Maddie's Mind

What not to wear — please?
By Maddie Mind | Jan 30, 2013

I want to start off by saying that I'm no Heidi Klum or Michael Kors when it comes to fashion. I have developed my own sense of style in the past few years. I like a mix of trendy, unusual and vintage pieces to make my own look. Fashion interests me and, because it does, I have developed my own list of fashion"no-nos," and I would like to share them with you.

1) Leggings
Leggings are great for throwing on and looking cute while going out. I love and respect that. But it's the people that abuse it that I do not respect. You may be wondering, "How do you abuse leggings?" Well my friends, you abuse leggings by wearing them as pants. I'm sorry to break it to you, but leggings are, unfortunately, not pants. There are not even in the pants section in stores. I see many girls of all shapes and sizes wearing leggings as pants, and it kills me. I don't care what your body type is, no matter what, you do NOT wear them as pants. I'm not saying that you can't wear them at all. They're super cute with dresses and skirts. Now, there is an exception. That is to wear a longer shirt that covers your booty, because when you wear a short top with leggings it just looks distasteful. I've seen people rock leggings with a long T-shirt, a scarf and boots. It looks pretty awesome! 

2) Sagging of the pants
This fashion rule is for men. Not all fashion rules are for the ladies. When I see someone walking that has to physically hold up their pants, so they don't fall down, it annoys me. I will buy you a belt! Don't get me wrong — a little sagging is okay as long as you can walk like a normal human being while wearing them. I don't really see how that's cool, and that probably has something to do with the fact that I'm a girl. Guys may have a secret code about how the lower your pants are, the more gangster or tough you are. I don't know. Either way, it makes you look like a penguin. So please pull your pants a little bit.  

3) Capri pants
This is another male fashion trend that bothers me. First off, I've only seen capripants advertised for women. I don't think I've ever seen capris for men in any of the stores I've been to. I just see men wearing them and wonder where in the world they purchased them. There's just something about the length of them that give them an almost dainty and delicate look. My mother chooses to wear them if it's too hot for long pants or too cold for shorts. So, I could see why men would want to wear them. If they look that good on men and were super popular, you'd be able to find them all over the mall. I'm not saying that if you're a guy, that you can never wear capris. I just really think, and I'm 99% sure I'm not alone here, that "Manpris" are not that attractive. But if you're really set on wearing them and can't find them at a store near you - just remember boys, if you sag your shorts enough, you'll have capris.

4) Mustaches
I know I may get a lot of grief from any hipsters out there, but I don't understand why this trend that appears on everything. From women's clothing to coffee mugs, pillows, baby onesies, straws, jewelry, phone cases, hats and even under garments. What is so fascinating about a mustache? Do the people that follow this trend even understand why they like it? I did a little research and found that a large majority of people following this trend don't even understand the fascination. Come on people! Others following this trend said they like the manliness, randomness and the fact that it's so different than any other designswe've seen on today's merchandise. I'll have to admit, I do understand their point, but I just don't share the love.

5) Crocs
I have saved the worst for last; the belly of the beast! Crocs! Hide the children! Evacuate the town! Crocs are brightly colored monsters of evil. No offense if you like Crocs but, in my opinion (and I'm not alone in this), these are the ugliest shoes on the face of the Earth. Ok, I have to admit that I did own a pair myself WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. I loved the comfort and that they kept my feet from getting hot. They look like rubber slippers with holes in them. What's even worse are the decorative buttons of butterflies and rainbows you can put in the holes. No, just no. It's taking something bad and making it worse. Even the people that wear them have to look down at the awkward shaped pieces of colorful rubber on their feet and wonder why they own them. And I think they do just that. I found several articles on the internet that state that "Croc lovers" constantly battle with the comfort vs hideousness issue. Since Crocs have been around for 11 years and still seem to be going strong with new designs, I would say that "comfort" is winning that argument. Even though I have a very strong dislike for them, I do think that people that garden or kids at the beach could possibly get away with wearing them ... maybe. 

Everyone has their own signature style and different things appeal to them. So, if you want to wear your leggings, a short shirt with a mustache on it and a bright orange pair of Crocs while standing next to your Capri wearing boyfriend, that's fine by me. Hey, we never know where the next fashion trend will come from.Just don't expect me to do the same or to say, "I love your outfit!"

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