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We know everyone is doing it, yet we have been dragging our feet about putting together a Year in Review feature. Probably because 2009 hasn't exactly been a year for the record books, speaking from the perspective of fashion and retail. We figured we'd start our endeavor off nice and easy: by cataloging a few of 2009's more egregious offenses.
And, as always, we'd love to hear from you. What in the worlds of trend, fashion and retail, got on your last nerve in 2009?
1.) Deck shoes on men. This is perhaps a regional trend that's peculiar to the hipster-laden East Side. But enough already! And generally speaking, can't we let the 80s fetishism die?
2.) Non-functional sunglasses. Fashion doesn't always have to work, per se, but these things? No. Sure Lady Gaga or Rihanna can pull them off (marginally), but they have chauffeurs and handlers and people who can act as glorified seeing eye dogs, if need be. But NO, on real people. Especially the louvered type made popular by Kanye West last year that are still knocking around.
3.) Supposedly great flash sales. A lot of people are of the mind that Gilt Groupe, ideeli, HauteLook and the like are better than sliced bread. To us, they've always seemed like the retail equivalent of reality TV: cheap, easy, and incredibly lucrative to produce, but also not the greatest quality. Sorry, we just can't get excited about sites that serve up merchandise that's at least a season or two (or three or four) old, and offer minimal return policies.
4.) Angry fashion (clothing and accessories covered in studs and spikes; brass knuckles; gun and knife motifs). Ok, we get it: studs and spikes say "edgy." But studs and spikes also say "Avril Lavigne, circa 2005." What is everyone so afraid of, or mad about, anyway?
5.) The terms recessionista and/or frugalista. From a purely linguistic perspective, they're dumb and ugly-sounding words. From a cultural perspective, they're way played out. And then there's the issue so economically yet powerfully laid out in a Jezebel post: There really is nothing trendy, stylish or haute about being broke.
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