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Unpopular Fashion Opinions

I’m sick, my nose won’t stop running, and I have a lot of work to do, so I’m feeling extra grouchy. I’m also a little woozy from the meds and in the mood to talk about UFOs–no, not the kind with little green people–UFOs as in Unpopular Fashion Opinions.

There are several things that are deemed “classics” in the fashion universe–untouchable icons of style, so to speak. Things everyone else seems to love that I have no use for. Screw that! In no particular order:

I know they’re comfy, but I had my fill of round-toe Sam and Libby flats back in elementary school. Give me a pointy- or almond-toe skimmer anyday.

She’s supposed to be this bastion of cool, but between utterly clueless comments about homeless people and blatantly ripping off an indie designer‘s creations, she comes across as vapid and wholly unlikable. And I swear, if I see one more skinny chick in a feather headband, just…no. No.


One of my favorite pairs of shoes are JCs, but sometimes I feel like they’re having a laugh and a half at the expense of fashion bloggers worldwide. I mean really, look at those things. Really, y’all? RILLY?!

I’m sure it’s officially Fashion Blasphemy to say this, but the 2.55 just seems kind of “meh” to me, perhaps due to oversaturation. I mean, I wouldn’t turn one down, but give me an Hermes Kelly (in green croc, pleaseandthankyou) instead any day!

What do you dislike that everyone else in the wide world of fashion seems to love?

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22 Comments
  • Eboni Ife'

    November 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm Reply

    hehe. I kinda love you for this post. I detest the Lita WITH A PASSION. I also don’t care for ballet flats normally. I do have a couple pairs but they DO NOT HAVE BOWS OR FLOWERS on them. The chanel bag. meh. I do like them, but not enough to buy. I guess that’s saying something. Erin Wasson, who? (just kidding, of course…but I feel ya 100%).

    • tamia

      November 24, 2011 at 11:31 am Reply

      I think you’re right, Eboni–it’s the bows and flowers and ruffles and ish that really get to me. Why make a young-looking shoe look even MORE little girl-ish?

  • Lauren

    November 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Ripped jeans, over the knee boots, micro-mini skirts, ruffly shirts, fur anything, oxfords, those debbie gibson hats that always seem to make a comeback, legwarmers, thongs and fascinators….whew…I feel better.

    Thanks for the post!

    • tamia

      November 24, 2011 at 11:29 am Reply

      Aahhhh, the Debbie Gibson hats! They always make me think of Ducky in Pretty in Pink…and I roll my eyes SO hard.

  • Tamu

    November 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm Reply

    Love it! Feel better soon.

  • Natasha @OneWomansStyleEvolution

    November 14, 2011 at 12:50 am Reply

    *Clears throat*.. I am surprised to see the Lita’s on this list. I happen to think JC’s are works of art. I will be using mine as bookends once my ankle tells me enough is enough. I agree with you on the chanel bag. I have no arches so flats are a no, no for me. For various reasons, I would love to add headwraps to this list. Admittedly, I finally featured one on my blog recently, but that was because the outfit needed some drama. I am from the Caribbean so seeing headwraps (we call them tie heads) isn’t new for me. However, we wore them for costumes and to cover our hair. They weren’t a fashion accessory. Good lord, what’s next cow chains? Oh wait, we already did that back in the days.

    • tamia

      November 24, 2011 at 11:28 am Reply

      Haha, I love a good cow chain! I think that’s a great name for them, too!

  • Vanessa

    November 14, 2011 at 4:36 am Reply

    Oh my God………I really love the Jeffrey Campbell Litas boots. They are really in this year.

  • Michele

    November 14, 2011 at 9:46 am Reply

    I have never understood the fascination with JC shoes…95% of them (maybe 98%) are just ugly and clunky. So glad someone else finally said something…lol

    • tamia

      November 24, 2011 at 11:26 am Reply

      I’m telling you, those things are a trick being played on all young “fashion” types. Everybody will look back on this so-called phenomenon in a few years like “What were we THINKING?”

  • Sing

    November 14, 2011 at 10:44 am Reply

    I feel you on the JC thing, I don’t get those monster shoes.

  • Tyra

    November 14, 2011 at 11:12 am Reply

    Praise you for speaking out on the Jeff Campbell’s. It’s like you read my mind :-). I’m with Eboni, though, on the ballet flats sans the frills. My Erin Wasson would have to be Alexa Chung…yeah, I said it 🙂

    • tamia

      November 24, 2011 at 11:25 am Reply

      Haha! I actually like Alexa, though I’m more tomboy than dolly-girl.

  • Rebeca

    November 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Love a good rant, and the fact that you used the word vapid. I abhore the worldwide sick slim phenomenom, the adoration of anorexia. Completely exiled by the OVERpriced yet manufactured by some underpaid asian child, but let’s all oooo and awww over it accepted norm in fashion. No, I can’t aford a Bottega Venetta bag or attire but at least there’s some artistry involved. Also think stilettos are a joke and openly question a woman’s intelligence when she teeters around on the much deified Laboutan’s, bah.
    Thanks, feel better hope you do too!

    • tamia

      November 24, 2011 at 11:24 am Reply

      I dislike the sick-slim, unwashed look as well…I do love heels, though!

  • Marsha

    November 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Hilarious. Brilliant. Love it.

  • Kali

    November 15, 2011 at 1:41 am Reply

    I don’t understand how anyone would truly like the Litas. They remind me of the 60’s meets clogging…..Ballet flats on the other hand, Love em! Gotta have a nice pair of flats when ankles have had enough heel for the week. They are also so universal. I’ve never been a big Chanel fan and that bag is probably the reason why….Totally enjoyed your opinion here, I almost agreed 100%!

    • tamia

      November 24, 2011 at 11:22 am Reply

      I do love flats, but for some reason ballet flats make my legs look stumpy. No round toes for me!

      • Leather and Pineapple Silk

        February 3, 2012 at 5:24 am Reply

        Same here. I don’t do heels, I trek around in the rain too much for them (I live in Vancouver). I do boots, oxfords, and ballet flats… but always with pointy toes, never round ones.

        I think other people can look good in girly flats, but I already look young for my age and I want to be taken more seriously, so I tend to look for more “womanly” pieces.

        Anyway, great blog!

  • Monique

    November 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm Reply

    I’m not a fan of the JC lit’as either! Second That

    • tamia

      November 24, 2011 at 11:22 am Reply

      It’s almost like they’re a joke, no?

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