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Fashion Faux Pas

July 28, 2010

A fashion faux pas is best described as a blunder or error in style judgment. Historically, there are entire eras that can be considered one big, long fashion faux pas. In the 17th century, for example, men wore breeches and stockings, ridiculously large lace collars, ostentatious hats decorated with ostrich plumes, and favored long hair that evolved into elaborate, powdered white wigs by the 18th century.

The 1930s ushered in the zoot suit, a comical two-piece ensemble in which the pants rose almost to the armpits.

More recently, in the late 1970s, high-waisted plaid bell bottoms and pale-blue polyester tuxedos and leisure suits made their way into the fashion hall of shame.

Then there were the ’80s. Nearly a complete tragedy where fashion is concerned, the ’80s brought us jackets with shoulders so broad they made men appear disproportional with a brick-like physique.

DayGlo colors, parachute pants and permission to overdose on hair products can also be counted among the other fashion crimes of this decade. Though history tends to repeat itself and even the most heinous fashion faux pas can come back in vogue, if there’s one lesson to learn from past style transgressions it’s that just because something is trendy, it doesn’t mean it’s not horribly, terribly wrong.

via Fashion Faux Pas – AskMen.com.

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