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Old 10-28-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Metairie, La.
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Alright, I know that each and every decade has elements of bad fashion choices. I think, however, that the 1970s takes the cake:
Men with perms,
wide, wide collars,
bell bottoms,
huge eye glasses,
wider ties,
widest lapels,
long skirts
etc.

Then the 1970s patterns on everything were so garish. Perhaps my thoughts on this have something to do with the fact that I grew up in the 1980s and saw photos of my parents from the 1970s and they looked so gaudy--my dad's fake curly hair and mutton chop sideburns and my mom's huge coif and larger sunglasses. I know the 1980s had its fashion failures like leg warmers, pastels, and other garish clothes. Yet the 1980s also made Izod and Polo shirts more popular. Blue jeans became a much more available commodity since they were fitted. Most men wore brown belts, brown shoes or black belts, black shoes. There was big 1980s hair, but for the most part, I remember semi-cool eyewear and smaller hair styles. By the late 1980s, it was popular for women to sport the pixie cut, a la Phoebe Cates in Bright Lights, Big City.

Today, however, I see many awful fashion choices--namely skinny jeans/pants, chicks who all seem to dress like they're aerobic instructors, and pink and black sneakers (pink and black at the same time). Oh my gosh it's so ugly! Then there's the women's boots that they're wearing--which happen to be the same kind of boots that glam-metal rockers wore on stage in the 1980s--bands like Warrant, Great White, Winger, RATT, and Motley Crue. Then there's the UGZ, which is short for "ugleez." What's the deal with UGZ? Those things should be out by now, yet I see women wearing these things even in the summer time. Are they supposed to give off the "snow-bunny" vibe or something?

I think the vast majority of us will see photos of ourselves 10 years from now and think "my god, I dressed like that!?"

Really, it's the pink and black sneakers (pink sides and black soles or vice versa) that I think is the ugliest fashion example of the current decade and it seems like everyone's wearing them.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:23 PM
 
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I like looking at all the different styles of clothes that people wear....I think in this age, anything goes, which is great, cause I'm not one to really care too much about fashion, I just wear what's comfortable...I must admit though that I do see a lot of women who look like they forgot to put their skirts on (tights and big shirts), and I'm definitely NOT a lover of the big baggy pants that hang down to some guys knees, I always want to give them a rope or a belt to hold them up.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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I think many many guys will look at pics of themselves from this era, wearing those low-slung pants that show their underwear---and just cringe with embarassment and their kids will be laughing themselves silly.

I agree, the 70s were very bad fashion-wise, probably the worst decade EVER for fashion.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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OMG I love my ugg boots, best trend ever, along with the skinny jeans. I'm a germ freak and I hate for the bottoms of jeans to drag the ground, the skinny jeans and ugg boots fixed that. During the Fall and Winter all I wear is my Ugg boots. The fact they are comfy and warm helps as well. Don't really see pink and black sneakers much, maybe it's just not popular where I live. During the winter I see ugg boots everywhere and summer I see flip flops but not a noticeable trend of pink and black shoes.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I like skinny jeans. And pink and black go together in my book. I don't like the trend of holey pantyhose, shorts and tights, and pantyhose as pants though.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:42 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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Please do not mistake the girls running around in your hometown as actually being indicative of today's fashion trends. There are certain regional fashion "fads" that simply do not transfer (thankfully) to the masses.


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Alright, I know that each and every decade has elements of bad fashion choices. I think, however, that the 1970s takes the cake:
Men with perms,
wide, wide collars,
bell bottoms,
huge eye glasses,
wider ties,
widest lapels,
long skirts
etc.

Then the 1970s patterns on everything were so garish. Perhaps my thoughts on this have something to do with the fact that I grew up in the 1980s and saw photos of my parents from the 1970s and they looked so gaudy--my dad's fake curly hair and mutton chop sideburns and my mom's huge coif and larger sunglasses. I know the 1980s had its fashion failures like leg warmers, pastels, and other garish clothes. Yet the 1980s also made Izod and Polo shirts more popular. Blue jeans became a much more available commodity since they were fitted. Most men wore brown belts, brown shoes or black belts, black shoes. There was big 1980s hair, but for the most part, I remember semi-cool eyewear and smaller hair styles. By the late 1980s, it was popular for women to sport the pixie cut, a la Phoebe Cates in Bright Lights, Big City.

Today, however, I see many awful fashion choices--namely skinny jeans/pants, chicks who all seem to dress like they're aerobic instructors, and pink and black sneakers (pink and black at the same time). Oh my gosh it's so ugly! Then there's the women's boots that they're wearing--which happen to be the same kind of boots that glam-metal rockers wore on stage in the 1980s--bands like Warrant, Great White, Winger, RATT, and Motley Crue. Then there's the UGZ, which is short for "ugleez." What's the deal with UGZ? Those things should be out by now, yet I see women wearing these things even in the summer time. Are they supposed to give off the "snow-bunny" vibe or something?

