The Fashion Victim Drinking Game

"You just don't understand."

We know it’s possibly a little early in the day and the week to be playing drinking games, but honestly, sometimes it’s the only way the fashion world makes sense, no?

Anyway, we’ve devised this simple drinking game for you, to be played while reading fashion magazines, fashion blogs, or even right here on The Fashion Police, when reading comments by the various people who like to swing by sometimes to tell us that harem pants are, indeed, the very height of style (“Because I saw them on the runway, so they MUST be nice!”) and that if we don’t like it, we surely deserve to die.

Take one shot any time you come across one of the following words or phrases:

  • Bang on trend
  • Edgy
  • Unexpected
  • “But it’s designer!”
  • “These were on aaaaaalllll the runways this season…”
  • “You just don’t understaaaaannndd!”
  • BUT IT’S ART!
  • Colorblocking
  • Pop of colour
  • Real woman
  • Rocking
  • Taking risks
  • Fierce
  • “Toughen up” the look (generally by adding studs or leather)
  • Remix
  • “You’re obviously just too fat/old/frumpy to wear it!”
  • “You don’t know ANYTHING about fashion!” (Said to anyone who doesn’t blindly follow trends or dares to express an opinion which fails to contain the requisite amount of drooling/fawning over the item in question.)
If you ever find yourself using one or more of these phrases, there’s a good chance you’re a Fashion Victim. We’re so sorry.
Feel free to add any others we may have forgotten: we may have started playing the game while we were writing this…

26 Comments

  • August 15, 2011

    Terry via Facebook

    I have a suggestion

    “That bitch needs to eat a sandwich”

    I cringe every time I see that!

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    • August 15, 2011

      Sonya

      Agreed. What about those people who are naturally thin? I’m sure they are sick of being told that they need to eat more. I know I am.

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      • August 15, 2011

        The Fashion Police

        Totally. My heart sinks every time I read one of those “she needs to eat” comments. How do you know? How can you hope to diagnose health conditions from photos on the internet? So depressing.

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    • August 15, 2011

      Itzel

      Yes! I’ve been told that ever since I can remember, and I do eat sandwiches, in fact I eat a lot of stuff but somehow being thin looks suspicious. So yeah whenever I see something like that I also feel annoyed. I don’t have an eating disorder, I’ve been thin my entire life.

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      • August 16, 2011

        Sonya

        Same here! Heck, some kids at school have blindly accused me of being anorexic. I have an Italian grandmother. Believe me when I say there’s no way I’m eating too little.

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      • June 10, 2012

        Katty

        You can write the same text for corpulent women.
        The line of a body form that is OKAY for a woman is very thin, thanks to sexism. You are either anorexic or fat, no matter what you eat or how you work out.

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  • August 15, 2011

    spikesnsilk

    Dang, I’m already wasted…

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  • August 16, 2011

    Viper

    This is a little off-topic, but I don’t know where else to put it: does anybody else really dislike TFP’s new layout style with the clickthrough entries?

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    • August 16, 2011

      Monica

      Yes, I also dislike it, and said so in this very thread.
      However, my attempt to contribute some feedback appears to have been deleted.

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      • August 16, 2011

        Terry

        I wouldn’t really class what you said as feedback Monica, you basically said you hated it and you were never coming back to the site. I personally found it pretty surprising that a long term reader like yourself would decide to just up and leave because of a simple layout change.

        Change is always difficult for people, it but we are not doing this because of aesthetic reasons. We are doing it because there were too many large images on the homepage and it was slowing down the site load speed. That combined with the continued increased in traffic levels has meant that we’ve been working on lots of ways of making the site faster.

        I appreciate that some people will not like the change but unfortunately this is the route that a lot of high traffic sites have to go down eventually. There is a possibility we may revert back to the old layout (or a version of it) but for the next week or so we will be running the current layout to test how efficient it is

        Terry

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        • August 16, 2011

          Mona

          Thank you for the explanation, I was curious what happened to the old lay-out. I liked the old version better, too, but I know I fully understand why you had to change it. I’ve been a reader since 2007(!), so I did see a lot of changes already. In case you are interested in my feedback: the spacing and formatting around images appears to be off for me (Firefox 3.6), but I will happily stick around for the transitional period and beyond, since I do come here for the content.

