Why and whatever for? 3 'ugly' fashion items the runways seem to love


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  • Sunday, 12 Jul 2020

From bicycle shorts to "dad shoes" and sleveless puffers, here's a look at the fashion items igniting a debate among the fashion crowd. Photo composite (from left): Arthur Arbesser, Moncler, Louis Vuitton

Buying "ugly" clothes and actually wearing them, rather than gifting them to our worst enemies: unthinkable?

No, this is a reality. It plays on changing tastes over the last few seasons by bringing back the items which have been said to "ruined our childhoods, even those of our parents".

All you need to do is stroll through the streets to see the trend. From bicycle shorts to "dad shoes", here's a look at the fashion items igniting a debate among the fashion crowd. – AFP Relaxnews

Biker shorts

Kim Kardashian strikes again. The social media star appeared twice during 2018 wearing these – despite their disappearance from public view since the 1980s and 90s – and the fashion world went crazy.

Street style, runways, major brands: bike shorts have been everywhere for over a year, a puzzle for those who had attempted to forget they ever existed.

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Love them or hate them, it really depends on the individual. The argument against biker shorts though, is that the clothing should really be left to their original function: outfitting cyclists.

Dad shoes

Women have been opting for flat, comfortable sneakers over stilettos without hesitation for several years now. Their sensational return to grace shows no sign of weakening – the trend is very much on the opposite trajectory.

The problem is that between two pairs of Stan Smiths, Air Jordan Ones or Newport Classics, chunky "dad shoes" have reared their head. Characterised by their outsized soles, they are in keeping with the "heavy" trend of the moment.

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Today, nearly all the fashion brands offer a version and they sell like hotcakes, beginning with Balenciaga's "Triple S" version priced at close to a thousand dollars.

We constantly ask ourselves how best to wear them. The question some people are asking though: why wear them?

While unisex fashion is definitely taking off, bringing pieces not lacking in style back into view (like classic men's shirts, which should immediately be incorporated into our closets), dad shoes remain a point of contention.

Sleeveless down jackets and coats

Associated with sportswear for the past several years, the sleeveless "puffer" jacket has made occasional incursions into the fashion universe, though without much success.

While we are all deeply familiar with the ubiquitous versions found in fast-fashion stores, those that dislike the trend have been wearing them underneath their coats, well hidden from the eyes of others.

Comfortably warm, yes, but never to the detriment of style. Except that in recent seasons, sleeveless padded jackets and coats have made it to the runways.

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The biggest fashion houses have chosen to reinterpret and give them new life. Longchamp tried to make them as elegant as possible in a sort of cropped version in burnout velvet: admittedly rather tempting.

But do they work? Debatable. One must remember that we're actually talking about puffy down jackets without sleeves. Without sleeves.

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