Though, maybe I’m being too hard on the clothing.  I mean, what girl wouldn’t want to look like she’s wearing a shirt flashing code from The Matrix?

You are in the Matrix, in more ways than one.

You are in the Matrix, in more ways than one.

Thankfully, this was on the $2 clearance rack, so there’s some hope for humanity.

Now.  Let’s get down to business.

First up: pants!

I know shopping for jeans can be a brutal process.  It can be frustrating, even devastating, if you feel like you can’t find pants that fit well and look nice.  But for the love of all that is holy, WHYYYYY am I seeing a preponderance…a disturbing amount…of elastic-waist jeans.

Stop this.  Right now.

Stop this. Right now.

They won’t fit correctly.  They won’t make your ass look fantastic.  They will make you look like you’ve stepped into a Hefty bag, cinched it at your waist and cut in some leg holes.   These are “I’ve given up” pants, the kind you wear because you know you must drape something over your body to avoid arrest.  Don’t give up!  You’re better than that.  And frankly, I’ll have to look at you wearing them, and you’ll look like this:

Worst. Mannequin. Ever.

Worst. Mannequin. Ever.

Yes, those really are elastic-waist pants on display.  The unfortunate taper in the legs led me to believe so on sight, but then?  I checked.  Display people, please!  Get off the crack, and stop prominently displaying ugly clothing!  It leads the underinformed shopper to think this sort of thing is acceptable.

Patterned jeans are coming back into fashion.  I remember them from about a thousand years ago, and they can be fun.  Or, they can look like you sat in sherbet.

What the hell?

Sherbet-stained jeggings.  All-around design fail.

They could look like you put them on and rolled around in wet sidewalk chalk.

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Jump through these and you can have a tea party with Mary Poppins.

Or, you can get one confused print that would look more at home on wallpaper in two–count ’em, TWO!–pant lengths.  Way to use that overpurchased lot of material, Gloria Vanderbilt!

These would make even Kate Upton look frumpy.

These would make even Kate Upton look frumpy.

I can’t even express how deeply, how profoundly I believe that Gloria Vanderbilt needs to be stopped.  More on that soon.

Of course, if you go to a store and select this:

Dear designer: why do you hate women so much?

Dear designer: why do you hate women so much?

Behold! A double-knit, shrimp-pink, cropped, elastic waist, cargo pant.  Never in my life have I seen so much wrong in one item of clothing.  If you go to the store and deem this acceptable?  Hopefully, your family is reading this and contacts me so we can stage an intervention.  Help is out there, family!  Be strong.

So, back to Gloria Vanderbilt.  The only thing that gives me any sort of comfort regarding her current line is that it’s been sold to a design group and GV herself isn’t responsible for what they produce.  Because I cringe–cringe, I say!–at the thought that the mother of a gay man would reintroduce the velour sweat suit to the world.

Aaaaaggggggghhhhh!  My eyes!  My eyes!

Aaaaaggggggghhhhh! My eyes! My eyes!

Whoever did this should be pilloried in the town square.  Stop it.  You’re hurting people.

And so.  On to shirts.

Shirts, this season, seem to suffer from design mashup.  Perhaps there’s a glut of newbies in the design departments.  Perhaps an order came down from Upstairs that said they have to find ways to use up all the bits of odds and ends floating around the design shop.  Perhaps the hat department is getting a little too free with their mercury.  Whatever the reason, shirts are a discombobulated mess.

For example, Judas Priest-esque studs do not belong on a career separate button down rayon blouse.

Imagine your bank teller in this.

Imagine your bank teller in this.

There is, apparently, a picture of Alexa Chung wearing a remarkably similar shirt to a NYC screening of Inglourious Basterds in 2009.  Even fashion icons can have an off moment.  It was a bad idea four years ago; it’s a bad idea today.

Nor do studs belong on a…well, have a look for yourself.

Let me count the ways.

Let me count the ways.

