What was the biggest fashion crime of 2008?

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Last year at around this time of year, we asked you to tell us what, in your opinion, had been the biggest fashion crime of 2007. Unsurprisingly, you voted for Crocs. We were proud of you.

This year we want to ask you the same question. What do you think was the biggest fashion crime of 2008? The thing that made you turn pale and reach for the smelling salts every time you saw someone wear it? Some of the usual suspects are making a re-appearance on this year’s list because, sadly, despite our best efforts, we’ve not yet managed to completely eradicate these crimes. There are some newcomers too, however, and, as always, if there’s something you think we’ve missed, you can drop us a comment to nominate it!

So, without further ado: what was the biggest fashion crime of 2008? Was it:

1. Sheer clothing. This appeared on last year’s list and a number of you commented to say that, as bad as it was, it was clearly a catwalk trend, and would never be seeing in "real life". Unfortunately, we think we’ve managed to prove this year that nope, sheer clothes are even more of a "trend" this year than they were last year, hence its inclusion on the list.

2. Real fur. It made a big comeback this year, and was sold by many retailers who should’ve known better. Was it the biggest crime of the year?

3. Leggings – we know they’ve been super-fashionable this year, but when The Fashion Police admitted they were fans of the shiny legging trend (and we still stand by that admission), you all wanted to stone us, hence the appearance of legings on the list of shame…

4. Harem pants – also survivors from last year’s list, but now so much more prevalent than they were last year.

5. Saggy jumpsuits – whether designer or otherwise, they look almost exactly like prison uniforms to us. We must remember to buy some for the fashion crims in our jail…

6. Peep toe boots why do boots need peep toes? We may never know…

7. Gladiator sandals – remember the summer, and how these were everywhere? Or would you rather just forget them?

8. Carrot leg pants – a "mom jean" by any other name…

9. Crocs – again. They’re starting to disappear off the radar, but are they disappearing fast enough for you? And they did release the eye-searingly ugly Crocs ‘Nadia’ boot this year, remember.

10. Something else? Our poll software only gives us ten options, but we all know there are a lot more than ten crimes of fashion out there, so if you can think of something worse than any of these, tell us in the comments!

25 Comments

  • December 31, 2008

    gokarm

    This was a real personal one for me because while they’re all rather ugly, peep-toe boots are the only ones that got in the way of my shopping. Every time I picked up a boot there was a hole in the front! ARGH!!

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  • December 31, 2008

    Mafa

    Peep toe boots!
    Have an excellent 2009!

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  • December 31, 2008

    Mousy

    I’m having a hard time choosing between real fur, harem pants and saggy jumpsuits!

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  • December 31, 2008

    Anna

    Real fur! whyyy would you want to wear a… dead thing?

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  • December 31, 2008

    Mona

    Of all of the noted fashion crimes, I’ve only seen the gladiator sandals worn on the street – apart from the crocs, which are sadly long-lasting footwear so they get my vote.
    I don’t consider real fur a fashion crime as such, and it’s no longer worn as much, and I have to admit I love my rabbit fur ear muffs (a gift from a friend that was allergic to them). It’s way more practically than tying live rabbits to my head….

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  • December 31, 2008

    Steph

    I picked Crocs, although I nearly voted for harem pants. Harem pants got a stay of execution because every time I see them I start singing MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’, and that’s always funny.

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  • December 31, 2008

    Emily

    I went with real fur. Not the most visually repulsive of the lot, but unless you’re traversing the arctic circle, there’s really no excuse for it.

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  • December 31, 2008

    Carol

    Tough choice – I guess we’re not all that “fashionable” around here ’cause the only ones I’ve seen on a real live person (as opposed to the many fashion websites I cruise daily) are Crocs. And they’re even mostly dead here due to the huge amount of snow and ice we get. I’m sure they’ll be back in the spring, though, ’cause they’re just so comfortable! (gag)
    So, I had to go with the ugliest thing I’ve seen photos of beautiful people wearing. That has to be the saggy jumpsuit. If you have the money to buy anything at all, the connections with top designers to score any dress/outfit shown on their runway, the time to work out and have a smokin’ body and a stylist on call especially to make you look good for those red carpet walks and other appearances WHY would you wear something so universally unflattering???

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  • December 31, 2008

    kate

    Harem pants give you a penis

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  • December 31, 2008

    Kuri

    Fake fur. Like real fur, except cheap and ugly-looking.

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  • January 1, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    I think a lot of us may have voted for the real fur on principle (i.e. there’s no excuse for it merely as a fashion item), so the non-fur results of this poll may not represent the true proportions of opinions re crocs, harem pants etc.
    Would you consider presenting an additional poll without the fur, or giving us a first and second choice vote?

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  • January 2, 2009

    kevie

    I didn’t think twice before selecting the dreaded peep-toe booties. A felony, not a misdemeanor. However, after reading some of the posts, I wondered if fur (real or otherwise) vests might not be a close second. They make even the thinnest, youngest woman look like she has just lumbered out of her den in search of a pic-a-nick basket.

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  • January 2, 2009

    MarieJ

    Biggest fashion crime of 2008?
    ALL of them!

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  • January 2, 2009

    Amber

    Rock – I think you’re probably right, there. Unfortunately the poll software doesn’t allow people to give a 1st and 2nd choice, but I may post another one later in January – we’ll see how it goes. At the moment it doesn’t look like real fur is winning, so hopefully it’ll not be too skewed…

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  • January 3, 2009

    kat

    I hate skinny jeans. All that girls at my school have them. Including me and my peg-leg pant hating friends.

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  • January 3, 2009

    louise

    Why bother with clothes at all? Trashy!

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  • January 3, 2009

    lorrwill

    I still hate crocs beyond words.
    Uggs are right up there, too. Anything that is so close fitting that ALL of the rolls of fat are clearly visible is also on the list.

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  • January 4, 2009

    Ashwami

    crocs – why anyone would want to wear plastic shoes with holes in them is beyond me.
    carrot pants – no comment
    peep toe boots – the worst thing one can do to a pair of perfectly decent pair of boots.
    but i think real fur is the winner here. no matter how bad the other options are none of them is as bad as wearing a dead animal.

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  • January 5, 2009

    ShoeHunting

    Crocs!!! They are so ugly, and there are many other options for comfy & cute shoes.

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  • January 5, 2009

    Susan

    OMG, I can’t choose. I vote them all because I hate them all. 😀

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  • January 6, 2009

    Joey Sauer

    Those GODD awful lowered crotch pants you posted a while back. GOD they were revolting!!!! I voted Crocs, I still see them around far too much. They’re farking sick!

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  • January 7, 2009

    nrgizme

    I dislike fur as much as the next guy, i.e. I mean I really really dislike it (I won’t wear fake fur, much less real), however I think some people are forgetting that leather is from animals too. Not as much complaint there though. For some reason people (including me at times) seem to forget that leather is just fur with the fur stripped away.
    For that reason, and also because I find them to be completely and 100% disgusting, I voted for crocs.

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  • May 30, 2009

    Diandra

    I put saggy jumpsuits. They’re so unflattering! Agh!

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  • August 27, 2009

    Lazagna

    What about those shirt dresses that are so short they barely cover your ass, with the wide elastic at the bottom? Christ those are tacky.
    As for the men, I want to scream every time I see a tshirt down to the knees.

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  • October 5, 2010

    Roxy

    I happen to have a pair of gladiator sandals which i LOVE, and are incredibly comfortable. however, some types of them are just yelling “UGLY!”

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