Friday, January 23, 2009

Words Escape Me

When it comes to the fashion "sense" of adolescents, little surprises me. In case you hadn't received the memo, the 80s are returning. Leg warmers are frequently slouching beneath desks, stone-washed purple jeans and other atrocities reminiscent of my childhood are slinking into my classroom after the bell. Some students prefer to move in four extra sizes of clothing, while some gender-benders have been found squeezing their chicken legs into the skinny cut jeans in the girls' section. Yes, adolescents and appearance-self-expression go hand-in-hand.

I've seen almost everything and I am rarely shocked. But today, while driving home from work, I saw something sauntering down the sidewalk that stretched my tolerance for fashion freedom.

Picture a teenage girl in a short, pleated plaid skirt. But not just any school-girl skirt. Oh no, this one had an accessory.



Yes, you guessed correctly there. Swinging in rhythm with the mini-skirt was one of these atrocities you see above. I'd seen this grotesque "something extra" once before on one of those hopeless individuals who spends a week with Clinton and Stacy on What Not to Wear. I thought that person was, perhaps, just that special, endearingly eccentric kind that frequents WNTW, that the tail was a fluke. But no, no, no. Never fear. These dead rodent unnecessaries placed (in the correct anatomical position) exactly where one's tailbone ends, are available far and wide. And on ebay.

And I say here again: Sometimes the words just escape me.

9 comments:

wendy said...

What!! ---- that is bizarre. Who comes up with these ideas. But you are right, not much seems to "shock" anymore. My husband teaches/coaches at a High School and is often telling me about some weird wardrobe choice.......I don't want the 80's back. I think we should bring back the 30's, you know, flapper dresses, hats, and red red lipstick.

Wemdu Pea said...

I'm pretty sure that Helen Hunt's character wore this exact outfit in Girl's Just Want To Have Fun. :)

Just saying...she may have had some inspiration.

Jen said...

All I can say is: Ew, Gross!

Rie Pie said...

WOW. Maybe I should start wearing wings. just saying...

Heidi said...

I see what some of my high school employees wear and I have flash backs to the 80's. One girl had some bright orange/black plaid high tops.

I guess I am just not going to be "in style", if that is "in style"

Shanda said...

That is awful! I love WNTW!!

Ashley said...

My dad had something similar to that while growing up. I don't remember if it was a key chain or if it hung on the rear view mirror of his blue beast. (it could have been both)

How gross is that to have that hanging on your hip.

Amber said...

It's just wrong!! Really Wrong! I love the 80's for the music and movies, but the fashion sense came from who knows where. Why do we never learn? I guess some of us do. Who even makes this crap? Just wrong, very wrong. Sad, really.

Alice said...

that is so freaking wrong.

yes I said freaking! ;)