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Trend Snark: WTF are Culottes?!

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Source: Zara

In my early 20’s, I survived the gaucho pants trend, which are basically wide leg yoga pants that unapologetically embrace their ugliness.  They say what comes around goes around, and now the impoverished 19th century orphan trend is back for 2016! The fashion industry has taken what has been collecting dust on Goodwill racks across the country, and has found a way to turn it into the next haute look!

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Looking fetch, Oliver Twist!

I’ve never much been a fan of capris, or cropped pants in general with the possible exception of athletic wear. This trend just looks ridiculous to me. It doesn’t add the illusion of length, and sits at an awkward angle on the part of the leg it actually covers. I mean, it’s not like clothes are supposed to be flattering, right?

A wide leg pant that stops mid-calf is just bizarre to me. How do you even style it? The only passable examples I have seen kind of flare out a little bit and look more like a skirt than pants.

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less strange, but still puzzling

But in this case, why not just get a skirt? Are you really that worried about a Marilyn-Monroe-over-the-air-duct moment?

I see this trend appealing to those of us who take issue with showing leg in the scorching summer months, or who want to easily disguise that they’re 9 months pregnant.

Any thoughts/arguments for this trend? I remain unconvinced that is an example of good “style”.

Trend Snark: Wedgie or Edgy, the dilemma of high-waisted shorts

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yours truly at the local farmer’s market here in Chattanooga. Also, my boyfriend is a Purdue alum, so I’m repping in my hat. #tennesseepride #boilerup

I like the idea of high waisted shorts. I really do. It took me a long time to get to this place of acceptance, because when I first saw the trend emerging I thought we must’ve fallen short of ideas if we were embracing cropped mom jeans.

Then I saw some cute tops that would look ridiculous with my low-rise pants and shorts (unless of course, you’re Britney Spears and you breathe through your bellybutton so it must always always be exposed) and I thought……maybe.

Whenever I want to try a new look out, I go to my local thirft shop and get a $5 version to play around with. That way, if I hate it, I’m not out much money and I can donate it to Goodwill.

The thing I learned about high waisted shorts though, is that you can’t buy your normal size and expect them to not ride up your butt. It feels like wearing a thong attached to a girdle and I couldn’t stand it. When I tried on larger sizes they were too large in the waist and I reminded myself of those women on diet magazine covers showing their before and after waistband size by wearing a pair of “fat pants”. It seemed there was no way to win unless I wanted to buy the fat pants and have them altered to fit my 24 inch waist.

Then I read about spandex jean shorts. Its not exactly denim, but some stretchy hybrid material that hugs your booty but doesn’t ride up. I still have to go up a size to avoid the Kardashian effect, but they fit well and are actually cute! Plus, on amazon the pair I found were only $14!

From what I’ve found, they key is to find the ideal shorts is similar to finding a good relationship: flexible and with room to grow. Seriously though, order a few sizes larger so you can bend over without feeling like you’re about to get a yeast infection.

Trend Snark: Off the Shoulder Edition

I’m starting a new series wherein I make good natured jabs at some of the seasons’ more ridiculous trends. Here at IHC, I believe that trendy fashion is like the annoying pre-teen sister of timeless style: awkwardly trying to find herself and fit in with the crowd.

This week’s feature: the off the shoulder trend

At a recent local music festival, girls were positively swimming in this look. I get what it’s trying to achieve: flirty feminine ruffles, and a different/unique neckline. If you’re trying to show off your shoulders/neckline this certainly would seem like a great option.

However, when you get down to the brass tacks, this look is more complicated. I can’t help but be reminded of a little girl trying to play dress up in her mother’s clothes, which are pitifully large and are sliding off of her small frame. I’ve seen it styled with shorts and wedges, but it still makes the wearer’s figure look off-kilter.

Also, what kind of bra is she wearing? Like, forreal. I don’t know about y’all but I’ve never found a strapless bra that didnt either make me feel like I was in a restraint or found its way down to my bellybutton unless I constantly tugged it up. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Maybe she could wear pasties, but even then, if the shirt doesn’t stay put somehow (tape?) that sounds like a recipe for a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

“But Beth!” you say “haven’t you seen the options with the straps AND the off the shoulder look?” Um, yeah. She looks like she got into a cage fight and chunks of her shirt got torn off her shoulders. Remember Cinderella after her stepsisters got ahold of her?

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Yeah, I just can’t get behind it.

As always, you do you. While this isn’t my favorite look of the season by a long shot, I have found a version that I find more attractive: the fitted off the shoulder crop top. There’s a snazzy little number on Amazon from American Apparel for under $15 too. While its relationship with gravity is still questionable, it doesn’t eat you alive and since its form-fitting, odds are it’ll stay on your body better. Since its cropped AND slim fit, it will look fantastic with all your high waisted pants, skirts, shorts, etc.

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image from American Apparel

I ordered one in black. So, in this case, my fashion snark isn’t a complete wash. 😉

Thanks for reading!

-BW