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          • August 16, 2011

            The Fashion Police

            Thanks, Mona: at the end of the day we know we can’t please everyone, so all we can really hope is that people will be willing to give it a chance, and allow us to try something different from time to time, to see if it helps (hopefully it goes without saying that there are always reasons for the changes, it’s never just a whim!). Thanks for the Firefox info, Terry is looking into it now 🙂

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        • August 16, 2011

          Viper

          Thanks for the response. I’m a lot more accepting towards it seeing as it has a practical purpose.

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        • August 16, 2011

          Monica

          “I personally found it pretty surprising that a long term reader like yourself would decide to just up and leave because of a simple layout change.”

          Which is why I explained what I want from this site and the way in which I relate to it and what I don’t like about the change.

          I never used the word “hate” or that I was “never coming back”. What I actually said was, “I’m offski…So long…it’s been fun.”

          I am aggravated by the change, but I also think that it’s possible that you have been a tad oversensitive about a genuine attempt to provide an honest client reaction.

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          • August 17, 2011

            Terry

            Monica, I am not being sensitive in any way shape or form. I am perfectly happy to explain anything that is done on the site to anyone that asks. But, if anyone gives me feedback and says

            “So I’m offski. So long Fashion Police, it’s been fun.”

            then I don’t really see much point in replying as I read that as the person is not coming back.

            Anyway, moving forward, I think I have pretty clearly explained the rationale behind the changes. You’ll have also noticed that the first post on the homepage is displayed in full now. The excerpt below that now display 20 posts rather than 8. I think this gives a good balance of site load time and user experience for regular visitors.

            There will likely be lots more changes on the site over the coming weeks. I genuinely hope you stick around and continue to enjoy our content with some faith that the site changes are aimed at making the site better 🙂

            Terry

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          • August 17, 2011

            Monica

            Well, there’s little point arguing about it, and I have to say, I enjoyed the first post very much.

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          • August 17, 2011

            The Fashion Police

            I’m glad you liked the post – hopefully changes to the layout won’t detract too much from the fashion talk 🙂

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  • August 16, 2011

    Zoe

    I’d like to add “you’re so narrow-minded” to the list of comebacks. I had someone tell me that when I couldn’t stand Ginnifer Goodwin’s highlighter yellow sack with contents-of-a-shower-drain belt that she wore at ComicCon. And it wasn’t the first time. Silly me, I think that clothes should make you look good.

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    • August 16, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      Yes! And of course, the irony of that one is that those people are, themselves, being narrow minded by putting forward the view that their opinion is the only one that can possibly be right, and anyone who disagrees must be insulted! I actually think that’s MORE narrow-minded than someone who has has their own taste and opinion, but is able to accept that not everyone’s taste will be the same.

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      • August 16, 2011

        Zoe

        It’s only narrow minded when the clothes are “edgy” “brave” or “bang on trend.” When you think they are boring, then you have the broad mind and everyone else is too narrow minded to see it your way.

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  • August 17, 2011

    bexkee

    I detest the term ‘real women’. I am size 16 and have been bigger. I work in plus size clothing design and sales. I cringe when I hear clients and other staff members refer to us as “real women”. What, so anyone smaller than us is made from plastic and doesn’t get periods and stuff? We’re all in that same boat ladies some bigger, some smaller it ‘aint a contest! rarg!.

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    • September 29, 2011

      Jez

      I completely agree. I hover around the size 22 range and I really don’t like the term “real women.” Deciding that one body type is the correct one is the issue at hand – whether that ideal body is large or small. Granted, the terms and experience of the prejudice is different for larger and smaller women, but the pressure to have a body that is not like your own is there for both.

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      • November 2, 2011

        Tanya

        Yes – a million times yes!! I cringe everytime someone acts as though sneering at thin women and patronising larger women makes them one of the good guys!

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  • August 17, 2011

    The Fashion Police

    I just remembered another one: when people say, “But she’s So-and-So! She’s allowed to wear what she wants!” Well, yeah, I mean, everyone is allowed to wear what they want, obviously. That doesn’t mean everyone else has to LIKE it, though!

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  • August 20, 2011

    Selina

    Can I add “age appropriate” and “fashion forward”. Those two phrases alone would get you pretty well sozzled watching any of E! Channel’s red carpet broadcasts!

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  • September 29, 2011

    Jez

    Hey, I can be too fat to wear something and still recognize that it looks like crap on a size 0 model.

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