I think the vast majority of us will see photos of ourselves 10 years from now and think "my god, I dressed like that!?"

Really, it's the pink and black sneakers (pink sides and black soles or vice versa) that I think is the ugliest fashion example of the current decade and it seems like everyone's wearing them.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Metairie, La.
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Please do not mistake the girls running around in your hometown as actually being indicative of today's fashion trends. There are certain regional fashion "fads" that simply do not transfer (thankfully) to the masses.
That's a good point. I've noticed that whenever I travel to the West Coast, very few people dress as they do here in La. Same deal when I go to Chicago.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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There was a lot of '70s fashion that I liked. I remember smooth front flare leg pants. This was the decade when it became accepted for women of all ages to wear pants, even if most of the pants were made of polyester. I also like the camp shirt styles which I wore open, collars over the jacket lapels. And the shoes with elevated soles were sharp. Of course our hair was all over the place, but it became quite fashionable for young women to wear string straight hair. This looked good on some, and awful on others.

Early in the decade there were some really nice looking tops, variations on caftans, and some nice smock like dresses than I liked. I think the decade was kinder to the young though.

Later, very later, in the decade the shoulders in women's clothes began to be exaggerated. This began what I think was the worst fashion decade--the eighties.

I've spent a lot time looking at old sewing pattern websites. I saw a lot of stuff I really liked from the early seventies, and not so much after 1975.

And by the way, the kids' clothes were really cute then too.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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Alright, I know that each and every decade has elements of bad fashion choices. I think, however, that the 1970s takes the cake:
Men with perms,
wide, wide collars,
bell bottoms,
huge eye glasses,
wider ties,
widest lapels,
long skirts
etc.

Then the 1970s patterns on everything were so garish. Perhaps my thoughts on this have something to do with the fact that I grew up in the 1980s and saw photos of my parents from the 1970s and they looked so gaudy--my dad's fake curly hair and mutton chop sideburns and my mom's huge coif and larger sunglasses. I know the 1980s had its fashion failures like leg warmers, pastels, and other garish clothes. Yet the 1980s also made Izod and Polo shirts more popular. Blue jeans became a much more available commodity since they were fitted. Most men wore brown belts, brown shoes or black belts, black shoes. There was big 1980s hair, but for the most part, I remember semi-cool eyewear and smaller hair styles. By the late 1980s, it was popular for women to sport the pixie cut, a la Phoebe Cates in Bright Lights, Big City.

Today, however, I see many awful fashion choices--namely skinny jeans/pants, chicks who all seem to dress like they're aerobic instructors, and pink and black sneakers (pink and black at the same time). Oh my gosh it's so ugly! Then there's the women's boots that they're wearing--which happen to be the same kind of boots that glam-metal rockers wore on stage in the 1980s--bands like Warrant, Great White, Winger, RATT, and Motley Crue. Then there's the UGZ, which is short for "ugleez." What's the deal with UGZ? Those things should be out by now, yet I see women wearing these things even in the summer time. Are they supposed to give off the "snow-bunny" vibe or something?

I think the vast majority of us will see photos of ourselves 10 years from now and think "my god, I dressed like that!?"

Really, it's the pink and black sneakers (pink sides and black soles or vice versa) that I think is the ugliest fashion example of the current decade and it seems like everyone's wearing them.
Although I agree that the 70's brought us some horrible fashion, the worst fashion "era" ever was the early 90's...horrible, horrible clothing, expecially for men...pleated jeans with tight ankles...loose fitting shirts with prints that were made up of purple, orange and green triangles...ugh.

I actually think that we are in the best fashion era ever...as a straight guy, I can now get the best fitting clothing that I have ever gotten (thanks to Bonobos!). Although I dont personnally wear skinny jeans, I do like to wear tight, sleek jeans (like the levis 527's) that fit my form well. I like wearing funny t-shirts and military style button ups (they make my shoulders look bigger). And on women...I like seeing them in tights and boots...its a very sexy look that I hope never goes away. Who wouldnt like any of these styles?

And one of the best things of this decade...the fact that, thanks to the internet, people can now research various fashion styles from the past, and reinvent those styles and do them better! There is now no longer only "one style"...there is a convergence of the styles into a permanent "do what works for you" style...the same thing is happening with music, too.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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That's a good point. I've noticed that whenever I travel to the West Coast, very few people dress as they do here in La. Same deal when I go to Chicago.
I live in Chicago, and the people in certain neighborhoods here do dress in a very fashion forward manner..very cutting edge. They take their cues from european, as well as NYC/LA fashion trends. The styles in certain neighboehoods (such as Wicker park) is sometimes known as "hipster" and I think this style works very well for a lot of people.
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