Cut-Out Swimsuits And Other Yucky Things

Yesterday, I had a conversation with two Twitter peoples – @ArtisanGaynor and @SuggestDigest about horrid fashion. Lucy joined in at the point were shoes were brought up, too. It started with wet – look leggings (YUCK) and ended with the defence of jelly shoes with this pair as the example –


Westwood, photo copyright Idris - George

But later, I came across this article –

A survey carried out by showed what the British public think are the top summer fashion yuckies – and I have opinions on all of them. I shall comment as I go.

1. Cut out swimsuits –
This was voted as the WORST by over 50 percent of respondents. Men AND women. I hate this current trend of missing fabric from clothes. Especially on the Midlands, where ‘the look’ is scraggy hair, hoops, clothes a size too tight and muffin toppage. No please.

2. Socks and sandals –
I have a friend who did this once. He got mocked. He never did it again. Lesson – learnt.

3. Speedos –
If you’re an Olympic swimmer, go ahead. If you’re my Dad, please, wear some shorts. You can’t carry it off.

4. Ill fitting bikinis –
Try before you buy, yeah? Changing rooms exist. I don’t need to see your boobies falling out.

5. Hawaiian Shirts –
Ok, I kinda like these. Sometimes.

6. Patriotic clothing (e.g. England shirt or Union Jack clothes –
Events, festivals, sports and celebrations. Not an advert saying ‘I AM BRITISH AND HERE TO GET PISSED’.

7. Sun visors –
They still make these?

8. Maxi dresses –
I’m too short for these. There’s an extra foot of fabric trailing behind me. I’d love to, but i’m bitter. Suits people with darker skin more. White people, beware.

9. Oversized hats –
HEY! I have one of those!

10. Wedges –
These are the only heels I can walk in 😦 kind of walk on 😥 OK I can’t walk in heels. Shush.



Pippa Middleton, Was Well Dressed Once, Remember?

Here’s an article I stumbled across when reading my news widget. At first, I thought the title was a bit harsh. But then, as I read on, I realised it was right. Pippa probably does dress in the dark.

Pippa Middleton’s Fashion Dense

Oh dear.

By the way – that’s my headline, that one. Thanks. It IS great 🙂

Mainstream Fashion of 2012 – A Review – George

I was scanning my news app today for interesting and amusing articles in the fashion world (I do indeed have a tab for fashion), and I came across this article from The Guardian –

Worst Ideas of 2012 – The Onesie

I read it, as you would.  Whilst sitting here in MY onesie.  So what’s so bad about the onesie?  The article seems to focus on people wearing it outside.  Now, W has seen people wearing them round Asda and town, and has come home and commented on it.  I, however, have only seen students come from halls (right next to Asda) and then go back home.

Who cares if you wear it out?  Yeah, you look like a complete moron, but most people do when they wear their inside clothes outside.  Though they do double up as great fancy dress costumes, as Lucy and I saw when we had our early Christmas in Wetherspoons.

Ugg boots are still in fashion.  I don’t really like them.  What are they good for?  When we had a terrible downpour and I walked to the bus stop for the coach to pick us up for work, half the girls were wearing Uggs, both real and fake.  For the next 14 hours, including travel and a 12 hour shift on our feet, everyone had soggy shoes.  My shoes (mostly) dried up by the end of the day.  But those in Uggs still had wet watermarks past their ankles.  Plus I had a fake pair once, and my right foot would slide over the sole on the inside edge. Very sore.  And i’m not the only one who has complained of this.

Skinny jeans are still very, very in.  I now own three pairs, in acid green, white denim with black heart print, and stonewash black with white stars.  W doesn’t like them, so I dont actually wear them that much.  But it you can make them work, they can look good.  My biggest grievance is when size 20 women ‘pour’ themselves into them (wait for the backlash…).  The women round here are normal women.   Of course they are.  Some of them are also quote rough, they wear their velour trackies and makeup, badly done in bright colours.  And these type of people should not be allowed to attempt to wear something that takes a bit of effort to wear.  Another issue I have is that shops still don’t have universal sizes, they’re all slightly different.  My George at Asda ones in 12 are slightly baggy.  My Primark ones in 12 are tight all over.  And my non – brand ones, well, they’re not over my thighs yet.  All the same size?  Hmmm… If you say.

Leggings?  LEGGINGS?  Well.  Just no.  They’re good on cold days under jeans, and for doing sport.  Also for wearing with dresses.  And my personal favourite, a pair of 3/4 cargo trousers with clashing leggings.  But don’t just go out in leggings.  One girl I walked behind during Fresher’s week had leggings so small, and so tight, I saw the pattern on her underwear.  True story.

Vintage fashion is BIG BIG BIG.  This is not really something I could comment on though.  It’s just not my scene.  I really don’t like the wartime fashion.  It wasn’t made to be liked, anyway.

And these bloody tacky Christmas jumpers.  Are people wearing them ironically, or do they actually like them now?  My friend even made his own…

On the men’s side, I quite like the Ivy League look.  I’ll leave you with that…


If The Name Fits… Gaga’s Newest Fashion ‘Statement’

Lady Gaga is just a tad mental.  I like her music, for what it is, but I don’t really like HER.  It’s nothing I can put my finger on really, but maybe it’s her constant LOOK AT ME I’M KOOKY fashion sense.  I’ve been accused of this, yes, with my hair.  But I’m not going out to the shops thinking ‘What’s the most fucked up colour I can dye my hair this week?’.  To people who know me, those at work and so on, it has become a thing I do.  But Ms. Germanotta will have people taking photos of her WHATEVER she wears, so what on earth compelled her to wear THIS –


It’s not practical, fashionable, or even making a statement.  It just makes her look stupid.


The oh – so – famous ‘meat dress’ could be interpreted in so many ways.  Women are meat / seen as meat / other feminist cries, it can be a statement for some animal rights / vegetarian / vegan thing, whatever you want.  This though?  Pass.


Work Chic

Well, Lucy has done a blog about fashion at her workplace, so i’m going to do one about fashion at mine. Not so much what other people wear, more about the oh – so – flattering ‘uniforms’.

I work in a factory, one that makes and packages chocolates for companies such ad Mars, Nestle, Cadburys and Lindt. It’s not a very glamorous job, with it’s twelve hour shifts and all, but what tops the sarcastic glamour – ometer is the hairnets.

Your hairnet’s colour denotes your status. White for slave, green for trainee leader, red for ‘qualified’ team leader (though there is no test), and blue hats for supervisors. Only one supervisor actually wears a blue hat though. I think the others want to blend in to catch you out.

Along with this, you have white, thick cotton overalls. These look more like lab coats. If you have a blue polo and trousers, you fix machines. And if you wear warm clothes and a day – glo tabard, you are warehouse.

I am a white hat. I wear a lab coat. Here is me in my work uniform. Enjoy.



Liu Xianping – The Coolest Granddad EVER

Liu Xianping, a normal, 72 year old Chinese man from Guangdong province in southern China, has become a bit of an internet sensation in the world of fashion. He did this by modelling his granddaughter’s fashion line for her online store. The pictures then went viral. Yuekou, run by Lu Qing (or Ms Lv, depending on your source), was selling less than ten garments a day. Since Lu’s granddad posed for the pictures, sales have increased fivefold. He has been offered other work, but he is unlikely to take anyone up on the offer. It was meant to just be a bit of a laugh. . . George