Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Let's Discuss Questionable Cold Weather Trends

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

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As previously mentioned, people often stop by my desk and talk to me about fashion stuff. Sometimes it's about cool things that happen in Nashville, like Grace Coddington and Karen Elson speaking at the Frist, or Andre Leon Talley coming to Nordstrom at The Mall of Green Hills for a luncheon and a fashion show.

But most of the time, it's to complain about what people are wearing. Which is fine with me, because it's kind of fun to ridicule other people's overly thought-out sartorial choices. But you can only do so if you acknowledge that you are among the many offenders when it comes to committing fashion crimes. We all do it, so whatever.

We hear it might be getting colder soon, and while we've already told you what we think about certain winter coats, there are so many other questionable winter trends, so let's discuss!

1. Fur
I am figuratively ducking as I type this, because I have mad respect for anyone who adheres to a cruelty-free lifestyle, and I truly don't want to offend. But each winter season, we see fur pop up in everything from full-length coats to iPad cases. Personally, I'm not a big fan of fur, unless it is attached to a living, breathing animal that I can snuggle, but I'm not about to throw paint on anyone else. The upside is, nowadays, faux fur looks pretty legit, and nobody gets hurt except for the Muppet that somebody had to skin in the process.

Regardless of what you think about fur, this particular look only works on the runway in Paris. Don't even try.

2. Uggs
I have a hard time with this one, too, because I think Uggs are the effing ugliest things on earth. They're the winter counterpart to Crocs. Why would you do that to your feet? Yeah, being comfortable is nice, and I love my fuzzy slippers, but I wouldn't be caught dead in those in public. And I wear Quitters to work on a regular basis, so my standards are not high.

But, again, season after season, UGGS ARE EVERYWHERE. I think it's OK when a celebrity is on a movie set and wears them around, and I will admit that the glitter ones are kind of obnoxiously cute. Otherwise, I hate them. Thoughts?

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3. Earmuffs
OK, we don't really live in a climate that is cold enough to necessitate earmuffs, but I great up in northern Illinois, where your snot can instantly freeze when you walk outside. Thus, as a kid, I was sent to wait for the school bus in earmuffs and a stocking cap most winter mornings. The only pair that was acceptable were the ones that had a tiger head on one side and the tiger butt on the other. Nowadays, there are some luxe options like these Burberry ones, but I still wouldn't. Would you?

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