Shabby Chic takes over the fashion world

Topshop navy rollneck jumper

So, the homeless look makes another appearance! There’s nothing like threadbare knitwear to get you noticed, eh?

Now, this sweater may not look particularly bad in the great scheme of things and you’re right, it’s not.  It’s the principle we take issue with here. Really, what is it about worn-out clothing that appeals so strongly just now? The high street stores seem riddled with bobbly, worn-looking pieces that create the student look on not-so-student prices. Is it a knee-jerk reaction to the recent recession? Because, if so, we should probably be worrying about the fact that these clothes don’t cost any less than the shiny, fresh-from-the box versions. If it’s the distressed look you’re after, we can point you towards a charity shop or five offering much the same effect with a much smaller price tag: but this won’t actually save you any money, no matter how shabby it may appear.

However, if you happen to be a student, and applying for a hardship loan/extra spending money from the ‘rents, this may be exactly the look you need to create…

Knitted navy roll neck jumper, £36 from Topshop.

7 Comments

  • January 14, 2011

    Jeepster

    I think this sweater looks particularly bad in the great scheme of things… 😛

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  • January 15, 2011

    Rock Hyrax

    Excellent news: I can just pull my oldest most falling-apart moth damaged clothes out of storage rather than damage my bank balance any more…

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  • January 15, 2011

    Helen

    kinda looks like the stuff I wear to the studio to paint in…

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  • January 15, 2011

    caz

    being grungey at heart, i appriciate worn out clothes..but the point is to wear them out yourself! to live in them! not pay more money for stuff to look worse. this is part of my ongoing hatred of faded/distressed items. just live your life damnit.

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  • January 16, 2011

    nata

    It’s simple – wear it with the price tag attached to make it look at least a bit more expensive.

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  • January 16, 2011

    The Demagogue

    I remember the days when we wore out our own clothes, sigh…

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  • March 22, 2011

    Annie

    they ran out of fabric. it happens. giver uppers.

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