I imagine the conversation about the design of this shirt went something like this:

Can you give me a sweatshirt cut, and make sure we use a gray knit emulate that classic sweatshirt look?
Check!
Great.  Let’s leave the seams unfinished on the upper.
OK!
Hey, don’t we have an assload of mini gold studs?
Yeah.
Let’s stick ’em on the shoulders.  Ladies like glittery shoulders.
They do?
Yeah!  Of course they do!  Great big glittery shoulders, like they have hollowed out disco balls over their arms.
Oh.  OK.  [a minute later] Hey, boss.  We have a problem.
What’s that?
We don’t have enough gray knit material here to make a full order of shirts.  We only have the rayon left over from those studded white button-down shirts that  didn’t sell.
Uh…

What should we do?

[thinks for a minute] [snaps fingers] I know!  Keep the upper sweatshirt-and-studs design!  Then block it, and make the bottom half rayon.
What do we do when we get to the bottom of the shirt?
Use as much of the leftover material as you can.  They say “boxy”, we say “flowing”.
But it will be so ugly!
So?
Ummmm.  OK.  What price point should we set it at?
Hmmm….twenty bucks will make it seem chintzy.  It will be tough to get people to pay eighty bucks for a sweat shirt.  Split the difference!  Fifty bucks!
Forty-nine, sir.  This way the customer won’t feel like they’re spending fifty bucks on a shirt.
Yes, yes.  Excellent.  Use psychology against them.  I like it.  You’ll go far in this business, young grasshopper.

Because really.  What other explanation can there be?

This fancified sweat shirt theme was prevalent in the stores; you can see it here in washed-out orange.

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It’s as though this shirt has a beautiful infestation of spangled tapeworm.

And here, in colorblocked blue.

And make that horizontal line go straight across the waist, so it looks nice and wide.

And make that horizontal line go straight across the waist, so it looks nice and wide.

Or…oh good God…

Now this is just being mean.

Now this is just being mean.

Prints were also kind of a mess, from the joyless…

It is so glum it even swallows the glitter from the studs embellishing the neckline.

It is so glum it even swallows the glitter from the studs embellishing the neckline.

To the garish

Do you have something that would make me look like a youth pastor for matadors?

Do you have something that would make me look like a youth pastor for matadors?

To the poorly executed.

Can you make those yellow remembrance ribbons loop right over my nipples, please?

Can you make those yellow remembrance ribbons loop right over my nipples, please?

And then there’s this.  If Eeyore were magically turned into a peach and gray, paisley print, jersey knit, zip-up cardigan, he would look like this.

I just want to give it a hug.

Thanks for noticing me.

And normally, I love everything about Paris.  Except this.

*find a happy place, find a happy place*

*find a happy place, find a happy place*

But the look I saw in clothing this season that shocked me the most?  There are far, far too many clothes made from material with such unfortunate texture that they would make the wearer look like she was suffering from some kind of skin disease.  There’s fish scale disease.

Note the scaly mosaic and the "dirty" look.

Note the scaly mosaic and the “dirty” look.

This unfortunate crepe shirt bears a striking resemblance to the full-blown effects of leprosy.  I’ll let you Google full-color photos for yourself, if you want to be completely freaked out.

The resemblance between this shirt and a leper's skin is pretty alarming.

The resemblance between this shirt and a leper’s skin is pretty alarming.

Of course, if you prefer to not resemble something contagious, you could always choose to look like you’ve been in a fire.

Only you can prevent this look from going public.

Only you can prevent this look from going public.

And of course, there is the shirt that for all the world emulates the lumpy plaques that are the heartbreak of psoriasis.

People.  No.

People. Stop the madness.

All I ask is that you think before you buy.  There are other shirts out there, you don’t need the psoriasis shirt.  Or the Eeyore cardigan.  Or dismal Paris.

And I swear on my grandmother’s grave…You.Do.Not.Need…or want…elastic waist jeans.  Exercise your freedom of choice!  Don’t settle for ugly!  Don’t let them tell you something is fashionable when you know it isn’t.  When you shop, imagine you have a little Grumpy Cat on your shoulder.

...Be the grumpy cat...

…Be the Grumpy Cat…

It’s a tough world out there.  Let’s dress it up in style.

