3 super-ugly fashion items people keep wearing

For more than a year, fashion houses have been rehabilitating biker shorts, an item banned from women’s wardrobes for decades. Seen here: the take at Arthur Arbesser. (AFP pic)

Buying ugly clothes and actually wearing them, rather than gifting them to your worst enemies: unthinkable? No, it’s a reality which seems to continually amuse brands, which have been playing on everyone’s dubious taste over the last few seasons by bringing back the hideous items which ruined many a childhood, even the earlier generation.

The worst part is that all you need to do is stroll through the streets to see that it is working.

Bicycle shorts, “dad shoes”: it’s time to take advantage of summer to do a good sort-through and rid yourselves once and for all of these items which have no place in any wardrobe.

1. Biker shorts

Kim Kardashian strikes again. The social media star appeared twice during 2018 wearing these — despite their disappearance from public view since the ’80s and 90s — and the fashion world went crazy.

Street style, catwalks, major brands: bike shorts have been everywhere for over a year, a slap in the face for those who had attempted to forget they ever existed.

Audacity cannot explain everything, especially given that this article was clearly not designed with feminine curves in mind.

While tolerable during lockdown or when exercising, biker shorts should really be left to their original function: outfitting professional cyclists.

2. 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, “dad shoes” have reared their ugly head.

Characterised by their outsized soles, they are in keeping with the “heavy” trend of the moment.

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.

How best to wear them? The question should really be: 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), it’s best to leave aside those which definitely have none.

3. 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 most people are deeply familiar with the ubiquitous Uniqlo version, many have had the presence of mind to wear 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 catwalks.

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.

Hard to resist? One must remember that you’re actually talking about puffy down jackets without sleeves. WITHOUT SLEEVES. It’s better to get things straight before next winter, and not to succumb to this trend.