Fashion Crimes of Winter – a list

Holiday_sweaterWhen it comes to fashion seasons, we’re inclined to think summer is the worst for flushing out the fashion criminals. Too-short shorts, underwear-as-outerwear, Crocs – they all seem to be more prevalent than usual during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean winter is a fashion crime-free zone. Far from it, in fact.

Here’s a short, and totally subjective list of what we consider to be the worst fashion crimes commonly spotted in winter. Feel free to add to it…

1. Holiday themed clothing and accessories

Yes, we know you’re looking forward to Christmas. So are we. Christmas is fun! But holiday sweaters, novelty socks and Christmas tree earrings? Not so much, really.  The first two belong on children and only on children. The third belong only on office Christmas party attendees who’ve had a few too many glasses of the free punch. And the scary snowman pictured above? Belongs on no-one

2. Summer clothing during winter

If you live in a hot place, or are experiencing unseasonably warm weather then by all means, break out the sandals and strappy sun-dresses. If it’s the middle of December, it’s snowing and you’re out with bare legs and a sleeveless top, however, you won’t look cool, you’ll just be cool. Freezing, in fact. And yes, we know winter woolies can play havoc with your sense of style, but trust us, hypothermia isn’t a good look on anyone…

3. Peep toe boots

We know they have their fans, but we just can’t get on board with this look, no matter how hard we try. Even if you wear them with tights (which kind of defeats the purpose to be honest), is it really so important to expose your toes to the icy-air?

4. Down at heel Uggs/fake Uggs

You’ll notice we’re not adding Ugg boots in general to this list, and that may well prove to be controversial, but we think they can be practical when it’s super-cold, and sometimes you just have to be practical. What we really can’t stand, though, is that look you get when your Uggs are a little too big for you and your foot ends up falling off the sole, creating a weird “overlap” where your heel hits the ground and gets all muddy. Does anyone know what we’re talking about here? We’d also happily ban the plethora of cheap-looking market stall “Uggs” that come in all kind of weird, shiny colours and fabrics, and are generally worn with fake Juicy Couture track suits. Not good.

5. ???

OK, we couldn’t think of a number 5, so we’re handing it over to you, the readers. What do you think is the biggest fashion crime seen during the winter months? Leave us a comment and we’ll add the most popular suggestion to the list!

14 Comments

  • October 7, 2008

    stephanie

    this might not apply to all you in england, but here in canada its the girls who try and navigate the mounds of snow and icy sidewalks with their stilettos. Put your boots on! carry your impractical shoes in your purse or car like everyone else!

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  • October 7, 2008

    Kathleen

    I’ve never been a fan of pom-pom hats on adults during the winter–it’s a very cute look for children though.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Whit

    I hate when ladies try to wear “fun” or “cute” socks with their heels or flats. Give up the summer shoes and put on a cute pair of fully closed boots or shoes.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Am

    ankle socks worn over the top of tights. I’m actually not sure if its worse if the socks and tights are a different colour, it might be. Especially bad if this combo is worn with masculine lace up shoes.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Janet C

    #5 Plastic rain bonnets (the little pleated ones that have plastic chin-strap ties). They ARE practical, in that they start out flat and compact, and when worn they put a nice waterproof cover over your hair, but they look like pleated baggies, and the little plastic strips that function as chin straps are hard to tie and tear easily. Perhaps these are no longer as in fashion as they once were, but around here Women of a Certain Age still wear them all the time on cold, wet days.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Mer

    #5 – Big, puffy coats in baby blue or baby pink or some other horrendous color that make you look like the Michelin Man after he fell into a vat of dye. A big no-no in my book. Get a close-fitting, TAILORED jacket, and for heavens sakes, stick to black, white, cream, navy, or red.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Amy

    Jeans or pants with holes worn over long underwear or flannels. I see this all the time when it is snowy outside. Get new pants or patch them! I don’t want to see their long underwear, and perhaps if their pants weren’t full of holes they wouldn’t need the second layer.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Jennifer

    I’ve seen people wear socks and sandles. Even my eight year old son thinks that is a crime of fashion!

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  • October 7, 2008

    Juli

    LEGGINGS WORN AS PANTS. I mean, really. This is an epidemic at my school, and I’d rather not see someone’s crotch up close.

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  • October 8, 2008

    SJ

    I agree with Juli – leggings worn as pants.
    I have seen more than enough cameltoe this past month to last a lifetime.

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  • October 8, 2008

    Alyssa

    Amen Julie and SJ, I go to art school, and it’s indeed an epidemic.

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  • October 17, 2008

    Taylor

    5. Multiple Layers
    While layers are good for added warmth and can enhance an outfit, make sure they match!!! Many girls arrive at school wearing a long sleeved shirt, tank/cami on top, a jacket, pants, shoes, socks, and then accessories. If you feel it is necessary to wear this many clothing items make sure they go together. If you chose to go for the “eclectic” look or you simply don’t notice the variety of colors and patterns you are mixing, then you are allowing yourself to be a subject of mockery.

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  • November 29, 2008

    Lai-Lai

    It would look cute on a wall or Gra’ma.

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  • January 10, 2009

    Moni

    5. Accessories that don’t match
    I admit I have been guilty of this crime myself for quite some time, and it’s not always easy to find hats, scarves and gloves as a set.
    But on the other hand why don’t people just stick to the same basic colour then?
    No, it has to be one colour/pattern with the hat, a completely different one with the scarf, … and EACH OF THEM clashes with their coat! 🙁
    Yes, I know it’s cold. Yes, I’m freezing, too, BUT I’M NOT BLIND!

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