Happy shopping!

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22 responses to Bad Fashion Ideas: Springtime of Psoriasis

  1. Diane

    DYING from “youth pastor for matadors”! AaaaHAHAHAHA!!! Will you kindly do us perpetual-pre-teen bodies a favor and review the Juniors section? The line between “clothes that fit” and “clothes that look like a desparate, last-ditch grasp at youth” gets blurrier every day.

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    • beyondpaisley – Author

      God, I haven’t looked at a Junior’s section in so long… What my body is not is in any way pre-teen, but what the hell, why not? It will be a whole new adventure!

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  2. Pat

    Yikes! What a pile of cr@p here! The sad part is, there is someone out there who will love these things, buy them and then force us to look at them again. {{{shudder}}}

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    • beyondpaisley – Author

      It’s that I’ll have to look at people wearing them, that I resent. LOL And like I said, I only do this in stores that are major chain anchors, so these clothes are out there for all the people of the US, at the very least. When I think about it like that, I weep for the future.

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  3. Pat

    It also makes me wonder about the folks who created this stuff. I can’t imagine anyone (in a sober state, anyhow) saying, “Oh!! Let’s make it like this. People will just LOVE this!!!!”

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    • beyondpaisley – Author

      I feel like it’s all cynical. I can’t imagine they think people will love it; I imagine they’re betting that people don’t know any better, because fashion is kind of a mystery.

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  4. At first, I thought you were just reblogging something you had written in 1986 only New! Improved! With Jeggings! And then it got really, really horrible. And then? It got worse! You have to admit, though, you had fun trying to find the MOST hideous things you could. After a while, you were running from rack to rack – here’s another! And another! What a grand day. 😉

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  5. Amy

    NO! NOT the gray studded raglan sweatshirt …raw edge detail..ok… BUT THEN CUT across the BUST with cheap (white?) poly georgette the rest of the way down. WHAT??! Do you wear it to a gym? no. Do you wear it to the office? no. You wear it straight to HELLLLLLLLL

    I’m guessing by looking through your selection….that somewhere on the runways waifs were sporting boxy color blocked sporty crap mixed with other silky dressy crap which funneled via …computer app?…to the “design rooms” in the farthest sweatshops in the pollution-ravaged regulation-free foreign badlands for “interpretation” before shipping back to us, getting in sea-wrecks and spilling oil all along the way.. and so now we have this crap graded up 35 sizes and taken down in price for ‘Merickens. I bet the “fleece” in the top of the “sweat-shouldered-blouse” and the “flouncy crap” at the bottom have the exact same polyester content (doused with illegal solvents) spun into different fabrics. It may not even be a seam between them ACROSS THE BOOBS…just a different weave…..NO..it’s definitely cut and sewn. Perhaps two factories-a sweatshirt one and a blouse one- got half their orders switched up and just kept sewing…aggggh

    Stop it stop it stop it!! Dont’ show me these things again-and especially not that peach top erupting with lesions….(this is all code for GET OUT THERE AND WRITE MORE FASHON BLOGS bwa ha ha!!! my FAVORITE!) I thank you, because I can’t even look long enough to enjoy this stuff when I walk by. I just pretend they’re not there. Thank you for making us smell the flowers.

    ps. You know what an increase in elastic waists means don’t you?….they’re using bad elastic so everyone needs new pairs sooner…..aaaagggghhhhhh

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    • beyondpaisley – Author

      OK, so seriously, I just read your response and belly-laughed, read the highlights to George. THAT is some funny…and sad…perspective. Rock.

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  6. HAHAHAHA!!!! I LURVE your “bad fashion ideas” posts!!!! Yes, whoever designed those clothes must truly hate women. Those clothes were seriously Vomit City. Also, the gold stud/spike trend was over like 2 years ago! What the hell?! I can’t understand how some people are employed.

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    • beyondpaisley – Author

      LOL Seriously. My friend’s seven-year-old daughter has better design sensibilities than some of this stuff. Like I said, less overall numbers of atrocious things, but what was bad was really, profoundly awful! So glad you enjoyed it!

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