Fashion Police Glossary: Daylight Robbery

Cropped-jersey-trousers Continuing in our occasional series in which we provide definitions of some of the terms used here at The Fashion Police, we bring you the very embodiment of the term “Daylight Robbery“, in the shape of the cropped jersey trousers you see to the left.

Daylight Robbery offences are distinct from crimes of fashion in that the items concerned are not always ugly (although some are, of course). Take these trousers. No, they’re not the most exciting items in the world – they’re a little saggy and sad looking, but they’re the kind of thing you might wear around the house if you just wanted to be comfortable and relax.

But they’re £255 / $370. Not a huge amount of money in the great scheme of things, but expensive for a pair of cropped jersey pants.

Why is this, do you think? Is it because they’re of superior quality? Well, they’re a nylon/rayon mix, which doesn’t sound particularly luxurious to us. Are they a totally unique design? Again, we’ve seen lots of pairs of pants like this, so no, not really. Was their designer up all night, in a fever of creativity, in order to come up with a piece of wearable art? We doubt it.

Is it just because they’re designed by Rick Owens, then? We think we could be onto something, here. In fact, we strongly suspect the only reason people would consider these to be worth that amount of money, is because of the label inside them. That, readers, is what makes them an act of Daylight Robbery.

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY, then, is defined as the act of charging the earth for something that’s just not worth it, whatever it is. You’ll find more examples in our Daylight Robbery archive

What do you think, though? Would you pay £255 for something like this? Are we missing something?

8 Comments

  • April 23, 2009

    Evelyn

    Bait for the brain dead.

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  • April 23, 2009

    gokarm

    I think it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a “design”. Rick is clearly phoning it in. I mean, I know he designs very casual clothes, generally but…good lord, man! And I’m a huge Owens fan, so this is disappointing.

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  • April 23, 2009

    E.

    Jersey trousers are NEVER okay. Cropped or not cropped, cheap or expensive. I won’t even go out on the street with my sister when she’s wearing one.

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  • April 23, 2009

    Sarah

    Wow, E….not gonna lie, that’s really harsh. If I’m out doing errands where I don’t have to dress up, jersey knee length shorts are it for me. Not at over $200 though, that’s just insane.

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  • April 24, 2009

    Riali

    I’m with E. Jersey trousers are strictly pyjamas, and should never, ever be worn outside. And I’d like to know what’s going on with the little useless bunchy seams above the knees on these ones. Are they zips? Pockets? Why? They are definitely the epitome of daylight robbery.

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  • April 24, 2009

    Niki

    It is bad of me to almost be thinking of Zoolander “Derelicte” right now?

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  • April 24, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    I suppose the very rich do have to wear something to lounge round the house in.

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  • April 26, 2009

    Christine

    I wear something similar (Land’s End, $20) around the house when I am very ill or exercising, but always have a pair of “real” trousers or a skirt in case the doorbell rings.
    Shame on Mr. Owens!

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